Beneficiaries in Orange
Thursday, July 20, 2017

On a “listserv” we both read, a colleague, Nathan Piwowarski, posted a helpful explanation about litigating SCRA cases. He also provides tips on how a trust should be drawn up to avoid claim of the Michigan Department of Corrections for reimbursement for the costs of imprisonment. His remarks bui... .. read more..

The BCBSM Stone Wall
Saturday, July 1, 2017

A law firm that assists clients with public benefits applications frequently runs into boneheaded bureaucrats who consider it their mission to make it as difficult as possible for anyone outside the organization to receive the services they are due. Usually, a supervisor or a representative at a ... .. read more..

Passing Title to Michigan Real Estate without Probate
Monday, June 26, 2017

When an individual who owns real estate dies, many attorneys assume that it is necessary to open a probate estate to pass title to family members. However, title to Michigan real estate passes immediately on death and probate may not be necessary if the decedent died intestate. An individual enti... .. read more..

What Happens to VA Aid & Attendance Funds after Death of the Veteran
Friday, June 23, 2017

When a veteran who has been receiving an improved pension, otherwise referred to as “Aid and Attendance,” dies, the question of what to do with the balance in the fiduciary bank account comes up.  Fortunately, in most cases, the family can keep that money.  My wise and wonderful colle... .. read more..

Restrict “Choose Life” License Plates to Considerate Drivers
Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Michigan Senate and House have both passed bills to create “Choose Life” automobile license plates. This would involve a $35.00 surcharge that would go to a subsidiary of Right to Life of Michigan. I would not pay an extra dime for a special license plate, whether a vanity plate, a college id... .. read more..

Nursing-Home Residents Have Rights – Protect Them!
Monday, May 29, 2017

Ina Jaffe, in “As Nursing Homes Evict Patients, States Question Motives,” NPR, May 26, 2017, uncovers a dirty little secret of the long-term care industry. Many managers in that business are willing to abuse residents and break laws to maximize profits. Maryland is suing Neiswanger Management Ser... .. read more..

Michigan’s New Law to Allow Domestic Asset Protection Trusts
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Asset protection has been has been a driving force in wealth generation and estate planning for as long as there has been a division between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” From fortified treasuries with armed guards in ancient times to secretive offshore banks and trust companies in Switzerland... .. read more..

Do Not Call Your Insurance Company!
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Insurance is such a comforting thing. The word is delicious. It slips off the tongue like a mouthful of creme caramel. Being insured feels like wearing armor – or at least a generous application of Scotchguard. What if a pipe bursts on the second floor and floods the bathroom and the living room ... .. read more..

Second Case of Measles in Michigan This Year
Sunday, April 16, 2017

This week, the second case of measles in Michigan this year was big news.  For someone who remembers when nearly everyone contracted measles at some time in his or her life, this is almost as amazing as cellphones with apps that start your car in the morning and close the garage door or adjust th... .. read more..

Autism Acceptance Day Wish List
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Every day should be Autism Acceptance Day! .. read more..

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