By Jadranko Tomic Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney, and Kathryn Petersen, Legal Hotline Intern Effective August 8, 2018, Michigan Legislature amended a portion of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) to clarify a child’s right to the exempt property allowance. The exempt property allowance is an additional benefit of a decedent’s estate that is available to the surviving spouse or to the decedent’s children and can include any household items, … Continue reading Changes in Omitting Beneficiaries from a Will
Via Federal Trade Commission The Federal Trade Commission will begin mailing 36,830 checks totaling $10,158,601, to consumers who lost money to a technical support scam. Inbound Call Experts, LLC, doing business as Advanced Tech Support, along with other defendants, agreed to pay more than $10 million as part of a settlement with the FTC. According to the FTC, the defendants used high-pressure sales pitches to … Continue reading FTC to Begin Mailing Checks to Victims of Tech Support Scam
By Ron Tatro, Vice President ELDER ABUSE & LEGISLATURE The 2017-2018 legislative season is in full swing. Legislators listen to their constituents, hear their concerns, and many times introduce new bills into the legislature to address those concerns. A frequently expressed area of concern relates to the treatment of seniors and elder abuse. During this season both the House and Senate have introduced a wide … Continue reading Michigan Elder Coordinating Council Justice News
via plansponsor.com, by Rebecca Moore, PlanSponsor July 27, 2017 The signed bill modernizes the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MSPERS), and increases the state’s share to defined contribution plans, while reducing the unfunded liabilities of the overall system. Read the full article. Continue reading Michigan Governor Signs a Teacher Pension Plan that creates a new 401(k)-style defined contribution plan with an automatic employer contribution of 4% of the employee’s salary.
by Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney On March 29, 2016, Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 551 into law. The bill makes it possible for a person to appoint a “funeral representative.” The funeral representative will be able to make funeral and other arrangements regarding the disposition of the remains. Currently, the next of kin has the authority to control the funeral and burial arrangement, which has … Continue reading Funeral Representative Bill Signed into Law
by Lindsay Felsing, MSW; Director, Economic Security You may have heard about President Obama coming all the way to Michigan State University to sign the Farm Bill into law last Friday, but what does it all mean and how does it affect seniors in Michigan? Let’s break it down. What is the Farm Bill? The Farm Bill is a piece of legislation, typically passed every … Continue reading President Obama Signed the Farm Bill into Law at Michigan State University
There are multiple pieces of current legislation that could be of interest to older adults and organizations that work with older adults. We regularly track these pieces of legislation, and have them posted on our website for your convenience. View the legislative updates here. We also give a summation of all current legislation in our monthly e-newsletter. To sign up for our e-newsletter and receive … Continue reading Legislative Update Pertaining to Seniors