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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More Privacy in 2024

By Doug Chalgian on December 16, 2023

  If you’re as old as me, it is unfathomable how “un-private” the world has become.  But at least the SCAO is making sure Michigan probate court files...

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Big Medicaid Win (but not for LTC)

By Doug Chalgian on December 10, 2023

  While most of the readers of this blog have some interest in cases involving Medicaid funded in-home care services; as elder law attorneys, most of us think...

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Bad Actor Tagged Twice

By Doug Chalgian on December 3, 2023

  The Players Brohl is an old man in a senior living complex.  Until shortly before his death, he had about $233,000 in the bank.  He’s dead now...

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COA Upholds Family Cottage Uncapping in Published Case

By Doug Chalgian on November 22, 2023

  In the seemingly endless debate about how to best plan for multi-generational management of a family cottage, there are several schools of thought.  Some planners promote using...

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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.