As elder law attorneys, we help Michigan seniors, veterans and their families navigate the long-term care legal maze. We can help you as long as you, or your loved one lives somewhere in Michigan. Even if you are unable to visit our office in Oakland county, we can work together through phone conferences, mail or even skype.
We typically help clients who are facing the threat of long-term care costs. For many people in Michigan, there will come a time where we’ll need help caring for ourselves. Everyday tasks like getting dressed and preparing meals start to become difficult or impossible. Long-term care will be needed, whether it’s a family caregiver, home care company, adult day care, assisted living or skilled nursing home.
The question is how will you, your spouse, or elderly parent pay for it?
Elder law refers to several areas of elder law and estate planning legal practices as they relate to the elderly. Because older people are faced with difficult, end-of-life decisions involving retirement, estate planning, and long-term care, elder law focuses on wills, trusts, tax issues, Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid coverage, nursing-home care, in-home care, powers of attorney, medical directives, and other legal matters of particular concern to them such as elder abuse law.
As Michigan seniors are living longer and longer, the biggest planning needs can range from protecting against creditors, probate avoidance, and planning for long-term care costs. In fact, paying for long-term care costs, such as home care or assisted living costs for seniors and aging baby boomers is a health care crisis.
Elder law is important because there are 80 million baby boomers moving into their “golden years”, with one person turning age 50 every seven seconds. Couple this with the fact that 2 out of 5 Americans over the age of 65 will enter a nursing home and 7 out of 10 couples will have at least one spouse that will need long-term care and you see the importance.