Category Archives: Criminal Law

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Beneficiaries in Orange

On a “listserv” we both read, a colleague, Nathan Piwowarski, posted a helpful explanation about litigating SCRA cases. He also provides tips on how a trust should be drawn up to avoid claim of the Michigan Department of Corrections for reimbursement for the costs of imprisonment. His remarks build on my post: “Chains of Blood; Bars of Steel.” He has Read More


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Attorney Fee Hazards at Social Security Administration

A colleague posted a question on an elder law listserv about being paid to represent a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient who lost benefits due to assets in a special needs trust (SNT). The SSI program has a $2,000 asset limit and an SNT is designed to protect excess assets. The question was answered by a very knowing Social Security Read More


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Guns and Cuffs for Welfare Investigators — Yes or No?

Two bills now pending in the Michigan House of Representatives would permit welfare investigators to  arrest suspects without a warrant (SB 384) and carry guns (SB 385).  “OIG Investigators with Guns — Round Two” argues that arming and giving arrest powers to welfare investigators would be unnecessary and result in serious violations of the civil and due process rights of Read More


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OIG Investigators with Guns — Round Two

The Michigan Senate has passed two bills, SB 384 and SB 385 that make about as much sense as hiring pedophiles as kindergarten teachers.    These bills would arm and give arrest powers to welfare investigators. The Michigan welfare department, Department of Health and Human Services, has a bureau called the Office of Inspector General.  Investigators with OIG receive referrals Read More