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Probate Court official to address MCPBA online seminar

The director of legal services at Macomb County Probate Court will be the guest speaker at a Zoom seminar presented by the Macomb County Probate Bar Association on Friday, Feb. 26.

Robert Szalka will review current court procedures during the event, scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., and answer questions regarding changes enacted in response to the pandemic.

Those interested in attending should email to register.

State Bar section plans ADR Summit

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan has announced that Bill Eddy of the High Conflict Institute will present at the 2021 annual ADR Summit, which will be held virtually  Tuesday and Wednesday, March 9-10, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Eight advanced mediation training credits will be offered. Eddy is an author, therapist, mediator, and lawyer and co-founder and pioneer of the High-Conflict Institute.

Attendees will learn how to understand and manage high conflict behavior during mediation and in developing agreements which are sustainable long afterward.

Cost for the ADR Summit is $25 for ADR Section members; $50 for non-section members; and free for judges and law students. 

To register, visit and click on “events.”

Pandemic help for homeowners extended, renters still waiting

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has extended a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The moratorium on foreclosures of federally guaranteed mortgages had been set to expire on March 31. On his first day in office, Biden had extended the moratorium from Jan. 31.

Census Bureau figures show that almost 12 percent of homeowners with mortgages were late on their payments.

The White House says the coordinated actions announced Tuesday by the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and Agriculture also will extend to June 30 the enrollment window for borrowers who want to request mortgage payment forbearance — a pause or reduction in payments — and will provide up to six additional months of forbearance for borrowers who entered forbearance on or before June 30 of last year.

The White House says more than 10 million homeowners are behind on mortgage payments and Biden’s actions are to help keep people in their homes amid “a housing affordability crisis” triggered by the pandemic.

The actions announced Tuesday don’t address a federal moratorium through March 31 on evictions of tenants who’ve fallen behind on rent.


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