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What is the Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors?

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by Karen Flores, Attorney

????????????????????????????????????????The Webster’s Dictionary defines a “hotline” as 1) a direct telephone line in constant readiness so as to facilitate immediate communication; 2) a usually toll free telephone service available to the public for some specific purpose.  The second definition is more descriptive of Elder Law of Michigan’s Legal Hotline For Michigan Seniors.  While it would be desirable to have limitless resources allowing attorneys to be constantly ready to immediately speak to clients the moment they call, the large volume of calls we receive and our limited resources renders such immediate response impossible.  However, we are indeed a toll free number available to seniors for the specific purpose of providing legal advice, information, and referrals over the telephone.

Clients who call speak to the Hotline attorneys about a wide variety of legal problems and issues.  Sometimes explaining the senior’s legal rights can empower them to confront the…

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What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare?

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by Christine Steinmetz, Hotline Attorney

This post is part one of a series of blog posts examining Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare. 

medicalformThe Legal Hotline receives several calls each week regarding the Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare. Many of us have heard of a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, and some have been provided with a copy of this document from our healthcare provider. However, many clients call with questions regarding this document.

First, a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare is a legal form that allows a person to appoint an agent, called a “Patient Advocate”, to make healthcare decisions for them when they are unable participate in medical treatment decisions.

Modern medicine allows people to prolong their lives through artificial means, such as respirators and dialysis machines. However, if you want to limit these means, you will want to draft a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare…

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Arrest Made In Silicone Injection Death Of Transgender Woman

Santa Ana Police Homicide Detectives arrested Liborio DeLaLuiz Ramos, 44, in connection with the death of Katya De La Riva on Jan. 22. Michele Gile reports.

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