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The Michigan Family Cottage and Camp Can Stay in the Family Thanks to New Public Act 310


Marquette, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2015 - Michigan Public Act 310 of 2014, effective Dec. 31, 2014, adds 5 new exemptions for family–owned homes, cottages and camps from uncapping the taxable property tax assessment.

Prior to the new law, the children and other loved ones who inherited homes, cottages, or camps often could not afford to keep them, as annual property taxes doubled, or tripled, because of uncapping rules.

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s Klooster decision in 2011, the use of a joint-tenancy prevented property tax spikes. But joint property unduly exposed jointly-owned properties to the divorce and debt claims of the children named as joint owners.

Public Act 310 adds 3 new trust exemptions that will allow children to inherit homes, cottages and camps without the fear of uncapping.

The use of an irrevocable trust is allowed under P.A. 310. If such a trust is properly designed, under Medicaid, it will prevent the loss of the cottage or camp from a nursing home admission. This is subject to a 5-year waiting period under Medicaid.

There is a rental or business purpose trap under P.A. 310. To avoid the trap, resort must be made to the joint tenancy exemption.

Learn more at

The Elder Law Firm of Anderson Associates, P.C.
148 W. Hewitt Avenue
Marquette, MI  49855
(906) 228-6212
Fax:  (906) 228-6219

NY Special Education Task Force Addresses Growing Crisis of Youth with Emotional Disabilities With Kick-off Event

Marion Walsh, Esq.

Marion Walsh, Esq.

New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2015 - The Lower Hudson Valley Special Education Task Force, a regional affiliate of the New York State Special Education Task Force, is pleased to announce its kick-off training and discussion event, “Emotional Disabilities and Anxiety in Youth: Parent and School Partnerships that Work”

This event will take place on February 27, 2015 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM in the auditorium of the Westchester Institute for Human Development, 20 Hospital Service Road South, in Valhalla.

Discussion will focus on the increasing concern and awareness of children with anxiety and emotional disabilities. According to recent Center for Disease Control statistics, approximately one in five children in the U.S. will experience a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder between kindergarten and graduation. Failure to address children’s mental health needs can lead to poor academic performance, behavior problems, school violence, substance abuse, suicide, and criminal activity. Often, parents and school districts do not heed or understand early warning signs. As a result, a child’s situation may spiral into crisis before schools or parents can work together to develop a plan that keeps the child in public school with appropriate services.

Speakers at this event will be:

- Dr. Suanne Mallenbaum, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

- Stephanie Roebuck, Esq., Keane and Beane PC, School District Attorney

- Marion Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP, Parents’ Attorney

- Dr. Carolyn McGuffog, Director of Educational Services, Pleasantville Central School District

- Dr. Jeanean Hergenrother, School Psychologist, Pelham Union Free School District

- Michael Orth, Westchester County Deputy Commissioner of Community Mental Health

Parents, teachers, special educators, psychologists, and other professionals are encouraged to attend.

The mission of the New York State Task Force is to improve educational access and outcomes for students with disabilities through a collaborative statewide network of stakeholders representing a variety of roles in addressing the special education needs of students in New York State. Specifically, the newly forming Lower Hudson Special Education Task Force will focus its efforts on enhancing knowledge and connections between parents, school districts, individuals with disabilities and service providers invested in the education of students with disabilities and providing a forum where these stakeholders can discuss issues, policies, best practices, proposed changes to law and regulations impacting students with disabilities. Through its focus on collaboration, the Lower Hudson Special Education Task Force offers a unique and effective approach to addressing the needs and concerns of all stakeholders, thereby improving understanding and reducing conflict.

For more information about this event, please contact Nanette Saturn of Putnam Independent Living Services at or at 845-228-7457 x1109.

Legal Management Magazine Now Available by Subscription

Legal Management Magazine

Legal Management Magazine

Lincolnshire, IL., (Law Firm Newswire) February 3, 2015 - Legal Management magazine, an award-winning provider of news and solutions for professionals in the business of law, is now available by subscription. Members of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) automatically receive the magazine as part of their membership, and now all legal professionals can get an insider’s look.

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