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Estate Planning

Man signing estate planning documents at the office of his elder law attorney in Traverse City, Michigan.

Elder law attorneys can assist with estate planning. Do you have questions about estate planning documents? Consult with a licensed Michigan will and trust attorney to determine which planning documents are right for you. Documents might include a living trust or family trust, a ladybird deed, a financial power of attorney, a health care power of attorney, a special needs trust, an IRA conduit trust, and many other documents specific to your unique situation. You may use this estate planning worksheet to begin gathering the information you need. Michigan probate laws have been improved in recent years, but many people would still prefer to avoid a court proceeding. Schedule a convenient time to meet with an estate planning attorney.

Medicaid Planning

A man who needs an elder law attorney for Medicaid planning in a nursing home in northern Michigan.

Elder law attorneys help when you need long-term care. Is a family member entering a nursing home? Are you worried about them losing their assets? Schedule an appointment with an experienced Michigan elder law attorney. You can still plan during the five-year look-back period. If your spouse is entering the nursing home, you can protect almost all of your assets. If a single person is entering the nursing home, you can often protect up to 90% of your assets. You can avoid divestment penalties with specific Medicaid spend-down plans. You can prevent Michigan from taking your assets from your heirs with its estate recovery program. An experienced Medicaid lawyer can make all the difference.

Veterans Benefits

Elder law attorney, John Rizzo, honors veterans with this American flag.

Elder law attorneys help veterans get the benefits they have earned. Can a VA pension help you pay for assisted living or in-home care? You can learn about the VA benefits from a VA accredited attorney. Rule changes implemented in October 2018 have made qualifying harder than ever. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable veterans attorney. Schedule an appointment with a Traverse City attorney today.

Make a Change

Elder law attorney, John Rizzo, believes he can make a difference in his community.

As a Michigan elder law attorney, I feel it is important to take steps outside of the law practice to help the community. I will donate 15% of every dollar earned to a charity of your choice listed on this web page. I am also committed to serving low income clients without charge, and bringing the cost of standard services down for everyone. Review our charities here.