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Not just a fight against nursing home poverty

This week The Law Offices of David L. Carrier announced its plan to donate $1,000.00 to Lisa Cober, a West Michigan woman who works to provide clothes and hygiene products to underprivileged children. Cober, a mother of three who was once homeless herself, understands the struggles of school-aged children faced with homelessness, and is working hard to end the cycle of poverty by providing these students with the basic needs necessary for their success. “I...

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What to Do If Your Will Gets Challenged or Revoked in Michigan

Everyone has heard stories about angry relatives contesting a deceased loved one's will. In reality, over 99 percent of wills are admitted to probate without incident. Michigan courts presume a will is valid unless there is evidence to the contrary. If you want to avoid a potential fight among your own family members, here are some things to keep in mind about making a last will and testament. Legal Requirements for a Michigan Will The law regarding...

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How Retirement Planning Affects Estate Planning

Most Michigan residents have some form of retirement savings. The most common types of retirement accounts are IRAs, 401(k) plans, and Roth IRA plans. Each has specific rules governing how and when withdrawals are made. In addition, there are significant estate planning implications for handling retirement accounts. Is an IRA a Probate Asset? Unlike most personal property that passes under a person's will or living trust, retirement accounts usually have designated beneficiaries. If you have an IRA,...

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Witnessing and Reporting Nursing Home Abuse

Sadly, nursing home abuse is an everyday occurrence in Michigan. In some cases the abuse takes the form of neglect. But sometimes the abuse escalates to physical or even sexual assault. Family members often suspect nursing home abuse but fail to report it, either because they do not know the proper procedures or they simply fear nobody will believe them. Without direct evidence, abuse allegations often lead to a “he said/she said” standoff. As a result,...

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Join us for Tech Tuesdays

This program will introduce you to the digital world through technology education and hands on experience in a fun and relaxing environment. This is a FREE event hosted by The Law Office of David Carrier, PC....

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Recognizing Scams

While anyone can fall prey to a scam, many con artists choose to focus their attention on the elderly. Michigan seniors may find themselves the target of any number of scams involving Medicare, insurance, and estate planning. It is important to recognize the signs of a potential scam so you (or a loved one) can avoid becoming just another victim. Identity Theft According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 1.9 million Michigan seniors are enrolled in Medicare,...

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Best Life Insurance Plan Options

If you are currently thinking about estate planning and are considering purchasing life insurance, it is important to consider a number of different options. As an article in Consumer Affairs explains, while many Americans decide not to purchase life insurance (some simply because they do not recognize its value), a life insurance policy “can provide financial help to your family by covering final expenses in the event of a death.” Life insurance is extremely important...

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Burial Benefits for Veterans

Losing a loved one is difficult under any circumstances, and it can be challenging to think about financial issues when you are coming to terms with the death emotionally. Yet it is important for families of veterans to know about burial veterans for benefits and some of the services they may be eligible for after losing a loved one. Even if the death is not service-related, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs still provides benefits...

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How Trump’s Election Can Affect Your Estate Planning

With Donald Trump’s election and pending inauguration, many Michigan residents may be wondering about how some of the laws and regulations that Trump wants to put in place may affect your estate plan. What do some of these plans entail? And how can you prepare for these changes? In short, for the wealthy, Trump’s promise to repeal the estate tax may impact tax-related estate-planning measures for the very small percentage of the wealthy for whom...

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