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Estate Planning and Probate
Business Succession Planning
Charitable, Education and Not-for-Profit Organizations

• Tennessee, 1974

• 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


Mike Potter practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate and tax-exempt organizations. He is a Certified Public Accountant and worked on the tax staff of Ernst & Young, CPA prior to beginning his law practice. 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 and has been a Member since 1983.

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

• Certified Public Accountant, Tennessee, 1976
• Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White), 1989-2012 in the area of Trusts and Estates
Mid-South Super Lawyers 2006 - 2011 in Estate Planning & Probate, Non-Profit
• 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)

• "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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