3701 fixes untimely complaint

By Doug Chalgian on June 20, 2024

  Connie applied for appointment as personal representative of her deceased husband’s estate.  While her application was pending, she filed a wrongful death complaint in her capacity as...

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A Case About Nothing

By Doug Chalgian on June 8, 2024

  You gotta love this one. Or not. This same case provided one entertaining post in 2022 when first came up to the Court of Appeals.  In that...

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Equities in Divorce and Death – Again

By Doug Chalgian on April 7, 2024

In Re E. Earl Lyden Trust is an interesting case, a published case, and has the potential to become an important case.  [Click on the name to read...

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Richland Animal Rescue Forever

By Doug Chalgian on March 30, 2024

  Mega-wealthy business person dies leaving a Trust that primarily benefits a charity: the Richland Animal Rescue. If you don’t know, Richland is a tiny town north of...

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Legal Fees Rejected for Will Contest Losers

By Doug Chalgian on March 21, 2024

  This is a Chalgian and Tripp case, and one I have written about before. Background is:  Our client challenged a document purporting to be his father’s will...

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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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Guardian has Right to Proper Removal

By Doug Chalgian on February 3, 2024

  Appellant is appointed co-plenary guardian over her developmentally disabled child. During a review hearing at which Appellant was not present, the Court heard from various witnesses, as...

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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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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.