“This is not a final order” … or is it?

By Doug Chalgian on June 24, 2024

  There’s an important lesson in this recently released opinion from the Michigan Court of Appeals, a lesson about when to file a claim of appeal in probate...

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3701 fixes untimely complaint

By Doug Chalgian on June 20, 2024

  Connie applied for appointment as personal representative of her deceased husband’s estate.  While her application was pending, she filed a wrongful death complaint in her capacity as...

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A Case About Nothing

By Doug Chalgian on June 8, 2024

  You gotta love this one. Or not. This same case provided one entertaining post in 2022 when first came up to the Court of Appeals.  In that...

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Bones to Advocates in MSC Guardianship Case

By Doug Chalgian on May 30, 2024

  The Michigan Supreme Court has issued a decision in two guardianship matters: In Re Molloy and In Re Jenkins. Click on the names to read the combined...

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Shake Up in SNT Land

By Doug Chalgian on April 12, 2024

  As sophisticated elder law lawyers understand, drafting a special needs trust (“SNT”) is one thing, advising trustees on how to administer them is something else – something...

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Equities in Divorce and Death – Again

By Doug Chalgian on April 7, 2024

In Re E. Earl Lyden Trust is an interesting case, a published case, and has the potential to become an important case.  [Click on the name to read...

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Richland Animal Rescue Forever

By Doug Chalgian on March 30, 2024

  Mega-wealthy business person dies leaving a Trust that primarily benefits a charity: the Richland Animal Rescue. If you don’t know, Richland is a tiny town north of...

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Just a Fool in Love

By Doug Chalgian on March 24, 2024

  It’s Sunday morning. I’m dictating memos from the client meetings I had this week.  Going over the cases I passed on, and the ones I decided to...

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Legal Fees Rejected for Will Contest Losers

By Doug Chalgian on March 21, 2024

  This is a Chalgian and Tripp case, and one I have written about before. Background is:  Our client challenged a document purporting to be his father’s will...

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Probate Court Lacks Authority to Order Visitation in Minor Guardianship

By Doug Chalgian on March 16, 2024

  When mother of minor child A disappears, father discontinues contact between minor child A and the siblings of A who were children of the missing mother. When...

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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.