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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Another POST Post

By Doug Chalgian on April 9, 2019

It’s been over a year since Michigan adopted a law authorizing the use of a Physician’s Order for Scope of Treatment (POST). The details of that law were...

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New Article on Exploitation Cases

By Doug Chalgian on February 21, 2019

I mentioned this article in a prior post.  Something I wrote that was published in this month's Michigan Bar Journal.  If you haven't seen it, and want to...

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Capacity to Nominate

By Doug Chalgian on December 16, 2018

The question is this: When a person who is the subject of a petition for guardianship or conservatorship nominates an individual they want to serve in those capacities,...

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Henry Ford Village Refund Policy Upheld by COA

By Doug Chalgian on November 1, 2018

Henry Ford Village is a large senior housing provider in the metro Detroit area. At least some of their residents enter into continuing care contracts that require an...

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Policy Tweaks Scare Medicaid Geeks

By Doug Chalgian on October 4, 2018

When it comes to Medicaid planning, truly the devil is in the details; and the “details” are found in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)...

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Divestment Rules for Medicaid Waiver Clarified – Maybe

By Doug Chalgian on July 28, 2018

A policy bulletin has been issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services which provides additional direction on when and how a divestment penalty period runs...

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Medicaid Planners Get Rare Win from COA

By Doug Chalgian on May 23, 2018

The Michigan Court of Appeals has issued an opinion regarding the appropriateness of using probate court protective orders to obtain spousal support orders in situations where such orders...

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The Imperfect Bandage of Undue Influence

By Doug Chalgian on April 29, 2018

A rant this morning. Something to think about over your Sunday morning coffee (or tea). Our firm starts lawsuits involving vulnerable adult exploitation as much as anyone I suppose....

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Storm Clouds in Elder Law Land

By Doug Chalgian on January 7, 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....

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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.