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Everyone Needs a Will

By Denise Keiser, Fund Development Specialist  Recently we learned that celebrity icon, Aretha Franklin, died with no will or trust in place to instruct the disposition of her wealth, which has an estimated value of over 80 million dollars. So this brings a question to light – at what level of wealth do you need a will?  No matter how much – or how little – money or assets you … Continue reading Everyone Needs a Will

Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By: Rachel Autera-Polzin, Volunteer Intern Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, but who comprises the elderly population? Anyone can become a victim, including your grandmothers and grandfathers, neighbors and friends. Elder Abuse Awareness Day was created to raise awareness of abuse and neglect of older adults. In Michigan, there are approximately 40,000-50,000 elder abuse cases annually; which include physical abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. However, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of elder abuse cases that go unreported each year. Some of the abusers in these cases are family, caretakers, or medical personnel. Cases are unreported … Continue reading Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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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

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): State hones in on ‘underfunded’ pension and health care plans, including 7 in mid-Michigan

Via Lansing State Journal By Beth LeBlanc March 7, 2018 Seven Lansing-area public employee retirement plans have come under scrutiny from the state for their unfunded liabilities. The Michigan Department of Treasury contacted pension plan administrators last week to inform them that reports they submitted to the state in January had triggered a preliminary review of the policies’ “underfunded status.” Read the full article. Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): State hones in on ‘underfunded’ pension and health care plans, including 7 in mid-Michigan

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Part 2 of 2: PLACEMENT AND CONTINUED CARE FOR SENIOR RESIDENTS IN LICENSED RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES (Other than Nursing Homes)

By David Jones, Volunteer Hotline Attorney F. Search for a Facility 1. Introduction In this article, I discuss a search by a person other than a prospective resident. The person is generally called a “designated representative” (DR). This is a person who is a legal guardian or has been granted the authority by the prospective resident. That person is generally a relative, but it can be any … Continue reading Part 2 of 2: PLACEMENT AND CONTINUED CARE FOR SENIOR RESIDENTS IN LICENSED RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES (Other than Nursing Homes)

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National Wear Red Day

By Rachael Savoie, Human Resources   Friday, February 2nd isn’t just my birthday, but this year it’s National Wear Red Day! National Wear Red Day is held the first Friday in February to raise awareness about heart disease being the number one killer of women. All are encouraged to wear red and show their support for women’s heart health.   This year will mark the 15th year since the American Heart Association and the … Continue reading National Wear Red Day

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Information for Persons Seeking Residency in Michigan Nursing Homes

By David Jones, Volunteer Hotline Attorney   Nursing Homes are regulated jointly by the federal and State of Michigan governments. The federal government certifies nursing homes as eligible for Medicare and Medicaid payments.    The State licenses all nursing homes. Each has statutes and regulations/rules concerning this regulation. Each has useful websites. Below I discuss the main governmental websites and some nongovernmental websites.    The federal government has a key website through which … Continue reading Information for Persons Seeking Residency in Michigan Nursing Homes