Shake Up in SNT Land

By Doug Chalgian on April 12, 2024

  As sophisticated elder law lawyers understand, drafting a special needs trust (“SNT”) is one thing, advising trustees on how to administer them is something else – something...

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Medicaid Planning with Protective Orders on Life Support

By Doug Chalgian on January 20, 2024

  There’s a new case from the Michigan Court of Appeals involving the use of protective orders in probate court to establish an elevated protected spousal amount and...

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Big Medicaid Win (but not for LTC)

By Doug Chalgian on December 10, 2023

  While most of the readers of this blog have some interest in cases involving Medicaid funded in-home care services; as elder law attorneys, most of us think...

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Seed of Hegadorn Targets SBO Planning

By Doug Chalgian on October 21, 2023

  The Michigan Court of Appeals has issued a published decision in the matter of Hegadorn v DHHS (click on the name to read the case).  Yes, you've...

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Medicaid Homestead Change = Small Potatoes

By Doug Chalgian on June 2, 2023

  The details of a previously announced (and blogged about) change to the definition of an exempt homestead for Medicaid has been revealed, and it turns out to...

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Worst Medicaid Case Ever gets Published

By Doug Chalgian on May 21, 2023

  It’s hard to imagine what the lawyer who handled this appeal was thinking. Facts are: In February, Deborah created an irrevocable trust.  The terms of the trust...

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The End of the PHE

By Doug Chalgian on May 11, 2023

  Today, May 11, 2023, marks the end of the public health emergency that began when COVID kicked in just over three years ago. While there are many...

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Medicaid Exempt Homestead Alert

By Doug Chalgian on April 25, 2023

  A notice of proposed policy just circulated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services alerts planners that a change in the way DHHS defines an...

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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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October Brings Bitcoin Rules and Waiver Snapshot Clarity

By Doug Chalgian on September 11, 2022

  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has given notice of Medicaid policy changes taking effect October 1, 2022.  I’ll comment on two of those changes:...

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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.