Strict Adherence to MCR 5.120 Required

By Doug Chalgian on April 12, 2020

MCR 5.120 is an important, often underused, tool to help litigants settle contested probate matters. One of the difficulties with settling probate cases is that you often have...

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Gov Signs Remote Witnessing Order

By Doug Chalgian on April 9, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order allowing notarial acts and witnessing to be conducted remotely. To read the order click here. Probably the most curious aspect of...

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More COVID Things

By Doug Chalgian on April 6, 2020

Impact Payments and Medicaid. As you recall, a big part of the federal stimulus bill is that people will get cash payments. Specifically, all tax filers who have...

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Appellate Deadlines Suspended

By Doug Chalgian on March 27, 2020

We previously noted that deadlines for filing actions in Michigan's trial courts had been tolled.  Thursday, the Michigan Supreme Court issued another order, this one suspending all deadlines...

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Nursing Homes to Segregate COVID-19 Population

By Doug Chalgian on March 26, 2020

State and Federal entities are taking steps to address the COVID-19 Crisis. Long Term Care Facilities offer some of the most difficult challenges with respect to managing the...

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The State of the Profession

By Doug Chalgian on March 24, 2020

Yesterday the Governor ordered all non-essential businesses to close or limit their operations to work that can be done by staff in their homes. Practicing law is not...

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Medicaid Cases Won’t Close During Crisis

By Doug Chalgian on March 23, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a directive that will preclude any Medicaid client from being involuntarily cut off from benefits for any reason...

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The “Boomer Remover” is Out to Get Us

By Doug Chalgian on March 21, 2020

Like all of you, I get overwhelmed reading about Coronavirus, or what we are now calling “COVID-19”. But being an elder law attorney, and an old one at...

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PACE Adopts Divestment Rules

By Doug Chalgian on March 17, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced that beginning July 1, 2020, Medicaid divestment rules will apply to PACE programs. PACE is the Program for...

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Looking at Financial Exploitation as a Drug Deal

By Doug Chalgian on March 11, 2020

This is admittedly an offbeat post. Take it for what it’s worth. General Concept We are all dopamine addicts. We spend much of our awake lives seeking validation...

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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.