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Michael B Bridges

Dobson Law Group

Michael B Bridges

Dobson Law Group

Michael B Bridges

Dobson Law Group

A native of Sarasota County, Florida, Michael B. Bridges, a partner with the Dobson Law Group, has been in Greenville since 1996 and practices in the areas of special needs trusts, estate planning, elder law, veteran’s benefits, Medicare and Medicaid planning, taxation, general business, asset protection planning, probate administration, conservatorships and guardianships.  Mr. Bridges regularly assists his clients with a variety of issues such as special needs trusts, estate and gift tax planning, the preparation of wills and trusts, Medicaid planning and asset protection planning.

Mr. Bridges, a Certified Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialist since 2005, earned his Juris Doctor from the Cumberland School of Law (magna cum laude).  He earned Master of Laws in Taxation from University of Florida and Master of Laws in Estate Planning from the University of Miami and earned his Masters and Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Alabama.

Mr. Bridges places a priority on community and professional involvement.  He is a member of Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors, South Carolina, Trout Unlimited, the Greenville Estate Planning Council, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), President (2010-2011) and Vice President (2009-2010) of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the South Carolina Bar Association, Chair for the South Carolina Bar Elder Law Committee (2012-2014), the Greenville County Bar Association and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Elder Law, Tax law, and Trusts and Estates.

Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for:

  • Trusts and Estates, Greenville (2016)
  • Tax Law, Greenville (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:

  • Elder Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Selected for South Carolina Super Lawyers

  • Representing the top 5% of lawyers within South Carolina)

Mr. Bridges is admitted to practice in South Carolina, Florida and North Carolina.  He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. District Court, Middle and Western District of North Carolina.

Firm Description

stablished in 1941, the Dobson Law Group, located in Greenville, South Carolina is a leading regional law firm providing personalized and specialized legal services to individuals, families, entrepreneurs, businesses and corporations handling Civil and Commercial Litigation, Business Law, Tax Law, Retirement & Deferred Compensation Plans, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid Planning and Eligibility, Veterans Pension Matters and Nursing Home Planning, and Probate and Estate Law.

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220 Howe Street
Greenville, SC 29601

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In addition to nursing home care, Medicaid may cover home care and some care in an assisted living facility. Coverage in your state may depend on waivers of federal rules.

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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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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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