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On the Lighter Side

Laughter truly is the best medicine…..      Three sisters, ages 92, 94 and 96, live in a house together. One night the 96-year-old draws a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. She yells to the other sisters,  ‘Was I getting in…

Medicare and Nursing Home Care

     Many seniors mistakenly believe that Medicare covers nursing home stays. In fact, Medicare’s coverage for nursing home care is quite limited. Medicare only provides up to 100 days of “skilled nursing care” per illness, and there are a number…

Resident Rights in a Nursing Home

               In 1987, Congress enacted the Nursing Home Reform Law that has been incorporated into the Medicare and Medicaid regulations.  The law gives residents a number of specific rights, including: Residents have the right to be free of…

Veterans Career Training

     The Military Order of the Purple Heart now offers job training to combat wounded and disabled Veterans through the Veterans Vocational Technical Institute (VVTI).  Candidates accepted into the program are trained for the virtual Purple Heart Call Center (PHCC)…

Advance Directives

     Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to put in writing what kind of health care you would want if you were too ill to speak for yourself.  Advance directives most often include the following: A health care…

Is My Will Still Valid?

Question:  My Will was drafted ten years ago and the witnesses worked at a bank that is no longer in business.  Is my will still valid?   Answer:  It’s unlikely that the witnesses will ever be involved in your estate…

Congress Lets Estate Tax Expire

     With Senate Democrats unable to persuade Republicans to extend the 2009 estate tax law for even a couple of months until a more permanent solution could be devised, there is currently no tax on the estates of those dying…

What a Veterans Fiduciary Cannot Do

A fiduciary is someone who has undertaken to act for and on behalf of another in  a relationship of trust and confidence.  A fiduciary is expected to be extremely loyal to the person to whom he owes the duty (the “principal”):…

Authorization for Funeral Arrangements

Under Michigan law, funeral arrangements can be made only by the next-of-kin.  Their wishes supersede the expressed wishes of the deceased contained in the deceased’s Will or other written or oral communication.  The only exception to this is if the…

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