Promises v Reality in the World of Charitable Giving

By Doug Chalgian on November 22, 2019

It’s not just basketball and football programs that have allowed our largest institutions of higher education to become so wealthy. As development officers at these institutions know, college...

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Expressions of Intent: Admissible but Insufficient

By Doug Chalgian on July 5, 2019

Dad holds family meeting before he dies, and says he wants everything to go equally to his six children. He specifically indicates that this includes all assets controlled...

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Another POST Post

By Doug Chalgian on April 9, 2019

It’s been over a year since Michigan adopted a law authorizing the use of a Physician’s Order for Scope of Treatment (POST). The details of that law were...

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Free Programs on New Trust Law

By Doug Chalgian on March 21, 2019

We interrupt this blog for a special message. Chalgian and Tripp Law Offices will be hosting a series of conversations about the new divided and directed trustee laws...

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Phone App “document” is a Valid Will in Michigan

By Doug Chalgian on July 18, 2018

It happened and it’s published. The Michigan Court of Appeals held, in a published decision, that a paragraph posted by a decedent on his phone is a valid...

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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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Share and Share Alike

By Doug Chalgian on October 19, 2017

This is an unpublished will construction case. To read In Re Estate of Eugenie Dietrich, click on the name. In other posts (see for instance Who Gets the...

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Uncapping Triggered by Date of Settlor’s Death

By Doug Chalgian on March 9, 2017

Cottage in Grand Traverse County is held in revocable trust. Settlor dies in August 2014.  Township uncaps property taxes for 2015 – which is the calendar year following...

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Decanting Made Easy

By Doug Chalgian on February 16, 2017

It’s been four years since Michigan’s decanting laws took effect. Those of us at CT have found ourselves decanting more and more lately. It has provided magnificent results...

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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.