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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

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ABAWD Time Limits Waiver Set to Expire in 4 Michigan Counties

by Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that “[m]ore than 500,000 and as many as 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP over the course of 2016.” SNAP rules require all recipients meet work requirements, unless they are exempt because of age or disability or another specific reason. The work requirements have been part of the … Continue reading ABAWD Time Limits Waiver Set to Expire in 4 Michigan Counties

Senior man and granddaughter.

Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver – Part 3

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the third in our series on caregivers. In our previous posts, we discussed the resources that are available to help make caregiving manageable. In addition to gathering information regarding doctors, medications, and billing information, there are also legal considerations and documents that can assist the caregiver in performing his/her day to day duties. In this post, we … Continue reading Steps To Take When Becoming A Caregiver – Part 3

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2016 Call to Justice Awards Honorees Announced

In August 2016, nine advocates and three organizations from across Michigan will be honored at Elder Law of Michigan’s 8th Annual Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards in recognition of their significant contributions to the fields of law and aging. Three awards receptions will be held on: Mid-Michigan – Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6 PM Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI … Continue reading 2016 Call to Justice Awards Honorees Announced

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Meet our Summer Interns! – Part Two

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. is proud to work with Michigan State University College of Law to provide students with the opportunity to work directly with seniors through the Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors, under the guidance of our Hotline Managing Attorney. This summer, ELM is grateful to host five interns. This is the second of two posts to provide you with an introduction to our summer interns! Calla Ketchens Law wasn’t always my … Continue reading Meet our Summer Interns! – Part Two

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Meet our Summer Interns! – Part One

Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. is proud to work with Michigan State University College of Law to provide students with the opportunity to work directly with seniors through the Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors, under the guidance of our Hotline Managing Attorney. This summer, ELM is grateful to host five interns. This is the first of two posts to provide you with an introduction to our summer interns! Daniel Sturdevant My name … Continue reading Meet our Summer Interns! – Part One

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Seniors Sacrifice Their Own Needs To Please Their Children

  by Dave Jones, Volunteer Attorney At times we hear from seniors who want to give their assets to their children, although the seniors need the assets themselves. Recently, I had one such case. Our client was an elderly woman, in her late 80s, with limited income who owned a house and a vacation cottage. She had several children, but was particularly attached to her middle … Continue reading Seniors Sacrifice Their Own Needs To Please Their Children

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Data Shows Fraud Complaints on the Rise in Michigan

by Miles Morley, MiCAFE Community Partner Liaison The Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) has released their 2015 Data Book. CSN is a database of consumer identity theft and fraud complaints. The complaints are gathered from federal agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Internal Revenue Service, state law enforcement organizations, such as the Michigan Office of the Attorney General, and non-governmental … Continue reading Data Shows Fraud Complaints on the Rise in Michigan

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National Healthcare Decisions Day

by Kathryn Larlee, J.D., Hotline Attorney “There are only two things in life that are certain; death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin 1789. By a strange coincidence, National Healthcare Decisions Day fell on April 16th, right before tax day, today, April 18th. National Healthcare Decisions Day is a day dedicated to “having the conversation.” This conversation can be more difficult to initiate than getting started on … Continue reading National Healthcare Decisions Day

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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”