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Dower RIghts Abolished in Michigan

Since 1787, Michigan law has given women "dower" rights. Dower rights gave widows a one-third interest in any real estate owned by her husband during their marriage. This allowed a deceased husband to provide economic support for his surviving wife.

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Gambling Addiction in Older Adulst

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling(NCPG). The NCPG provides education about gambling addiction and available resources for help.

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Prevent Identity Theft After Death

It's sad to think that even after aloved one dies, he can be the victim of identity theft. But unfortunately, it happens regularly. Below we've highlighted some important steps you can take to prevent identity theft of a deceased person:

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Unsigned Will Could Be Binding

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently had to consider whether a Will that was never signed was still enforceable. On November 10, 2016, the Michigan Court of Appeals disagreed with Wayne County Probate Court (who had rejected the unsigned Will) and sent the case back to Probate for more evidence.

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Safety Tips for Drone Pilots

If you watched Lady Gaga's performance at this year's Super Bowl, you saw what can be accomplished with a swarm of drones. What you may not know is that the drone display had to be recorded in advance to avoid violating airspace rules.

Even if you're not expecting a battle, better get a will.

In this interview, I explain why even though you may not expect your estate to be contested, why it's so important to have a will.

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New Law Helps Medicare Patients

When a person on Medicare is in the hospital, it's critical to understand that if he is an "observed outpatient," that is very different from being admitted as an "inpatient." Even if a patient is an observed outpatient for more than 24 hours, Medicare will not cover subsequent rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility care that might be needed after the hospital stay. Medicare will only pay if the patient has been formally admitted to the hospital as an inpatient for three consecutive days.

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New Law Makes Inheriting Handguns Easier

Many clients own handguns as part of their estates, and want to ensure those handguns are transferred to family members who will appreciate the gift. However, they have concerns about whether the intended recipient is able to get a license for the gun, or they are worried about how an out-of-state resident will obtain the necessary paperwork to transport the gun back to his home state.

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New Michigan Law Helps Medical Caregivers

On April 13th, Governor Snyder signed the Michigan Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. This law took effect on July 12th and supports people acting as a caregiver for a loved one. The new law requires hospitals to give caregivers the basic information and training they need when the person they are caring for goes into the hospital or is discharged.

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Dower RIghts Abolished in Michigan

Since 1787, Michigan law has given women "dower" rights. Dower rights gave widows a one-third interest in any real estate owned by her husband during their marriage. This allowed a deceased husband to provide economic support for his surviving wife.