Fiduciary Relationship and Undue Influence

By Doug Chalgian on December 17, 2015

In Re Benedetti Estate and Trust is a recent unpublished opinion from the Court of Appeals, so take it for what it’s worth. (Click on the case name...

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Tell It To Me Slowly

By Doug Chalgian on July 10, 2015

Humming in my head the other day was an old song – What’s your name? Who’s your daddy? Is he rich like me? Has he taken any time...

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The Always Interesting Holographic Wil

By Doug Chalgian on March 31, 2014

A holographic will is a will that a person writes out in their own hand – and signs and dates.  If this is done, the usual requirements that...

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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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Why the “Lucid Moment” Needs to End

By Doug Chalgian on May 19, 2013

There’s a case I read a couple years ago that bothers me and that I’ve been wanting to comment on it since.  It is an unpublished decision in...

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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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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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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.