You Can’t Buy Love: But You Can Buy a Pretty Good Knock Off

By Doug Chalgian on November 12, 2019

Child calls from another state. She tells me that she is the only child of an aging parent (“Mom”).  Mom is here in Michigan. Handyman with criminal history...

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Ed’s Coin Flip

By Doug Chalgian on October 24, 2019

In this unpublished decision, the story goes that Ed and his Dad collected coins together. Dad died.  Dad’s will said something like: Any assets, such as coins, that...

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Michigan’s New Discovery Rules Part 5

By Doug Chalgian on September 20, 2019

Conclusions and Impressions 1.  Upping Your Game The impact of these new rules can hardly be overstated. Those who dabble in litigation will need to think seriously about...

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Michigan’s New Discovery Rules Part 4

By Doug Chalgian on September 19, 2019

In addition to the limitations imposed by the definition of the scope of discovery, the new rules specifically limit certain discovery tools, and more thoroughly address the discoverability...

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Michigan’s New Discovery Rules Part 3

By Doug Chalgian on September 17, 2019

Required Disclosure The changes to the scope of discovery are dramatic; but the impact of those changes pales in comparison to the new rules regarding required disclosures. What...

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Michigan’s New Discovery Rules Part 2

By Doug Chalgian on September 17, 2019

Proceeding or Civil Action The distinction between a “probate proceeding” versus a “civil action” which happens to be initiated in a probate court, remains unaltered. MCR 5.101. For...

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Michigan’s New Discovery Rules Part 1

By Doug Chalgian on September 16, 2019

Litigation of all types will soon be more complicated and more expensive, probate litigation included. This development comes about because of the extensive revisions to the Michigan Court...

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I’ve got a feeling

By Doug Chalgian on August 27, 2019

The big news at our firm is that James P. Spica is joining Chalgian and Tripp as of September 1. The big news in my personal life is...

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Not Making This Up

By Doug Chalgian on August 23, 2019

In a recently released unpublished opinion, a panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals has held that a trust can own real property as a joint tenant with...

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Let’s Talk About Medicaid Changes

By Doug Chalgian on August 13, 2019

Chalgian and Tripp will be putting on a series of conversations about recent changes to Medicaid planning rules, including the impact of the Hegadorn decision, the status of...

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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.