Legislature Creates New Process for Disputes over Visiting Vulnerable Adults

By Doug Chalgian on January 11, 2020

Michigan guardianship law has been amended to allow probate courts to appoint limited guardians to supervise visitations with incapacitated adults. Specifically, a new section MCL 700.5306(6) provides grounds...

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Ramble On Rowdy Ron

By Doug Chalgian on December 31, 2019

It’s the end of the year, a good time to take stock of where we are and where we’re going. In this story, Mary meets Ron late in...

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Amy Gets Her Swagger

By Doug Chalgian on December 8, 2019

As many of you know, Amy Tripp is my law partner. We have practiced together for 16 years.  She is an expert in special needs planning and administration. ...

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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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6th Circuit says Trust on Hook for Millions

By Doug Chalgian on November 17, 2019

Larry is the settlor of a revocable Trust. Larry personally guarantees a loan for hundreds of millions of dollars, and signs the guarantee individually and as trustee of...

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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In this unpublished decision, the story goes that Ed and his Dad collected coins together.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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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.