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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More Privacy in 2024

By Doug Chalgian on December 16, 2023

  If you’re as old as me, it is unfathomable how “un-private” the world has become.  But at least the SCAO is making sure Michigan probate court files...

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COA Locates Law for PR Removal

By Doug Chalgian on October 25, 2023

  Parent dies leaving no surviving spouse and two kids:  Amos and Rita. A year after Parent dies, Rita applies to open an intestate estate and have herself...

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Devo Theory Falls Short

By Doug Chalgian on September 30, 2023

  The story goes: Child is living in Parent’s house prior to Parent’s death, and continues to do so for an extended period thereafter. At some point after...

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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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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...

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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...

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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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Day Late Wedding Leaves Maybe-Widow Short

By Doug Chalgian on March 11, 2023

  Sandra and Leroy obtained a marriage license, hired a pastor and went through with a marriage ceremony in a church.  Two of Leroy’s six children were in...

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Collectability of Oral Family Loans

By Doug Chalgian on January 29, 2023

  A new unpublished decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals looks at a dispute over several intra-family oral loans.  In the course of an unusually lengthy opinion,...

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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.