Maybe I’m Crazy

By Doug Chalgian on February 19, 2024

  I found this case interesting, or at least interesting enough, and with nothing else to write about this week, well… JL’s Bad Day JL showed up at...

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Dead Control Freak Gets His Way

By Doug Chalgian on January 30, 2024

  Appellant is a one-quarter (25%) beneficiary of her parents’ joint trust.  But after Mom dies, Dad amends the trust to say that she only gets the gift...

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What I Read is “Love”

By Doug Chalgian on January 27, 2024

  The tragic aspects of this case touched me. The outcome troubles me. How could it not? An adult child of a severely demented parent took her mother...

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Medicaid Planning with Protective Orders on Life Support

By Doug Chalgian on January 20, 2024

  There’s a new case from the Michigan Court of Appeals involving the use of protective orders in probate court to establish an elevated protected spousal amount and...

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A Win for Uniformity

By Doug Chalgian on November 11, 2023

  The BIG NEWS in the Michigan probate and elder law world is that Governor Whitmer has signed the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act (“UPOAA”) into law. ...

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COA addresses Capacity to Execute Deed

By Doug Chalgian on October 23, 2023

  Anna signed deed conveying an interest in real property to Alvin. Anna’s child contests the deed on the theory that Anna lacked sufficient capacity to execute a...

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When Did We Criminalize Sharing?

By Doug Chalgian on August 6, 2023

  I have this case that is making me think (well they all do, but this one maybe moreso). I represent a grandson who took over caring for...

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The Case of the Double Sold Grave

By Doug Chalgian on June 18, 2023

  We can only speculate about whether Nathan Gathright felt awkward, curious, or took any interest at all in the fact that a strange woman had been planted...

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Medicaid Homestead Change = Small Potatoes

By Doug Chalgian on June 2, 2023

  The details of a previously announced (and blogged about) change to the definition of an exempt homestead for Medicaid has been revealed, and it turns out to...

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Worst Medicaid Case Ever gets Published

By Doug Chalgian on May 21, 2023

  It’s hard to imagine what the lawyer who handled this appeal was thinking. Facts are: In February, Deborah created an irrevocable trust.  The terms of the trust...

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Doug Chalgian

About The Author: Doug Chalgian

I am an estate planning, probate litigating, elder law attorney. This is a blog for clients and professional colleagues. In it I offer my ideas about the state of the law and the practice of law. I believe we are living through a unique period during which the law (which is traditionally slow to change) and society are attempting to evolve to address the explosion of people living long lives. I find these developments fascinating and enjoy being involved in this evolution.