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...
Nurse Helps Sick Man … Loses License
By Doug Chalgian on March 24, 2023
The undisputed facts seem to be that a man met a woman at a casino. The man was 75 years-old, had cancer, and had recently lost his...
Discovery Deviousness leads to Dismissal
By Doug Chalgian on March 18, 2023
Although, In Re Gregory Hall Trust is a published decision arising out of trust litigation, the case is really about discovery sanctions. [Click on the name to...
Father Finds Little Sympathy in COA
By Doug Chalgian on March 16, 2023
It’s hard to imagine a legal proceeding more painful than one at which parents argue over how to divide the proceeds from a lawsuit following their child’s...
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...
COA Clarifies Actions Under Section 1205
By Doug Chalgian on February 22, 2023
MCL 700.1205 is a section of EPIC that provides a unique method for discovery. Part 1 of that statute says: (1) The court may order a person...
Sly and the Family Feud
By Doug Chalgian on February 10, 2023
This twisted story is full of sound and fury, but signifies only, I think, that an agent appointed under a power of attorney by a pro per...
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A new unpublished decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals looks at a dispute over several intra-family oral loans.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,...
Another Deed in the Drawer goes Bad
By Doug Chalgian on January 13, 2023
Husband and Wife own homestead as tenants by entireties. Prior to leaving for a trip, they execute a deed conveying their homestead to themselves as co-trustees of...
I Got COA – L for Christmas
By Doug Chalgian on December 25, 2022
So, I took this case just to handle the appeal. I wasn’t involved in the lower court actions, and they were a mess. What attracted me was...
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