Michael represents high net worth individuals and families with respect to complex tax, estate planning and trust and estate administration matters. Michael also regularly represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries involved in trust or estate litigation and other disputes.
Michael advises individual clients, families, and closely-held businesses 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Member, Board of Directors, Maymont Foundation
Member, Wills, Trusts & Estates Section Legislative Committee, Virginia Bar Association
Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2019-present
Co-Chair, Estate Planning and Administration for Business Owners, Farmers and Ranchers Committee, Business Planning Group, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association
Former Convener (President), Richmond Private Business Study Group
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Selected for Inclusion in "Virginia's Legal Elite," Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law, Virginia Business, 2017, 2018, 2020
Selected for inclusion, Private Wealth Law, "Up and Coming," Virginia, Chambers HNW Guide, 2020
Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Estate Planning and Probate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2018
McGuireWoods Again Earns Nationwide Honors in Chambers High Net Worth Guide
August 21, 2020
Bloomberg Quotes Michael Barker, Andrea Chomakos on N.C. Trust Tax SCOTUS Case
April 19, 2019
Bloomberg Tax Quotes Michael Barker on Sanders’ Proposed Estate Tax Hike
February 8, 2019