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 Saturday Twofer

By Doug Chalgian on May 13, 2023

  In the cases released by the Michigan Court of Appeals this week, I find two cases that combined provide just enough meat for one juicy nut (aka,...

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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  A new unpublished decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals looks at a dispute over several intra-family oral loans.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,...

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Published Case Lets Bank Trustee Off the Hook

By Doug Chalgian on October 21, 2022

  The Michigan Trust Code allows a Trustee to protect itself by providing reports (aka accountings) that adequately notify the beneficiaries of any potential breaches.  When such a...

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Kids Face Laches for Failing to Read Mom’s Trust

By Doug Chalgian on April 23, 2021

  Really interesting facts. Important topic. Well thought out opinion. Plus a persuasive dissent. What more do you want from the Michigan Court of Appeals? In In Re...

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Drafting Trap Proves Litigator’s Life Line

By Doug Chalgian on August 2, 2019

The Michigan Trust Code provides for a fairly strict statute of limitations to contest the validity of a trust agreement that “was revocable at the settlor's death.”  Most...

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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.