Michael H. Barker


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  • Georgetown Public Policy Institute, MPP, 2008
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, cum laude, 2008
  • California Lutheran University, BA, summa cum laude, 2003
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

Member, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, American Bar Association

Member, Wills, Trusts and Estates Section, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association

Michael's practice focuses on the representation of high net worth individuals and families as well as closely-held businesses with respect to a variety of tax, estate planning and trust and estate administration matters. Michael advises individual clients on various complex matters involving estate, gift, income, and generation-skipping transfer taxes and also routinely advises family businesses in intricate business succession and planning matters.

Michael also regularly represents public charities, private foundations, and charitable trusts in obtaining tax exemption and advises exempt organizations in various governance, tax, and compliance matters. His work also includes charitable gift planning, including through the use of charitable trusts and other instruments.

As a member of McGuireWoods’ fiduciary advisory services practice group, Michael also frequently advises corporate and individual fiduciaries regarding tax and administration matters related to the fiduciary’s diverse duties and broad-ranging discretionary decisions.

While earning his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center, Michael also earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and served as a Senior Editor of the Georgetown Public Policy Review.

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Michael H Barker
T: +1 804 775 1679F: +1 804 698 4675Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Provided comprehensive estate, trust, tax and closely-held business planning advice to high net worth individuals and families.

Advised clients on international estate planning matters, including the operation of various estate and gift tax treaties.

Advised executors and trustees of substantial estates and trusts regarding matters of administration and fiduciary responsibilities.

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Estate Planning and Probate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2018

Selected for Inclusion in "Virginia's Legal Elite," Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law, Virginia Business, 2017

Author, Asset Protection: Domestic and International Law and Tactics, Thomson Reuters, Chapter 14A-46, Rel. 4, December 2017
Co-author, "Estate Planning in Virginia," Virginia Lawyers Practice Deskbook, Volume 1, Chapter 6, 2013, 2016
Co-author, "My Spouse Died and All I Got Was … Challenges in Determining and Asserting the Rights of Surviving Spouses," Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Newsletter, North Carolina Bar Association, July 2016
Co-author, "UK Remittance Basis Charge to Offset U.S. Income Tax," Practical International Tax Strategies, September 15, 2011
Co-author, "State Conservation Income Tax Credits," The Will and The Way, September 2010
Speaker, "Recent Developments in Estate Planning," Baker Tilly Estate and Trust Conference, May 31, 2018
Speaker, "Cabins and Compounds – Boats and Biplanes: Planning for Vacation and Recreation Assets," 30th Annual RPTE Spring Symposia, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law, May 11, 2018
Speaker, "Fiduciary Litigation Update," New Developments in Tax and Wealth Planning, April 24, 2018
Speaker, "Planning with Vacation Assets," New Developments in Tax and Wealth Planning, April 24, 2018
Speaker, "Succession Planning Environment: Issues and Opportunities for Closely-Held Family Businesses," Wells Fargo Thought Forum, November 15, 2017
Speaker, "Don’t Discount Discounts: Valuation of Closely Held Businesses in a Changing Regulatory Environment," 63rd Annual William and Mary Law School – 2017 Tax Conference, Tax Planning in an Era of Uncertainty, November 9, 2017
Speaker, "Portability: 7 Years Later," 36th Annual Trusts and Estates Seminar, October 31, 2017
Speaker, "Estate and Trust Update: Planning in an Era of Change," Richmond Private Business Study Group, October 17, 2017
Speaker, "Trust Modifications in Light of Unforeseen Circumstances and Mistakes," 12th Annual Fiduciary Advisory Services Seminar; Issues Confronting Institutional Fiduciaries, October 4, 2017
Speaker, "Asset Protection Devices in a World of Creditors and Predators," Virginia Bar Association 127th Annual Meeting, January 20, 2017
Speaker, "Lessons from Virginia Fiduciary Litigation Cases," 35th Annual Trusts and Estates Seminar, October 20 and 27, 2016
Speaker, "2704 Proposed Regs - Gone are the Good Old Days?," Richmond Private Business Study Group, October 18, 2016
Speaker, "Primer on Key Tax Elections: Business Succession Planning," ABA RPTE/Tax Section Joint Fall Meeting, September 30, 2016
Speaker, New Developments in Tax and Wealth Planning, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, April 19, 2016
Faculty, "Estate Planning in a World of Creditors and Predators: Asset Protection for Every Estate Planning Client," 34th Annual Trusts and Estates Seminar, October 20, 2015
Speaker, "Charitable Remainder and Charitable Lead Trusts: A Primer," 13th Annual Nonprofit Seminar – Staying Current and Avoiding Trouble: What Nonprofits Need to Know, September 15, 2015
Speaker, Federal Fiduciary Income Tax Workshop, Foxmoor Continuing Education, November 21, 2014
Speaker, "Silver Lining of ATRA: Choice of Entity in Light of Changes in Tax Law," 26th Annual RPTE Spring Symposia, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law, May 1, 2014
Speaker, "Federal Legislative Outlook," Virginia Bankers Association Trust and Wealth Management Conference, May 31, 2013
Speaker, "A Primer on Decanting and Directed Trustees," September 19, 2012
Speaker, "Trustees: Duties and Discretion in Two Parts," Virginia CLE, August 16, 2012