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Lisa Beatty

Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs & Dis

Lisa Beatty

Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs & Dis

Lisa Beatty

Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs & Dis

Ms. Beatty received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and her Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law, now Michigan State University College of Law. She has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1997, and has concentrated her practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, probate, conservatorships and guardianships.

Ms. Beatty's focus is to present peace of mind for families and individuals who are navigating life’s more-difficult transitions. Ms. Beatty provides specialized advice in estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and related documents. She also offers caring elder law advocacy, helping clients obtain benefits covering the costs of long-term care, including Medicaid and VA benefits. Her firm, the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs & Disability Planning, PLLC, is widely known for having extensive knowledge and expertise, as well as the exceptional level of care provided to each and every one of its clients and their families.

Before joining the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Ms. Beatty was an attorney for the UAW Legal Services Plans, where she provided legal advice and representation in a variety of matters, including estate planning, elder law, family law, consumer complaints, utility disputes, Social Security matters, contracts, probate, real estate, tax, and debt defense.

Ms. Beatty is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Elder Law and Disability Rights Section, the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Livingston County Bar Association. Her extensive community service activities include serving as the President of the Redford Civic Symphony Orchestra, serving as a member of the Hartland Area Community Council and on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra.

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law

Education

  • Detroit College of Law (Michigan State University),Detroit,Michigan
  • University of Michigan,Ann Arbor,Michigan

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan’s Elder Law and Disability Rights Section,Member,1997- Present
  • Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys,Member
  • Livingston County Bar Association,Member

Past Employment Positions

  • UAW Legal Services Plans in Detroit, Michigan,Staff Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, Redford Civic Symphony Orchestra
  • Board of Directors, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra
  • Member, Hartland Area Community Council

Firm Description

For over 30 years, the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs & Disability Planning has been a leader in providing outstanding legal services to Southeast Michigan senior citizens, their families, veterans, disabled and special needs clients.  Our up-to-the-minute knowledge of legal issues facing our clients and extensive experience in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Long-Term Care Planning, Medicare Planning, Veterans Benefits, and Special Needs Planning is combined with the unmatched personal attention and care we give to all our clients so they receive the highest quality legal services possible.  

Whether you have an immediate elder care crisis, or want to have the best planning for your future, contact the Nawrocki Center for the premium legal services that you need and deserve.

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Main Office

10299 Grand River
Suite N
Brighton, MI 48116

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How to Qualify for Medicaid

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Help Qualifying and Paying for Medicaid, Or Avoiding Nursing Home Care

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Alternatives to Medicaid

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ElderLaw 101
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Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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Grandchildren

Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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Guardianship/Conservatorship

Understand when and how a court appoints a guardian or conservator for an adult who becomes incapacitated, and how to avoid guardianship.

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Health Care Decisions

We need to plan for the possibility that we will become unable to make our own medical decisions. This may take the form of a health care proxy, a medical directive, a living will, or a combination of these.

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Estate Planning

Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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Grandchildren

Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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Guardianship/Conservatorship

Understand when and how a court appoints a guardian or conservator for an adult who becomes incapacitated, and how to avoid guardianship.

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Health Care Decisions

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Long-Term Care Insurance

Understand the ins and outs of insurance to cover the high cost of nursing home care, including when to buy it, how much to buy, and which spouse should get the coverage.

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Medicare

Learn who qualifies for Medicare, what the program covers, all about Medicare Advantage, and how to supplement Medicare’s coverage.

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Retirement Planning

We explain the five phases of retirement planning, the difference between a 401(k) and an IRA, types of investments, asset diversification, the required minimum distribution rules, and more.

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Senior Living

Find out how to choose a nursing home or assisted living facility, when to fight a discharge, the rights of nursing home residents, all about reverse mortgages, and more.

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Social Security

Get a solid grounding in Social Security, including who is eligible, how to apply, spousal benefits, the taxation of benefits, how work affects payments, and SSDI and SSI.

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Special Needs Planning

Learn how a special needs trust can preserve assets for a person with disabilities without jeopardizing Medicaid and SSI, and how to plan for when caregivers are gone.

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Veterans Benefits

Explore benefits for older veterans, including the VA’s disability pension benefit, aid and attendance, and long-term care coverage for veterans and surviving spouses.

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