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Aging is a Success Story

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jan 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Aging is the sign of a successful life. After all, when you think about the alternative to aging your perspective about getting older shifts. You should start seeking self-sufficiency for your retirement years well before the age of sixty-five. But, even if you have not done so, don't shun the pl...

Memory Care Innovations

Posted by Andrew Byers | Dec 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Within the next 20 years, there will be an increased need for memory care housing options as the Baby Boomers continue to age. In 2016 alone, more than 2.5 million Baby Boomers turned 70 years old, the youngest boomers hitting age 52. With advancing age comes an increased risk of Alzheimer's dise...

Changes to Social Security in 2018

Posted by Andrew Byers | Dec 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is good news! Social Security payments will increase by 2% in 2018. The bad news? It's not enough to keep up with inflation. Many senior citizens will be happy to learn that the amount of money they will receive in their social security checks will increase two percent in 2018. This averag...

Need Help Understanding Medicare?

Posted by Andrew Byers | Nov 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Medicare is a single-payer, national social insurance program administered by the federal government. It provides health insurance for those aged 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system through the payroll tax. It also provides health insurance to disabled younger people with disabi...

What is Daily Money Management?

Posted by Andrew Byers | Nov 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

With our rapidly growing population of seniors, more and more families will be dealing with loved ones who will face trouble managing their daily finances. Being unable to fully manage financial matters puts the elderly at risk of financial insecurity, debt problems or serious paying for long-ter...

Probate Problems: How to Steer Clear of Probate Court

Posted by Andrew Byers | Oct 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many people have been told that it is important for people to “avoid probate.” But just because people may have heard that term, doesn't mean they know exactly what probate means, why it can be a problem or how to successfully avoid it. In this post, we will take a look at the term probate to und...

Changes to Long Term Care Insurance

Posted by Andrew Byers | Oct 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

Over recent years, many people have purchased long term care (LTC) insurance to protect themselves against the rising costs of care in their final years. But lately, policy holders have seen their premiums rise and/or benefits decrease. Two of the largest LTC insurance companies, MetLife and Unum...

Is There a Link Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s?

Posted by Andrew Byers | Sep 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

One in three Americans do not get enough sleep, and 45% of the remaining world's population doesn't either. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls that a "public health problem," because disrupted sleep is associated with a higher risk of physical and mental conditions including ...

Seniors and the Fear of Falling

Posted by Andrew Byers | Sep 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

As an elder law attorney, I frequently meet with the spouse or middle-aged, adult children of an elderly person who is hospitalized or in a nursing home due to the effects of a fall. The injuries sustained in the fall are often a main factor that results in a senior having to move to long-term ca...

Age-appropriate Legal Documents

Posted by Andrew Byers | Aug 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

Twenty years ago, Jim and Sandy, age 45 at the time, went on their first vacation without their kids since they were married. They had no planning documents in place, and had to scramble quickly to get a simple will and a power of attorney to make sure their kids would be taken care of should som...

Medicaid Reform: Are Block Grants Coming?

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jul 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Medicaid, the single largest source of health coverage in the United States, provides health coverage to almost 75 million Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Medicaid is a federal program, but it is administered by the states. To pa...

Are Patients Leaving Hospitals Too Soon?

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jul 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

While most hospital discharges are agreed upon by doctors and their patients, there are some circumstances when there is disagreement about whether it's time for the patient to leave. Most of those disagreements are with the insurance company or another payer who deems that patient's time is up (...

Gratitude to the Rescue

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jun 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Five ways to get out of that funk and onto better things When parsing through your furniture with your soon-to-be-ex, mustering gratitude is probably not your first instinct. But a growing body of research shows that acknowledging what you have (rather than focusing on what you've lost) may be y...

Estate Planning In Your 20s

Posted by Andrew Byers | Apr 06, 2017 | 0 Comments

Do I need an estate plan if I am young and healthy? While most of us have a basic understanding about what the term “estate planning” means, few young adults believe estate planning is something they need to worry about.  After all, your twenties are a time for fun, adventure, and figuring out w...

Michigan Gun Laws

Posted by Andrew Byers | Mar 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Guns are regulated by both federal and state law. Only certain individuals can possess and use a weapon, and failure to follow these regulations can result in criminal prosecution. Unfortunately, when the deceased passes a gun, these rules are sometimes ignored, resulting in a very different kind...

4 Common Myths About Powers of Attorney

Posted by Andrew Byers | Feb 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Powers of attorney are extremely useful documents in the event of mental incapacity. These documents are also useful in less dire situations, such as when the principal is out of the country or simply unable to sign an urgent document. Nonetheless, rumors concerning potential pitfalls with powers...

The Basics of Asset Protection Planning

Posted by Andrew Byers | Feb 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

Asset protection is a wealth strategy that helps you protect your assets from creditor claims. It is useful for both individuals and businesses. Proper planning can prevent creditors from having access to some of your most valuable or precious assets. It is often used in conjunction with an estat...

Long-Term Care Insurance: Salvation or Rip-Off?

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jan 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Do I need long-term care insurance? As the baby boomer generation ages, the question of whether or not to purchase long-term care insurance becomes a pressing one to a greater and greater segment of the population. In considering matters like long-term care, having a skilled and knowledgeable el...

What is Elder Law?

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jan 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the population grows older, many elders must face the difficult challenges of aging, such as declining health, long-term care planning, asset protection and other financial concerns. The practice of elder law is designed to assist seniors with meeting these challenges and give them peace of mi...

Common Types of Will Contests

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jan 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

The most basic estate planning tool is a will which establishes how an individual's property will be distributed and names beneficiaries to receive those assets. Unfortunately, there are circumstances when disputes arise among surviving family members that can lead to a will contest. This is a co...

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