Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Darling Garcia

By Kim Hill, Economic Security Client Services Before working at Elder Law of Michigan, the most interesting job she had was working for a local veterinarian office in California. At that office, she learned to drive on the clinic’s beloved “yellow bird” car, which was a 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback with standard transmission. The top ten books she recommends anyone to read are (in no particular order): Don Quixote, by … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Darling Garcia

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Social Security Q&A Part 12

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: What is a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)? Answer: A PASS helps Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries return to work. It is a written plan of action for getting a particular kind of job or starting a business. In it, you identify: The job or business (this is your work goal); The steps you will … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 12

Things to Know Before Buying a Mobile Home

By Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney, and Lauren Sutter, Legal Hotline Intern  For many seniors, the idea of buying a mobile home seems like a great idea. There are often many positives to owning a mobile home, including: potentially lower energy bills, a sense of community, rules and regulations that enforce an atmosphere of calm and quiet, and a smaller property to care for. However, there are … Continue reading Things to Know Before Buying a Mobile Home

Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Sara Jackson

By Dawn Kepler, Project Coordinator Sara Jackson is a Network Specialist for Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) program. She has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since September 2016. Some of Sara’s favorite projects include growing the MiCAFE Network into new areas of the state and sustaining our partnerships with new and innovative approaches.   Taking a tour through Sara’s office … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Sara Jackson

Things I Learned at Center for Elder Rights Advocacy (CERA)

By Mike Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc., Project Manager, CERA.  I had a general private law practice when I began working part-time as a hotline attorney at Pro Seniors in 2000. I quickly discovered that hotline advice was well suited to my personality. I had always been able to convey legal advice to clients in a “down to earth” manner. I knew enough about different … Continue reading Things I Learned at Center for Elder Rights Advocacy (CERA)

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Protection Through Protective Orders for Medicaid Planning

By Jadranko Tomic- Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney, and Ashley Jayne, Legal Hotline Intern.  The Michigan Court of Appeals came down with an opinion last month that will have a significant impact on Medicaid planning.    Protective orders are a commonly used tool by Michigan Medicaid planners. Married couples often face difficulties in spending down their assets, so that one spouse may qualify for Medicaid benefits. Also, the loss of the institutionalized … Continue reading Protection Through Protective Orders for Medicaid Planning