More Omni-Business

By Doug Chalgian on March 8, 2024

  The same omnibus legislation that brought us Secret Trusts also made several other notable changes to probate law, including: Standby Guardians for LII’s Courts can appoint standby...

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Secret Trusts Quietly Arrive

By Doug Chalgian on March 6, 2024

  You can now draft a trust the terms, and even the existence, of which need not be disclosed to one or more of the trust beneficiaries.  The...

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Epic changes to EPIC numbers

By Doug Chalgian on February 28, 2024

I don’t usually track or write about these things, and maybe everyone except me already knew this – but I was surprised to learn that many of the...

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Maybe I’m Crazy

By Doug Chalgian on February 19, 2024

  I found this case interesting, or at least interesting enough, and with nothing else to write about this week, well… JL’s Bad Day JL showed up at...

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Guardian has Right to Proper Removal

By Doug Chalgian on February 3, 2024

  Appellant is appointed co-plenary guardian over her developmentally disabled child. During a review hearing at which Appellant was not present, the Court heard from various witnesses, as...

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Dead Control Freak Gets His Way

By Doug Chalgian on January 30, 2024

  Appellant is a one-quarter (25%) beneficiary of her parents’ joint trust.  But after Mom dies, Dad amends the trust to say that she only gets the gift...

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What I Read is “Love”

By Doug Chalgian on January 27, 2024

  The tragic aspects of this case touched me. The outcome troubles me. How could it not? An adult child of a severely demented parent took her mother...

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Medicaid Planning with Protective Orders on Life Support

By Doug Chalgian on January 20, 2024

  There’s a new case from the Michigan Court of Appeals involving the use of protective orders in probate court to establish an elevated protected spousal amount and...

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Free to Be You and Me

By Doug Chalgian on January 3, 2024

In Shakespeare’s plays, the word always employed to describe the relationship between parent and child is “natural.”  People who honor their biological parents and follow their direction are...

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Probate Jurisdiction nets Ladybird Deed in Will and Trust Contest

By Doug Chalgian on December 22, 2023

  A jury trial was held in a probate court on the validity of the various estate planning documents, including a will, a trust and a ladybird deed. ...

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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.