COA Dives into Temporary Fiduciaries
By Doug Chalgian on May 30, 2023
I would be going too far to say that this recently released Court of Appeals opinion is one of the most important cases of the year. But...
Worst Medicaid Case Ever gets Published
By Doug Chalgian on May 21, 2023
It’s hard to imagine what the lawyer who handled this appeal was thinking. Facts are: In February, Deborah created an irrevocable trust. The terms of the trust...
A Saturday Twofer
By Doug Chalgian on May 13, 2023
In the cases released by the Michigan Court of Appeals this week, I find two cases that combined provide just enough meat for one juicy nut (aka,...
Billy and Bud Buy a Tractor
By Doug Chalgian on April 22, 2023
Billie gave Bud money to buy a tractor. Undisputed. (I’m not making up the names.) Bud dies ten years later and Billie comes to Bud’s estate to...
COA Finds Middle Ground in Farm Family Feud
By Doug Chalgian on April 4, 2023
This is a classic farm family story. If you practice in any rural areas, you’ve probably heard this one before. Dad and Son farm together for decades...
Surviving Spouse Escapes Trust Box – COA Puts Him Back
By Doug Chalgian on March 28, 2023
The challenge when planning for second marriages where each of them has children from prior relationships is that the client has to decide how it will go...
Nurse Helps Sick Man … Loses License
By Doug Chalgian on March 24, 2023
The undisputed facts seem to be that a man met a woman at a casino. The man was 75 years-old, had cancer, and had recently lost his...
Discovery Deviousness leads to Dismissal
By Doug Chalgian on March 18, 2023
Although, In Re Gregory Hall Trust is a published decision arising out of trust litigation, the case is really about discovery sanctions. [Click on the name to...
Father Finds Little Sympathy in COA
By Doug Chalgian on March 16, 2023
It’s hard to imagine a legal proceeding more painful than one at which parents argue over how to divide the proceeds from a lawsuit following their child’s...
Devisee can Claim Tax Sale Excess
By Doug Chalgian on March 14, 2023
In Re Petition of Emmet County Treasurer for Foreclosure is a published decision. [Click on the name to read the case.] Dona owned a house that went...
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