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Protecting your assets as you grow old

Member of the Probate And Estate Planning
And Elder Law
Sections of the State Bar of Michigan

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How Elder Law affects you

Elder law encompasses a wide range of legal issues unique to older adults. These include establishing guardianships and conservatorships when necessary due to incapacity, paying for nursing home care and protection of assets after admission to a nursing home.

Learn more about the following elder law services

  • Guardianship - A legal guardian is a court-appointed advocate who has the right to make care, custody and medical treatment decisions for the person for whom they have been appointed guardian. A guardianship is required when a person is legally incapacitated and there is no one with legal authority to oversee the physical care of that person. A designation of a Patient Advocate often eliminates the need for a court-appointed guardian.
  • Conservatorship - A conservator is appointed by the probate court to assist a legally incapacitated person with their financial affairs. Again, if no one has been given the proper legal authority in advance, the probate court will formally appoint the individual who it finds is most appropriate to manage the financial affairs of an incapacitated individual.
  • Paying for Nursing Home Care – Saving enough money to pay for nursing home care is a practical impossibility for many older people and may make reliance on Medicaid necessary. Planning for Medicaid qualification involves difficult decisions as well as complex and ever-changing rules. However, planning opportunities do exist and early planning is essential to maximize the options available to you.
  • Estate Recovery in Michigan – Once a person qualifies for Medicaid services to pay for nursing home care, their estate is subject to reimbursing the State of Michigan for the cost of those services provided during that person’s lifetime. Again, planning in advance of admission into a nursing home can reduce or eliminate the effect of this program on their estate

Contact Phelps Law Office, PLC today at 616-866-0902, or browse our website for more information about probates and estates or wills and trusts.

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