The Law Office of Michael J. Howell, P.A.
The Law Office of Michael J. Howell, P.A. handles estate planning, elder law and probate legal matters, both simple and complex, from simple wills, powers of attorney and health care powers of attorney to more complex trusts that are designed to protect its clients and their families in the event of a disability and to avoid both probate and mitigate or eliminate estate taxes at death. Some of the more complex trusts are also designed to protect assets from the creditors of the beneficiaries.As part of its estate planning practice, the firm also incorporates asset protection planning. when needed, for its clients who are in higher risk occupations for litigation, or when needed for their children who are at a higher than normal risk of lawsuits or in order to protect family assets from divorces.The firm also represents personal representatives, trustees, guardians and conservators in the administration and settlement of probate estates, trusts, guardianships and conservatorships. This includes all aspects of probate administration from opening the estate to filing inventories, estate tax returns, accountings, and closing the estate though the probate court. Similar considerations apply to trust, guardianship and conservatorship administration.The firm is located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Both attorneys are licensed in South Carolina and Florida. Michael J. Howell is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court in Estate Planning and Probate Law.Michael J. Howell has been handling estate planning and probate matters in the Hilton Head Island area for over 32 years. For the first 5 ½ years, he was a trust officer substantially involved in trust and estate administration, fiduciary income taxation and estate and gift taxation.Michael J. Howell will also serve as an expert witness in matters pertaining to wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and trust administration. The firm will also assist litigation attorneys in complex estate planning and probate litigation matters, including those related to undue influence, fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties.The firm offers free initial estate planning and probate consultations to new clients. The details and information needed can be found on the firms website at www.HiltonHeadEstatePlanning.com and can be downloaded.The firm website provides detailed information on wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and asset protection. The website also has a section for questions and a blog by Michael J. Howell on estate planning, probate, asset protection and related matters.The firm provides fee schedules and estimates, in advance, for the more common types of estate planning services. These can also be downloaded from www.HiltonHeadEstatePlanning.com.The firms representation letters, questionnaires, policies and procedures with respect to client engagements are also listed on and downloadable from www.HiltonHeadEstatePlanning.com.
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