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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POST Set to Join Michigan’s Medical Directive Stew

By Doug Chalgian on November 12, 2017

When it comes to medical care advance directives, we Michiganders have patient advocate designations, advance directives, and do not resuscitate orders. Soon, it appears, we will also have...

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Ramblings on Race and Retirement Michigan-Style

By Doug Chalgian on October 30, 2017

I recently settled a case in Traverse City. The case was pretty involved and I spent a lot of time up there this summer.  As most of you...

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Seeing Redd

By Doug Chalgian on September 21, 2017

Here’s another important published opinion on the topic of adult guardianships. The case is about the removal of a guardian of an adult ward appointed under EPIC. The case deals...

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Another Brody Bombshell

By Doug Chalgian on September 21, 2017

UPDATE:  This decision was subsequently revised.  Some of the problematic aspects of the COA opinion were corrected.  See Better Than Nothing? for details.   This is a published...

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Peter’s Principles and Our Evolving Understanding of Exploitation

By Doug Chalgian on April 18, 2017

I heard Dr. Peter Lichtenberg speak the other day about his research on financial vulnerability in older adults, and more specifically, how and why he developed the Lichtenberg...

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Ombudsman Finds New Home

By Doug Chalgian on July 17, 2016

As of October 1, 2016, the State Long Term Care Ombudsman office will move from being within State government to a nonprofit wholly outside State government. That’s a...

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What I’ve Learned from Susie – So Far

By Doug Chalgian on July 17, 2016

This client was only in her mid-sixties. Her husband had advanced early-onset dementia. She was burned out but unwilling to acknowledge it.  A friend had dragged her to...

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Two Quickies

By Doug Chalgian on June 9, 2016

The End of MCR 5.801(B) The worst Court Rule ever, which requires some probate matters to be appealed to Circuit Court and some to the Court of Appeals,...

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Like Batman v Superman – only darker: The Coming Generational Battle

By Doug Chalgian on April 3, 2016

People sometimes ask me how our firm is being impacted by the aging of Baby Boomers. I try to avoid the topic, because once I get started I...

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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.