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Waiver of the Michigan Driver Responsibility Fees

By: Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, J.D., Hotline Attorney; Emilee Evans, Legal Intern On February 14, 2018, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation ending driver responsibility fees and eliminating $637 million in debt owed by 350,000 drivers. According to Crain’s Detroit, the fees being forgiven include driving fees, “that stem from a state-level tax on municipal traffic violations”. Not only will fees for previous offenses be forgiven, but the … Continue reading Waiver of the Michigan Driver Responsibility Fees

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Got Toys”R”Us gift cards?

Via Consumer Federal Trade Commission By Colleen Tressler If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably seen that the iconic Toys”R”Us is winding down its business operations in the U.S., and closing its stores across the country, including stores in Puerto Rico. At this time, according to Toys”R”Us, you have only until April 15, 2018 to use your Toys”R”Us gifts cards. Advice from Toys”R”Us customer … Continue reading Got Toys”R”Us gift cards?

The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  Even though you may have smoked for years and had no difficulties that you know of, it would benefit you greatly to quit. It will be difficult but not impossible. You may need help and may have to try several different approaches to find the one that will work best for you. If you are not successful at your first attempt, do not give up. If you … Continue reading The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

Airbag Safety for Aging Drivers

By Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator Older adults (age 65 and up) comprise 20% of all drivers licensed in Michigan, and this number is projected to increase. Older drivers are more likely than other age groups to engage in the following crash related driving behaviors: failure to yield, disregard of traffic control, improper lane use, improper turn, and improper backing.  In addition, the risk of injury or death is higher for … Continue reading Airbag Safety for Aging Drivers

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A Guide to Guardianship: Probate vs. Mental Health Code

By Jadranko Tomic- Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney; Julia Miller and Emilee Evans, Elder Law of Michigan Interns. Guardianship is a process that allows for one person, a “guardian,” to make decisions for and ensure the care of a person and their limited assets when that person is unable to do so themselves (MCL 700.5314). While this is most commonly thought of as the relationship … Continue reading A Guide to Guardianship: Probate vs. Mental Health Code

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By Michelle Goetz, Project Coordinator   Did you know that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987? In fact, 2018 marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Presidential Proclamation that designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.   This movement created an opportunity to promote respect and equality for people with disabilities; disabilities that are outwardly obvious (a person who is in a wheelchair or uses a … Continue reading MARCH IS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH