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State of Michigan receives grant to help older adults obtain free legal assistance

Adults age 60 or older will have better access to free legal services from the state, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) was recently awarded a grant that will enhance the free legal service options available to older adults and help the state coordinate with partners to address legal problems more efficiently.
“We know that the right advice at the right time will minimize legal challenges for older adults,” said OSA Director Kari Sederburg. “We are excited to receive additional resources to enhance coordination and create a more efficient legal services system for older adults to get the help that they need even faster.”
The state will receive $178,500 per year over the next three years. Half of the funding will go for operation of the Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors (1-800-347-LAWS or 1-800-347-5297).
The Legal Hotline is a core component of Michigan’s elder rights services providing older adults with free legal advice and referral assistance. Older adults and their families who have questions and need information or advice about legal matters are encouraged to call the hotline for assistance.
Michigan was one of seven states to receive the HHS legal assistance systems grant.

Oral arguments handbook offers tips for Michigan Supreme Court practice

Attorneys who appear before the Michigan Supreme Court have a valuable new resource: a comprehensive, online handbook about how to prepare for and argue their cases.
Entitled “Guide for Counsel in Cases to Be Argued in the Michigan Supreme Court,” the handbook was compiled by Supreme Court staff with extensive input from Michigan Solicitor General John Bursch.
Topics include preparation for oral argument, filing, brief writing tips, oral argument procedures, and more. It is especially designed for those making their first appearance before the Court. The guide includes general information plus a directory of offices and programs.
The guide is available at: http://courts.mi.gov/Courts/