A Bridge Too Far

By Doug Chalgian on October 19, 2016

When clients come in with really difficult problems, we all try to come up with creative solutions to get them out of the jam. But there is a...

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New Policy undermines LTC Partnership Insurance Benefits

By Doug Chalgian on July 22, 2016

Foolish me. I got excited about the implementation of a long term care insurance partnership program in Michigan, and have written about it here several times. As previously...

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Four Companies Approved to Sell LTCI Partnership Policies

By Doug Chalgian on April 12, 2016

Topic: The Long Term Care Insurance Partnership Program. Background: This topic was previously addressed in these posts: LTC Insurance Partnership Shows Signs of Life (posted March 29, 2015);...

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And So It Ends – Perhaps

By Doug Chalgian on March 2, 2016

The Ketchum case discussed in more detail in a prior post was just released. It is a published Court of Appeals opinion.  Click here to read the case....

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Ketching Up on Estate Recovery

By Doug Chalgian on February 1, 2016

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is a red letter day in the elder law world. The Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the matter of In Re Estate of...

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The Self-Inflicted Drafting Defect that Keeps on Giving

By Doug Chalgian on January 6, 2016

Discretionary trusts are important for all sorts of reasons. Essentially, the law holds that when a beneficiary’s interest in a trust is subject to the pure and unfettered...

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Important October BEM Changes

By Doug Chalgian on September 15, 2015

DHHS released new BEM language to take effect October 1, 2015. Click here to read them. Of particular note are the new provisions for long term care partnership...

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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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LTC Insurance Partnership Shows Signs of Life

By Doug Chalgian on March 29, 2015

This week, seemingly out of nowhere, the long awaited first blip of life for the long term care insurance public-private partnership appeared in the attached DHS memo. Click...

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Uncapping Property Taxes: The New Planning Conundrum

By Doug Chalgian on February 2, 2014

As of January 1, 2014, a new exception exists in Michigan’s property tax uncapping rules.  Generally, property taxes are uncapped (that is, the property taxes are based on...

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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.