Published Opinion Clarifies Burden of Proof for Breach

By Doug Chalgian on March 5, 2021

  The burden of proof required to surcharge a fiduciary for breach of fiduciary duty in Michigan is a preponderance of the evidence.   This is made clear in...

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Notable BEM Changes

By Doug Chalgian on March 2, 2021

This post is about Medicaid long term care benefits in Michigan, and assumes some general understanding on the part of the reader with respect to Medicaid planning and...

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COA Says Don’t “Hyperanalyze” Confusing Codicil

By Doug Chalgian on February 27, 2021

  A new unpublished case looks at how to construe a clearly ambiguous codicil when extrinsic evidence fails to enlighten the court as to the testator’s intent. In...

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25 years as a lawyer

By Doug Chalgian on February 23, 2021

This year marks 25 years in practice for me – yes, it was a second profession – so I am actually 61 years old.  Do the math. These...

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Lack of Diligence in Discovery Justifies MSD

By Doug Chalgian on February 20, 2021

Two siblings each petition to have a different version of Mom’s Will admitted.  Through their respective attorneys, Bruce offers the 2007 Will and Jennifer offers a 2018 Will....

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Crowing About David Shaltz

By Doug Chalgian on January 23, 2021

Proud this morning of my friend and colleague David Shaltz for his involvement in an important case out of Minnesota.  David isn’t licensed there, but he was allowed...

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By Doug Chalgian on January 6, 2021

In the past few weeks, I’ve interrupted your day with posts about electronic wills and video cameras in nursing homes – now I have to interrupt you again...

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Thanks For Reading – Happy New Year

By Doug Chalgian on December 28, 2020

Time flies. Another year of practicing law.  Another year of blogging about ageing, probate and elder law. 2020 was the year of COVID and also a year of...

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Nursing Home Video Surveillance Heading to Gov

By Doug Chalgian on December 21, 2020

NOTE: THE LEGISLATION WAS VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR AND DID NOT BECOME LAW.   Unless the Governor vetoes the bill, at some point in the future, Michiganders will...

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COA Delivers Lump of Coal to Medicaid Planners

By Doug Chalgian on December 18, 2020

In the combined cases of Schroeder v DHHS and Almy v DHHS , the Michigan Court of Appeals’ imposes severe punishment on the use of probate court protective...

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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.