McDonald Carano Promotes Michael Whittaker to Partner

McDonald Carano is proud to announce that Michael Whittaker has been elevated to Partner, effective January 1, 2023. Michael is a Partner in our Trust & Estates Law practice which is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Tier 1 by Best Law Firms.

Michael has more than 10 years of experience helping high-net-worth individuals, their families and their closely held businesses with estate and tax planning, trust and estate administration, and business succession strategies. He also advises financial institutions regarding fiduciary and custodial issues and represents clients in court supervised and unsupervised trust administration and probate proceedings.

Mr. Whittaker understands the unique circumstances of each client and prepares individualized plans with a keen mind toward minimizing estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer taxes. Michael prepares trusts, wills, financial powers of attorney, and healthcare powers of attorney to ensure that clients’ financial and healthcare desires are followed throughout their life and their wealth is transferred as planned upon their death. 

For many families, their closely held business represents most of their wealth and Mr. Whittaker assists throughout all phases of the business life cycle. He helps clients select the most advantageous type of entity formation, counsels them as they grow their business, provides tax saving and asset protection strategies, and advises on succession planning. Mr. Whittaker has prepared all types of transactional documents including entity formation documents, company governance agreements, partnership agreements, statutory conversion, merger agreements, buy-sell agreements, dissolution agreements and other disposition agreements of closely held or corporate entities.

Michael earned an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida, a J.D. from the University of Idaho, an M.B.A. from Washington State University, and a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University-Idaho.


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