The Threat of a Lawyer

By Doug Chalgian on February 16, 2018

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So your parent died and one of your siblings is the executor of the estate, or trustee of the trust – and nothing is happening. Gentle prodding hasn’t worked. Months, even...

The Fall of the High Achiever

By Doug Chalgian on November 13, 2017

I litigate cases involving exploitation of older adults. Early in my career, I was in court on a particularly difficult case. A highly respected scholar, professor, author and researcher had dementia. He was old and he was angry, battling everyone and everything that was being done to protect him, although he very much needed protection.


Finding the Right Lawyer

By Doug Chalgian on November 28, 2016

Finding the Right Lawyer

The way I see it, people often struggle to find the right lawyer for their cases. Over the years, I have been involved in many cases in which more than one party is represented by an attorney. Not infrequently, I look across the table and wonder how this person ended up with that lawyer. Often what I learn is that…


Starting a Lawsuit in the Real World

By Doug Chalgian on May 15, 2015


One of the more frequent conversations I have with clients these days comes up with people who are considering starting a lawsuit. Because of the nature of my practice, the type of lawsuit we are discussing would typically involve things such as: contests about…

Good Guys Win Financial Exploitation Case

By Chalgian & Tripp on February 8, 2015

Frances and Elizabeth Stafford were sisters in the Bay City area. When Elizabeth died, her trust continued for the benefit of Frances. Frances was a vulnerable adult, physically...

Estate Recovery in the Court of Appeals

By Chalgian & Tripp on December 2, 2014

For those who follow the “estate recovery” saga, you may be interested to know that there are two cases currently pending in the Court of Appeals. In Re Estate of Violet...

What Could Go Wrong with Your Living Trust?

By Doug Chalgian on October 1, 2014

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When asked about an estate plan, clients often say: “We’re all set, we have a living trust.” And that’s good. Often having a living trust (a.k.a. revocable trust) suggests that (more…)

Estate Recovery Cases Continue

By Chalgian & Tripp on August 5, 2014

Judge Barkey of Genesee County Probate Court recently issued an opinion in an estate recovery case. The case was handled by our office, Chalgian and Tripp Law Offices,...

Clients who meet with me about elderly family members who are being, or have been, financially exploited are often surprised when, shortly into telling me their story, I can take over and fill in the details. It happens a lot these days. The clients say: “I guess you’ve been doing this a while,” or, “I guess our…

The Always Interesting Holographic Will

By Doug Chalgian on March 30, 2014

A holographic will is a will that a person writes out in their own hand – and signs and dates.  If this is done, the usual requirements that the will be witnessed do not...

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...

Advocacy in the Era of Vulnerable Adults

By Doug Chalgian on January 4, 2014

The concept of “vulnerable adults” became popular among the general public only a few years ago.  Prior to that it was an expression one might hear used among that small...

Two Stories About Aging

By Doug Chalgian on January 1, 2014

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As an elder law and estate planning attorney, helping clients understand options and make informed decisions is rewarding. But the decisions they have to make are often difficult, regardless of any advice I can provide.

Rebutting Presumption of Undue Influence

By Doug Chalgian on December 21, 2013

It’s over – at least for now.  The Mortimore case. This is a case I have spoken and written about quite a bit for the past year. Common facts: Older gentleman.  His wife...
Overcoming the urge to do something about long term care

Getting old is scary. Friends and loved ones are dead and dying. Your body has declined. Your mind may be failing. What seemed like a nice nest egg now seems inadequate. As we age, we worry and wonder…