More Omni-Business

By Doug Chalgian on March 8, 2024

  The same omnibus legislation that brought us Secret Trusts also made several other notable changes to probate law, including: Standby Guardians for LII’s Courts can appoint standby...

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No Mistake About It

By Doug Chalgian on July 25, 2023

  Disinherited Child says:  Sure, Mom cut me out of her trust, but that was only because I was going through bankruptcy.  Everyone knows, and I can prove,...

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Corporate Veils and Trust Creditors

By Doug Chalgian on July 13, 2023

  In this case we dive into the murky area of creditor rights in Michigan Trust administration, and more specifically, the relationship between creditors of business entities v...

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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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COA Distinguishes Beneficiary Classes under MTC

By Doug Chalgian on November 19, 2022

  In this recently released unpublished decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals identifies four types of persons who are entitled to information about trust administration under the Michigan...

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Promises v Reality in the World of Charitable Giving

By Doug Chalgian on November 22, 2019

It’s not just basketball and football programs that have allowed our largest institutions of higher education to become so wealthy. As development officers at these institutions know, college...

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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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Lame Duck Legislature Lays Golden Egg – BIG TIME

By Doug Chalgian on December 3, 2016

DAPT – learn it and love it. Soon it will be all the talk.  Domestic asset protection trusts.  The news is that the Michigan legislature has approved a...

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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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Case Trends and Technical Formalities

By Doug Chalgian on January 13, 2013

The topic for this post was triggered by my end of year clean up. During that process, I go through piles of things I think are interesting and...

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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.