Questions about COVID-19 in Long Term Care Facilities? Join Weekly Video/Phone Conference

For those with a family member in a long-term care facility, the MI Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (Ombudsman Program) holds a weekly video/phone conference to answer questions about COVID-19 in long term care facilities.

Every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. you can join the Ombudsman Program for answers to questions about COVID-19 in long term care facilities.  As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak evolves, the long term care Ombudsman Program continues to advocate for residents in licensed nursing homes, adult foster care, and homes for the aged. This information keeps family and friends informed of ever-changing guidelines for nursing homes and other long term care facilities.  Each weekly question and answer session responds to questions the Ombudsman Program has received during the previous week.  If time permits, the hosts will also take questions from those in attendance.

Sessions are one hour and take place every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. If you have a specific question you would like answered, please contact the Ombudsman Program at 517-827-8010 and leave a message or send them a detailed email at MLTCOP@meji.org.

How to Join the Weekly COVID-19 calls:

  • to join by phone – Call 1-929-205-6099

          Meeting ID: 829 7146

Please be sure to visit the Ombudsman Program website for more details about the call and for information about COVID-19 and the ombudsman program. Questions and answers discussed each week will be posted on the website.

Government Stimulus Payments Update

The government has begun to deposit economic stimulus payments to those with direct deposit set up with the IRS. The process of issuing payments will take several weeks and people will receive them at varying times. Those with direct deposit will receive funds first.

You may visit the IRS FAQ page  for the most up-to-date answers to your questions, including:

  • Will I get a payment?
  • How much will my payment be?
  • How and when will I receive it?
  • Do I need to do anything to get it?

If you are worried about whether you or your family have the right legal documents in place in a health emergency or sudden death, contact one of our estate planners.  They are available to answer your questions about wills, trusts and powers of attorney during this time of uncertainty.

We’re working, available, and ready to help.

Elder Law Vlog

In this video, Attorney Gene Richards speaks about a free resource you can use to put a will or medical power of attorney in place without the use of an attorney in an emergency situation. In an emergency, it is better to have something in writing than nothing. It’s always best to work with an attorney for your legal documents, and you should not copy documents from the Internet or try to draft them yourself. In a pinch, however, Mr. Richard’s recommends a Michigan resource that includes a statutory Will, medical POA and for organ donation. These documents, which have been vetted by attorneys and approved by the state legislature, can be found be clicking here.

CMDA Puzzle Booklets have Arrived

CMDA Puzzle BookletIn these uncertain times, we would like to bring you a little diversion, entertainment, and fun to help alleviate stress. The elder law attorneys at CMDA just received a shipment of puzzle booklets and would like to send one your way. We hope working on a Sudoku, word search, or crossword puzzle can help ease your mind, if only for a few minutes each day.

To receive a complementary puzzle booklet, please send your contact information to: info@cmda-law.com and we will mail you a booklet. We wish you and your loved ones continued good health.

Coping in Crisis: Estate Planning Challenges and Solutions

Estate planning documents (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, etc.) are essential in a crisis.  In the present pandemic, our families, friends and customers are dealing with frustrating isolation, sudden debilitating illness, and untimely death.  Each situation presents unique challenges that is best resolved with a specially designed legal document.  Attorney Norman (Gene) Richards has compiled a Gene Coping in Crisis Estate Planning Solutions chart that lists some challenges and identifies the legal documents that meet each challenge. We hope you find the chart informative and helpful.

Please remember that Mr. Richards and the Elder Law and Estate planning team at CMDA:

1. Leverage technology to assist safely and to provide services faster

2. Offer creative solutions in this time of crisis

3. Are working… Are available… Can help

Norman (Gene) Richards helps clients safely navigate life’s transitions through the skillful, practical, and compassionate application of comprehensive elder law and estate planning services. He guides clients in planning for their future care needs, including maximizing financial resources to pay for the cost of long-term care. He takes the time to understand his clients’ needs and goals and designs practical, customized solutions for them. He may be reached at (734) 261-2400 or nrichards@cmda-law.com.

 

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