by Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Network Coordinator So, this is a fairly new one and yes, it’s true, March 18th is now being noted as “Forgive Mom & Dad Day!” Finally, a day of opportunity for us parents!!! Yes, us, well deserving, hardworking, devoted and courteous parents! If you are one of the chosen who are responsible for a little human being, called a child, or need … Continue reading A New Attitude for a New Day
by Karen Flores, J.D., Hotline Attorney As most citizens are aware, on June 26, 2015 the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. While the decision most likely means that there will be more married couples in the United States, the American Psychological Association website reveals the discouraging statistic that 40-50 percent of married couples in the U.S. divorce and that the divorce rate for … Continue reading Celebrating Marriage
by Ron Tatro, Vice President, Administration and Center for Elder Rights Advocacy Chris, You recently appeared at the door to my office. You had a grin on your face which lit up the room. You shared the information that you and your wife were expecting your first child later this year. You asked what it was like to be a father. As Father’s Day approaches, I … Continue reading Welcome to the Fraternity of Fatherhood: An Open Letter to My Colleague, Chris
By Christine Steinmetz, Hotline Attorney This post is the second part of a series of blog posts. Part one can be found here. In our last blog, we discussed what exactly a Durable Power of Attorney document is and the first four steps you can take to draft one. As we discussed previous, a Durable Power of Attorney allows you to make decisions and designate your … Continue reading Steps To Take Before Drafting a Durable Power of Attorney For Finances – Part Two
by Pat Ocheltree, MiCAFE My concept of grandparenting has been significantly enlarged in the process of talking to many older adults through my work at Elder Law of Michigan! No longer do I think only of the loving grandparent figure who is able to help, influence and provide aspirations to their progeny! I talk with so many dear grandparents, particularly grandmothers, who are denying themselves in many ways in … Continue reading September 7 is National Grandparents Day
In honor of National Preparedness Month, we are going to cover steps to assemble and maintain an emergency kit. Emergency kits contain items that will assist in short-term survival of potential emergencies. Supplies to include in your emergency kit are: water, food, eating utensils, battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, dust mask, plastic sheeting, duct tape, … Continue reading Kickoff to National Preparedness Month
by Caitlin Zanin On May 9, 2014, Elder Law of Michigan held a free estate planning clinic at the East Glen Apartments in East Lansing with support from Ingham County TRIAD. Nine attorneys volunteered their time and talent to draft Wills, Durable Power of Attorney for Finances, and Designation of Patient Advocate forms for 16 low-income seniors. As a new intern for Elder Law of … Continue reading Estate Planning: Why is it Important?