MFDA Chimes in on Funeral Rep Law

By Doug Chalgian on March 24, 2016

The Michigan Funeral Directors Association contacted the author of this blogsite and offered a different perspective with respect to, in fact, takes exception to, the conclusions offered in...

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Long Sought Funeral Fix Awaits Signing

By Doug Chalgian on March 18, 2016

It appears that the people of Michigan will soon be able to appoint a “funeral representative.” A funeral representative is a person who is authorized to make funeral...

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Guardianship End of Life Authority Clarified

By Doug Chalgian on February 2, 2014

The debate is over. Guardians of adults (but not guardians appointed for persons with developmental disabilities), have authority to sign “do not resuscitate orders” (often called “DNR” orders)....

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More Terror Clause Trouble

By Doug Chalgian on June 23, 2013

The Court of Appeals has published another case on terror clauses.  Estate of Eugene Stan.The facts are that A filed for formal admission of a Will which included...

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Case Trends and Technical Formalities

By Doug Chalgian on January 13, 2013

The topic for this post was triggered by my end of year clean up. During that process, I go through piles of things I think are interesting and...

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Holiday Presents from DC and Lansing

By Doug Chalgian on January 3, 2013

Lots to blog about in the aftermath of busy lame duck sessions in Washington and Lansing.  In order of importance:The Fiscal Cliff Law.  Among the components of the...

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Sperm Donor Case

By Doug Chalgian on January 3, 2013

The Michigan Supreme Court addressed a curious issue, and provided an unsurprising result. Under Michigan law a child conceived after the death of the parent through artificial means...

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Guardianship Law Change

By Doug Chalgian on December 20, 2012

There was a big change in guardianship law – or was there? Public Act 173 took effect October 1, 2012 (and can be found on our website’s professional resources...

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Revised MCL 700.5501 Mandates Acceptance and Other Formalities

By Doug Chalgian on December 19, 2012

The passage of Public Act 141 of 2012 is significant to estate planners in that it requires that an agent appointed under a standard power of attorney for...

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More Thoughts On Our New Durable Power of Attorney Law

By Doug Chalgian on December 19, 2012

In an earlier post I reported on changes to MCL 700.5501 brought about by Public Act 141 of 2012.  In this post I would like to point out...

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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.