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1. What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

A durable power of attorney allows your wishes with regard to your financial affairs to be carried out should you become disabled or incapacitated. It can avoid the prospect of a conservatorship or guardianship proceeding—and the expense, emotional strain on your family and frustration that goes with conservatorship/guardianship proceedings. In most situations, two types of durable powers of attorney are used. The person you appoint to make financial decisions for you in your durable power of attorney is known as the Attorney in Fact. By appointing a power of attorney, you ensure that your wishes will be carried out by someone you trust, such as a spouse, close friend or advisor.

2. Are there restrictions on who can create a durable power of attorney? Can I choose anyone I want to be my Attorney in Fact?

In almost all circumstances, any legally competent adult can create a power of attorney, as long as he or she is a resident of the state in which it is created. Likewise, any legally competent adult can serve as Attorney in Fact in most situations. Of course, choosing your Attorney in Fact is an important decision and should not be taken lightly. It is also important to have your durable power of attorney drafted by an attorney experienced in this area of the law.

3. What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?

A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care allows you to designate the person you want to make decisions about your medical care on your behalf should you become incapacitated. It lets you give specific instructions to your agent that he or she must carry out, and gives them the authority to ensure health care providers are following your instructions. This means physicians, hospitals and other medical professionals must carry out your agent’s instructions as if they were your own.

4. What is a Living Will?

If you become permanently unconscious, terminally ill or unable to communicate your wishes for medical treatment, a Living Will outlines your desires in advance about the level of care taken on your behalf. Most states have laws to protect a patient’s right to refuse medical treatment. A Living Will, together with other estate planning tools and strategies, can protect your loved ones from having to make critical decisions about your medical treatment in an end of life scenario, as well as protect your estate from the high costs associated with carrying out such treatment.

5. What is a HIPAA Authorization?

A HIPPA Authorization Form allows your medical information to be released to people you choose, such as family members, agents and successor trustees. It is designed to circumvent provisions in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which prohibited the release of such information and led to some physicians, hospitals and care providers refusing to provide medical information to patients’ adult children and even spouses.

Upcoming Events

6/15/14: Special Needs Planning Workshop

Special Needs Planning Workshop

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Date: 6/15/2014

In this workshop you will learn the critical information needed to plan effectively for your special needs child. 

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In this workshop you will learn the critical information needed to plan effectively for your special needs child. 

2/5/15: Truth About Long Term Care

Truth About Long Term Care

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Date: 2/5/2015

Brighton Community Education

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Brighton Community Education

2/10/15: Truth About Estate Planners

Truth About Estate Planners

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Date: 2/10/2015

Brighton Community Education

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Brighton Community Education

2/26/15: Client Educational Event

Client Educational Event

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Date: 2/26/2015

Highland Library

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3/3/15: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

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Date: 3/3/2015

Milford Library

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3/12/15: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

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Date: 3/12/2015

3/18/15: Client Educational Event - Estate Administration

Client Educational Event - Estate Administration

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Date: 3/18/2015

Novi Library

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Novi Library

3/24/15: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

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Date: 3/24/2015

Highland Library

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4/21/15: Truth About Long Term Care

Truth About Long Term Care

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Date: 4/21/2015

4/28/15: Medicaid and You: Long Term Care Basics (7PM - 8:45PM)

Medicaid and You: Long Term Care Basics

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Date: 4/28/2015
Time: 7PM - 8:45PM
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Commerce Township Library

5/12/15: Special Needs Planning

Special Needs Planning

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Date: 5/12/2015

2/11/16: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

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Date: 2/11/2016
Highland Library more

Highland Library

2/15/16: Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

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Date: 2/15/2016
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Brighton District Library

4/15/16: Huron Valley Sinai Hospital Fair - Healthcare Directives

Huron Valley Sinai Hospital Fair - Healthcare Directives

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Date: 4/15/2016
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Huron Valley Sinai Hospital

5/18/16: Protecting Your Investments

Protecting Your Investments

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Date: 5/18/2016
Novi Library more

Novi Library

6/2/16: Truth About Long Term Care

Truth About Long Term Care

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Date: 6/2/2016
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Novi Library

9/21/16: Understanding Annuities

Understanding Annuities

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Date: 9/21/2016
Milford Library more

Milford Library

10/20/16: WXW Annual Forum

WXW Annual Forum

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Date: 10/20/2016
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Washtenaw Community College

1/12/17: Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

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Date: 1/12/2017
Milford Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Milford Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

1/18/17: Smart Women, Smart Legal and Financial Choices

Smart Women, Smart Legal and Financial Choices

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Date: 1/18/2017
Brighton Community Education (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

4/22/17: Community Wellness Expo

Community Wellness Expo

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Date: 4/22/2017
Lakeland High School (10:00 am-2:00 pm) more

Lakeland High School (10:00 am-2:00 pm)

4/25/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 4/25/2017
Independence Village of White Lake (2:30 pm-3:30 pm) more

Independence Village of White Lake (2:30 pm-3:30 pm)

5/11/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 5/11/2017
Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) more

Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

5/16/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 5/16/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

5/23/17: Understanding Hospice and Funeral Planning

Understanding Hospice and Funeral Planning

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Date: 5/23/2017
Highland Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Highland Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

5/25/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

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Date: 5/25/2017

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

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Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

6/1/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 6/1/2017
Hartland Community Ed (6:30 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED more

Hartland Community Ed (6:30 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED

6/6/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 6/6/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED

6/8/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

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Date: 6/8/2017

Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) - CANCELLED

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Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) - CANCELLED

6/20/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 6/20/2017
Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED

7/11/17: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You – Medicaid Myths and Misinformation

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You – Medicaid Myths and Misinformation

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Date: 7/11/2017
Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED

7/14/17: Summer Picnic!

Summer Picnic!

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Date: 7/14/2017
Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm) more

Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm)

7/20/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 7/20/2017

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

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Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

7/25/17: Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

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Date: 7/25/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

8/10/17: Who's Minding the Store?

Who's Minding the Store?

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Date: 8/10/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

8/15/17: Who's Minding the Store?

Who's Minding the Store?

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Date: 8/15/2017
Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) CANCELLED

8/29/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 8/29/2017
Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) more

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

9/9/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 9/9/2017
Lyon Township Public Library (1:00 pm-2:30 pm) more

Lyon Township Public Library (1:00 pm-2:30 pm)

9/12/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 9/12/2017
Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) more

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

9/19/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 9/19/2017
Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED

10/4/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 10/4/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

10/26/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 10/26/2017

Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

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Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

11/1/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 11/1/2017

Independence Village of White Lake (6:00 pm-7:15 pm)

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Independence Village of White Lake (6:00 pm-7:15 pm)

11/9/17: Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

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Date: 11/9/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

12/8/17: Annual Holiday Party!

Annual Holiday Party!

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Date: 12/8/2017
Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm) more

Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm)

2/13/18: Treat Yourself to Some Peace of Mind this Valentine's Day!

Treat Yourself to Some Peace of Mind this Valentine's Day!

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Date: 2/13/2018
Milford Public Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Milford Public Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

3/20/18: What Every Caregiver Needs to Know

What Every Caregiver Needs to Know

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Date: 3/20/2018
Highland Public Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Highland Public Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)
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