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Michael L. Graham

CEO & Co-Author of Wealth Transfer Planning™

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Michael L. Graham

Michael L. Graham is CEO of InterActive Legal and President of Dallas based Graham Law Firm, P.C.

I believe the work we are doing at InterActive Legal will last beyond my lifetime. Steve Jobs is quoted as saying that he wanted to "make a dent in the universe." While InterActive Legal may not be Apple (yet), I understand Jobs' desire to make a lasting impact.

We are at the threshold of massive change in almost every aspect of the practice of law. Technology, artificial intelligence, big data, and intelligence assistance are our daily fare. We understand our client's need for a flexible, intuitive platform with absolute excellence in function and design. Our partnership with IBM Watson, and our development of an IBM Watson application for seniors, gives us a unique perspective on the future of the practice of law and it is thrilling.

Our commitment is to serve and is evident in everything we do. From personalized online training to specialized CLE to annual symposiums with blockbuster lineups, we serve those who serve. This commitment was established by our founder, Jonathan Blattmachr, and continues today at each and every level of our company.

Now I would like to add a bit of provenance to this biography. I have been continuously Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 40 years. At the tender age of 30, I became a full partner in one of the largest, most respected law firms in the US, Baker & Botts. I was honored by the invitation to become a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel at age 34, and later to have been chosen to be an Academician of the International Academy of Trust and Estate Lawyers. I strongly believe that every lawyer must give back to the practice of law. I have served as Chair of the Texas Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, the Houston Bar Association's Probate Section, and the Dallas Bar Association's Probate Section. Other professional contributions include Supervisory Council Member of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and President of the Texas Academy of Probate and Trust Lawyers.

It is my personal mission to provide excellence in the practice of law and best practices for other attorneys. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work at and achieve these goals through my practice at Graham Law Firm and at InterActive Legal. This calling, involving my personal practice of faith through the recognition, respect, and love of others, is my heritage and passion. In my current law practice, which coexists with my service to InterActive Legal, I limit my focus to matters involving business and estate planning, administration of estates and trusts, and fiduciary based litigation. I have practiced at both large, international firms and small boutique firms over the last 44 years. I received my J.D., cum laude, from Baylor School of Law (1972), and my BBA from Baylor University (1971). I loved law school, and I love the law.

Events

A Disruption in Trust Taxation - Kaestner and Paula Cases Reviewed

Join us for a complimentary in-depth discussion of two recent court opinions of great importance, both of which should be considered in trust planning and in trust administration. Three leading experts, Jonathan G. Blattmachr, Mark Lobb, and Aaron Hegji will discuss the Kaestner and Paula cases, and provide explicit recommendations on structuring and administering trusts to avoid state tax on trust income, in light of the holdings.

Snap, Crackle, Swap—More on the Substitution Power in Grantor Trusts

In late May, Paul Hood was joined on a webinar by Jonathan Blattmachr and Professor Mitchell Gans to extensively analyze the power to swap or substitute assets with a grantor trust. That presentation included more information than could be covered in the planned ninety minutes, so we are pleased to bring back the same panel to continue their discussion.

Valuations and Estate Planning - Impact of Covid

What are the valuation implications of the current economic environment brought about by the economic implications and stock market’s reaction to the COVID-19 crisis? The program will discuss the practical ramifications to valuations and the implications to estate planning transactions. A number of factors may have aligned for what is potentially a unique opportunity to maximize the efficient use of exclusion amounts and transfer significant wealth at a relatively lower cost. The program will provide technical but practical valuation insights that practitioners will need to understand in guiding clients planning in the last half of 2020.


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