COA Explains Leave to Amend

By Doug Chalgian on March 23, 2022

  This post is about when a litigant can amend their pleadings, and specifically, the meaning of the phrase: “Leave shall be freely given when justice so requires”...

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Tall Tales and Back Woods Justice

By Doug Chalgian on May 2, 2020

This new unpublished decision from the Court of Appeals comes out of Ogemaw County. Ogemaw is a small out-of-the-way county, with a lot of rivers and trees. Right...

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Terror Clause Canaries Don’t Fly

By Doug Chalgian on August 18, 2018

In this unpublished decision from the Court of Appeals, a potential litigant filed a “petition for instruction” which asked the trial judge to decide the question of: If...

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More Terror Clause Trouble

By Doug Chalgian on June 23, 2013

The Court of Appeals has published another case on terror clauses.  Estate of Eugene Stan.The facts are that A filed for formal admission of a Will which included...

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General Perry’s Terror Clause: Final Chapter (I think)

By Doug Chalgian on February 21, 2013

Within a couple weeks of oral arguments, we received a published opinion in the General Perry terror clause case that has been discussed in this blog before (really...

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General Perry’s Terror Clause

By Doug Chalgian on December 19, 2012

I just filed a brief in an appeal that may be of interest to some of you. The case involves the estate of Brigadier General Miller Perry, who...

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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.