About Our Firm

Heritage Elder Law & Planning, PLC is an experienced elder law firm focused on helping Michigan residents protect their health and property with Medicaid, estate planning, veteran’s benefits, guardianship, and more.

For those who have a loved one in a nursing home, or who may go into a nursing home in the future, expert legal services are needed. There are sound legal strategies to permit such persons to save a large percentage of their assets while qualifying for Medicaid long-term care. Doing nothing to protect yourself or your loved one could mean a loss of all assets or an entire inheritance. Trying to understand and apply for Medicaid law without the help of an experienced attorney could lead to even greater problems.


Heritage Elder Law & Planning Can Help

If you or someone you love is in a situation where asset loss due to nursing home costs is imminent, Heritage Elder Law & Planning can help. Our expert legal team has years of experience in asset preservation and Medicaid qualification and can provide a complete solution tailored to your specific situation. In addition, Heritage Elder Law & Planning is on the cutting edge of veteran's benefits law to help veterans and their families understand all the benefits they may be eligible for to help with assisted living and home care expenses.


Attorney Profile - Gerard J. Garno, Esq.

A successful business owner, Gerard J. Garno owns and operates the law firm of Heritage Elder Law & Planning and is a partner in the law firm of Rickard, Denney, Garno & Associates, which has affiliated offices in Imlay City, Lapeer, and St. Clair Shores.

Gerard is from a farm family of fifteen children in Southeastern Michigan. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law, where he was one of the top ten students and editor of the Law Review. He has served as an intern for a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, worked for one of the oldest and most respected firms in Toledo, Ohio, and has worked for several law firms in the greater Detroit area.

For many years Gerard has worked as an attorney in the area of elder law, estate planning, and Medicaid planning. He specializes in helping senior citizens plan their estates for retirement, nursing homes, and Medicaid. Gerard lives on his small family farm in Allenton, Michigan with his wife and children. He is an active church member. When not chasing his children, and as time permits, he can often be seen entertaining people by playing his classical guitar. Read More


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