Legal Services

Elder Law

Elder law is a multidisciplinary practice focused on the needs of elders and their families and is one of our legal services specialities. Elder law combines a number of areas of law, including: estate planning (use of Wills, trusts, and powers of attorney), trust and probate estate administration, Medicaid planning, long term care planning, Veteran’s Administration aid and attendance consulting, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and tax planning. Our practice combines knowledge of both federal and Michigan law as they apply to elder law. Read more……

Estate Planning

At Accettura & Hurwitz, we consider an estate plan to be an essential element of individual and family planning; an owner’s manual of sorts. Estate planning is the process of ordering one’s affairs in contemplation of death or disability. A typical Michigan estate plan includes a revocable trust (sometimes called a “revocable living trust”), health care power of attorney, general power of attorney, and a last will and testament. Read more……

Estate and Trust Administration

Trust administration is the logical byproduct of proper estate planning. Trusts may require administration during the life of the grantor if the grantor becomes incapacitated. A decedent’s trust must be administered by the trustee after the death of the grantor; even if it is only to….. read more….

Inheritance Litigation

Inheritance matters are inherently emotional. Lingering family disputes and a false sense of entitlement often motivate family members to act improperly. Inheritance litigation is sometimes unavoidable to compel a family member or fiduciary to follow the decedent’s wishes. We at Accettura and Hurwitz have over fifty years of experience representing family members and fiduciaries in probate matters. Read more……

Probate

The probate court has jurisdiction over a decedent’s assets that are not in trust, do not name a beneficiary, or are not owned jointly. Contrary to popular belief, Wills do not avoid probate. The probate court also governs the appointment of guardians and conservators, and is the proper forum for resolution of inheritance disputes. Read more……

Dispute Resolution

Not all disputes are best resolved in court. Litigation is expensive, time consuming, and damaging to the relationships of the litigants. Preserving post-litigation harmony is rarely a consideration in the commercial realm, but may be extremely important when it comes to family. Uniquely, when an inheritance dispute is over, the combatants remain related, no matter how remotely. A successful inheritance dispute attorney recognizes the importance and implication of this enduring relationship. Read more……

Medicaid Planning with Long-Term Care

For some reason, most of us do not like to think about the future and what might happen. Yet, many of us are experiencing the realities of elder family members needing extensive long term or nursing home care, right now! Read more……

Premarital Planning

Premarital agreements (sometimes called prenuptial, ante-nuptial, or just prenups) are enforceable in all fifty states, including Michigan, if all the following conditions are met: …… read more……

Veterans Benefits | Aid & Attendance

Aid and attendance benefits are available to veterans and their spouses who are at least sixty-five years of age. These benefits assist them with the cost of in-home care, assisted living, and nursing home care. Veteran’s Administration (VA) aid and attendance is perhaps most beneficial for veterans and their spouses who require an assisted living arrangement since Medicaid does not cover assisted living. Read more……