Michael serves as Chair of the firm’s Estate Planning & Probate Practice Group. He advises and represents individuals and families on their estate planning, probate, and trust administration needs, and represents individual and corporate fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and charitable organizations on trust, tax, and other legal matters. For clients who require tax planning as part of their overall estate plan, Michael uses his 20+ years of experience to develop an estate plan that balances their tax and non-tax objectives.
Michael enjoys developing creative solutions to meet the client’s needs. For example, he assists fiduciaries and beneficiaries in modifying existing trusts that, due to changed circumstances or a change in the law, do not carry out the decedent’s wishes as effectively or efficiently as desired – which in some instances involves moving an existing irrevocable trust to New Hampshire, which has very favorable trust and tax laws. With his clients’ needs in mind, Michael has assisted in the drafting of legislation to amend NH trust and estate laws and has testified in the NH senate and house regarding same.
As an adjunct professor at UNH School of Law (formerly, Franklin Pierce Law Center), Michael enjoys teaching Wills, Trusts & Estates to the next generation of attorneys. Michael is actively involved in professional associations, including the NH Estate Planning Council, the Trust & Estate Section of the NH Bar Association, and the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, where he currently serves on its Board, and charitable organizations, such as Canterbury Shaker Village and his local church.
When he’s not working, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, who is a veterinarian (she makes sure their pets are healthy and well cared for, but Michael tends to be the one who feeds them), and his son and daughter, both of whom go to public schools in Concord, NH, where they live.