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Aging in Michigan – November 2016

By Chalgian & Tripp on November 28, 2016

The firm of Smith and Mabley is merging with the Chalgian & Tripp Southfield Office. If you don’t know Dave Smith and John Mabley, we look forward to introducing th ...

Aging in Michigan – July 2016

By Chalgian & Tripp on July 1, 2016

In May 2015, the prognosis for Noah Slocum-Sinke wasn’t good. He was in the emergency room on life support. That’s when C&T case manager John Fusik recomm ...

Aging in Michigan – February 2016

By Chalgian & Tripp on February 1, 2016

Michigan’s new ABLE Act will be a featured topic at the annual Special Needs Check Ups. ABLE stands for: Achieving a Better Life Experience. At the Check Ups, C& ...

Plan To Be 100


Elder Law

Finding the Right Lawyer

By Doug Chalgian on November 28, 2016

Finding the Right Lawyer
The way I see it, people often struggle to find the right lawyer for their cases. Over the years, I have been involved in many cases in which more than one party is repre ...

Caring for Aging Parents

By Doug Chalgian on December 15, 2015

Caring for aging parents
It sounds like a simple proposition: hiring caregivers to help an impaired older adult remain in their home. But, as with many of the issues that arise in the context of ...

Advising Clients on Medicare

By Christopher Smith on November 1, 2014

For too long, Medicare has been the forgotten stepchild of elder law. Few attorneys know its ins and outs, and most struggle to profitably integrate it into their law pra ...

Estate Planning

The Top 10 Ways to Incite Anarchy When You Die

By Doug Chalgian on September 2, 2016

When I talk to clients about their estate planning objectives, and make suggestions as to how things might go smoother, one reaction I sometimes get is: “I don’t r ...

Modern Estate Planning Focuses on Life Events

By Doug Chalgian on August 10, 2015

Modern Estate Planning Focuses on Life Events
Unless your estate planning documents provide direction as to how to strike the balance between protecting assets and paying for higher quality of care, decisions w ...

When Elder Law Meets DINK Planning

By Amy Tripp on July 1, 2014

when elder law meets dink planning
As an elder law attorney who also does estate planning, I've noticed a marked increase in client couples with dual incomes and no kids (so-called "DINKs"). While my exper ...

Litigation

Starting a Lawsuit in the Real World

By Doug Chalgian on May 15, 2015

lawsuits
One of the more frequent conversations I have with clients these days comes up with people who are considering starting a lawsuit. Because of the nature of my practice, t ...

What Could Go Wrong with Your Living Trust?

By Doug Chalgian on October 1, 2014

what could go wrong with your living trust
When asked about an estate plan, clients often say: “We’re all set, we have a living trust.” And that’s good. Often having a living trust (a.k.a. revocable trust) ...
Getting old is scary. Friends and loved ones are dead and dying. Your body has declined. Your mind may be failing. What seemed like a nice nest egg now seems inadequate. ...

Probate Appeals

Estate Recovery in the Court of Appeals

By Chalgian & Tripp on December 2, 2014

For those who follow the “estate recovery” saga, you may be interested to know that there are two cases currently pending in the Court of Appeals. In Re Estate of...

Estate Recovery Cases Continue

By Chalgian & Tripp on August 5, 2014

Judge Barkey of Genesee County Probate Court recently issued an opinion in an estate recovery case. The case was handled by our office, Chalgian and Tripp Law Offices,...

Rebutting Presumption of Undue Influence

By Doug Chalgian on December 21, 2013

It’s over – at least for now.  The Mortimore case. This is a case I have spoken and written about quite a bit for the past year. Common facts: Older...

Peter’s Principles and Our Evolving Understanding of Exploitation

By Doug Chalgian on April 18, 2017

I heard Dr. Peter Lichtenberg speak the other day about his research on financial vulnerability in older adults, and more specifically, how and why he developed the Lichtenberg Financial Decision-Making Rating Scale. It...

Credit Union Joint Account Cases Messier Yet

By Doug Chalgian on March 25, 2017

In Podolak v Podolak (click on name to read case) two brothers fight over funds in a credit union account that was joint between Dad and just one of them when Dad died. After a lengthy recitation of facts, the Court get...

The Problem with Mediators

By Doug Chalgian on March 17, 2017

Now onto facilitative mediation and my opinions and gripes about same. Sometimes I feel like I spend as much time in mediation as I do in court. Nearly all cases I am involved with go through the facilitative mediation p...