By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. This is an opportunity for everyone, all over the world, to voice their opposition to abuses inflicted on some of the most vulnerable members of our society. For more than 80 years, Social Security has provided for the elderly as part of our everyday mission. Sometimes a family member … Continue reading Social Security Helps You Care for Seniors
By Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator Financial wellness is important at any age. However, economic security becomes critical for older adults who are on a fixed income and the cost of living continues to rise. Completing a check-up of your personal finances can be a daunting task. Here are some free tools available to help: EconomicCheckUp® provides information for older adults on how to avoid scams, setting a budget and goals, tips on saving money, and resources for finding jobs. Michigan Association of CPAs has resources on how … Continue reading Tools for Economic Security
Via Woodtv.com By Susan Samples Elder Law of Michigan’s Director of Client Assistance, Sandra Wisnewski, was interviewed to help assist with a pension overpayment matter. HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — When Adeline Reed received a letter from her pension fund telling her she’d been overpaid for nearly a decade, she was shocked. “I didn’t believe it,” said Reed, 74, of Holland. According to the letter from the Kraft … Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan/Mid-America Pension Rights Project – in the News!
By: Ellen Mason, J.D., Hotline Attorney Val and Douglas bought a fixer-upper, bargain-basement-priced house in one of Detroit’s up-and-coming neighborhoods. They are quite handy, so they planned on doing a lot of work themselves. But, for the electrical work they hired a professional. They became dissatisfied with his work and fired him. Since he was a licensed contractor, they filed a complaint against him with the Michigan … Continue reading Removing a Lien on a Home
Via Consumer Financial Protection Bureau By Erin Scheithe It’s common for couples to share their financial lives but not the responsibility for managing household finances. It might be time-consuming for both of you to review your bills, as well as spending and savings plans each month. But if responsibilities unexpectedly shift due to a sudden illness or loss of a spouse, getting up to speed quickly … Continue reading Share financial information with your spouse now to avoid problems later
By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In 2018, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, 2018, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness through education, and recognize … Continue reading Social Security Supports People Battling Cancer
By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Are Social Security numbers reassigned after a person dies? Answer: No. We do not reassign Social Security numbers. In all, we have assigned more than 460 million Social Security numbers. Each year we assign about 5.5 million new numbers. There are over one billion combinations of the nine-digit Social Security number. As a result, the current … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 10