AG Nessel testifies before House Judiciary Committee, discusses Elder Abuse Bill package

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Dana Nessel

FILE – In this March 5, 2020 file photo, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel addresses the media during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) —- House Bills 484748484849, and 4850, as well as Senate Bills  503504505 and 506 are the last part of the Elder Abuse Task Force’s first initiatives.

Attorney General Nessel spoke out in favor of the bill package, stating that, “This package of bills is not just a good idea, it is a moral imperative.”

The bills pertain to issues regarding conservatorships and guardianships, specifically, the abuse of older adults.

In a release from the Office of the Attorney General, the new legislation, in short, will:

  • Require a judge to justify on the record why a family member who is willing to serve as a guardian is not suitable. While the law already provides that family members have priority, the modification serves as an additional safeguard to ensure family members get due consideration; 
  • Eliminate a judge’s ability to prevent a challenge to an appointed guardianship/conservatorship for up to six months; 
  • Require guardian and conservator certification and visitation frequency;  
  • Establish a clear asset/income threshold for appointment of a conservator; 
  • Improve the basic standard for medical testimony; and more.  

“The bills, and our continued work in this area, are fundamental to restoring basic human rights and dignity to people who have worked hard their entire lives. Now, they need us to make sure that our guardianship and conservatorship system is in place to fight for them, and that is what this bill package does.”

Attorney General Dana Nessel

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