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PREVNT: Elder Justice Task Force

by Ron Tatro, Vice President This post is part four of a series of blog posts covering Elder Law of Michigan’s efforts and partnerships to prevent elder abuse across Michigan. In May, we shared with you the third of four segments within our elder abuse project called the PREVNT Initiative (Prevent Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Neglect, Exploitation Today). This month we are excited to … Continue reading PREVNT: Elder Justice Task Force

Pension Rights Center Applauds Treasury Department/IRS for Protecting Retirees by Banning Lump-Sum Buyout Offers

Via Pensionrights.org By The Associated Press, Pensionrights.org July 13, 2015 WASHINGTON – In a welcome move by the Department of the Treasury and the IRS, the agencies released last week a notice to amend Treasury regulations to stop companies from offering lump-sum buyouts to retirees who are already receiving a monthly pension. The Pension Rights Center has been critical of these transactions, which erase the … Continue reading Pension Rights Center Applauds Treasury Department/IRS for Protecting Retirees by Banning Lump-Sum Buyout Offers

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Wills vs. Trusts- Part 4

By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the fourth in a series regarding wills and trusts, part one can be found here, part two here, and part three here. This blog is the fourth in a series regarding wills and trusts. Many clients call the hotline each week with questions regarding living trusts. In our previous post, we began discussing living trusts. In this … Continue reading Wills vs. Trusts- Part 4

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Employee of the Month: Lindsay Felsing

by Char Brooks, JD, Project Healthy Living Coach Lindsay has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since January 2011. She serves as the Director of Economic Security. Among her many responsibilities, she oversees our programs that help low income older adults access benefits that can help them make ends meet, put healthy food on the table, and improve their quality of … Continue reading Employee of the Month: Lindsay Felsing

3 Pension Funds Sue New Jersey for Billions in Damages

Via Kentucky.com By The Associated Press, Kentucky.com July 27, 2015 Three public workers’ pension funds are suing New Jersey for billions in damages, claiming the state government breached contracts when it contributed less than planned. The filing Friday is the latest volley in a more than yearlong dispute over pension contributions. They stem from Gov. Chris Christie’s decision last year among a budget shortfall to … Continue reading 3 Pension Funds Sue New Jersey for Billions in Damages

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Celebrating Marriage

by Karen Flores, J.D., Hotline Attorney As most citizens are aware, on June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. While the decision most likely means that there will be more married couples in the United States, the American Psychological Association website reveals the discouraging statistic that 40-50 percent of married couples in the U.S. divorce and that the divorce rate for … Continue reading Celebrating Marriage

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Medical Debt and Non-Profit Hospitals

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney The spectre of medical debts haunts many people and especially those who are living on fixed incomes. According to a study done at Harvard University, the leading cause of bankruptcy is medical debt in this country. The study also shows that 78% of filers had some form of insurance, so those with medical insurance are not immune to the … Continue reading Medical Debt and Non-Profit Hospitals