Beware of Social Security Scams

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist There’s a widespread telephone scam involving callers claiming they’re from Social Security. The caller ID may even show a government number. These callers may tell you there’s a problem with your Social Security number. They may also threaten to arrest you unless you pay a fine or fee using gift cards, pre-paid debit cards, a wire transfer, … Continue reading Beware of Social Security Scams

Elder Justice League Helps to Distribute Food in the Eastern Upper Peninsula

By Stephanie Woods, Empowerment Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan With the increasing opioid epidemic and the ever-changing family structure, many grandparents are living in the same household as their grandchildren. The report A Place to Call Home by Generations United provides statistics on grandparents and grandchildren living together. In the United States, 2.65 million children live in a home with their grandparents without their … Continue reading Elder Justice League Helps to Distribute Food in the Eastern Upper Peninsula

Senior Home Shares

By Michelle Jackson, Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan Senior home sharing is becoming more and more popular in today’s world. Seniors are sharing homes with each other to share the high cost of housing expenses, as well as to have the companionship that comes with having a roommate. Senior home sharing also improves the health and safety of seniors by having … Continue reading Senior Home Shares

Lessons Learned

By Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan It is hard to believe that another year, 2019, is gone and that 2020 has begun. The holiday season is over, and we are looking forward to spring. It is also the time that many people make, or at least consider making, resolutions. It is a time for new beginnings. I am surrounded by some wonderful colleagues … Continue reading Lessons Learned

This New Year, See What You Can do Online at Socialsecurity.gov

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you looking for new ways to save time this new year? Social Security offers many of its services online by signing up for a secure my Social Security account. Once you create an account, you can review your work history and see an estimate of your future Social Security benefits. We recently made several enhancements and … Continue reading This New Year, See What You Can do Online at Socialsecurity.gov

Small Businesses and Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 28.8 million small businesses in the United States represent 99.7% of all U.S. businesses, and employ 56.8 million people. Running a small business can be a 24-7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, services, and marketing can be challenging. If you are a small business owner or you work … Continue reading Small Businesses and Social Security

Mid-America Pension Rights Project: A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

By Sandra Wisnewski, Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at Elder Law of Michigan You cannot have your pension at this time because your current job is similar employment! Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, this is a common restriction that some pensioners face when they leave a long-term job position. Employment restrictions are very common within multi-employer (skilled trades) pension plans and are legal. These restrictions effect pensioners … Continue reading Mid-America Pension Rights Project: A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

Mid-America Pension Rights Project: Defined Benefit Pension vs Defined Contribution 401(k): Part 1

By Christine Steinmetz, Pension Attorney at the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at Elder Law of Michigan Do you ever wonder if you have saved enough for retirement? There are so many online calculators, articles, and books written on this very issue. You save and expect your retirement to go smoothly. However, many people retire and realize that they have not saved enough. Recently, General Electric … Continue reading Mid-America Pension Rights Project: Defined Benefit Pension vs Defined Contribution 401(k): Part 1

Senior Community Service Employment Program

By Betsy Smith, Network Shareholder and Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan There is a recent trend of older adults who are retired but continue to work regularly. Working after retirement can be beneficial for seniors for both financial and health reasons. Many seniors have some savings but may be worried that it’s just not enough. Working part-time will help bridge the gap and … Continue reading Senior Community Service Employment Program