Time is Running Out to Apply for Step Forward Funds

The Step Forward Michigan Program was established to help people in Michigan who are having trouble keeping up with their mortgage payments or property taxes. The Step Forward Michigan Program is ending soon! HRCMI, a program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., has helped Michigan homeowners apply for and receive over a million dollars in Step Forward funds. Now is the time to act before this … Continue reading Time is Running Out to Apply for Step Forward Funds

Creative Aging: An Invitation to PLAY

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney “The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune.”  Irish Proverb Getting older can be fraught with difficulties and perhaps a wee bit of fear. According to many researchers, including aging psychotherapist, Kyrie Sue Carpenter, this stage of life is treated as a pathological condition, one that must be fought with all the “anti-aging” weapons that one can afford to … Continue reading Creative Aging: An Invitation to PLAY

5 Tips to Helps Seniors Enjoy The Holidays

by Char Brooks, J.D. The holidays can be a great time to get together with family and friends. At the same time, it can be stressful if you are struggling financially or feeling overwhelmed. Here are some simple tips to help you enjoy your holidays more and have less stress: Get Your Sleep: It is hard to enjoy the holidays if you’re exhausted. Even though … Continue reading 5 Tips to Helps Seniors Enjoy The Holidays

Senior Companion Program

by Karen Flores, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Corporation for National & Community Service established the Senior Corps agency for people age 55 and over who want to volunteer in their community and provide aid to people in need. Previously, we discussed the Foster Grandparent Program which connects seniors to children in need to provide emotional support, mentoring, and tutoring services. Another program which operates through … Continue reading Senior Companion Program

Wayne County Shifts $10 Million Toward Pension System

via Detroit Free Press, by Eric D. Lawrence, freep.com, December 3, 2015, Wayne County’s underfunded pension system will get a $10-million boost. Commissioners approved a budget adjustment Thursday that would shift the money toward the county’s pension system, which is believed to be underfunded by almost $818 million. A report from Dwayne Seals, the commission’s chief fiscal adviser, said the extra money could add more than $44 … Continue reading Wayne County Shifts $10 Million Toward Pension System

Penn. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Charter School Ruling

via Citizen’s Voice, by Terrie Morgan-Besecker, citizensvoice.com, December 8, 2015, In a case with important statewide implications, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a dispute over whether a public school district can be held liable for unpaid pension contributions incurred by a charter school. The appeal, filed by the Pocono Mountain School District, challenges the state Department of Education’s deduction of $87,700 in … Continue reading Penn. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Charter School Ruling

Wills vs. Trusts – Part 7

by Christine Steinmetz, JD This post is the seventh in a series regarding wills, trusts, and estate planning. Other posts in the series can be found here. In our previous post, we discussed how a revocable grantor trust DOES NOT shelter assets, including one’s homestead, for Medicaid eligibility. In addition, the fact that a homestead has been held in the trust for longer than the … Continue reading Wills vs. Trusts – Part 7