Understanding Conservatorship

The State of Michigan has Guardianship and Conservatorship laws in place, which were created by the Estates & protected Individuals Code and Mental Health Code, in order to help protect people who cannot manage their personal affairs due to age, illness, or disability. Understanding why its important to have a conservator can save you a […]


Understanding Guardianship

The State of Michigan has Guardianship and Conservatorship laws in place, which were created by the Estates & Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) and Mental Health Code, in order to help protect people who cannot manage their personal affairs due to age, illness, or a disability. Knowing what having a Guardian can do for you could […]


How Can I Avoid a Guardianship or Conservatorship?

Clients often ask how they can avoid probate court proceedings for guardianships and conservatorships. One method to avoid using the probate court to assist in your personal matters is to utilize a Power of Attorney. Powers of Attorney fall into two major varieties: Medical Power of Attorney (or Patient Advocate Designations) and General Durable Power […]


What is a living will? How can I protect my wishes about medical care?

Living wills are a form of “advance medical directive.” A living will instructs medical care providers to give—or withhold—particular kinds of medical care, if you become incapacitated. Unfortunately, living wills are not recognized by Michigan. But state law does recognize other forms of advance medical directives. In Michigan, you can nominate a “patient advocate” to […]


What is HIPAA? How does this privacy law affect my family’s access to my health information if I become incapacitated?

HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.” HIPAA is a federal law that imposes privacy rules on your medical providers. HIPAA’s rules can restrict your family’s access to your health information and records when you are ill or disabled. This lack of access can hurt their ability to advocate for your healthcare. Fortunately, […]