Three Common Ways Your Social Security Payment Can Grow After Retirement

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You made the choice and now you are happily retired. You filed online for your Social Security benefits. They arrive each month in the correct amount exactly as expected. But, did you ever wonder if your Social Security check could increase? Once you begin receiving benefits, there are three common ways benefit checks can increase: a cost … Continue reading Three Common Ways Your Social Security Payment Can Grow After Retirement

Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Darling Garcia

By Kim Hill, Economic Security Client Services Before working at Elder Law of Michigan, the most interesting job she had was working for a local veterinarian office in California. At that office, she learned to drive on the clinic’s beloved “yellow bird” car, which was a 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback with standard transmission. The top ten books she recommends anyone to read are (in no particular order): Don Quixote, by … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Darling Garcia

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Social Security Q&A Part 12

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: What is a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)? Answer: A PASS helps Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries return to work. It is a written plan of action for getting a particular kind of job or starting a business. In it, you identify: The job or business (this is your work goal); The steps you will … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 12

Things to Know Before Buying a Mobile Home

By Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney, and Lauren Sutter, Legal Hotline Intern  For many seniors, the idea of buying a mobile home seems like a great idea. There are often many positives to owning a mobile home, including: potentially lower energy bills, a sense of community, rules and regulations that enforce an atmosphere of calm and quiet, and a smaller property to care for. However, there are … Continue reading Things to Know Before Buying a Mobile Home

Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Sara Jackson

By Dawn Kepler, Project Coordinator Sara Jackson is a Network Specialist for Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) program. She has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since September 2016. Some of Sara’s favorite projects include growing the MiCAFE Network into new areas of the state and sustaining our partnerships with new and innovative approaches.   Taking a tour through Sara’s office … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Sara Jackson

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Social Security A Source of Independence for Millions

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On July 4, people in communities everywhere celebrate our nation’s independence with neighbors, family, and friends. A strong community promotes independence by helping each other lead full and productive lives. Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years. Over those decades, we’ve made it … Continue reading Social Security A Source of Independence for Millions