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Veterans Benefits update

The VA and Medicaid landscape is ever changing, and always in favor of government. We wrote you last year to advise you of the pending 36-month look-back for VA Aid and Attendance. The new rules would impose a 36-month look

Posted in 2017 Newsletter, Veterans Benefits

Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (DAPT)

Under the common-law rule against self-settled trusts, an individual traditionally could not create a self-settled trust (that is, an irrevocable trust from which he or she could benefit) and protect trust assets from claims of creditors. With the passage of

Posted in 2017 Newsletter, Trusts

The End of Dower In Michigan

Since 1787 dower has provided wives (but not husbands) with a one-third life interest in their husband’s real property. Even after women were allowed to own property in Michigan in the mid-1800s, the state legislature felt that women were still

Posted in 2017 Newsletter, Elder Law

Did You Find All of Your Late Loved One’s Life Insurance and Annuities?

How can you be sure you found all of your late loved one’s life insurance and annuities? This problem has long vexed Michigan families. Many life insurance policies are hard to find since they are paid-up, or relate to former

Posted in 2017 Newsletter, Elder Law, Estate Planning

How to Avoid Inheritance Fights Among Your Adult Kids

By Mary W. Quigley, a journalist and author, Posted in AARP Online, Jan 17th, 2017 Adult siblings gather round a conference table in a lawyer’s office, arguing bitterly over an inheritance. “We never thought this would happen to our family,”

Posted in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Inheritance

Veterans Benefits Update

The VA and Medicaid landscape is ever changing, and always in favor of government. We wrote you last fall to advise you of the pending 36-month lookback for VA Aid and Attendance. The new rules would impose a 36-month look

Posted in 2016 Newsletter, Newsletter, Veterans Benefits

How Does My Family Access My Digital Assets?

More and more of our business and personal interactions are conducted online. We expect that our online communications are private; less so for social media than for, say, online banking. What happens to these accounts if we get sick or

Posted in 2016 Newsletter, Digital Assets, Newsletter

We’re In Our 70s, Should We Get Married?

On balance, the answer is “no.” Once married, both spouse’s assets must be counted for purposes of Medicaid eligibility. It is better to live in sin. However, as love does not have an age limit, many couples decide to marry

Posted in 2016 Newsletter, Medicaid, Newsletter, Trusts

What Happens To My Estate Plan If I Get Divorced?

It is important that each spouse revise his or her estate plan after divorce. While divorce automatically revokes spousal rights under a will, trust, and powers of attorney, it invariably leaves a void with respect to who is in charge

Posted in 2016 Newsletter, Estate Planning, Newsletter, Trusts

Is Your Estate Plan In Order?

The death of a celebrity, especially when it is sudden, captures our imagination. We want to know how they died and, of course, what will happen to their money. To us at Accettura and Hurwitz, these deaths are a reminder

Posted in 2016 Newsletter, Estate Planning, Newsletter, Trusts

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Blood & Money

"Inheritance disputes are not so much about money. People fight over the love they feel they did not receive.”

Psychiatrist/Author
Reuven Bar-Levav, M.D.

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