20,000 Union Members, Retirees at Risk of Losing Pension Benefits

via The Washington Free Beacon by Bill McMorris, The Washington Free Beacon April 22, 2017 Five union pension plans are heading toward bankruptcy in the next 20 years if the federal government does not approve benefit cuts to retirees. In March, four unions filed applications with the U.S. Treasury Department requesting relief under a program established by the Obama administration that allows multi-employer pension plans to … Continue reading 20,000 Union Members, Retirees at Risk of Losing Pension Benefits

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Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver – Part 4

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the fourth in our series on caregivers. In our previous post, we discussed the Durable Power of Attorney for Finances, Power of Attorney for Health Care, and the Representative Payee designation forms that can assist a caregiver with his/her duties. In this post, we will discuss the Living Trust, which can also assist a caregiver with handling … Continue reading Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver – Part 4

Treasury Rejects a Plan to Cut Pensions for Teamsters

via freep.com, by Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, May 6, 2016, Retired truck drivers and other members of the Teamsters union scored a victory and avoided drastic cuts to their pensions, as the U.S. Treasury rejected a bailout plan proposed by the Central States Pension Fund. Central States Pension Fund trustees submitted a proposed rescue plan in late September as a way to avoid an even more … Continue reading Treasury Rejects a Plan to Cut Pensions for Teamsters

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“Get out of MY house”

by Ellen Mason, J.D., Hotline Attorney Your friend, Jane, has been living in your house with you. She hasn’t been paying rent and she didn’t sign a lease. Yesterday, you had a fight with her and now you want her out. Can you change the locks on your house or just toss her belongings out? No. Michigan law considers Jane a tenant even though she’s never … Continue reading “Get out of MY house”

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Staff Spotlight – Daryl Thompson

by Sandra Wisnewski, J.D., Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project This month I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to write about one of our attorneys, Daryl Thompson. Daryl joined the Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. (ELM) team in January of 2015. Daryl is an alumnus of Michigan State University Law School and graduated magna cum laude. Daryl works within two programs at ELM, … Continue reading Staff Spotlight – Daryl Thompson

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Applying for the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit

by Daryl Thompson, J.D., Hotline Attorney Are you in a financial pinch? The Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit may provide you with valuable compensation that you have missed. Michigan seniors seem to be missing out on a valuable resource. Many seniors do not file their yearly income taxes because they do not owe any income taxes. This could lead to them not claiming the Homestead Property Tax … Continue reading Applying for the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit

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5 Ways to Stay Active in Winter

by Shirley Brown, Healthy Living Coach Participate in activities that you enjoy. Get excited about this new year, 2016. Begin with a healthy active plan. Always discuss planned changes with your medical doctor before beginning any changes to your physical activities. The temperatures may be too cold, the roads and streets to slippery, however, there are plenty of fun indoor and outdoor winter activities for you to … Continue reading 5 Ways to Stay Active in Winter