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Paying a Relative For In-Home Care? Some Things You Should Know...

Rob Longstreet - Sunday, March 01, 2015

QUESTION: Mom is having trouble living independently but would like to live in her home for as long as possible. Is there any problem with Mom paying a relative to provide care in her home? 

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Ever Wondered Why You Need a Power of Attorney?

Rob Longstreet - Sunday, February 01, 2015

A Power of Attorney ("POA") is a legal document by which you (the "principal") give certain powers to someone else. This person becomes your "agent" and is authorized to act for you in your place. 

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Important Changes to Medicaid and Long Term Care

Rob Longstreet - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

QUESTION: I've heard that Medicaid is making big changes to long term care. Can I still protect my assets? 

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State of Michigan Strikes Blow Against Preservation of Assets

Rob Longstreet - Monday, November 10, 2014

Michigan Preservation of Assets ChangesAfter 20 years of agreeing with the use of an irrevocable "solely for the benefit of" trust, the State of Michigan has decided to disallow the technique commonly used to protect and preserve assets for married couples facing a nursing home stay. 

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OMG! A Durable Power of Attorney for Your Eighteen Year-Old?

Rob Longstreet - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Do you have a child that turned eighteen or is about to turn eighteen? What about a child on their way off to college? 

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What is Long Term Care Planning?

Rob Longstreet - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Old Couple in LoveLong Term Care Planning allows my clients to protect hard earned money from the draining cost of long-term care, perhaps even allowing the client to stay in their home rather than move to a skilled nursing facility, (nursing home) without selling your house, without wiping out your life savings, without leaving your spouse penniless, and possibly still leave an inheritance for children and/or a charity! 

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Once, Twice, Three Times a Ladybird Deed

Rob Longstreet - Monday, May 20, 2013

A so-called "ladybird deed" has become quite popular with Michigan elder law and estate planning practitioners in the past decade. What is it? A ladybird deed (also known as a "transfer on death deed") is a real property transfer wherein the grantor (usually the elder client) reserves all rights of ownership until his or her death. 

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The "Multi-Home Homestead" Dilemma

Doug Schust - Thursday, April 18, 2013

Michigan Medicaid eligibility has been fairly consistent over the years in not counting (or treating as "exempt") the value of an applicant's homestead. The homestead has been defined by Medicaid as the residence the applicant lives in or intends to return to if nursing home services are no longer necessary. The homestead definition includes all contiguous land - that is land not separated by another's land. Historically, the homestead was also defined to include any structures, including other residences, on the homestead property. 

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The Medicaid Recertification Process - What You Need to Know

Rob Longstreet - Thursday, November 01, 2012

On the one year anniversary after an individual has been approved for Medicaid, and on each subsequent one year anniversary, a "recertification" application is required to be submitted. Historically, this has been a fairly straightforward affair, as the Medicaid recipient normally only owns one account with (hopefully) less $2,000. 

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Important Information about Jointly Owned Real Estate - Do You Know The Rules?

Rob Longstreet - Thursday, October 25, 2012

For many years, jointly owned real estate was considered "unavailable" for Medicaid purposes. In other words, the family cottage owned jointly with Mom, Dad and daughter Susie was NOT a countable asset for Medicaid purposes because it was not available to be sold (mom and dad could not force Susie to sell, nor could Susie force mom and dad sell). That all changed in 2010, when, against the United States Constitution, Michigan decided to count jointly owned real estate as an "available" assets. In other words, Michigan DHS seems to imply that joint owner CAN IN FACT FORCE EACH TO SELL! 

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