COA Gives Special Needs Community Big Win in Placement Case

By Doug Chalgian on May 19, 2019

This is a published decision about a guardianship over a person with a developmental disability (a “DD guardian”), and more specifically, the powers of a DD guardian versus...

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Free Programs on New Trust Law

By Doug Chalgian on March 21, 2019

We interrupt this blog for a special message. Chalgian and Tripp Law Offices will be hosting a series of conversations about the new divided and directed trustee laws...

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The Next BIG Thing in Michigan Trust Law

By Doug Chalgian on November 6, 2018

Legislation currently moving through Michigan’s House and Senate will, if passed, dramatically impact the world of trust law in Michigan, and especially the drafting of discretionary trusts. Indications...

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Decanting Made Easy

By Doug Chalgian on February 16, 2017

It’s been four years since Michigan’s decanting laws took effect. Those of us at CT have found ourselves decanting more and more lately. It has provided magnificent results...

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Two Happy Notes

By Doug Chalgian on December 8, 2016

On the topic of self-settled special needs trusts (aka Medicaid Pay-Back Trusts; aka D4A Trusts), the “Special Needs Trust Fairness Act” has passed both houses of Congress and...

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Four New Things

By Doug Chalgian on October 27, 2016

Michigan Launches ABLE Accounts Michigan will unveil details about it’s ABLE program November 1. ABLE is the Achieving Better Life Experience  ACT that each State can implement, and...

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The Self-Inflicted Drafting Defect that Keeps on Giving

By Doug Chalgian on January 6, 2016

Discretionary trusts are important for all sorts of reasons. Essentially, the law holds that when a beneficiary’s interest in a trust is subject to the pure and unfettered...

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Capacity to Gender Identify

By Doug Chalgian on November 8, 2015

Talk about cutting edge cases… How about this one out of Jackson County: 60 year-old biological male with history of developmental disabilities and psychiatric events, decides he wants...

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8th Circuit Decision Stuns SNT World

By Doug Chalgian on March 4, 2015

Topic:  Self Settled Special Needs Trusts, aka Medicaid Payback Trusts, aka d(4)(A) Trusts. Legal Background:  When a person under 65 meets the requirements of being disabled for the...

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Trending Up: Medicare Set Aside Agreement

By Doug Chalgian on December 19, 2012

This is an important probate issue, although admittedly one that many probate lawyers may never come in contact with.  The topic is Medicare Set Aside Agreements (MSAs).  This...

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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.