Woods Law Office’s COVID-19 Protocols
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
SOCIAL ISOLATION IN OUR MICHIGAN NURSING HOMES image
For many of our families who have loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living community, the restricted access to their loved ones has proven to be trying, and sometimes fatal. Family interaction has proven to be a source of support and comfort for many of our clients. It is well founded that loneliness, especially in seniors, can result in cognitive and physical decline.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Back To A New Normal Amid COVID19 image
Now offering In-Person and Zoom Video Consultations We realize things are different now and we’re all transitioning to a new normal, however, one thing remains the same and that is our commitment to serving our community. We have had great success serving our clients via Zoom video conferencing and are looking forward to seeing our client’s in person.

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Friday, January 17, 2020
To Take The Keys - Part 2 image
In an earlier blog, we started talking about the decision to not drive or the decision to not allow someone to drive. So let us dig into the signs of poor driving abilities a bit farther

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Friday, December 6, 2019
To Take the Keys or NOT to Take the Keys:  That is the Question image
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are 41 Million licensed drivers age 65 and older on the roads, up from 26 Million, 20 years ago. For most of us, driving is the way we are able to maneuver through our days with ease and with independence. As we age, our hearing and eyesight diminish, our muscles weaken, our reflexes slow, and our attention span shortens. The question often arises for many of our clients to “When is it time to hang up the keys?” Nobody wants to be that person that tells their loved one that they have to give up their driving privileges. However, depending on the severity of the impairments, it may mean the difference between life and death. Not just for your loved ones but also for the other drivers on the road.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
A Loved One Needs Long-Term Care:  - Part 2 image
We ended last time in the middle of the “What do we do now?” question for a family whose loved one is in need of long-term care (LTC). I’d like to continue that discussion below with some more information we typically provide to our clients, but first, I want to reiterate one thing as just yesterday I ran into the same issue with a client in a nursing facility: The Long-Term Care/Skilled Nursing facility is not going to push your loved one out the door.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019
A Loved One Needs Long-Term Care: What to Expect - Part 1 image
(Part 1 in a Series) In this inaugural post, I decided to borrow this aptly used title from the infamous book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. Originally published in 1984, the book offers advice to soon-to-be first-time parents on, you guessed it, what they can expect when they’re expecting the birth of their first child. I think it makes for a fitting sub-title here because while all of this planning is done for the beginning of our children’s lives, we rarely have the same kinds of plans in place for our own parents or other loved ones as they, and we, approach the latter stages of our lives. So, our goal in these posts is to provide a little insight based on our experience and the time we’ve spent both assisting and observing families as they navigate through the unfamiliar and oftentimes confusing world of long-term-care. If you have any questions, feel free to respond to the posts or reach out to our office directly. We are here to help.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Will  vs Trust image
Most of us have heard the legal terms "will" and "trust", but not everyone knows the differences between the two. Both are useful estate planning devices that serve different purposes. Both can also work together to create a complete estate plan.

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Monday, April 8, 2019
Things to Consider About Long-Term Care image
Since we truly do not have a crystal ball, we cannot see into the future to determine if you will need long-term care. You may never need it, but an unexpected accident, illness, or injury can change your needs, sometimes suddenly. The best time to think about long-term care is before you need it.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Benefits of Estate Planning image
Estate planning may not always be the happiest topic, but it can have good benefits for the future of your family if something should happen. Beginning your estate planning can also be intimidating, but Woods Law Office can help you create the best plan for you and your family. This article explains why you really shouldn’t wait to begin estate planning.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Estate law attorneys are responsible for handling an individual’s accumulated assets after they pass away. These professionals ensure that family members adhere to last requests and wishes and that all items in wills are carried out legally and correctly. At The Woods Law Office, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are the leading elder law attorneys in Southeast Michigan, and we can expertly handle your estate planning needs.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
At The Woods Law Office, we specialize in senior law, elder crisis management, asset protection, estate planning, veterans benefits, and Michigan Nursing Home Medicaid eligibility. We also offer information and advice for elderly Michigan residents and their families. For example, because holiday travel season is drawing near, we have a few safety tips for senior travelers.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Caregiver Appreciation Day image
Woods Law Office can help with power of attorney issues, elder estate planning, Medicaid planning, and more. We can assist families in ensuring that elderly family members receive the best care, protection, and planning for the future.

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Monday, August 27, 2018
Estate Planning Tips for Seniors and their Families image
The caring and accredited elder law attorneys at Woods Law Office can guide you through the estate planning process. We can expertly answer your questions and address your family’s concerns while thoroughly discussing your options.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Successful  Estate Planning  image
Elder Care Attorneys often hear their clients say: “I would rather give our estate to a charity than to have our children fight over it”.

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