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Posted by Linda, a Trusts client, Flag
my family hired Mr. Todd Schmitz to prepare a living Trust for my mother and step father in 2009. From time to time since then, we've had need to ask Todd for advise about the Trust and some interpretation. He has responded to my calls in a timely fashion (I live in another state) and answered questions.
Posted by Ellen, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd Schmitz and Mike Garissi are extremely competent in the area of Elder Law...That was the reason I contacted Todd and I was always pleased with the respectful and knowledgeable treatment I received from them...I certainly believed they knew what they were doing and never worried that I hadn't been well represented...I have recommended them to several friends and relatives ...
Posted by Tom, a Estate Planning client, Flag
Todd initially prepared Estate Planning documents which were later used to prepare an application for medicaid. Todd and his paralegal then handled that application and got the application approved. In a process that can only be described as burdensome, Todd was always accessible and responsive.
Posted by a Elder Law client, Flag
Dealing with Todd Schmitz has always been a pleasure! He helped my parents set up their trust, helped the family amend it after my father died, and is now helping me administer the final division of assets. Not only is he very professional and knowledgeable, you feel very comfortable dealing with him! He is very personable, caring, and a great listener who will answer all your questions!
Posted by Martin, a Trusts client, Flag
Todd has been especially helpful to my brother and I in resovling things after our mother's passing. He has provided a great deal of guidance that has made it easy to tie up all the loose ends. I have been especially impressed with how responsive Todd has been after the fact. He quickly gets back to us even after-hours. He's answered all our questions and provided all the necessary documents to settle our mother's estate.
Posted by Dennis, a Estate Planning client, Flag
Completed a comprehensive estate plan for my Mother and Todd assisted with establishing a Trust. Todd was very well organized and I was able to ask questions re. the Trust months after the completion of the Trust. He helped my family with unforeseen matters even after my Mother's passing one year afterwards. Highly experienced and an excellent communicator.
Posted by a Elder Law client, Flag
I picked Todd in regards to a couple ads/articles he wrote along with a referral from a co-worker who had hired him previously. He explained the process and/or plan that was to be done simplifying it from the legal standpoint to a level his client could understand in order for me to research and do what I needed to do on my end. The case took almost 4 years to close due to DHS mistakes and incorrect information the case worker came up with. But Todd stuck with the case knowing his figures and what he determined was correct until it worked out on behalf of his client.
Posted by russell, a Elder Law client, Flag
The initial Trust preparation took some time but then proceeded well with Todd personally visiting my father for consent and signatures and then visiting and cooridinating with the Veterans Administration. VA benefits were obtained and, although my father died before Medicaid benefits were possible, I knew they would be eventually.
Posted by Eric, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd was very thorough and kept us all informed of what needed to be done and what will happen. My family is very relieved of all of the headache that I had to go through to get the results that Todd said we would. Highly recommend Todd to all my friends.
Posted by Alice O'Neill, a Estate Planning client, Flag
We used Todd for estate planning/Medicaid eligibility. Initially started the proceedings with another lawyer, but switched to Todd during the proceedings. We found him extremely knowledgable, helpful, courteous and ever patient with the many questions presented to him over the course of the proceedings. I have recommended him to several friends and encouraged them to seriously think about estate planning.
Posted by Leonard, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd Schmitz, is without question, a life saver. He truely understands the system and brings you through the process in a controlled and deliberate manner. Todd explained to me exactly what needed to be done and when it had to be done, and how it should be done, it works to perfection. I'm not saying that Todd did all the work, it took a minimal effort on my part. Todd gave me the direction, with expert precision.
Todd always kept me informed. I always thought that he was amazing by the hours that he keeps. It did not matter what day it was he always tells you when he will call you and he is to the minute on his return calls. Todd is never out of reach, he is truly amazing, by todays standards.
Finally I would add that Todd is the expert in what he does, and I want to thank him for the beautiful work that he did.
Posted by Gary S., a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd did a fantastic job handling my uncle's Medicaid case. He was very responsive and made sure everything was going as planned. I would recommend him and his staff for any issues pertaining to Elder Law. Gary S. - Canton Mi.
Posted by Douglas, a Trusts client, Flag
Extremely easy to work with. During our meeting, he had shown an unbelieveable grasp of the documents which were prepared 4 years ago, and immediately came up with a solution to our request.
Posted by a Trusts client, Flag
Originally set up our Living Trust with conduit language covering all aspects of our financial portfolio (some would say overkill, but left no stone unturn). Recently my spouse suddenly passed away and he jumped in to assist me with the complexity of my spouse's General Motors' 401K through Fidelity to resolve the issue of the beneficiary being the living trust which they considered to be nonspousal. With Mr Schmitz's expertise we were able to resolve the complexity of the plan's rules vs the legality of the living trust. He is an outstanding Trust Attorney.
Posted by Susan, a Elder Law client, Flag
I am thankful I found Mr. Schmitz for estate planning and Medicaid services. I found him to be knowledgeable. His staff was wonderful and also promptly did what they said they would do. Mr. Schmitz stands by his work. When we recently had questions due to family health changes he met again with us and gave us sound advice in a way that was easy to understand and implement. All calls were returned by the end of the evening the same day. Our banks and financial advisors were very impressed the the estate planning documents we received. I do not know if this is true, but when we were putting our trust name on our accounts, at least two banks and financial advisors told us our documents were more thorough than most of the estate plans they frequently see.
Posted by Barb, a Elder Law client, Flag
In 2008 Todd Schmitz provide estate planning. Recently in Feb. 2012 I found that I had questions regarding the real estate aspect of the estate. Upon contacting his office and leaving a message he returned my call that same day and answered my questions in a knowledgable and professional manner.
Posted by Lori, a Trusts client, Flag
Todd did my parents trust, and I thank god for that. Todd put everything in order from what to do and when to do it. By doing the trust nothing went to probate, and that saved my parents assets from goverment taxes. We had many meetings with Todd and all questions were answered. Upon one parents death after another, I had questons and he just said come on in and I will tell you what to do at no charge. Todd is out for one thing (TO SAVE YOUR ASSETS). and to keep you out of court.
Posted by Carol, a Elder Law client, Flag
We were extremely pleased with Todd's knowledge of the whole Medicaid maze. Our application was approved within two weeks of submission! He kept us informed through the process and was very responsive to our questions and concerns during the process and placement of our family member in nursing homes.
Posted by Scott, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd helped me with my mother's trust and estate planning. He was very informative and explained what needed to be done after my mother passed. He prepared the deeds that were needed and filed them for me as well. Will always recommend his services to others. Very reasonable rates.
Posted by Kelli, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd is an amazing man. Truly caring and on your side throughout it all. I would highly recommend Todd for any of your elder needs. He helped my husband and I with something after my in laws passed away that he didn't even have to. He's very attentive and so very helpful!!!
Posted by Judy, a Trusts client, Flag
Mr. Schmitz' service has been extremely helpful, very professional, and generally excellent for my family. We have known him since 2005, and continue to use his knowledge and service as our guide to the many issues involved with a family; including, but not limited to, trusts, estates, probate, veterans affairs, etc. He "knows his stuff" as they say, and we are very appreciative of his time and efforts on our behalf.
Posted by Sharon, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd responded immediately with some questions I had regarding Elder Law and had some very positive direction. Todd is very knowledgeable in his field of Elder and Disability Care. He is very genuine and truely cares about people. Todd immediately put my mind and heart at ease at a very stressful time.
Todd has a very supportive staff that is always willing to help.
Really appreciate you, Todd and staff.
Posted by Nancy, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd assisted my parents in the preparation of their Living Trust and Will. He again assisted my mom and I after my father passed away. Todd was respectful, helpful and knowledgeable and made the process go with ease. I would use him again and highly recommend him to friends and family..
Posted by Craig, a Estate Planning client, Flag
Todd was exceptional and very patient! We felt very unknowledgable in this area and Todd patiently answered all our questions and made suggestions we wouldn't have thought of on out own.
Posted by a Elder Law client, Flag
When my mother's health was failing, and she was in need of a trust and Medicaid planning, I found Todd Schmitz. I interviewed three lawyers, including Todd, and after those interviews, there was no question in my mind that Todd was the attorney I would hire. He lived up to everything he said he would do, and more. While the other two lawyers were going to charge about three times the amount for the fee, plus extra charges for traveling to my mother in the nursing home and other extras, Todd charged a flat fee and never billed another penny for anything that had to be done involving that trust. Todd was very thorough in setting up the trust in accordance with my mother's wishes, including making sure that her assets would be protected in case that any of her heirs were ever in involved in a divorce. When Mom passed away, there was nothing that had to be done, as far as probate, and Todd and his staff were always available for any questions I had. The process was seamless. Later, when one of the heirs was involved in a divorce, the inheritance was protected from the spouse who tried to make a claim to some of that inheritance, due to Todd's advice and provisions that were in the trust. Currently, I am beginning to set up my own estate planning, and would not consider anyone else for the job. I also encourage everyone I know who is considering estate planning to get a consultation with Todd before choosing an attorney. They won't be sorry. The legal field needs more attorneys with this kind of integrity.
Posted by Chris, Flag
Todd explained everything in detail and in a way that we could understand easily the estate planning process. We were very impressed regarding the thoroughness of the estate planning, customer service and their commitment to free reviews. I would recommend Todd Schmitz for your estate planning.
Posted by Judith, a Health Care client, Flag
I found Todd to be a very good listener and responded immediately with some very positive direction, he really knows his field of Elder and Disability Care. He has really trained and educated himself driven by needs in his own family. He immediately put my mind and heart at ease because this field was totally unfamiliar to me.
He has a great supportive staff and so willing to help, even a cup of coffee or bottle of water.
Really appreciate you, Todd and staff.
Posted by Greg & Nancy, a Trusts client, Flag
Todd and his staff were most helpful in developing our trust several years ago. You always leave Todd's office comfortable, feeling that all questions were answered. In past and recent visits to Todd's office, appointments are scheduled so that a more than sufficient amount of time is allowed each visit. Todd comes to his meetings well prepared with all necessary resources to aid in meeting his and his clients' objectives.
Posted by Bernard, a Elder Law client, Flag
Thank you for your clear explanation of Michigan Medicaid Recovery & Ladybird Deeds. You helped us achieve a good comfort zone on the topic. We also found the 4th edition of your book highly informative with an easily understandable writing style.
Posted by Barbara, a Trusts client, Flag
Todd D. Schmitz has been most helpful in setting up my trust. He answers all questions, making sure that there is a thorough understanding of all issues. I feel that my trust best serves me and my family because of his efforts. I have recommended him to others and will continue to do so in the future.
Posted by Dennis D., a Estate Planning client, Flag
Todd is very knowledgeable and is able to explain the complexities of estate planning in plain terms patiently and politely. We appreciate the time and attention he has taken with us.
Posted by Joyce Coverdale & Kathy Tyler, a Elder Law client, Flag
In 2007, my Mother, (then 93) fell and broke her hip. Upon being discharged from the hospital, she was transferred to a Nursing Care Facility for her Rehabilitation. Because of her age and progressing stage of dementia, we knew that she needed to remain in a Nursing Care Facility after her Rehab was completed.
We had NO clue where to go from there. The demands of filing a Medicaid claim are extremely overwhelming and confusing, especially during an emotional time like this. We needed someone specializing in Estate and Medicaid Planning. We went online and found Todd Schmitz. He offered to come out to our home in Lansing. Meeting with Todd we knew this was someone that we could trust. He knew exactly what needed to be done, explained everything clearly and precisely. By the time my Mother completed Rehab, everything was in place for her to become a resident of the nursing care facility we chose. Since then, any follow up questions or concerns have always been answered in a timely and considerate manner.
Going through this process for a loved one can be very stressful and heartbreaking for the family. For us, WE STRUCK GOLD!! We not only admire Todd Schmitz as a Professional, but also as a genuinely kind, caring and compassionate human being.
Thank you so much Todd for helping us through that difficult time and remaining by our side for the past 4 years....We don't know what we would have done without you!
Joyce Coverdale & Kathy Tyler
Posted by Lori, a Elder Law client, Flag
My family feels very fortunate that we retained Todd Schmitz when we were looking for an attorney several years ago to do estate planning for my parents. Later, when my father went into a nursing home we stuck with the process to get medicaid appoval. He and his team guided us through the process with excellent service, always responding quickly to my calls and emails. Todd is patient and explained things clearly, making sure that we understood the issues. His manner instilled a sense of confidence in us while dealing in an area that we had no knowledge or experience in. Even after the approval, Todd is there to help if anything comes up. He is an excellent attorney and I recommend him highly.
Posted by Helen, a Elder Law client, Flag
About 4 years ago my father became insistent that my sister and myself share power-of-attorney equally. The attorney we hd for my mother recommended Todd and even though I had never driven to Mt. Clemens before, I found my way and am very glad I did. We had to send several copies of paperwork to the State who kept misplacing or losing them and they kept setting unreasonable due dates, but Todd never got flustered and got the job done very satisfactorily. When my father passed away last month, he had us come in and we got all of the information needed to finalize everything. I have already recommended Todd to one of my friends and am confident that he will take care of her needs just as satisfactorily.
Posted by Theresa T., a Elder Law client, Flag
We met Todd in somewhat of a panic when our mother had a fall last April. He met with us and calmed our fears and concerns. He is sincere and is responsive and clarifies any questions we have on a timely basis,
Posted by Jeff, a Trusts client, Flag
For the past seven years we have utilized Todd's expertise in helping us put together, review and update our Estate Planning Portfolio. Our goal was to find an attorney that would help us achieve our goals in formulating a family trust that would be followed according to our wishes. Todd is an excellent attorney. His personal approach makes one feel comfortable. He is extremely patient and devotes an appropriate amount of time to answer questions, provide clarification and makes my wife and I feel our estate is in "good hands". More than anything else we appreciate Todd's expertise in helping us keep our trust up-to-date. During our reviews he always asks questions to make sure we have left no stone unturned. We appreciate that. He is quick to respond to questions through email and phone. We highly recommend Todd Schmitz.
Posted by MIchele, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd Schmitz came recommended by a close friend when I found myself unexpectedly in a position to assist my mother in protecting her estate when she faced nursing home care. During the process waiting for Medicaid approval, I have been faced with unique challenges imposed by the nursing home, and the delays for approval from the State of Michigan as a result of their IT changeover. Mr. Schmitz charged one fee at the onset of this process, 3 years ago, always has been timely in his responses (has a wonderful, efficient and friendly staff), and has been with me at every appeal hearing I have had with DHS, and the nursing home. He also recommended another attorney during a challenging period that he thought would better serve our case; however, it was Todd who was on time, with needed paperwork, at no additional charge; e.g. recommended attorney charged fees for reading requested emails... I feel fortunate to have Todd Schmitz and his legal services working with me during what has been probably my most challenging and emotional life experience. He is knowledgeable, courteous, tenacious, and ethical.
Posted by Gary, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd guided our family with my father’s estate planning. His expertise in elder law was invaluable in planning a smooth transition for properly qualifying my father for Medicaid, as well as preparing all the necessary documents our family would need in case of any emergency.
He is very knowledgeable in estate planning matters, and has been totally committed to serving our needs. I highly recommend Todd to anyone in need of an elder law attorney.
Posted by Dr. Barta, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd and his team were able to get my mother Medicaid approved and very very helpful with all the other legal stuff that goes a long with it. They were always available and knowledgeable. I have and still do highly recommend them !
Posted by Russ, a Trusts client, Flag
My wife and I are completely satisfied with Todd's preparation of our Living Trust. At our initial meeting we indicated that for personal reasons we needed to have the document completed within a two to three week period. Toff satisfied our request with time to spare. My wife and I were both impressed with his organized approach to the task and his patience in answering our many questions. While doing our own "homework" in gathering the personal information Todd requested, he responded to our several phone calls in a timely and informative fashion. We are completely satisfied with the finished document and would not hesitate to recommend Todd's services to anyone who would ask.
Posted by Tim, a Trusts client, Flag
Todd Schmitz handled all matters pertaining to the establishment of my Father's tursts and settlement of his estate. Everything went smoothly and without any problems. Todd has been responsive and helpful throughout. When anything comes up I can count on him to immediately provide answers and solutions. Todd was recommended to me by a friend who had Todd handle the same legal matters and has had the same successful experience.
Posted by Ray, a Trusts client, Flag
Even after two years Todd was very responsive to answer any questions about our Living Trust, through a phone meeting that he provides for free. Todd is able to explain things in a very simplistic way and yet is very detailed as to completely cover us for estate tax planning, so we maintain complete control over our estate. Todd is also willing to provide free advise on our mother's living trust, prepared by another Law Firm, where we dicovered she did not have a "no contest" clause, to reduce the chance of any future litigation from beneficiaries.
Posted by Frances, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd Schmitz is an excellent attorney and I like to think a good friend. He helped us when my Dad went into a nursing home. My mother was able to keep everything and receive part of my dads checks to live on. He was always available to answer questions that the DHS had. The staff at his office are all good people. They will help you anytime. I even called them while I was at the bank and needed Todd to speak to a manager. I use Email a lot and sometimes I would be working with Todd at eleven or twelve o'clock at night. I don't know when he sleeps. All of this services were done at no extra charge. Todd and his team will help you through the entire process and you will never feel alone. I can not say enough about Todd and his people you will feel a great burden lifted from your shoulders as soon as you begin talking to him about a problem.
Posted by a Elder Law client, Flag
We met with Todd about a year ago to discuss matters relating to my husband. Todd prepared Trust documents that are in place and thorough, and up-to-date. VA and Medicaid was discussed at length to help us if needed. His "call any time policy" has been a help answering questions that may arise along the way. A free conference call with our children was just completed, and we all appreciated the peace of mind that this provided. Thank you Todd!
Posted by Debbie, a Elder Law client, Flag
We used Todd Schmitz when my mother was admitted to a nursing home to obtain Medicaid for her and to do our family's trust. We are VERY please with the service we received. Todd and his staff were very knowledgeable on Elder Law and made what could have been a very difficult task much easier. Although there is a lot of work involved, getting everything together, because they are so thorough and made sure we had every i dotted and t crossed, we were able to get the Medicaid approved in just 29 days!! A friend we met at the nursing home had a different attorney and it took them over 2 months!! Then after my mother passed recently he met with us to make sure we understood the trust and helped us with her life insurance paperwork.
I HIGHLY recommend this group and suggest you call today for your free consultation. You won't be sorry.
Posted by Songia, a Elder Law client, Flag
Todd Schmitz helped my parents with their estate planning and was invaluable in making things go smoothly. HIs office staff is friendly and helpful and Todd himself has a kind, easy-going spirit. His step by step guidiance in the pre-medicaid process for my father made what could be an overwhelming process easy to get through. As one who likes to comunicate through email, I was always pleased to get a quick response to any questions that I might have from Todd or his staff within 24 hours or less (usually within a few hours). I certainly will recommend this firm to others looking for someone who specializes in Elder Law. It has been a pleasure and I will look forward to working with Todd in the future should the need arise.