A Win for Uniformity

By Doug Chalgian on November 11, 2023

  The BIG NEWS in the Michigan probate and elder law world is that Governor Whitmer has signed the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act (“UPOAA”) into law. ...

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Burned by the Boilerplate

By Doug Chalgian on August 2, 2020

A rainy Sunday morning.  No better time to write. And since it appears to be raining pretty much everywhere in Michigan this morning, maybe a longish ramble about...

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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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This Could Get Interesting

By Doug Chalgian on September 28, 2015

The Michigan Supreme Court is considering a case involving the issue of a medical provider and Michigan law regarding surrogate decision-making. Specifically, Margaret Roush was a resident of...

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The End of Life Tar Pit

By Doug Chalgian on February 17, 2013

I had the most amazing client interview the other day.  A retired attorney in a lockdown unit at an assisted living facility, placed there by his family and...

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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.