3701 fixes untimely complaint

By Doug Chalgian on June 20, 2024

  Connie applied for appointment as personal representative of her deceased husband’s estate.  While her application was pending, she filed a wrongful death complaint in her capacity as...

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A Case About Nothing

By Doug Chalgian on June 8, 2024

  You gotta love this one. Or not. This same case provided one entertaining post in 2022 when first came up to the Court of Appeals.  In that...

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Bones to Advocates in MSC Guardianship Case

By Doug Chalgian on May 30, 2024

  The Michigan Supreme Court has issued a decision in two guardianship matters: In Re Molloy and In Re Jenkins. Click on the names to read the combined...

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Richland Animal Rescue Forever

By Doug Chalgian on March 30, 2024

  Mega-wealthy business person dies leaving a Trust that primarily benefits a charity: the Richland Animal Rescue. If you don’t know, Richland is a tiny town north of...

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Just a Fool in Love

By Doug Chalgian on March 24, 2024

  It’s Sunday morning. I’m dictating memos from the client meetings I had this week.  Going over the cases I passed on, and the ones I decided to...

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Legal Fees Rejected for Will Contest Losers

By Doug Chalgian on March 21, 2024

  This is a Chalgian and Tripp case, and one I have written about before. Background is:  Our client challenged a document purporting to be his father’s will...

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More Omni-Business

By Doug Chalgian on March 8, 2024

  The same omnibus legislation that brought us Secret Trusts also made several other notable changes to probate law, including: Standby Guardians for LII’s Courts can appoint standby...

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Guardian has Right to Proper Removal

By Doug Chalgian on February 3, 2024

  Appellant is appointed co-plenary guardian over her developmentally disabled child. During a review hearing at which Appellant was not present, the Court heard from various witnesses, as...

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Dead Control Freak Gets His Way

By Doug Chalgian on January 30, 2024

  Appellant is a one-quarter (25%) beneficiary of her parents’ joint trust.  But after Mom dies, Dad amends the trust to say that she only gets the gift...

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Bad Actor Tagged Twice

By Doug Chalgian on December 3, 2023

  The Players Brohl is an old man in a senior living complex.  Until shortly before his death, he had about $233,000 in the bank.  He’s dead now...

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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.