Seminars

Need a trainer or speaker? We are often asked to make presentations or help with training. Brad Vauter, in particular, is often asked to give presentations or training on various topics. He is a knowledgeable and funny trainer/speaker, and in demand as a presenter. The other attorneys and our paralegal also speak before groups and organizations, and cover simple and short presentations, as well as trainings that are more complex and detailed.  If your group or organization needs a speaker or trainer feel free to contact us by calling us at 517 853-8015.  We’ll see if we can help.

Want to borrow a book or take a free brochure or pamphlet on a topic of interest? We maintain a free small “lending library” with books and forms and pamphlets that can be valuable resources as you educate yourself or work to help yourself and loved ones. Feel free to drop by our office.

We also list many other resources as part of our website, to assist you too.  Check out our “useful resources” page.

Below is a list of coming attractions, and notations of past presentations – sometimes including a link to register or to see clips or videos. (You may need to make arrangements to attend with the host organization-otherwise just contact us.)

Coming up:

Date:  TBD (spring 2019)

Location:  Grand Ledge/Charlotte

How to serve as successor trustee and not get yelled at (by relatives or a judge)

If you are interested in this class, call our office at 517 853-8015, and let us know, and we can stay in touch when we have enough interest in a class/workshop.  Trusts often help us avoid probate BUT most medium and smaller family trusts are handled by family members related to the Settlor/Grantor of the Trust.  This person is typically known as the Successor Trustee.  Under Michigan law a Successor Trustee needs to keep basic records, notify others of the Trust, provide a basic accounting, and figure out when to distribute all or part of the Trust assets to the beneficiaries.  They are often obliged to follow a sort of “Prudent Investor” role too.  A successor trustee may need to attend to taxes of the person who died, or even taxes of the trust.  Goofing up things is not uncommon.  Our session will give you some tips so you can  perhaps avoid problems or correct ones you’ve made already.

Date:  TBD 

Location:  Grand Ledge/Charlotte/Dewitt

How to protect some assets and still cover the costs of long-term care

You may wonder how you will pay for a nursing home for a spouse if Medicare coverage ends, since Medicare typically covers at most the first 100 days in a nursing home, and average monthly nursing home bills in Michigan come in just over $8,100.00.  Perhaps you have heard of divestment, estate recovery, 60 month look back periods or more?  Perhaps you think you must spend down almost everything before you qualify?  Maybe you have heard you lose your home if you need Medicaid?  There is a good chance you’ve heard some things that aren’t true or are taken out of context.  Call in and sign up for this seminar to get a better idea of what you can do if the issue is likely to come up in your family–517-853-8015.

Other Potential Class Offerings* by the Firm Attorneys for your group or organization:

–How to pay for long term care without going completely broke–who pays for long term care? Long term care insurance? Medicaid, Medicare or Veterans benefits? Helping a loved one get help with long term care costs.

Fundamentals of estate planning, including wills, trusts, medical and financial powers of attorney.  What should you have at your stage of life?

–Estate Planning and Life and Benefit Planning for members of the LGBTQA Community in Michigan.

* These are offered if people show interest–contact our firm if you’d like to join one of the programs. Call 517 853-8015, and asked to be put on the class/workshop list!

Past Events:

Date:  April 1 and 2, 2019

Location:  Gaylord

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date:  February 21 and 22, 2019

Location:  Detroit-Cadillac Center

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date: October 17, 2018

Location: Mackinac Island-Mission Point

The Intersection Between an LII’s (Ward or LIP) Right to Challenge a Guardianship and an Attorney’s Duties under the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct.  A presentation to members of the Michigan State Bar.

Date:  August 23 & 24, 2018

Location:  Detroit MI (Cadillac Place)

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date:  July 18, 2018

Location: Opera House Grand Ledge–Grand Ledge Rotary

Elder Law, what do we do, how can we help, who do we help?

Rotarypresentation 7-18-18

Date:  June 4 & 5th, 2018

Location:  Gaylord, MI

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date:  April 30, 2018

National Business Institute Seminar on Medicaid Planning,  Brad Vauter covered these topics:

  1. LEGAL ETHICS
    1. Conflicts of Interest when Representing Both Spouses
    2. Protecting Confidentiality
    3. Attorney Fees
    4. Mental Capacity in Elder Law
    5. Practical Scenarios – What Would You Do?
  2. LIENS, ESTATE RECOVERY AND HARDSHIP WAIVERS
    1. Estate Recovery Rules
    2. Hardship Waivers
    3. Estate Recovery Exemption with Qualified Long-Term Care Insurance Policy
    4. Claim Reduction

Date: March 8 and 9, 2018

Location:  Detroit, MI  (Cadillac Place)

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date: January 3, 2018 1:30 p.m. (meeting starts, presentation closer to 2?)

Presentation to the Lansing Chapter of the State Employees Retirement Association (SERA)

Location:  UAW Local 6000 Hall, 3350 N. Grand River  Lansing MI

Attorney Bradley Vauter will be speaking about elder care
and long-term care planning, including ways to help pay for care without going broke and ways to prepare for possible periods of disability with little or no court involvement.

Date:  September 21 and 22. 2017 (all day, both days) 

Location:  Jackson, MI

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date:  July 13 and 14, 2017 (all day, both days)

Location:  Gaylord, MI

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date: April 20, 2017 6:15 pm t0 7:45

Location:  Sparrow Behavioral Health – First floor education room  1210 W. Saginaw, Lansing MI

Part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI connection series including questions and answers about guardianship, mental health treatment, Michigan’s “Kevin’s Law” and commitments and so on.  For more on the Lansing area NAMI group go to this link:  http://www.nami-lansing.org

Date:  March 2 and 3, 2017

Location:  Cadillac Center Detroit Michigan

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date:  Sept. 22 and 23, 2016

Location:  Jackson MI, State Office Building

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date:  July 28 and 29, 2016

Location:  Cadillac Center Detroit Michigan

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date:  June 16, 2016  8 p.m.

Appearance on Ask The Lawyers-Elder Law Edition, WMNU

Live Broadcast from Marquette MI

Link to view here:  http://www.pbs.org/video/2365786067/#_=_

Date:  June 10th, 2016  1 p.m.

Location:  1945 W. Parnall Road| Jackson, MI | 49249

Pride Alliance of Consumers Energy–LGBTQ Families, adoption and benefit law

Date:  June 8, 2016  6 p.m.

Location:  4656 N. Meridian Road, Williamston, MI 48895
Part of the Forster Woods’ Community Education Series in Williamston.  Long term care and estate planning.

To learn more or save a spot call the Forster Woods Adult Day Center —  Office Phone, (517) 349-3101

Date:  May 16, 2016  Noon to 1:15

Western Michigan/Cooley Law School Downtown Lansing

For the Ingham County Bar Association Probate Section Meeting

Gay Marriage–and Probate–Where Are We Now? Life after Obergefell and Windsor

Date:  April 6, 2016  Noon to 1 pm

Location:  Senior Center Delta Township – 4538 Elizabeth Rd. Lansing 48917

Probate Court Mistakes, Guardianship/Conservatorship and Estate Planning Traps to Avoid

To RSVP contact Delta Township Enrichment Center :
Office hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday Office phone: 517.484.5600

Date:  March 10 and 11, 2016–all day both days

Location:  Gaylord, MI

Class: SEM 201 Adult Protective Services Legal Training

(This is a training provided to APS workers around the state in cooperation with Elder Law of Michigan. The topics essentially cover guardianship and alternatives to guardianship along with APS authority to investigate and pursue adult abuse issues.)

Date:  Feb. 18, 2016   6-8 p.m.

Location:  Log Jam, Grand Ledge, MI

Joint Presentation with financial advisor Ren Vande Guchte of Edward Jones–“Are you ready for retirement?” Financial and Legal Issues to consider.  Presentation with time for questions and answers, snacks provided.

To RSVP contact Brad Vauter at 517 853-8015.

You are a strong and knowledgeable advocate for the personal rights of all Michiganders but especially for the disabled and elderly. Personally, you are a sincere and honest individual and helping other people comes naturally.
Shawn

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