Probate Court Lacks Authority to Order Visitation in Minor Guardianship

By Doug Chalgian on March 16, 2024

  When mother of minor child A disappears, father discontinues contact between minor child A and the siblings of A who were children of the missing mother. When...

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Roush III: Missed Opportunity and Unintended Consequences

By Doug Chalgian on May 9, 2016

I posted twice before on the Roush case. Click here and here for the background. In short, the issue in this case is: When a person who has...

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Roush II: The Plot Thickens

By Doug Chalgian on February 12, 2016

A little drama is stewing in the elder law world. I wrote about the Roush case when it came out. Click here to read that post appropriately titled...

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Bittner’s Bite

By Doug Chalgian on September 13, 2015

So we have a new published opinion on a probate court case – something unusual these days.  In Re Conservatorship of Shirley Bittner was published September 8, 2015. ...

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Revised MCL 700.5501 Mandates Acceptance and Other Formalities

By Doug Chalgian on December 19, 2012

The passage of Public Act 141 of 2012 is significant to estate planners in that it requires that an agent appointed under a standard power of attorney for...

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More Thoughts On Our New Durable Power of Attorney Law

By Doug Chalgian on December 19, 2012

In an earlier post I reported on changes to MCL 700.5501 brought about by Public Act 141 of 2012.  In this post I would like to point out...

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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.