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Andrew R. Byers

Elder law Attorney at Troy, MI

5.0   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    70%
    Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Applications, VA Aid and Attendance Planning, Long-term care planning

    27 years

  2. Estate planning
    15%

    27 years

  3. Trusts
    10%

    27 years

  4. Probate
    5%

    27 years

Andrew Byers' elder law practice focuses on the legal needs of older clients and their families, and works with a variety of legal tools and techniques to meet the goals and objectives of the older client. Under this holistic approach, we handle estate planning issues and counsel clients about planning for incapacity with alternative decision making documents. We also assist clients and their families in planning for possible long-term care needs, including nursing home care. Asset protection and obtaining Medicaid or Veteran's benefits are all part of our elder law practice.

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Location

Andrew Byers, PLC
2250 Butterfield Drive
Suite 240
Troy, MI, 48084

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Reviews

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Posted by Patricia Freund | November 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable about Elder Law
Andrew Byers is extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, and reliable. He helped us navigate a very complicated issue and we are so happy with the outcome. It would be wise to contact Andrew Byers if you are looking for someone who can easily explain difficult elder law terms. Thank you, Andrew! You helped my family so much!
Posted by Neil | September 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced Elder Law Attorney
We hired Andrew to create a trust for my aging parents. He took the time to make my Mother comfortable with the process. He answered all my calls and gave me clear answers on how to proceed. He also provided help with the Aid and Attendance benefit from the VA. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of these services.
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Posted by Alan | May 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
VA Benefit Compliant Trust
In support of my 94 year old Mother-in-Law I needed the services of an Elder Law Attorney that could construct an asset protection trust structure compliant with the requirements of the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance benefit. Selecting a professional in any area can be difficult. In my career I worked with several attorneys specializing in international technology licensing and supply agreements and recognized that in any discipline skill levels vary. To narrow the field in this selection process I met with a past President of the Michigan Elder Law Attorney Association for guidance and then two attorneys specializing in this area. I judged Mr. Byers to be the better candidate and through his work the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit was granted. He also provided the full spectrum of Estate Planning documents. The VA process was an "ordeal." Mr. Byers was persistent. He determined the basis for the initial unfavorable VA decision and worked the appeal process to gain the full benefit. He is the highly qualified specialist needed to develop the complex elder law structures that comply with the requirements of our legal systems.
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Posted by Laura | March 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Terrific!!
I had the opportunity to actually sit down with Andrew Byers and discuss concerns with my dad's estate. He was very helpful in giving me specific information as to what to do for my father as his power of attorney and caregiver. We discussed things that were in my fathers will and trust that I did not understand and helped me to make sense of what to do on my fathers behalf. Dealing with extremely elderly parents is a challenge in itself. Andrew answered questions and did not rush me through the process of getting a better grasp on the next steps in my fathers estate plan. I had never really understood or looked over a will before. And why would I? I am lucky enough to have both my elderly parents still living into their late 80's and 90's. But one day I will need to be prepared. After spending an hour or so with Andrew Byers I feel much better about the verbage and what the will and trust actually do.
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Posted by Amanda | June 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended for estate planning
I hired Andrew to prepare a number of estate planning documents for my mother. I'm a lawyer but not familiar with Michigan estate planning law, so I was pleased to find Andrew's firm and impressed with his responsiveness and thoroughness, as well as with how he and his staff interacted with my mother.
Posted by Dan | May 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
five star
Mr. Beyer worked on my fathers estate, and also got Medicaid assistance for my mothers husband. During this process Andrew did a great job in what turned out to be a difficult task. Glad he was on our side. Stellar performance.
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trying to get mothers money from nursing home
Good told me what I need to do.
Posted by Glenn | July 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceeds expectations
In each of my contacts with Byers he was professional, knowledgeable, thorough, patient and compassionate. I could not have asked for better. His advice was expert and gave me the confidence I needed to navigate the bureaucracy that held my family's future in its hands. I offer to all my highest recommendation to Andrew Byers for elder-law legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Multiple Trust
Andrew Byers is an outstanding attorney. He is very knowledgeable with estate planning. He created an estate trust for my father and my wife and I were so impressed with his work we decided to have him create a trust for our estate. We have had other attorneys in the past, but they did not even compare to Mr. Byers. Our family gives him an A+. Thank you
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Posted by Linda | July 24, 2015
Aging parents
Mr. Byers helped guide me through the process of getting my aging parents affairs in order. He was professional, knowledgeable and very compassionate to my cause. I would highly recommend Mr. Byers for those in need of an attorney.
Posted by Belinda | April 25, 2014
Elder Care/Medicaid law
Andrew was hired to file Medicaid papers for my dad and estate protection for my mother. His legal expertise kept my father in the nursing home when the home stated there were no medicaid beds available . Andrew was very detailed in what financial backup was needed from us to file and prove Medicaid need. His fee was very reasonable and he only billed for time actually used when my dad died unexpectedly. We also had him do a trust and all the necessary "powers" for my mother which was done in a very timely manner. All four of us adults who worked with him during this process were very pleased and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Mike | April 20, 2014
Elder law expertise
Mr. Byers has provided me expert advice and service regarding elder law advice for guardianship and conservatorship. He also handled the Medicaid filing and issues for both of my parents when they qualified at the nursing home. Mr. Byers is very professional, dedicated to getting the job done, keeps you informed with regards to issues. He is very knowledgeable in Elder law matters and provides excellent advice. I have recommended him to many friends who are going through similar issues with their parents.
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Posted by George | November 11, 2013
Excellent Elder Law Service
Mr. Byers provided outstanding advice and service in handling elder law issues associated with my mother. He was knowledgeable, timely and compassionate. He provide outstanding legal service and explained the process and answered all my questions in timely fashion. Great service and highly recommended.
Posted by Walter | July 13, 2013
Andrew Byers on elder care
Mr Byers is very knowledgable on the difficult issues of elder care and the legal and insurance details which are involved. He explained the process and kept us informed as it went along. He is easy to talk to, and put us at ease.as we got our mother into nursing care. This is an emotional experience and we appreciated having him to help us.
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Posted by Michael | May 1, 2013
Excellent
Stuck with me every step of the way. Quick response time. Very knowledgeable and very helpful. Could not recommend him higher.
Posted by MARY ANN | March 7, 2013
ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10 MR. BYERS SCORES A SUPERB 11
AFTER MEETING ANDREW BYERS AT A FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION WE WERE VERY IMPRESSED WITH HIS VAST KNOWLEDGE WITH REGARD TO OUR SITUATION AS WELL AS HIS LIKABLE PERSONALITY. HE EXPERTLY GUIDED US AND CREATED MEDICAL AND FINANCIAL DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY DOCUMENTS FOR BOTH OF MY AGED PARENTS, AND LIVING WILLS , AN IRREVOCABLE TRUST TO PROTECT MY FATHER'S ASSETS, AND APPLIED AND OBTAINED NURSING HOME MEDICAID FOR MY AILING MOTHER. IN UNDERSTANDABLE LANGUAGE HE EXPLAINED ALL LEGAL MATTERS AND OPTIONS. HE WAS ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS. OUR FAMILY SINCERELY APPRECIATES ALL OF MR. BYERS' PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL HELP. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED TO HAVE ANDREW IN OUR COMMUNITY ASSISTING SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH ELDER LEGAL MATTERS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HIM NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. IF ANYONE IS EVER IN NEED OF AN EXCELLENT LAWYER WHO SPECIALIZES IN ELDER LAW, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN MR. ANDREW BYERS.
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Posted by Carol | March 6, 2013
The best money ever spent!
I was searching the internet for information on applying for Medicaid for my aunt when I came across an article that Andrew Byers had wrote. I realized that there was more to this process than just filling out an application. We set an appointment for a free consultation with Andrew. He was very informative about the process from start to finish. We hired him on the spot. We supplied him with all the necessary paperwork, and he did the rest. In less than one month, my aunt was approved. My family members all agree, Andrew's fee was the best money spent. Thank you Andrew.
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Posted by Jon | January 4, 2013
Terrific experience handling complex elder law case
I used Andrew to provide legal consultation and document preparation to create a trust for my parents and to successfully apply for veterans aid and assistance. While the process of application and document review by the government took several months, I couldn't have asked for a smoother and more professional experience. Andrew provided clear explanations along the way, and was always timely in his responses. I would recommend him strongly for anyone needing legal work within his expertise.
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Posted by Judy | January 3, 2013
Best Elder Law Attorney
Andrew Byers is always accessible and helped my mother with all her estate planning. He is knowledgeable with all current elder laws and/or can direct you to resources needed to make decisions. Without his help and intervention, my mother would have lost all her assests. I am greatful for his knowledge and expertise and have referred him to many of my friends and family that have aged parents. I am greatful he is our family attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-300 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Andrew Byers, PLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Byers & Goulding, PLC
  • 1997 - 2017

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • VA Retroactive Benefits Awarded
  • Benefits Awarded

Associations

  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law and Disability Rights Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Care Planning Council
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Wayne Law Review
  • Associate Editor
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Wayne Law Review
  • Assistant Editor
  • 1994 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Five Star Wealth Manager - Estate Planning
  • Hour Detroit
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Completion in Michigan Probate & Estate Planning
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • 2009
  • VA Accredited Attorney
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2008
  • Gushee Writing Award
  • Wayne State University Law School
  • 1995
  • Constitutional Law I
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • 1994
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Publications

  • Michigan Prime
  • Financial Consideration for Spousal Long-term Care
  • 2015
  • Byers & Goulding, PLC Reports
  • The Michigan Guide to VA Aid and Attendance
  • 2012
  • Byers & Goulding, PLC Reports
  • The Five Ways to Pay for Long-term Care
  • 2011
  • Wayne Law Review
  • The Special Government Needs Exception
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate and Longevity Planning
  • Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits
  • 2011
  • Estate and Longevity Planning
  • Home Ownership Options for Seniors
  • 2011
  • Estate and Longevity Planning
  • Medicaid Qualification After the DRA
  • 2008
  • Estate and Longevity Planning
  • Long-term Care Planning
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (20)
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Elder law Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew and I practice the same types of law -- estate planning, elder law and Veterans benefits. We also belong to the some of the same groups and associations of estate planning and elder law attorneys. Andrew has a great deal of experience in these specialty areas and is very willing to share his expertise. I have found him to be very thoughtful, professional and capable of assisting those dealing with difficult issues. I would not hesitate to recommend Andrew's services to anyone needing an elder law or estate planning professional."
Estate planning Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Andrew Byers is both knowledgeable, and compassionate. As a fellow probate attorney, I was impressed with Andrew's expertise, and would welcome the opportunity to work with him in the future."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andrew through a national organization of estate planning and elder law attorneys for a number of years. Andrew has provided great insight and advice based upon his experience. I endorse and recommend him as an estate planning and elder law attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Andrew to provide attentive and thorough work to his clients."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andrew R. Byers for many years, and I am happy to refer all my Elder Law issues to him. He is smart, organized, dedicated, and passionate about the work he performs. Often with Elder care cases we are dealing with people that are vulnerable; people who could be taken advantage of under the worst of circumstances. This is why it is important to hire someone that is proven time and again to be competent, trustworthy and honest. I enthusiastically endorse Attorney Andrew R. Byers."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew gets excellent results for his elder law, estate planning and probate clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Andrew Byers regarding estate planning and elder law matters. We have worked together on various probate matters, and I believe Andrew provides competent, high quality legal services for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Andrew since we attended Wayne State Law School over 17 years ago. He is a great lawyer and very knowledgeable in his practice areas. I have gone to him numerous times throughout the years with various legal questions in his practice areas which he has been able to answer effectively."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is among the top in his field. I would surely refer clients who needed help in his community. Andrew is extremely competent and very good with his clients. Highly recommended."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney is among the top in their field. I would surely refer clients who needed help in his community. Andrew is very competent and very good with his clients. Highly recommended."
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