The Cautionary Tale and Tragic Death of Virginia Kermath

By Doug Chalgian on September 17, 2020

For those of you whose lives are so dull that you neither subscribe to the Chalgian and Tripp newsletter nor read the Michigan Funeral Directors Journal, following is...

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Politics and Ageism in Michigan’s COVID Response

By Doug Chalgian on August 27, 2020

The Department of Justice has announced that it will be investigating the way the Whitmer administration handled COVID infected seniors in long term care facilities.  I am certain...

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Another Stop at the Last Resort

By Doug Chalgian on May 18, 2020

Suitability to serve as guardian and conservator of an impaired adult is the topic of this unpublished Court of Appeals decision. To read In Re Guardianship and Conservatorship...

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State Reveals Frank and Frightening Plan for LTC COVID Colonies

By Doug Chalgian on April 17, 2020

Yesterday, the State released policy authorizing the creation of “Regional Hubs” to which COVID affected persons in long term care, or needing long term care services, would be...

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The “Boomer Remover” is Out to Get Us

By Doug Chalgian on March 21, 2020

Like all of you, I get overwhelmed reading about Coronavirus, or what we are now calling “COVID-19”. But being an elder law attorney, and an old one at...

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Looking at Financial Exploitation as a Drug Deal

By Doug Chalgian on March 11, 2020

This is admittedly an offbeat post. Take it for what it’s worth. General Concept We are all dopamine addicts. We spend much of our awake lives seeking validation...

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Six Month Discovery Rule Protects EP Attorney in Malpractice Action

By Doug Chalgian on February 27, 2020

As any estate planning attorney knows, representing both parties to a marriage in the estate planning process is dicey enough; and when it comes to second marriages, especially...

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House Sale by Ignorant Agent Not Fraud

By Doug Chalgian on February 21, 2020

Parents are demented and residing in an assisted living. POA child arranges to sell their house. Buyers find rodents and other allegedly undisclosed defects and sue for damages....

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Legislature Creates New Process for Disputes over Visiting Vulnerable Adults

By Doug Chalgian on January 11, 2020

Michigan guardianship law has been amended to allow probate courts to appoint limited guardians to supervise visitations with incapacitated adults. Specifically, a new section MCL 700.5306(6) provides grounds...

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You Can’t Buy Love: But You Can Buy a Pretty Good Knock Off

By Doug Chalgian on November 12, 2019

Child calls from another state. She tells me that she is the only child of an aging parent (“Mom”).  Mom is here in Michigan. Handyman with criminal history...

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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.