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First Day of Fall: Saturday, September 22, 2018

By Rachael Savoie, Human Resources For me, fall to me is the most wonderful time of the year. I love everything about fall, from the trees changing beautiful colors, to the holidays we celebrate like Halloween and Thanksgiving. One thing I can’t wait to do is take my family to the local cider mill. We love getting warm homemade doughnuts and cider; and picking out … Continue reading First Day of Fall: Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Changes in Omitting Beneficiaries from a Will

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

Grandparents’ Day: Sunday, September 9, 2018

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator  Did you know September 9th is National Grandparents’ Day? Everyone should learn about this special day so we can honor and celebrate our grandparents.    President Jimmy Carter signed the bill for Grandparents’ Day in 1978. It was first introduced by Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia who became the founder of National Grandparents’ Day. Marian made it her goal to educate youth about significant contributions that seniors have … Continue reading Grandparents’ Day: Sunday, September 9, 2018

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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

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September is Hunger Action Month: Take Action and Fight Hunger!

By Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist  When September hits, many people start to think of fall. We start to see a lot of red, orange, and yellow in décor, clothing, and food. However, orange has another meaning during the month of September, which is Hunger Action Month.  Here are some statistics from Feeding America associated with Senior Hunger across our country:  Nearly 5 million seniors face hunger in our country.  The rate of hunger among … Continue reading September is Hunger Action Month: Take Action and Fight Hunger!

Building a Future for Your Pet

By Jadranko Tomic Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney and Angela Quinn, Legal Hotline Intern  It is still debated in the legal world as to whether pets should be treated as property or as family members. Once you die, the question often becomes, who “inherits” or “adopts” your pet?  Either way, the safest way to provide care for your pet after you die, is to consider them in your estate planning.   What happens to my pet if I die?  The best circumstance is that a family member volunteers to care for … Continue reading Building a Future for Your Pet

What Happens If I’m Arrested and Cannot Afford a Lawyer?

By Jadranko Tomic Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney, and Lauren Sutter, Legal Hotline Intern  Getting arrested can be overwhelming and scary, but those feelings can be even greater for seniors who are arrested. According to the Michigan Incident Crime Report, 2,925 of the arrests occurring in 2016 were people age 65 and above. This age demographic represents only 1.22% of arrests, but this still could leave many seniors facing criminal charges with no … Continue reading What Happens If I’m Arrested and Cannot Afford a Lawyer?