Medicaid Modifies Vehicle Exclusion

By Doug Chalgian on October 19, 2021

  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has decided to update the definition of “vehicle” in the context of its long-term care Medicaid programs.  As you...

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Bank’s Successor Does Not Have Standing to Serve as PR

By Doug Chalgian on October 16, 2021

  An unpublished Court of Appeals decision out of Otsego County may have bank trust departments all over Michigan squirming, and one bank regretting the decision to appeal....

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Immunity Protects Testimony in Guardianship Proceedings

By Doug Chalgian on September 25, 2021

This published case arises out of a circuit court action, but relates to the testimony and pleadings of parties to an adult guardianship case.  Click here to read...

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COA Harmonizes Intestacy Laws Involving Non-Resident Decedent

By Doug Chalgian on September 18, 2021

  This new published case is about calculating the spousal intestate share in a case where the decedent was not a Michigan resident, but where an estate is...

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Unconscionable = Another Arrow

By Doug Chalgian on September 7, 2021

  A recent unpublished opinion from the Court of Appeals reminds us to consider unconscionability in some cases of vulnerable adult exploitation. In In Re Conservatorship of Blossom...

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Getting Old with Miggy and the Tigers

By Doug Chalgian on August 26, 2021

  Weirdly, for several years, I have equated myself to Miguel Cabrera.  Not that I am a great hall of fame anything – but only because I see...

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Asset Division in a Deathbed Divorce

By Doug Chalgian on August 15, 2021

  After 30 years of marriage, Judy and Robert called it quits. Throughout the divorce trial, Judy was near death and was represented by a guardian/conservator. After the...

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COA Addresses Family Loans

By Doug Chalgian on July 22, 2021

  Probate lawyers see this issue all the time.  Family members borrow money from each other, then the ones who made the loans die leaving questions about the...

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COA Fixes Deed Case

By Doug Chalgian on July 4, 2021

  Two years ago, in an unpublished decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that a trust could hold real property as a joint tenant with rights of...

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MSC Tackles Attorney Referral Fees

By Doug Chalgian on June 29, 2021

  We (that is, the law firm of Chalgian and Tripp) pay a lot of referral fees to our colleagues – and our colleagues provide our firm with...

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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.