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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Bones to Advocates in MSC Guardianship Case

By Doug Chalgian on May 30, 2024

  The Michigan Supreme Court has issued a decision in two guardianship matters: In Re Molloy and In Re Jenkins. Click on the names to read the combined...

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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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Probate Court Lacks Authority to Order Visitation in Minor Guardianship

By Doug Chalgian on March 16, 2024

  When mother of minor child A disappears, father discontinues contact between minor child A and the siblings of A who were children of the missing mother. When...

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More Omni-Business

By Doug Chalgian on March 8, 2024

  The same omnibus legislation that brought us Secret Trusts also made several other notable changes to probate law, including: Standby Guardians for LII’s Courts can appoint standby...

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Epic changes to EPIC numbers

By Doug Chalgian on February 28, 2024

I don’t usually track or write about these things, and maybe everyone except me already knew this – but I was surprised to learn that many of the...

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Probate Jurisdiction nets Ladybird Deed in Will and Trust Contest

By Doug Chalgian on December 22, 2023

  A jury trial was held in a probate court on the validity of the various estate planning documents, including a will, a trust and a ladybird deed. ...

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Corporate Veils and Trust Creditors

By Doug Chalgian on July 13, 2023

  In this case we dive into the murky area of creditor rights in Michigan Trust administration, and more specifically, the relationship between creditors of business entities v...

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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,...

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COA Clarifies Actions Under Section 1205

By Doug Chalgian on February 22, 2023

  MCL 700.1205 is a section of EPIC that provides a unique method for discovery.  Part 1 of that statute says:  (1) The court may order a person...

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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.