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130 North Court Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Tel: (901) 524-5180
Fax: (901) 524-5024
Email: mpotter@bpjlaw.com
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PRACTICE AREAS
Estate Planning and Probate
Business Succession Planning

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
• Tennessee, 1974

BAR ASSOCIATIONS
• American Bar Association (Section on Taxation and Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law)
• Tennessee Bar Association (Section on Taxation)
• Memphis Bar Association (Wills and Probate Section; Tax Council, 1990-1991, 1996)

R. Michael Potter

OF COUNSEL

Mike Potter practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate and tax-exempt organizations. He is the author of numerous articles on estate and charitable planning and is a frequent speaker on these subjects at continuing legal education programs. He joined the firm in 1978, was a Member from 1983-2013, and currently provides consulting services to the firm and its clients in the areas of his expertise.

EDUCATION
• University of Tennessee (B.S., 1969)
• University of Memphis (J.D., 1974)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND HONORS
• Certified Public Accountant, Tennessee (1976)
• Named to Best Lawyers® in America (Woodward/White) list in the area of Trusts and Estates (1989-2012, 2015)
Mid-South Super Lawyers in Estate Planning & Probate, Non-Profit (2006 - 2011)
• Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
• Director, Advisory Board, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis (Chairman, 2001)
• Received the Ira Samelson, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis (1998)
• Member, Estate Planning Council of Memphis; Tax Watch Group of Memphis; and Planned Giving Council of Greater Memphis (Vice President, 1992-1993; President, 1994)
• Five Star Wealth Manager Award (2010 & 2011)

PUBLICATIONS AND RECENT PRESENTATIONS
• "Use of the Charitable Remainder Unitrust in Retirement Planning", Journal of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (December, 1992)
• "Charitable Gift Annuity vs. Charitable Remainder Trust - So similar, Yet So Different", Creative Giving (October, 1994)
• "Beyond Special Events and Campaigns" (a survey of survey of charitable giving strategies), Boys Club News (December, 1994)
• "Where There’s A Will, There Is A Way”, Boys Club News (April, 1997)
• "Planning for Retirement with Deferred Charitable Gifts", Creative Giving (January, 1998)
• "A Technique You'll 'Flip' For - The Education FLIP Unitrust", Legacies, Rhodes College (Fall 2000)
• Speaker: Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, “Preserving Your Assets – Avoiding Surprises in Your Estate Planning: The Tennessee 'Gap'" (April, 2004)
• Speaker: Estate Planning Council of Memphis, “Tennessee Uniform Trust Code” (January, 2005)
• Speaker: Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs “Charitable Giving – Techniques for Making the Most of Current and Deferred Gifts” (January 2009)
• Speaker: Rhodes College and Church Health Center, "Charitable Giving" (May 2012)
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