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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MFDA Chimes in on Funeral Rep Law

By Doug Chalgian on March 24, 2016

The Michigan Funeral Directors Association contacted the author of this blogsite and offered a different perspective with respect to, in fact, takes exception to, the conclusions offered in...

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Long Sought Funeral Fix Awaits Signing

By Doug Chalgian on March 18, 2016

It appears that the people of Michigan will soon be able to appoint a “funeral representative.” A funeral representative is a person who is authorized to make funeral...

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Roush II: The Plot Thickens

By Doug Chalgian on February 12, 2016

A little drama is stewing in the elder law world. I wrote about the Roush case when it came out. Click here to read that post appropriately titled...

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We Do Grow Young Again

By Doug Chalgian on January 31, 2016

In the house of the old couple that passed, the furniture was outdated, the carpeting worn, the window dressings shabby. I have been in houses like this many...

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Curious Concept from a Midwest Neighbor

By Doug Chalgian on January 18, 2016

Joe is taking care of his Mom, Dolly. Joshua, Joe’s brother and Dolly’s other son, isn’t helping out.  So Joe sues Joshua for help with Dolly’s care costs...

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The Medicaid Planning Question

By Doug Chalgian on November 30, 2015

I get invited to present to a lot of groups about various topics – one of the most popular topics being planning for long term care. It is...

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Additional Thoughts on Healthcare Costs

By Doug Chalgian on November 30, 2015

In my last post I suggested there are things to think about – things that will need to be resolved through a political process that seems to have...

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VA and LTC Planning

By Doug Chalgian on September 13, 2015

I recently responded to a post on a listserv in which the issue of using irrevocable trusts to “protect assets” in order to obtain VA Aid and Attendance...

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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.