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Firm unveils resource for seniors, caretakers during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption everywhere but has been an especially difficult struggle for seniors as many have had to continue to shelter in place, away from their friends and families.

To help supplement some of the services that seniors are provided, the Foster Swift law firm has created a free ‘Elder Organizer’ digital notebook to provide seniors and their caretakers with a toolkit that helps organize doctors’ appointments, medications, and more that can be shared online.

This downloadable spreadsheet is also meant as a tie-in recognition of National Senior Center Month. First beginning as a week-long celebration in 1979 by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), National Senior Center Week was then extended to the full month of September in 2007 by the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC).

Senior centers serve as a gateway, connecting aging adults to vital community services all in one place to help them maintain an active, healthy and independent lifestyle. Programs and services provided by these centers include volunteer opportunities and health and wellness programs.

The Elder Organizer toolkit, along with articles and other elder resources, can be found on Foster Swift’s Elder Law blog at mielderlawblog.com.


‘COVID-19 & Women Webinar’ offered by WLAM on Oct. 8

The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) will present “COVID-19 & Women Webinar” on Thursday, Oct. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to join WLAM for a discussion on COVID-19 and gender equity issues.

The event will feature panelists Angela Walker and Kate Sharkey.

To register for this free online event, visit www.womenlawyers.org and click on “events.”


Senate leaves DWI’s out of expungement expansion

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Senate passed bills this week that would allow hundreds of thousands of people to clear their criminal records to help them overcome barriers in society such as finding employment and housing, but stopped short of including DWI offenses in the proposed expungement process.

The state estimates the expungement measures would affect hundreds of thousands of people, including those with marijuana convictions before it was legalized for recreational use in 2018.

If signed into law, Michigan would have an automated system for expungements of certain felonies after 10 years and misdemeanors after seven years.

The state House will now weigh in on amendments made to the legislation and send them to the governor to be signed.

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