Michigan Elder Law Attorneys

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Michigan Elder Law Attorney

At Woods Elder Law, we council clients on veterans benefits and planning for the elder years, which is known as life planning. Many of our clients will have an increased need for medical, nursing, or attendant care services in the immediate future, for either themselves, a spouse, or parent. We also have clients that plan for the future, and want to put in place a strategy that will outline their financial stability and legal authorizations, so that their wishes will be prominent. Many of our new clients are surprised to learn that their existing estate plans are limited to the avoidance of Michigan probate, and may only hinder their needs and wishes for life planning. Others unknowingly possess inadequate or often voided Designation of Patient Advocates or Power of Attorneys.

Life expectancies of Americans continue to increase, and so has the need for advanced medical care and advanced estate planning. The importance of medical and financial planning is at the forefront of our society, as many of our seniors are faced with catastrophic medical events in their golden years. The decisions our families must face on behalf of their loved ones is becoming more and more complex. Elder care, or life care and estate planning, is a balance of not only the goals of the family unit, but also of the laws surrounding inheritance, longer term care medical assistance (Medicaid), minimization of taxes (Internal Revenue Code), and an overall strategy of providing for dependents and keeping the integrity of anticipated inherited assets (such as the family cottage).

Our Elder Law Practice

Our priority is to educate and arm our clients with the information and legal advice they need to tackle the never-ending web of obstacles that are often encountered by families throughout the duration of their lives. We pride ourselves in being your counsel for life. Ideally, planning for long-term care and the disposition of an estate occurs before the need arises. However, the majority of our clients come to us when a loved one is already in the hospital or nursing home. Using Michigan elder law there are strategies that can be accomplished whatever the situation may be. Assets and income of the family unit are looked at by the Department of Human Services when payment for Long Term Care (nursing home) placement is necessary. Hiding assets at this juncture is not an option; a very specific and personalized plan must be set into motion to ensure that spousal impoverishment, or unnecessary “spenddowns”, do not occur. With the care plan in place, we can then work with care providers to conserve assets to the extent possible, while seeking the best care in the most suitable environment. We seek to provide peace of mind for our clients.

Reviews say it all

"I cannot say enough about The Woods Law Office and the services she provided with the most respectful and detailed service for my families trust fund needs. Audra was referred to us by a friend during a time that nobody wants to experience, the death of a loved one. Audra took the time to draft the appropriate paper work necessary to assure the family that the wishes of our family member would be met and not dragged out through the legal system. Audra has also set up the trust fund for my father after the death of my mother which was unexpected, her compassion and knowledge of the legal system has provided a sense of relief for my sister and me. Based on the detailed work and services, we have referred The Woods Law Office to other friends and family so they can have the same comfort of knowing that every last wish of a loved one is met with her desire to meet the needs of the family. "

Mike D., Client

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