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World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

by Char Brooks, J.D., Community Garden Facilitator and Attorney One of the great things about World Pancreatic Cancer Day is it raises the awareness about this often  fatal disease. Of all the cancers that are now known, pancreatic cancer has the lowest rate of survival. In addition, according to a worldwide survey 60% of people know very little about pancreatic cancer. The pancreas helps the body … Continue reading World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

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Elder Law of Michigan Helps in the Fight Against Elder Abuse

by Teresa Elliott, MiCAFE Student Intern As the new student intern at ELM, I had the opportunity to attend an elder abuse prevention training event in Jackson, MI. ELM’s Vice President, Ron Tatro, conducted the training that was targeted toward professionals who have regular contact with older adults. The objective of the training was to increase awareness of elder abuse and to expand knowledge of … Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan Helps in the Fight Against Elder Abuse

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Celebrating Veterans’ Day

By Rosa Robinson, Housing Counselor Veterans’ Day is a time to honor those who have served their country. Freebies such as free meals and haircuts are offered by businesses statewide to show their appreciation. However, oftentimes Michigan veterans may not be aware of other benefits they may qualify for or how to apply for them. To address this problem, under Executive Order 2013-2, the Michigan … Continue reading Celebrating Veterans’ Day

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Wills vs. Trusts – Part 6

by Christine Steinmetz, JD This post is the sixth part of a series regarding wills and trusts. Other posts in the series can be found here. In our previous posts, we discussed that a will always goes through probate. We also discussed how a trust avoids probate. As previously discussed, probate administration is the court process to distribute property that is owned by an individual … Continue reading Wills vs. Trusts – Part 6

Retired Teamsters Slammed By Budget Bill

Via peoplesworld.org, By Bruce Bostick, People’s World, November 2, 2015, Thousands of retired Teamsters have been blasted this month by major cuts to their pensions. The cuts are part of a little known part of the 2012 Omnibus Spending Bill (Pension Reform Act of 2012), which was put forward supposedly to help fund the underfunded Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). The cuts are averaging 22 … Continue reading Retired Teamsters Slammed By Budget Bill

2 Investigators: Pensioners Fight Back When Fund Demands Overpayments Be Returned

via Chicago CBS Local, by Pam Zekman, chicago.cbslocal.com, October 2, 2015, You retire assuming the pension you were told you’ll get is correct. But imagine being told you were overpaid by your pension fund and now you have to pay back tens of thousands of dollars. That’s what happened to more than 500 retirees who were overpaid more than $5 million over 40 years because … Continue reading 2 Investigators: Pensioners Fight Back When Fund Demands Overpayments Be Returned

Some Retirees Are Making A Terrible Mistake With Their Pension

via Washington Post, by Jonnelle Marte, Washington Post October 27, 2015 Keith Moore, a 40-year-old military veteran recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder in Oklahoma, remembers the day last year when he sold off a chunk of his pension. He had left the military after 21 years of service, because his disabilities — PTSD, arthritis and other injuries — made it difficult to work.  But the … Continue reading Some Retirees Are Making A Terrible Mistake With Their Pension