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Trained observers will watch probate cases involving elders

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LANSING — Michigan’s Elder Abuse Task Force may begin working with law students in a developing effort to ensure fair treatment for elders in probate court.

The task force’s main goal is to tackle less-recognized issues including physical and emotional abuse, financial exploitation and neglect of elders. Attorney Gen. Dana Nessel established it with support from the state Supreme Court and Legislature. As one of its goals for this year, the task force is looking to create a volunteer program of court watchers to monitor cases.

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