ELDER LAW

A Friendly and Reliable Grand Rapids Elder Law Attorney

Sound legal guidance as you work to protect your assets and property

For many people, estate planning is easy to put off. No one really wants to think about what will happen after they pass away or become disabled. However, establishing a cohesive plan for your assets and property is an important step for people of all ages — especially those who are approaching or have reached retirement age.

At the Law Office of Cery Kennedy, I assist individuals and families with a wide range of elder law, disability planning, and estate planning issues. We begin the process with a conversation, discussing your needs, goals, and any special circumstances you are facing. Then, I take what I’ve learned to develop a sound estate planning strategy for you and your loved ones, giving you the peace of mind you need and deserve throughout the process.

Comprehensive Medicaid planning for long-term care

As you grow older, one of your top concerns may be what will happen when you need long-term care. Nursing homes are incredibly expensive — If you do not plan for long-term care, the costs could wipe out all of your assets with time.

I’ll advise you on ways to work through the complex rules that Medicaid has laid out, and help you understand the rules and planning opportunities that exist to preserve assets, income, and essentially a loved one’s legacy. Because the complex Medicaid rules are time-sensitive in nature, it is important to speak to an elder law attorney as soon as it appears that long-term care may be a consideration for a loved one.

Estate planning based on your unique needs

In addition to long-term care planning, I provide helpful, reliable, and trustworthy legal guidance on the following important estate planning tasks:

  • Wills: A will is a legal document that informs those who succeed the deceased person as to how assets should be distributed after that person’s death. It also tells the court which people are entitled to the decedent’s estate. It has no impact on a person’s lifetime affairs and does not address incapacity during one’s lifetime.
  • Trusts: Through a revocable or irrevocable trust, you can gain some critical tax benefits while still maintaining control over your assets and upon your death, the trustee is directed by trust to either distribute property, or continue to hold and manage it for the benefit of your beneficiaries.
  • Durable power of attorney: Through this arrangement, you permit another person to assist you with your business affairs either now, or later when you are unable to do so yourself due to an illness or incapacitation. A durable power of attorney arrangement may be revoked at any time and expires at the time of one’s death.
  • Durable power of attorney for healthcare: A durable power of attorney for healthcare allows you to designate another person or persons (such as a spouse, child or children) to make healthcare decisions for you in the event of your inability to do so. You can revoke this authorization as you see fit.

Consult a dedicated Grand Rapids elder law attorney

To learn more about the reliable guidance and advice I offer on all aspects of elder law, turn to the Law Office of Cery Kennedy, based in Wyoming, Michigan. I’m proud to serve clients in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Byron Center, Grandville, and the surrounding communities. And, I would be happy to meet with you over the phone or via Skype or FaceTime if it works better for you. Please call me today at 616-326-1970 or contact my office online to get started.

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