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‘Tis the Season to Think About Estate Planning

By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The holiday season is a busy time for everyone. We are decorating homes, preparing meals, baking cookies, visiting loved ones, and buying gifts for others. One thing we often overlook is taking care of others by having our estate plan in place. People often wait to call an attorney for estate planning documents before going on a big trip or having major surgery.  However, this is the … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to Think About Estate Planning

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Middle Stage Dementia

By Michelle Goetz, Project Coordinator Dementia is a syndrome or disease, which includes a deterioration of memory, cognitive skills, and the ability to perform everyday activities.   While dementia often has a flux of symptoms, it generally has seven stages, often broken down into mild (early-stage), moderate (middle-stage), and severe (late-stage). The stages range from no cognitive decline to very severe cognitive decline. The personal and financial toll it can cause is often devastating. … Continue reading Middle Stage Dementia

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Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Thursday, December 8, 2017

Via National Council on Aging The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is an annual period of time (October 15 through December 7) when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluate part of their Medicare coverage (their Medicare Advantage and/or Part D plan) and compare it against all the other plans on the market. After re-evaluating, if you find a plan that is a better fit for … Continue reading Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Thursday, December 8, 2017

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Join us on #GivingTuesday

In 2017, the average holiday shopper will spend $967 this holiday season. For $25, you can make a real impact on the life of a senior. Join us on #GivingTuesday and support Elder Law of Michigan this #GivingTuesday to help seniors plan for the future. Make your donation here and learn about more ways to help. Continue reading Join us on #GivingTuesday

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Managing Someone Else’s Money: Protect My Money

By Michelle Goetz, Project Coordinator Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one or friend who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. Yet, there are billions of dollars that are inappropriately taken from vulnerable seniors and veterans. To help you know your rights and responsibilities as a conservator, trustee, power of attorney, or veterans’ affairs fiduciary/ representative payee, … Continue reading Managing Someone Else’s Money: Protect My Money

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Dementia Support Program for Caregivers

By Christine Steinmetz, Hotline Attorney November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. According to the World Health Organization and the Alzheimer’s Association, there are approximately 47 million people in the world with dementia and approximately 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. In addition, every 66 seconds someone develops the disease. Dementia effects mainly older adults; however, it can affect younger adults … Continue reading Dementia Support Program for Caregivers

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Western Union settlement: $586 million in refunds

The Federal Trade Commission announced recently that victims who lost money to a scammer by sending money via Western Union between 1/1/2004 to 1/19/2017 have until February 12, 2018 to file a claim to get their money back. The FTC’s settlement with Western Union, which agreed to return $586 million to people to settle the FTC’s charges that Western Union hadn’t adequately protected people from fraud, and didn’t properly … Continue reading Western Union settlement: $586 million in refunds