By Jeanne St. Onge
- WHAT IS ELDRS LEGISLATIVE WEEK? -
Initiated in 2019, the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section (ELDRS) of the State Bar, in collaboration with Capitol Services, host an annual ELDRS Legislative Week, allowing participants to meet with their Michigan legislators.
This year, ELDRS Legislative Week was held virtually May 10-14, 2021.
The week kicks off with a highly informative training session, hosted by Capitol Services. This session is perfect for anyone who needs a quick refresher of Michigan's legislature. The overview includes a brief rundown of our current legislative season, a summary of the legislators currently in office, how to be an effective advocate for your cause, and much more.
Following the training, one-on-one meetings are scheduled throughout the week, giving each participant the opportunity to meet face-to-face, or rather, screen-to-screen due to the pandemic, with their elected house and senate legislators. These meetings allow for the practitioners and legislators to begin building a relationship, in addition to the chance to promote important ELDRS legislative causes.
- MICHIGAN LEGISLATORS -
Representatives from the Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC, including attorney Amanda Murray, participated in this year's Legislative Week. During the week, they had the opportunity to meet with staff of the following legislators:
- ELDRS LEGISLATIVE CAUSES -
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, being able to provide legal services for the elderly and persons with disabilities has proven to be a challenge. Early in the pandemic, Governor Whitmer issued a series of executive orders, which allowed for the use of digital technology to perform remote witnessing and notarization of legal documents. Legislature enacted PA 246-249 of 2020 to place language in the executive order into state law, effective until June 30, 2021.
NURSING HOME CAMERAS (SB 33)
It is well known that senior citizens and persons with disabilities who live in group settings are often abused and/or neglected. It is a growing concern as more and more stories are hitting the news about the horrific events taking place in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc.
Senator Jim Runestad is currently sponsoring a Senate Bill to put language into effect giving nursing home residents the right to have cameras placed in their rooms.
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By Jeanne St. Onge
FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
A Financial Power of Attorney (POA) is defined as ‘a legal document giving one person (the agent or attorney-in-fact) the power to act on behalf of another person (the principal)’.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Essentially, this means legally granting someone the authority to make financial decisions for you, as if they were you.
Having a Financial POA means you (the principal) have given permission/power to someone (the agent) to make decisions for you. These decisions can include signing checks, making deposits, paying bills, selling property, buying insurance, filing taxes, and any other business you would normally be able to do.
ARE ALL POWERS OF ATTORNEY THE SAME?
No, there are several different types of POAs that can be used for several different reasons, purposes, or lengths of time.
MOST COMMON FINANCIAL POWERS OF ATTORNEY (POA)
Remember: Agent = your chosen ‘attorney-in-fact’
1. Durable Financial Power of Attorney
2. Springing Financial Power of Attorney
3. General Financial Power of Attorney
4. Special or Limited Financial Power of Attorney
WHEN WOULD I NEED A FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY (POA)?
If you become ill or incapacitated without a valid Financial POA, there is no one to handle your financial affairs. This means your spouse and/or family member would have to go to Probate Court to apply for conservatorship over you. The court would deliberate and appoint someone on your behalf, also known as a conservator. If you do not have a valid Financial POA, the court may appoint a family member or could appoint a stranger to handle your finances.
Setting up a Financial POA ahead of time ensures that you have chosen someone you trust to help you with your money. For this reason, it is best to have a Financial POA in place before an accident or illness occurs.
CHOOSING YOUR FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY (POA) AGENT
Your agent should put your interests before their own when making decisions, which is why it is especially important to choose someone you trust. It is wise to choose someone who is reliable, dependable, and capable of handling your affairs on your behalf, without abusing the powers granted to him or her.
I NEED A FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY (POA), NOW WHAT?
Please feel free to call us at Bassett Murray Law Group (734) 930-9200 and set up an appointment to meet with one of our Attorneys, Jane Bassett or Amanda Murray.
I ALREADY HAVE A FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY (POA)
If you already have a Financial POA, make sure to review and update it periodically (at least once every 3-5 years). It is important to keep this document updated, especially if you have recently had any big life changes (married/divorced, recent medical diagnosis, etc.).
Download a copy of Understanding Financial Power of Attorney (as seen above)