(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 The Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) assists clients with pe­nsion and 401(k) issues. There are no age or income restrictions and there is never a charge for services. The Pension Project works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problem.  Sometimes retirees are notified after retirement that the monthly … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Trump Treasury Backtracks On Lump-Sum Pension Rules Meant To Protect Retirees

Via Forbes.com By Ashlea Ebeling The Treasury Department told off employers back in 2015: Lump-sum pension buyouts for retirees already in payout status are a no-no. In practice, employers stopped offering them, per Notice 2015-49, despite the fact that proposed and temporary rules never came out. Now, in a Trump-era twist, the Treasury Department has backtracked with Notice 2019-18, a retraction of intent to propose regulations on the topic: … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Trump Treasury Backtracks On Lump-Sum Pension Rules Meant To Protect Retirees

So, You’re Retired but Don’t Have Enough Money to Be Retired. Now What?

Via Barrons.com By Elizabeth White I never thought it would happen to me. All my life—working at the World Bank, getting my M.B.A. at Harvard Business School, starting my own retail company—I thought of retirement as golfing in Florida (not that I really wanted to). Even after my business failed—taking most of my savings with it—I bounced back. I reinvented myself as a consultant and … Continue reading So, You’re Retired but Don’t Have Enough Money to Be Retired. Now What?

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Scams cheat older Americans out of almost $3 billion a year.

Via CNBC By Maggie Fitzgerald Seniors lose an estimated $2.9 billion annually from financial exploitation, according to the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Impersonating the IRS was the No. 1 scam targeting seniors in 2018. More than 1,500 seniors across the country contacted the committee’s fraud hotline in 2018; however, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in recent testimony that only 1 in every 24 … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Scams cheat older Americans out of almost $3 billion a year.

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): More plans looking to hang on to assets of departing workers

Via Pensions&Investments By Margarida Correia Employees may leave their jobs but the money in their retirement plans can stay. That’s the thinking among a growing number of defined contribution plan sponsors, particularly those running large plans, recent studies from Alight Solutions and Callan LLC show. With baby boomers retiring, plan sponsors would rather not see their assets “walk out the door” as it could compromise their ability … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): More plans looking to hang on to assets of departing workers

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(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Mr. K’s Story

By Sandra Wisnewski, Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project  The Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) assists clients with pension and 401(k) issues. There are no age or income restrictions, and there is never a charge for the services. The MAPRP works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problems. Just ask Mr. K.  Mr. K. worked for a company located in Michigan and was a member of a union. He left the company in … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Mr. K’s Story

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Family Law: Military Divorce Retirement, Pension Rules Change

Via The National Law Review By Jaliz Maldonado In the year 2017, the National Defense Authorization Act underwent a revision concerning the way in which pension of military personnel is divided in the case of a divorce between the spouses. While previously, it was thought to be the decision of the State under the USFSPA enacted in 1982, now Congress has come up with a single, … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Family Law: Military Divorce Retirement, Pension Rules Change

Elder Law of Michigan – December Holiday Closing

Elder Law of Michigan’s Lansing and Detroit offices will be closed, Monday, December 24, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for our staff to spend time with their families and friends during the holiday season. We will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan – December Holiday Closing

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Worried about a missing pension or 401(k)? Here’s where you can get help

Via Detroit Free Press By Susan Tompor Randy Sigley, 63, who grew up in West Virginia, remembers that jobs were hard to come by in the mid-1970s so he headed to Ohio to work in a factory making concrete pipe. He got that job about a year out of high school and made sure to hold onto it at least 10 years because he always heard that he’d … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Worried about a missing pension or 401(k)? Here’s where you can get help

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): State to monitor underfunded Midland pension

Via Midland Daily News By John Kennett An underfunded pension plan has forced the City of Midland to take corrective action with the state. The City of Midland has three defined-benefit retirement plans. Two of those, the Retiree Health Care and Public Act 345, Fire Fighters and Police Officers Retirement Act, are in good shape according to state officials. But, the third, the Municipal Employees’ … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): State to monitor underfunded Midland pension