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Beat Procrastination by Changing Your Direct Deposit Early

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist September 6 is National Fight Procrastination Day. With our busy lives, it is easy to fall into that cycle of constantly postponing some tasks because of other things we need to address right now. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. How can you change your … Continue reading Beat Procrastination by Changing Your Direct Deposit Early

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Social Security Q&A Part 12

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: What is the benefit amount a spouse may be entitled to receive? Answer: If you are eligible for both your own retirement benefit and for benefits as a spouse, we will always pay you benefits based on your record first. If your benefit as a spouse is higher than your retirement benefit, you will receive a combination … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 12

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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!

Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Christine Steinmetz

By Sandra Wisnewski, J.D., Director of Client Assistance  Christine Steinmetz is a part-time hotline attorney at Elder Law of Michigan. Christine has been with Elder Law of Michigan since 2011. Before working for Elder Law of Michigan, Christine used to be a plumbing assistant. People are surprised when she uses the trade’s terminology. Although she loved being a plumbing assistant, she is currently not interested in taking on any plumbing jobs … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Christine Steinmetz

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?

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Social Security Q&A Part 11

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I served in the military, and I’ll receive a military pension when I retire. Will that affect my Social Security benefits? Answer: You can get both Social Security retirement benefits and military retirement at the same time. Generally, we don’t reduce your Social Security benefits because of your military benefits. When you’re ready to apply for … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 11