Every October, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys celebrates National Special Needs Law Month as a way to educate and raise awareness about planning for loved ones with developmental disabilities. While many families are aware of the benefits of common estate planning tools under Michigan probate law, such as wills and trusts, not as many are familiar with the "special needs trust." If a family member suffers from a disability-related condition, you should discuss your situation with a Michigan elder and disability lawyer to determine appropriate planning strategies. However, here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about special needs trusts.
If you or a loved one could soon be eligible for the U.S. national health insurance program commonly known as Medicare, it's important to understand how the program works. It's useful to know how to qualify and be familiar with the potential benefits you may receive, especially in connection with your financial and estate planning. While you should discuss the specifics of your circumstances with a knowledgeable Michigan Medicare attorney, some general information can provide you with the basics.