Storm Clouds in Elder Law Land

By Doug Chalgian on January 8, 2018

It seems to me that we are living through what could be a case study on the way the law evolves to address a rapidly changing social environment. More people are living...

What is an Adult Guardianship?

By John Mabley on September 5, 2017

A guardian is a person appointed by the probate court to make decisions about the personal care of another person. In Michigan, there are three types of guardians: 1) Guardians...

Guardianship End of Life Authority Clarified

By Doug Chalgian on February 2, 2014

The debate is over. Guardians of adults (but not guardians appointed for persons with developmental disabilities), have authority to sign “do not resuscitate orders” (often...

Adult Guardianship: The New Divorce

By Doug Chalgian on March 5, 2013

Adult Guardianship

Family conflicts have historically been the province of family law or divorce court. Now those same issues have become the meat and potatoes of the elder law practitioner and are being played out in probate courts.

Understanding the Power of Power of Attorneys

By Doug Chalgian on April 1, 2011

Understanding the power of power of attorneys

It is not uncommon to become involved in legal disputes where someone is troubled by the way a “power of attorney” is behaving…

Elder Law Litigation and the Lessons I’ve Learned

By Doug Chalgian on January 1, 2010

Elder Law Litigation and the Lessons I've Learned

Elder law litigation is on the rise. But little has been written about it, and from what I see in probate courts around the state, little is understood…