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AARP
Provides information on a wide variety of information and links.
http://www.aarp.org

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAUS
News releases, complaints, consumer alerts, links to other consumer web sites and information.
http://www.grandrapids.bbb.org
http://detroit.bbb.org
http://easternmichigan.bbb.org

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: CHARITIES AND DONORS
Information on charities.
http://www.bbb.org/us/charity

CENTER FOR GUARDIANSHIP CERTIFICATION
Certification of guardians to enhance the level of competency provided by guardians.
http://guardianshipcert.org

DRUG WATCH
Comprehensive database featuring information about thousands of over-the-counter and prescription medications currently and previously on the market. Alerts concerning specific drugs are listed.
http://www.drugwatch.com

ELDER LAW ANSWERS
Resource addressing the legal needs of the elderly offering a free newsletter, radio, questions and answers, a section devoted to attorneys plus an extensive library (Elder Law 101) of key elder law topics.
http://www.elderlawanswers.com

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
Extensive and highly up-to-date information related to consumer protections and economics.
http://www.ftc.gov

GONGWER NEWS SERVICE
Extensive resources tabs of governmental links. Provides comprehensive, accurate and timely coverage of issues in and around Michigan government and political systems. Publishes the daily Michigan Report and detailed coverage of all bills in the Legislature plus tracks activities of the Executive and the Judicial branches of government.
http://www.gongwer.com

LEGAL HOTLINE FOR MICHIGAN SENIORS
No cost legal information for persons 60 and older, caregivers and hospice patients.
http://www.legalhotlineonline.org

NATIONAL CONSUMER LAW CENTER
Information related to the work of the NCLC: defending the rights of low-income consumers, concentrating on working for fairness in financial services, wealth building and financial health, a stop to predatory lending and consumer fraud, and protection of basic energy and utility services for low income families. Webinars available.
http://www.nclc.org

NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING: BENEFITS CHECKUP
Specific information on available state and federal resources for seniors in need of assistance.
http://www.benefitscheckup.org

NATIONAL FRAUD INFORMATION CENTER
Information on telemarketing and Internet fraud, filing complaints with applicable law enforcement agencies.
http://www.fraud.org

NATIONAL GUARDIANSHIP ASSOCIATION
Resources promoting the enhancement of guardian services.
http://www.guardianship.org

NATIONAL SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION
Interested persons may sign up for a weekly update
http://www.sheriffs.org

STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN
Informative section accessible to the public plus a section on the courts with videos.
http://www.michbar.org

STATE OF MICHIGAN: AFC AND HOMES FOR THE AGED
Statewide look-up for Adult Foster Care and/or Homes for the Aged facilities. Search by county, type of home, name, address, etc. Licensing reports (including special reports) are viewable.
http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/brs_afc/sr_afc.asp

STATE OF MICHIGAN: ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE BOARD
Look-up of attorneys who have been disciplined and/or reinstated (from October 1, 1978 forward). “FAQ” page, research, recent opinions and notices plus links to relevant related information.
http://www.adbmich.org/checker.htm

STATE OF MICHIGAN: LEGISLATURE
Provides flexible searches to locate and track legislation. Bills may be called up by their bill number or by using a key word search (useful in locating legislation when the bill number is unknown).
http://www.legislature.mi.gov

STATE OF MICHIGAN: OFFICE OF SERVICES TO THE AGING
Information on programs and services for older adults and caregivers. Features “Quick Links” and “Spotlight” sections.
http://www.michigan.gov/miseniors

STATE OF MICHIGAN: SENIOR BRIGADE (MICHIGAN SENIORS)
Michigan Attorney General – Senior Brigade Program: a clearinghouse for information on health care, financial matters, consumer protections and veteran affairs. Sortable statewide calendar of events that allows posting of events. Report abuse or neglect at a resident care facility. The low priced prescription drugs link allows searches on more than 150 commonly prescribed drugs in Michigan for the lowest possible price (searchable by zip code, city or pharmacy). Quick links to contact applicable legislators.
The SeniorBrigade guide may be printed from the site and covers consumer protection, financial matters and health care.
http://www.seniorbrigade.com

STATE OF MICHIGAN: STATE COURT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE
Provides an Index of SCAO Approved Forms for Use in Probate Court. From this page, access may be gained to more general state court information.
http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/courtforms/probate/gpindex.htm

U.S. ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: ELDERCARE LOCATOR
Locate local agencies in every U.S. community to access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services. Online searches may be accomplished by city, county or zip code or by telephone. Links for caregiver resources, Federal Websites, National Resources, National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information and Benefits Check up.
http://www.eldercare.gov

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Contains detailed information about each Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Permits visitors to find and compare nursing homes. Also addresses other long-term care choices such as community-based services, home care, or assisted living depending on your needs and resources. For more information, see Alternatives to Nursing Homes. The site also contains a wealth of other links/information.
https://www.medicare.gov/NHcompare

U.S. POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
Information on mail fraud, mail theft and other mail related crimes. Provides access to publications and allows filing of on line complaints.
https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov