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HIPAA, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

Carrier Law has added to its Estate Planning and Elder Law arsenal of tools a HIPAA authorization in accordance to the Health Insurance and Accountability Act’s provisions. What is HIPAA? HIPAA is an abbreviation for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act”. In 1996, Congress enacted HIPAA to protect individually identifiable health care information from being disclosed to an unauthorized individual. In 2002, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) finalized standards for the electronic exchange, privacy...

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How to talk to your kids about your estate plan

by Bill Bereza, Associate Attorney My dad was sure that he was going to live to 100. He was born the year after his parents bought the family farm, and he always talked about getting the farm into Michigan’s Centennial Farm Program. Planning for death or incapacity was never on his mind. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he kept on going as normal. He was still working on the farm the week before he went...

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Passing away without Will Estate Grand Rapids Michigan

What happens to your Estate if you die without a will?

by Molly Black, Director of Legal Services If a Michigan resident dies without a will, otherwise known as dying intestate, the intestacy laws under the Estates and Protected Individuals Code ("EPIC") dictate who will inherit the property of the decedent. This provides for an inflexible pattern of distribution which may not distribute your assets according to your wishes. The highest priority is given to their surviving spouse, followed by their descendants (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren), parents, and...

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3 Critical Questions about Estate Planning that Every Parent Should Ask Themselves

by Samantha Sprague, Attorney CONGRATULATIONS! Becoming a parent is an amazing experience. One thing you should be accustomed to by now is asking questions. Sometimes you get a lot of ‘answers’ to questions you may not have even known to ask. Whether you're brand new to the parenting gig, or have several years under your belt, below are 3 common questions that every parent should consider. 1. What happens if I can’t make my own choices? Self-care is important,...

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Estate Planning Grand Rapids MI

If you’re looking for an estate planning attorney in Greater Grand Rapids, MI, you can contact Carrier Law. Most individuals put off estate planning since it’s not the most pleasant topic, but it’s best to take on the responsibility early in order to protect your loved ones. When you come to Carrier Law, we guide you through the process to develop the best plan for your needs and situation. Our experienced estate planning attorneys are...

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The Carrier Law Story

Every clean dish neatly stacked. Every newspaper carefully placed at the front door. David Carrier developed a work ethic early on that was about getting the job done right and quickly. “It wasn’t about making the other dishwashers look bad. It was about having a job to do and doing what it took to do it right.” At the University of Notre Dame, David found time to study, wait tables, serve drinks, deliver pizzas and train to...

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Common Problems With Do-It-Yourself Wills

Sometimes putting the wrong documents in place is actually more costly than having nothing in place at all. Download our guide on how to avoid a DIY Will and what Carrier Law can do to help. Common Problems with DIY Wills...

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Carrier Law Collecting Donations for ‘Santa for a Senior’

This holiday season marks the fifth year Carrier Law will play 'Santa for a Senior.' We are collecting personal care and cleaning products for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program at United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids. Donations can be dropped off at the Carrier Law Grand Rapids office, Trust Funding Center and Norton Shores office. Our Holland office is also collecting personal care and cleaning products for those less fortunate members at Evergreen Commons. Donations can...

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david carrier, david brewster and bill kozak at the meals on wheels event

Raising Money for Meals on Wheels Western Michigan

Above: David Carrier is joined by Meals on Wheels President and CEO, David Brewster and Bill Kozak. Carrier Law was proud to sponsor a table at this year's 'More than a Meal' event Thursday to help raise funds for Meals on Wheels Western Michigan. The luncheon, held at The Goei Center in Grand Rapids, provides an opportunity to learn about Meals on Wheels and how so many older adults depend on program. Learn more about the 'More...

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