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Social Security Q&A Part 3

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Can I refuse to give my Social Security number to a private business? Answer: Yes, you can refuse to disclose your Social Security number, and you should be careful about giving out your number. But, be aware, the person requesting your number can refuse services if you don’t give it. Businesses, banks, schools, private agencies, etc., are … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 3

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Join us on #GivingTuesday

In 2017, the average holiday shopper will spend $967 this holiday season. For $25, you can make a real impact on the life of a senior. Join us on #GivingTuesday and support Elder Law of Michigan this #GivingTuesday to help seniors plan for the future. Make your donation here and learn about more ways to help. Continue reading Join us on #GivingTuesday

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Things to Think About Before Applying for Disability Benefits

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey. We’re here for you if the unexpected happens. We are there for you when you finally stop working as well. We provide vital financial support to tens of millions of American workers, primarily through retirement benefits. But we’re also there for you if the unexpected happens and a serious … Continue reading Things to Think About Before Applying for Disability Benefits

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Managing Someone Else’s Money: Protect My Money

By Michelle Goetz, Project Coordinator Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one or friend who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. Yet, there are billions of dollars that are inappropriately taken from vulnerable seniors and veterans. To help you know your rights and responsibilities as a conservator, trustee, power of attorney, or veterans’ affairs fiduciary/ representative payee, … Continue reading Managing Someone Else’s Money: Protect My Money

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Dementia Support Program for Caregivers

By Christine Steinmetz, Hotline Attorney November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. According to the World Health Organization and the Alzheimer’s Association, there are approximately 47 million people in the world with dementia and approximately 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. In addition, every 66 seconds someone develops the disease. Dementia effects mainly older adults; however, it can affect younger adults … Continue reading Dementia Support Program for Caregivers

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Western Union settlement: $586 million in refunds

The Federal Trade Commission announced recently that victims who lost money to a scammer by sending money via Western Union between 1/1/2004 to 1/19/2017 have until February 12, 2018 to file a claim to get their money back. The FTC’s settlement with Western Union, which agreed to return $586 million to people to settle the FTC’s charges that Western Union hadn’t adequately protected people from fraud, and didn’t properly … Continue reading Western Union settlement: $586 million in refunds