Legal and Estate Planning

Are You Facing a Long-term Care Crisis?

Maybe you’re already in danger.  Every day in Michigan, people are losing their homes and assets to catastrophic illness that hurt their family…and they cannot afford to pay the outrageous nursing home costs.

If your loved one suffers a stroke, developes dementia or becomes frail due to aging, you could lose everything to the cost of long-term care.  You don’t want to be out of money and out of quality health care options for your loved one.

The rules for Medicaid and the “Aid and Attendance” VA Benefit are nearly impossible for a layperson to understand.  In fact, most likely, your family attorney or financial advisor will say things like, “it’s too late to do anything!”  Maybe, the shrug and offer you the same old will, ladybird deed and power of attorney he prepares all his clients.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  There is hope. Contact us now to protect what you’ve earned, to preserve what you value. Every day you wait you could be losing money or missing resources that could be better used to protect your qualify of life.

Excellence in Estate Planning and Elder Law

Estate Planning and Elder Law is not an area for a “generalist.”  Your quality of life and your life’s work is more important than that.  It is important to work with a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA).  The CELA designation is the GOLD STANDARD in estate planning and elder law.

The clients that we work with value the peace of mind, that their goals are being met with the absolute latest in legal strategies to protect assets and preserve quality of life and care.

To ensure that, it is important to work with a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA).  Any attorney can say they “do estate planning or elder law”, but only CELAs can say they are the top 1% of estate planning and elder law attorneys.  Michigan Elder Law Attorney, Christopher J. Berry, Esq., was the second youngest attorney in the country to become a CELA.

To accomplish our client’s goals, we utilize a variety of legal and financial strategies to protect your assets and help ensure you receive the care you need today or in the future. Asset preservation is the name of the game. We want to protect your hard earned assets from probate, long-term care costs, and taxes.

We call upon various governmental benefits to help pay the catastrophic cost of long-term care, including Veterans Benefits and Medicaid. We protect our clients’ assets from nursing home or Medicaid spend-down. Even if the protection of your assets is a function of estate and elder care planning, it is not the sole purpose of it.

Sophisticated Estate Planning Strategies for Michigan Families

Typically, our approach to estate planning and elder care planning focuses on helping our clients accomplish three main goals:

  • Making sure that when you pass your things go to the people you want, in the manner you want, with as little hassle as possible using sophisticated tools, like Asset Protection Trusts or Retirement Plan Trusts.
  • If you were to become incapacitated, that you have the right people making both medical and financial decisions for you.
  • To protect your hard earned assets from lawsuits, market risk, long-term care costs and nursing home spend down and bring in any governmental resources you may be entitled to, like the VA Benefit or Medicaid.

Certified Elder Law Attorney

For our elder care clients, we also help our clients by:

  • Ensuring that you receive excellent care, whether at home, in an assisted living facility, or a nursing home.
  • Assisting you and your family in making decisions that reflect your long-term needs. We serve as your knowledgeable and experienced legal counselors, your elder care coordinators, and your resource for access to supportive social workers.
  • Helping you choose from the wide array of options that best serve your asset protection and quality of life needs.

Our firm’s founder, Attorney Christopher J. Berry has dedicated his career to helping families navigate the financial, legal and emotional maze that comes with aging, illness and disability. His law career has been exclusively devoted to elder law and estate planning, including, Medicaid planning, assets preservation planning, and Veterans Benefits. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, one of only a handful in the state of Michigan, as well as an adjunct professor at Thomas Cooley Law School.

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