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Christopher J. Berry, Esq. | The Elder Care Firm

Certified Elder Law Attorney | Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer


Welcome. Visiting this site could change your family’s life.  

Here’s how…

Christopher J. Berry


There are little hinges that swing big doors.  Why might this site change your family’s path?


As Henry Ford said “The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.” The fact that you’re at this site means you’re ready to find a knowledgeable, experienced and trustworthy guide to help you in your planning.


Most people are here for two reasons, sometimes both.  First, they are here because they want to plan ahead and they want an knowledgeable, experienced Michigan estate planning lawyer to guide them. They want to get their ducks in a row, so to speak.  The other reason is that life has suddenly become a lot more complicated because you’re dealing with the health care worries and long-term care crisis of a loved one.


Are You Facing a Long-term Care Crisis?


Maybe you’re already in danger.  Every day in Michigan, people are losing their homes and assets to catastrophic illness that his their family…and they cannot afford to pay the outrageous nursing home costs.


If your loved one suffers a stroke, develops dementia or just through the frailties of aging you could lose everything to the cost of long-term care.  You don’t want to be out of money and out of quality health care options for your loved one.


The rules for Medicaid and the “Aid and Attendance” VA Benefit are nearly impossible for a layperson to understand.  In fact, most likely, your family attorney or financial advisor will say things like, “it’s too late do do anything!”  Maybe, the shrug and offer you the same old will, ladybird deed and power of attorney he prepares all his clients.


It doesn’t have to be that way.  There is hope.  Contact us now to protect what you’ve earned, to preserve what you value.


Excellence in Estate Planning and Elder Law


Estate Planning and Elder Law is not an area for a “generalist.”  Your quality of life and your life’s work is more important than that.  It is important to work with a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA).  The CELA designation is the GOLD STANDARD in estate planning and elder law.


The clients that we work with value the peace of mind,  that their goals are being met with the absolute latest in legal strategies to protect assets and preserve quality of life and care.


To ensure that, it is important to work with a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA).  Any attorney can say they “do estate planning or elder law”, but only CELAs can say they are the top 1% of estate planning and elder law attorneys.  Michigan Elder Law Attorney, Christopher J. Berry, Esq., was the second youngest attorney in the country to become a CELA.


To accomplish our clients goals, we utilize a variety of legal and financial strategies to protect your assets and help ensure you receive the care you need today or in the future. Asset preservation is the name of the game. We want to protect your hard earned assets from probate, long-term care costs, and taxes.


We call upon various governmental benefits to help pay the catastrophic cost of long-term care, including Veterans Benefits and Medicaid. We protect our clients’ assets from nursing home or Medicaid spend-down. Even if the protection of your assets is a function of estate and elder care planning, it is not the sole purpose of it.


Sophisticated Estate Planning Strategies for Michigan Families


Typically, our approach to estate planning and elder care planning focuses on helping our clients accomplish three main goals:


  • Making sure that when you pass your things go to the people you want, in the manner you want, with as little hassle as possible using sophisticated tools, like Asset Protection Trusts or Retirement Plan Trusts.
  • If you were to become incapacitated, that you have the right people making both medical and financial decisions for you.
  • To protect your hard earned assets from lawsuits, long-term care costs and nursing home spend down and bring in any governmental resources you may be entitled to, like the VA Benefit or Medicaid.


Certified Elder Law Attorney


For our elder care clients, we also help our clients by:


  • Ensuring that you receive excellent care, whether at home, in an assisted living facility, or a nursing home.
  • Assisting you and your family in making decisions that reflect your long-term needs. We serve as your knowledgeable and experienced legal counselors, your elder care coordinators, and your resource for access to supportive social workers.
  • Helping you choose from the wide array of options that best serve your asset protection and quality of life needs.


Our firm’s founder, Attorney Christopher J. Berry has dedicated his career to helping families navigate the financial, legal and emotional maze that comes with aging, illness and disability. His law career has been exclusively devoted to elder law and estate planning, including, Medicaid planning, assets preservation planning, and Veterans Benefits. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, one of only a handful in the state of Michigan, as well as an adjunct professor at Thomas Cooley Law School.


 Michigan Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm


Certified Elder Law Attorney Berry is one of Michigan’s most credentialed estate planning and elder law attorneys. He was the 2nd youngest attorney in the nation to become a Certified Elder Law attorney at the age of 34. He’s authored the “Caregiver’s Legal Guide to Planning for a Loved One with Chronic Illness”, which you can order a copy to the left. He is a past president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Michigan Chapter. He is an Adjunct Professor of Elder Law at Thomas Cooley Law School. Additionally, he was one of Michigan’s first VA Accredited Attorneys and helps many veterans and surviving spouses with qualifying for their hard earned Michigan VA Benefits.


If you need an estate planning or elder law attorney, you’d be hard pressed to find one with more credentials and more down to earth.


Retirement and Social Security Planning


As a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Christopher J. Berry and his team is in a unique position to develop strategies to ensure that Michigan families maximize their social security benefits and retirement income. Additionally, with the advent of the Standalone Retirement Plan Trust and other strategies, The Elder Care Firm, focuses on strategies to pass your retirement accounts to the next generation while protecting against loss due to divorce, bankruptcy and creditor attachment.


Contact The Michigan Elder Care Firm


We invite you to explore this site to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we can assist you. Better yet, why not contact us for a consultation. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person and discuss your particular planning needs.  The Elder Care Firm has estate planning and elder law offices in Brighton, Livonia, Novi and Bloomfield Hills, serving clients in Livingston, Oakland, and Wayne Counties.