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In a recently released unpublished opinion, a panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals has held that a trust can own real property as a joint tenant with...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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Drafting Trap Proves Litigator’s Life Line

By Doug Chalgian on August 2, 2019

The Michigan Trust Code provides for a fairly strict statute of limitations to contest the validity of a trust agreement that “was revocable at the settlor's death.”  Most...

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Probate Appeals: By the Numbers

By Doug Chalgian on July 19, 2019

If you like statistics, you might find this interesting. With the assistance of a law clerk, we cataloged every case appealed from a probate court between June 1,...

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Published Opinion Clarifies Joint Account Rights

By Doug Chalgian on July 16, 2019

This case was handled by our firm:  Chalgian and Tripp.  We represented the Appellant at trial an in the Court of Appeals. This case clarifies a heretofore confusing...

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Expressions of Intent: Admissible but Insufficient

By Doug Chalgian on July 5, 2019

Dad holds family meeting before he dies, and says he wants everything to go equally to his six children. He specifically indicates that this includes all assets controlled...

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Judge Jails Trustee/P.R.

By Doug Chalgian on June 26, 2019

A new unpublished case offers a helpful refresher on contempt proceedings in the context of trust and estate administration. “Vera” was removed as co-trustee and co-personal representative 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.