Since 2004 I have been privileged to participate in Medical Mission work taking place in Asia, attending almost yearly. These humanitarian opportunities have taken me to the Philippines,( Manila, Cebu City, Tacloban and Davao City and from Davao all over the island of Mindanao, also I have been able to visit Malasia ( Kuala Lumpor), Indonesia (Medan) and Vietnam both Saigon and Hanoi.
Detroit, is host to the headquarters of World Medical Relief and Kiwanis #1. That means I have plenty of opportunity with a ringside seat, to observe the evolving globalization of the economy and growing influence the internet is playing. Needs are being met that only a few years ago were simply thought unachievavble! I will write more later.
Ann Arbor is the home of the University of Michigan Hospital and leading cardioligists there are working to recycle pace makers for use in poorer areas of the world. Partnering with World Medical Relief free reconditioned pace makers are offered others - a small dent is being made in the enormous demand for pace makers the world over - yearly shortfall is three (3) million from figures provided me in informal discussions with World Medical Relief workers. Lives are saved and prolonged.
Kiwanis, legal collegues and clients have all played an enormous part in providng the opportunity, inspiration and guidance to do this sort of volunteerism.
International trafficking of the Elderly is becoming a bigger issue. People will grab you for your pension and social security and hold you in your own home. This fact has been made more relvant as I participate in ongoing educational classes at Florida's Stetson university School of Law in their Elder Law LLM Online Program. I have just finished a class in Aging and the Law and will soon begin a class in Guardianship. As time permits I will attempt to share in this forum, concepts that will help us all age and age well with a caring circle of support.
I will try to supplement personal events, since this seems to be what others want to know, in terms of writing about what is going on in the world of Aging and Asia. More later on Dr. S.E. a mennonite Peace Maker (mediator) and physcician (double board certified) and his wife a social worker providing care in some rough areas of the world there in Asia. If i can learn how to upload more than one photo at a time I will provide photos of srgery being perfomred by Dr S.E. - no blood products available in the jungle so he uses tweezers called HemoStats to prevent bleeding.
I will also share more in the writing here about ways and means to prevent abuse of the elderly and disabled financial and physical. I have to do this by bits and pieces since I have little time when a crisis rears up in the life of clients or their families.
If comments or messages are allowed please feel free to correct grammar and spelling since often I am on little or no sleep when I write and do offer me suggestions since I learn from my clients the most on terms of providing services you may need. I am still a project under construction after 25 years of practice. I learn daily new concepts! :)
In 2005, Mike was in the first class of attorneys in Michigan to complete a certificate for advanced training in the Probate and Estate Planning Program sponsored by the Michigan Bar Association and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1988||11/03/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rating: BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Client Review Rating: Preeminent 4.8 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Accreditation||Veterans Administration Office of General Counsel||2013|
|Certificate of Appreciation - US Medical Missionary - Mati||Republic of The Philippines, Province of Davao Oriental, Office Of The Provincial Governor - Honorable Corazon Nunez-Malanyaon||2010|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Genesee County Community Dispute Resolution Center||2010|
|Certificate of Attendance -, Davao Medical Center, Philippines.||Stroke Society of The Philippines - Southern Mindanao Chapter - Post Stroke Care & Rehabilitation Forum||2009|
|Certificate of Appreciation - Medical Mission Davao City||Kiwanis International - Division 7 & 8 - Philippine South District||2009|
|American Jurisprudence Award - Labor Law||Thomas M. Cooley Law School||1986|
|American Jurisprudence Award - Zoning Law||Thomas M. Cooley Law School||1978|
|Owner||Law Office of Michael J. Kotarski||1989 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Michigan Guardianship Association||Attorney Member||2007 - Present|
|National Guardianship Association||Attorney Member||2006 - Present|
|National Association of Elder Law Attorneys||Attorney Member||2005 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan, Consumer Law Section||Attorney Member||2004 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law & Disability Rights Section||Attorney Member||1995 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan||Attorney Member - Representative Assembly||1992 - 1998|
|Genesee County Bar Association||Attorney Member||1989 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section||Attorney Member||1989 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan||Attorney Member||1988 - Present|
|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|Western Michigan University||General Business Administration||MBA - Master of Business Administration||1977|
|University of Michigan||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|Guardianship and Guarding the Elderly - who is watching the watchers! Detroit, Michigan; Kiwanis Club of Cosmopolitan Detroit||Human Trafficking of the Vulnerable Adult - Financial Abuse||2014|
|Elder Abuse Alliance of Genesee County||Elder Abuse Alliance - Explaining what the focus is in our community.||2014|
|VELEZ COLLEGE - College of Nursing - Cebu City Philippines, Powers of Attorney and Guardianship||Patient Decision Making - Health Care Systems - Seeking a Competent Decision Maker - Cebu City, Philippines||2010|