Being Christian affects every aspect of our approach to the practice of law and the... more
Being Christian affects every aspect of our approach to the practice of law and the way we treat our clients. The very idea of Christian lawyers may seem like an oxymoron, but it is a responsibility that we take very seriously. We believe that we are called to not only uphold the laws and ethics codes handed down by the State, but more importantly, to adhere to the values set forth in the Bible... view profile
My estate planning clients have been very satisfied with my work for over 40 years.... more
My estate planning clients have been very satisfied with my work for over 40 years. Patience and understanding are critical in both the planning and administration process. I have tried to provide both patience and understanding to my clients and they have been most appreciative. I look forward to working with you and assisting you with your estate planning needs.
This photograph was taken at Holt Junior HIgh School, where I teach classes on wills... more
This photograph was taken at Holt Junior HIgh School, where I teach classes on wills and trusts for Holt Community Education. The illustration is a timeline depicting general durable powers of attorney and health care powers of attorney - both of which are "lifetime" documents that have no use after death. It's important to understand the interplay between these documents and the client's livin... view profile
Mr. Pasquali's practice focuses primarily on elder law and estate and trust matters.... more
Mr. Pasquali's practice focuses primarily on elder law and estate and trust matters. A significant portion of his practice focuses on Medicaid planning and qualification, assisting his clients with the preservation of their assets and avoiding the high cost of nursing care. Mr. Pasquali specializes in individual asset assessments for purposes of estate planning and Medicaid eligibility. Cont... view profile
In order to better serve your needs, I keep current on the latest rulings and... more
In order to better serve your needs, I keep current on the latest rulings and updates in my specialty areas. They include: 1.] Elder Law, of which I am the first Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) in the state of Michigan, and a Fellow of National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). 2.] Special Needs Trusts, of which I am a founding member of Special Needs Alliance (SNA) 3... view profile
After practicing law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Tim returned to Michigan and... more
After practicing law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Tim returned to Michigan and joined Smith Haughey’s Traverse City office. Tim focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, trusts, taxation, business law and agribusiness (including equine law). Tim works with the owners of family and closely held businesses, corporate executives, professionals, and other successful individuals and ... view profile
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.