Another Stop at the Last Resort

By Doug Chalgian on May 18, 2020

Suitability to serve as guardian and conservator of an impaired adult is the topic of this unpublished Court of Appeals decision. To read In Re Guardianship and Conservatorship...

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PR Appointment for Estate with No Assets

By Doug Chalgian on October 20, 2018

Here’s a case that’s worth filing away for those who do probate litigation and estate administration. It’s unpublished, but addresses an issue that comes up not infrequently.  The...

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Medicaid Planners Get Rare Win from COA

By Doug Chalgian on May 23, 2018

The Michigan Court of Appeals has issued an opinion regarding the appropriateness of using probate court protective orders to obtain spousal support orders in situations where such orders...

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The Fix Is In

By Doug Chalgian on May 11, 2018

In the process of probate administration, there are certain “allowances” that are paid “off the top” before creditors and beneficiaries get what they have coming.   Among those is...

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Lost Wills – A Tough Row to Hoe

By Doug Chalgian on February 17, 2018

This juicy little soap opera out of Battle Creek starts where so many of such tales begin:  Dad is married but his children are from a prior relationship. ...

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Civil Actions versus Proceedings in Probate Court

By Doug Chalgian on August 10, 2017

When starting a new litigation matter in probate court, a threshold issue is to determine whether the matter should be characterized as a probate “proceeding” or a “civil...

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Section 2503 Grows Up

By Doug Chalgian on November 12, 2016

This just in – pretty big news - and pretty interesting – the Michigan Court of Appeals holds, in a published opinion, that a draft of a will,...

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Show Me the Money

By Doug Chalgian on September 21, 2016

There’s a new published probate court case arising out of two matters in Jackson County. The case holds that if you don’t have any money, and even if...

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The Love Dance of Arbutus and Lyle

By Doug Chalgian on May 26, 2016

In the woods of Keewenaw County, Lyle married Arbutus and they operated a little shop together. Lyle took a job with the park service which took him away...

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Roush III: Missed Opportunity and Unintended Consequences

By Doug Chalgian on May 9, 2016

I posted twice before on the Roush case. Click here and here for the background. In short, the issue in this case is: When a person who has...

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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.