Michigan Elder Law Attorneys
Elder law is a multidisciplinary practice focused on the needs of elders and their families and is one of our legal services specialities. Elder law combines a number of areas of law, including: estate planning (use of Wills, trusts, and powers of attorney), trust and probate estate administration, Medicaid planning, long term care planning, Veteran’s Administration aid and attendance consulting, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and tax planning. Our practice combines knowledge of both federal and Michigan law as they apply to elder law.
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About Accettura & Hurwitz
Accettura & Hurwitz, handles the legal needs of senior citizens and their heirs, of young workers and couples planning for their retirement, and of military veterans seeking their benefits.
As estate planners, our goal is to minimize or eliminate taxes, avoid probate, allow you to control the disposition of your assets both during life and after death, and preserve the assets of elders in need of assisted living or nursing home care.
Our other specialties include Medicaid planning and dispute resolution.
In 2011, our attorneys’ efforts earned Accettura & Hurwitz Hour magazine’s 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager Award, an honor based on clients’ overall satisfaction.
Our firm’s attorneys have provided legal assistance to thousands of clients throughout Michigan, while P. Mark Accettura’s books, articles, and columns have provided authoritative information to thousands more across the United States.
Michigan Elder Law
The multidisciplinary practice focused on the needs of elders and their families is known as “Elder Law” and is one of our legal services specialties. Elder law combines a number of areas of law, including: estate planning (use of Wills, trusts, and powers of attorney), trust and probate estate administration, Medicaid planning, long term care planning, Veteran’s Administration aid and attendance consulting, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and tax planning. Our practice combines knowledge of both federal and Michigan law as they apply to elder law.
At Accettura & Hurwitz, we consider an estate plan to be an essential element of individual and family planning; an owner’s manual of sorts. Estate planning is the process of ordering one’s affairs in contemplation of death or disability. A typical Michigan estate plan includes a revocable trust (sometimes called a “revocable living trust”), health care power of attorney, general power of attorney, and a last will and testament.
Inheritance matters are inherently emotional. Lingering family disputes and a false sense of entitlement often motivate family members to act improperly. Inheritance litigation is sometimes unavoidable to compel a family member or fiduciary to follow the decedent’s wishes. We at Accettura and Hurwitz have over fifty years of experience representing family members and fiduciaries in probate matters.
Aid and attendance benefits are available to veterans and their spouses who are at least sixty-five years of age. These benefits assist them with the cost of in-home care, assisted living, and nursing home care. Veteran’s Administration (VA) aid and attendance is perhaps most beneficial for veterans and their spouses who require an assisted living arrangement since Medicaid does not cover assisted living.
The probate court has jurisdiction over a decedent’s assets that are not in trust, do not name a beneficiary, or are not owned jointly. Contrary to popular belief, Wills do not avoid probate. The probate court also governs the appointment of guardians and conservators, and is the proper forum for resolution of inheritance disputes.
For some reason, most of us do not like to think about the future and what might happen. Yet, many of us are experiencing the realities of elder family members needing extensive long term or nursing home care, right now!
Elder Law Videos
Books by P. Mark Accettura
Blood and Money
Why families fight over inheritance and what to do about it.
One way or another, inheritance touches almost everyone, and most of us either know or fear conflict after a death in the family. But what is it that so often drives people to wage war against their own flesh and blood over a loved one’s estate?
Lost and Found
The book is designed to assist surviving spouses, those planning for the eventual loss of a spouse and the families of surviving spouses in the grieving process and in navigating the complex legal, governmental, financial and accounting requirements associated with the death of a loved one.
Michigan Estate Planning Guide
A handy reference written for laypersons & professionals.
The book explores common estate planning topics from the Michigan resident’s perspective including wills, durable powers of attorney, and revocable living trusts. Along with more sophisticated estate planning tools such as irrevocable trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and family limited partnerships are explained in understandable terms.
Medicaid and Long Term Care
Supplement Medicaid and Long Term Care in Michigan
In our collective practice of nearly fifty years, we have watched the aging of our estate planning clients and the evolution of the long term care delivery system. As a natural progression of our practice, we have come to advise our clients on elder law matters including choosing appropriate long term care and obtaining government subsidy for as much of the cost as possible.