• Mild Alzheimer's Lowers Financial Acumen - Empasizing the Need for Planning ASAP

      New research shows that patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD) have a dramatic decline in their ability to make financial decisions over a one year period. The discovery has strong implications ...

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    • When Should Family Members Be Compensated as Caregivers?

      In many families, the situation is familiar: As your loved ones grow older, they need help with daily and routine tasks. Often, a family member steps in and takes care of the elder. Over time, the ...

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    • Coming Soon: Five-Star Rating System for Nursing Homes

      You can eat at a five-star restaurant or stay at a five-star hotel. By year’s end, you’ll also be able to select a five-star nursing home. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has ...

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    • Estate Planning, Retirement and Divorce: What You Should Know

      Going through a divorce takes a toll under any circumstances. During the process and after the divorce is final, there are often a great number of matters that need to be addressed. Changing titles to ...

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    • Stealing from an Estate Can Lead to Double Damages Under Michigan Law

      What recourse do heirs, creditors and other interested parties have if they suspect that an executor or other person is mishandling assets of a probate estate or trust? Michigan law spells out their ...

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    • Lessons from Tom Clancy's Estate: The Cost of Words

      Author Tom Clancy amassed an $86 million fortune by spinning language into tales of conflict and intrigue, such as The Hunt for Red October . It is perhaps ironic, then, that after his death, his ...

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    • Does an Executor or Trustee Have a Duty to Maintain Confidentiality?

      The process of administering an estate after someone dies involves a lot of different responsibilities. The duties include collecting assets, paying debts and satisfying obligations, and distributing ...

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    • Challenging a Patient Advocate Designation / Healthcare Durable Power of Attorney

      When an individual signs a legally valid patient advocate designation , the document gives another person the authority to make healthcare decisions for the individual who signed should he or she ...

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    • What Is a Patient Advocate Designation?

      What happens if you or a family member is too injured or ill to make medical decisions for themselves? In Michigan, you can designate someone to be your “patient advocate” in the event that you lose ...

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    • Florida Powers of Attorney: What Michigan Snowbirds Need to Know

      In our Michigan estate planning practice at Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras, P.C., we work with clients who spend part of the year in the Sunshine State or who have real estate or other interests ...

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    • The Interplay Between Powers of Attorney, Guardianships, and Conservatorships

      When you are thinking about planning your estate, it may seem simple or, alternatively, overwhelming. But the truth is, estate planning is neither simple nor overwhelming. A great estate planner can ...

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    • What Happens When A Power of Attorney Acts Improperly?

      A person appoints a power of attorney (POA) to make decisions for himself or herself – usually a spouse, parent, or adult child — for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, people create POA’s to be ...

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    • Delays in Social Security Disability Cases at Record Highs

      Summary The Social Security Administration faces a record – and rapidly growing – backlog of appeals by people who claim they are too disabled to work. Through June, it had just over 745,000 cases ...

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    • Marriage and Social Security Benefits

      Millions of couples blissfully say “I do” each year with perhaps only a fleeting thought of eventually retiring with their beloved. But married couples should pause to consider the array of Social ...

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    • Hidden Social Security Option

      Did you elect to take Social Security benefits before your full retirement age? If you did and are now looking for extra income, there may be an answer. Once you reach full retirement age, you can pay ...

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    • Bill Signed Removing 'Mentally Retarded' From Federal Laws

      President Obama has signed into law a bill eliminating use of the phrase “mentally retarded” from all federal law. The the law is named Rosa’s Law after the Maryland 8-year-old with Down syndrome ...

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    • Autism Awareness Month: A Call to Compassion

      April is Autism Awareness month, and a perfect time to teach your children about compassion in the classroom. Compassion and autism: How your child can change the world of school for an autistic ...

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    • What Is a Special Needs Trust & Do I Need One?

      There are many different types of trusts, including living trusts, testamentary trusts, revocable and irrevocable trusts, and special needs trusts. It can be difficult to know what type of trust is ...

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  • Tax
    • Federal Estate Tax and Gift Tax Changes in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act Provide New Opportunities for Tax Savings

      Most of the changes in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which became effective on January 1, 2018, relate to income taxes. However, the law includes important and significant changes that affect federal ...

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    • Congress Closes Kiddie Tax Loophole

      Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry – and this time, you can blame Congress. If part of your tax planning included giving appreciated stocks, mutual funds or other assets to your teen or college ...

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    • Will You Owe 2016 Gift Taxes?

      Michigan, like most states, does not have a state gift tax. However, the federal gift tax law in the Internal Revenue Code applies to everyone in all states, including Michigan. In any year, if you ...

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    • Medical Bills You Shouldn't Pay In a controversial practice known as "balance billing," health-care providers are going after patients for money they don't owe

      As health-care costs continue to soar, millions of confused consumers are paying medical bills they don’t actually owe. Typically this occurs when an insurance plan covers less than what a doctor, ...

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    • What Happens When The Family Can't Get Along?

      Dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another condition causing loss of competence is difficult enough. The problem becomes even more troublesome when the condition acts as a ...

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    • New Data Added to Government's Hospital Compare Website that is Already Booming

      More than 2.5 million visitors per month attracted to features like deaths by hospital and hospital care ratings by consumers The Website maintained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ...

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    • What Is the Importance of Registering a Michigan Trust?

      If you have a trust in Michigan, state law provides that you can register the trust. Registering a Michigan trust is not required (except for certain charitable trusts, as discussed below). Even for ...

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    • Should You Consider a Domestic Asset Protection Trust for Your Michigan Vacation Home?

      Many Michigan families own a cottage or cabin up north for vacations and weekend getaways as well as family retreats and reunions. Often, the property is faithfully protected as part of the family ...

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    • Removal of a Trustee in Michigan: The Rules Are Clear

      When a trust fund is created, the trust documents name a trustee to administer the trust. Depending on the type of trust, the trustee’s responsibilities may begin immediately, or they may begin on the ...

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    • What Medical and Pension Benefits Are Available to Veterans?

      Veterans, as well as spouses and dependents, may be eligible for a variety of medical and pension benefits. If you or a loved one is a veteran, it is important to be aware of these benefits and know ...

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    • Veterans Assistance Update

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    • Highlights of the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2006

      In December 2006, Congress approved new legislation to help veterans and their families. Some provisions include: Increased support for those suffering from blindness, Parkinson’s disease and multiple ...

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    • What Problems Will Your Family Face If You Die Without a Will?

      If you die without a will or estate plan — referred to as dying intestate — your family may face a myriad of problems, some of which may not easily be resolved. Those problems can result in serious ...

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    • Challenges Involving Joint Assets, Wills and Trusts

      This is the last in the series of articles on “When the Family Cannot Get Along” by Andrew Mayoras, Partner, Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras, and The Center for Probate Litigation Last week’s ...

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    • Can an Ex-Spouse Still Inherit under a Will?

      If you have recently divorced, or if you have a parent who has recently gone through a divorce, you and your family have gone through a difficult and emotional time. Most likely, you do not want to ...

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