What Is A Medicaid Block Grant?

By Christopher Smith on March 6, 2017

Somewhere in the U.S. Capitol is a locked down health care bill that will likely be introduced by the House of Representatives this week. Early indications are that the draft bill...

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...

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,...
I realized the other day there are a handful of things I never tire of watching.  One of those is probate court proceedings.  Admittedly I watch probate court proceedings in...
Here’s another balance that’s hard to strike – and hard to help clients understand and decide. Typical example: Husband and wife have been married 50 years.  They are both...

Local Courts Hold Ground in Medicaid Cases

By Doug Chalgian on June 8, 2013

The bad news is that the Attorney General is actively shopping around for Medicaid cases to attack.  The good news is that local probate judges are – so far – holding the...

Estate Recovery Change

By Doug Chalgian on April 18, 2013

The State of Michigan recently terminated the contract for Health Management Services (“HMS”).  HMS was the Texas company that was hired by the State to manage their estate...

An Inconvenient Obstacle to Community Based LTC

By Doug Chalgian on February 12, 2013

Summary Because asset protection strategies commonly used in the context of nursing home Medicaid are problematic in the context of MI Choice Waiver and PACE programs, a...

Plan to be 100

By Doug Chalgian on January 10, 2013

These days, living to be 100 years-old is not unusual.  But most people (at least most of my clients) don’t necessarily want to think about what that means from a planning...

Lady Bird Deeds and the Low Hanging Fruit

By Doug Chalgian on January 9, 2013

Nearly two years ago, Michigan began implementing a Medicaid Estate Recovery Program.  “Estate recovery” means that people who receive Medicaid assistance in the nursing...

The King Lear Complex

By Doug Chalgian on January 8, 2013

King Lear is a fictional king of ancient times.  William Shakespeare wrote one of his darkest plays about this character. The King was a good man.  He was getting up in years. ...

Plan to Be 100

By Doug Chalgian on January 1, 2013

Plan to Be 100

These days, living to be 100 years old is not unusual. But most people (at least most of my clients) don’t necessarily want to think about what that means from a planning perspective. As their advisor, I share these thoughts…

Ladybird Deeds: Readers Digest Version For Upcoming Program

By Chalgian & Tripp on December 20, 2012

I am presenting on ladybird deeds at the upcoming State Bar Solo and Small Firm Institute, September 19-21.  Still time to sign up.  Following is an abbreviated version of what...

SNTs, Obamacare and More

By Chalgian & Tripp on December 19, 2012

A recent unpublished COA opinion raises some interesting issues regarding the probate court’s role in creating special needs trusts, as well as some food for thought on how the...
In an earlier post I reported on changes to MCL 700.5501 brought about by Public Act 141 of 2012.  In this post I would like to point out some other intriguing aspects of this...
This is an important probate issue, although admittedly one that many probate lawyers may never come in contact with.  The topic is Medicare Set Aside Agreements (MSAs).  This...

Revised MCL 700.5501 Mandates Acceptance and Other Formalities

By Chalgian & Tripp on December 18, 2012

The passage of Public Act 141 of 2012 is significant to estate planners in that it requires that an agent appointed under a standard power of attorney for finances (FPOA) to sign...

Medicaid Planning Basics

By Doug Chalgian on July 1, 2008

Welcome to the complex, confusing and sometimes controversial world of “Medicaid Planning.” “Medicaid planning” is an area of the law in which attorneys advise clients about how to use the rules of Medicaid eligibility to their advantage…

The ABC’s of Medicaid

By Doug Chalgian on April 1, 2008

Medicaid is a government health insurance program. Unlike Medicare (the other big government health insurance program) to qualify for Medicaid a person must be elderly or disabled and also must meet strict financial eligibility requirements…

Medicaid Planning: Time of Change

By Doug Chalgian on October 1, 2007

Medicaid Planning: Time of Change

Times are changing in the world of Medicaid planning. Always a volatile area of the law, Medicaid planning has entered a period in which the changes being implemented are especially significant, and happening more rapidly than at any time in the recent past…

ICLE’s New Michigan Medicaid Planning Handbook

By George A. Cooney Jr. on April 1, 2007

This book is unique in that it provides practical, step-by-step instruction about obtaining Medicaid assistance for the client who is facing a nursing home stay, or who may be eligible for Home and Community-Based Waiver Services…

On February 8, 2006, President Bush signed into law the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), a massive piece of legislation that requires states to significantly change some Medicaid eligibility rules…

Elder Law and Medicaid in 2004

By Doug Chalgian on December 1, 2004

Historically, clients come to elder law attorneys confused and, as a result, often frightened. Both are unfortunate…