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Creating a Will or a Trust in Michigan | Law Offices of David L Carrier

The Difference Between a Will and a Trust in Michigan

While each state has its own set of laws that govern wills and trusts within the state, the general principles are quite similar across the entire country. In fact, sixteen states, including Michigan, have adopted the Uniform Probate Code (UPC) in an effort to standardize the state laws that govern wills and trusts. Therefore, in order to examine the the key differences between a will and a trust in Michigan we must look to the...

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Common Mistakes Made With Trusts in Michigan

Trusts are a great estate-planning tool that can be used to manage how your assets will be distributed to your beneficiaries. The basic concept is that you put assets into a trust and name a trustee who is in charge of holding and managing those assets for the benefit of the trust’s beneficiaries. While this premise sounds simple enough, trusts must be created in a particular way in Michigan in order to be valid and...

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Nursing Facility Transition (NFT)

Do you have a loved one in a nursing facility who would like to return home? The Nursing Facility Transition (NFT) helps those currently living in a nursing home move into a house, apartment, or assisted living and helps put necessary services in place. Individuals work with a Transition Specialist who will explain the process and conduct an assessment to determine what services would be needed in order to transition out of the nursing home. They will...

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Fiduciary Access to Digital Records

Who gets control of your Facebook, email and other cyber accounts after you die? Michigan has enacted the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act that will let account holders plan ahead and grant others access to the accounts after the owner has passed away.   ...

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Deed Protection and Medicaid Eligibility

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Medicaid imposes stringent limits on income and assets of recipients, consistent with its mission to provide a health care safety net for the poor and for those whose personal resources are insufficient to pay the full cost of care. In order to fulfill this mission, Medicaid also recovers expenses paid on behalf of recipients from their estates under certain circumstances. Medicaid is the largest source of funds for institutional...

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Estate Planning Grand Rapids MI

If you’re looking for an estate attorney, Grand Rapids, MI residents and those from the surrounding areas can contact The Law Offices of David L. Carrier, P.C. We are here to help you through the process. 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 The Law Offices of David L....

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Medicaid Myths

The overwhelming majority of nursing home residents receive Medicaid. That’s right! Over 70% of nursing home residents right now are getting Medicaid. What about the rest? They’ll be on Medicaid too… in 6-18 months! Think about it… can we all afford $7000-$9000 per month, every month? Most folks can’t and Medicaid is the solution! MYTH: I have to sell all my stuff and spend all the money on long term care before Medicaid will help! FACT: You are...

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Tax laws that include death tax, gift tax while understanding laws

The estate tax is a tax on your right to transfer property at your death. It consists of an accounting of everything you own or have certain interests in at the date of death. The fair market value of these items is used, not necessarily what you paid for them or what their values were when you acquired them. The total of all of these items is your "Gross Estate." The includible property may consist of cash and...

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Power of Attorney, Both Medical and Financial

If you become sick or disabled, either temporarily or permanently, who will make decisions for you? A Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone you trust to handle your affairs if you cannot do so.  If you cannot pay bills, get records or make other decisions, your family will be prevented from helping you get treatment, pay doctors or pay for Medicaid. Without a Power of Attorney, your family may have to file two (that’s right,...

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