About

MICHAEL T. CARNEY

A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION

Michael’s practice focuses on business and estate planning for high net worth individuals, closely held businesses, and licensed professionals.  Michael counsels clients concerning their business or professional interests (which often comprise the largest asset in the client’s estate), assisting with business formation, ongoing operation, and purchase, sale, or dissolution of business entities and practices, and business transactions.  He then takes his knowledge of his client’s business, and integrates the business into their estate planning, smoothing the transfer of the business to family, or to other owners through business succession planning.

Michael is the author of the updates to the Succession Planning for Family Businesses chapter in the Continuing Education of the Bar’s treatise on Estate Planning for Special Assets, a widely-used reference work for California lawyers.  He has also written for the Santa Clara Law Review, and is a speaker on business law and estate planning topics.

He is a member of the State Bar of California (Trusts and Estates Section; Business Law Section), the San Mateo County Bar Association (Membership Committee, past chair; Estate Planning Probate Section; Business Law Section), and the Peninsula Estate Planning Council.

Michael received his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law; a Master of Arts (Philosophy) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a Bachelor of Music (Organ Performance) from the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, studying with the renowned Robert T. Anderson.