Preparation of Last Wills and Testaments, Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Financial Powers of Attorney, Medical Powers of Attorney and Premarital Agreements; plus strategies to avoid Probate Court proceedings after death.
Preparation and filing of Probate Court petitions, notices, inventories and accountings; the preparation of estate tax returns; and the collection and distribution of estate or trust assets.
Strategies to minimize or eliminate the estate tax (sometimes referred to as the “death tax”) liability upon death.
Strategies for non-U.S. citizens, with an emphasis in cross-border planning for Canadians to (a) minimize or eliminate the U.S. estate tax (or “death tax”) liability on U.S. assets owned by Canadians, and (b) avoiding U.S. Probate Court proceedings for U.S. assets owned by Canadians.
Formation, structure and annual administration of small businesses, including limited liability companies, S corporations, C corporations, non-profit/tax-exempt entities and partnerships.
Preparation of buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements, family business transfers, and gifting strategies to pass business ownership to the family’s next generation.
Purchase and sale agreements for residential and commercial property, lease agreements, and the preparation of deeds and property transfer affidavits.
Scullen Law Offices, PLLC was established by Michael T. Scullen in 2005.
Mike is the sole owner of the firm and the sole attorney. With an office in Troy and a presence in Rochester (where Mike lives), the firm concentrates its practice in estate planning, estate administration and probate, trust administration, taxation, business law and real estate. These have been Mike’s practice areas throughout his entire legal career, starting in 1990 when he was employed as a law clerk while attending law school in Washington, DC.
The firm represents a wide variety of individuals and businesses throughout Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties and elsewhere in Michigan. In addition, Mike has also developed a cross-border practice which has resulted in the firm's representation of clients throughout Ontario, Canada.
The cross-border aspect of the firm grew out of the reputation Mike earned in the Windsor, Canada legal and accounting communities as an expert in cross-border estate and tax planning. This has resulted in speaking engagements for groups such as the Windsor Estate Planning Council and an interview on Canadian public radio.
The firm’s objective is to provide our clients with practical and cost-effective advice and solutions for their legal and tax concerns while providing a level of personal service that is virtually unheard of in the legal profession – such as meeting with clients wherever/whenever is most convenient for them. The firm meets this objective through Mike’s experience, legal skills and knowledge, along with extensive use of technology and dedication to quality client communication.
By maintaining low overhead costs, the firm is able to offer high level legal services at extremely competitive rates in comparison with other area firms. The firm does not charge for initial consultations with prospective clients.
For estate planning work, the firm normally charges a fixed or maximum fee which is determined after the initial consultation with the client. The amount of such fee depends on the complexity of the documents to be prepared. For all other work, the firm normally charges on an hourly basis with invoices sent out at the end of each month.
Prior to the formation of Scullen Law Offices, PLLC, Mike was a partner with the firm Heritier Nance & Sheridan in Troy where he practiced for six years. He was also formerly employed by Raymond & Prokop in Southfield, which was one of the leading tax firms in Michigan.
Mike started his legal career in Washington, DC where he attended law school, and moved home to Michigan in 1996 to raise his children near family and friends.
State Bar of Michigan
Maryland State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar (Washington, DC)
United States Tax Court
Mike received his law degree (Juris Doctor) from The American University, Washington College of Law in 1992. During law school, he had the opportunity to serve as an intern for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
He has also completed certain courses which relate to his law practice through the masters of law program at Wayne State University.
Mike received his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration) from Michigan State University in 1989. He was a varsity letterman at MSU and a member of the Track & Field team during all four years of college, competing in both the indoor and outdoor track seasons each year.
Mike married his college sweetheart (Liesl) in 1990. They have two adult children (Lindsey and Sean) and live in Rochester.
Mike continues to enjoy running and is a member of the Michigan State University Varsity Alumni “S” Club, which is an alumni club for former varsity letter winners.