Mike’s practice is focused on estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate and business law. Mike serves individual clients and small business owners by developing plans for their future. Mike has recently been assisting clients in negotiating pipeline easements on their property.
Mike was born and raised in Adrian, Michigan where his grandfather helped establish a manufacturing company that was then operated by his father. Mike’s strong ties to the community and his family led him back to Adrian when he joined the RCO Law Lenawee County office in 2000.
DePaul University, J.D., 1999
Michigan State University, B.A., 1996
State of Michigan
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
City of Adrian Downtown Development Authority
Adrian Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce
Adrian Schools Educational Foundation
Adrian Rotary Club
Michigan State Bar Association
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Real Estate Law
A client approached RCO Law seeking advice when she feared she was no longer able to meet her husband’s medical and safety needs at home because he was suffering with advanced Alzheimer’s. With nursing home care demanding a considerable monthly expense, and with significant medical needs of her own, our client needed to preserve the family’s assets – accumulated over a lifetime with her spouse – in order to cover her own monthly living expenses.
The decision to move a spouse to a long term care facility is difficult and often heartbreaking. Adding to that stress is the daunting financial commitment that nursing home care requires. By creating a “Solely for the Benefit” Trust, preparing the Medicaid application, and guiding our client through the qualification process, we preserved the vast majority of the family’s life savings and allowed the husband to quickly qualify for Medicaid assistance rather than depleting the family’s assets.
The husband was quickly qualified for Medicaid, which covered the cost of the nursing home. Our client was allowed to keep her husband’s Social Security income each month and was able to keep the majority of the couple’s life savings, allowing her to remain in their home and meet the expenses of her own care.
I benefitted from being raised in a great community in Lenawee County where I now live with my wife and daughter. I enjoy investing in the local economy so much so that I joined twenty-three others to form a company to purchase and renovate a building in downtown Adrian, Michigan. When not at work, I like to follow the Michigan State Spartans, attempt to golf, and vacation at my grandparent’s cottage on the shores of Douglas Lake in northern Michigan.