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Michael G. Cumming

Michael G. Cumming

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Dykema
Michigan, U.S.A.

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Michael G. Cumming is Leader of Dykema's Tax Practice Group. Mr. Cumming's practice focuses on estate planning, probate and trust administration and related tax matters, including sophisticated tax planning. He also represents clients in probate and trust contests, and premarital agreement negotiations. As part of his practice, Mr. Cumming assists clients with the organizational and tax planning aspects of privately owned businesses to ensure that the business organization easily meshes with the estate and tax plan, is structured and operated to minimize taxes, and provides for smooth business succession.

Mr. Cumming is also former editor of the Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal.

Prior to becoming a member of Dykema, Mr. Cumming was practice group leader of the Personal Legal Services Group at another major Detroit-based law firm.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1984

Education

University of Notre Dame, J.D. University of Michigan, B.B.A.
  • with high distinction
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Member, Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, Taxation Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member, The Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Member of the Probate and Estate Planning Council of the State Bar of Michigan (1991-1997); Chair, Michigan and Federal Estate Tax Committee (1995-1997); Member, Transfer Taxes Committee (1998 to present); Editor, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal (1992-1993); Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee (1995-1997); Chair, Fees and Compensation Committee (1991-1992); Associate Editor, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal (1991-1992); Member, Estates and Protected Individuals Code Legislative Enactment Group (1995-1997); Section Lobbying Liaison (1995-1997); Member, Michigan Inheritance Tax Committee (1990-1992); Member, Ethics Committee (1991-1992); Member, Standing Committee on Code, Procedure and Rules (1988-1995); Member, Estates and Protected Individuals Code Article 2 Drafting Subcommittee (1990-1995); and Member, Estate Tax Apportionment Statute Drafting Subcommittee (1995)
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Seminars

  • 2001 - ICLE Seminar - "Practical Skills for New Lawyers: Informal Estate Proceedings: Start to Finish"
  • 1999 - ICLE Seminar: 39th Annual Probate & Estate Planning Seminar - "Achieving Literacy in ILITs and Competence in Crummeys: Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Planning and Administration"
  • 1999 - ICLE Seminar: 39th Annual Probate & Estate Planning Seminar - "Achieving Literacy in ILITs and Competence in Crummeys: Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Planning and Administration"
  • 1997 - ICLE Seminar: Using Trusts in Estate Planning - "The Role of the Revocable Grantor Trust in the Estate Plan"
  • 1997 - ICLE Seminar: Fundamentals of Michigan Practice - "How to Plan a Small Estate"
  • 1996 - ICLE Seminar: 5th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar - "Marital Deduction Crossfire and Comparisons: The "Date of Distribution" Formula"
  • 1996 - ICLE Seminar: 5th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar - "Marital Deduction Crossfire and Comparisons: The "Date of Distribution" Formula"
  • 1995 - Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan - "Tax Aspects and Disclaimer Provisions of the Proposed Estate Settlement Act"
  • 1995 - ICLE Seminar: Fundamentals of Estate Planning - "Common Estate Planning Problems--and Solutions"
  • 1995 - ICLE Seminar: Fundamentals of Estate Planning - "Common Estate Planning Problems--and Solutions"
  • 1994 - ICLE Seminar - "1994 Advanced Esta...

Articles

Tax Planning for the End of 2018 and Beginning of 2019
Dykema, December 2018

Before 2018 comes to a close, it may be worthwhile to review the state of your tax, estate, and charitable giving plans. Along with the typical end-of-year considerations, this year it is crucial also to pay careful attention to the effects of the 2017 tax act (P.L. 115-97, signed into law on December 22, 2017, and informally called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,” herein the “2017 Tax Act”) that altered many longstanding rules and assumptions...

What The Supreme Court's Wayfair Ruling Means for Businesses
Dykema, June 2018

Earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court released its much-anticipated opinion inSouth Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., in which it held that physical presence within a State is no longer a prerequisite to the imposition of liability on out-of-state sellers to collect and remit sales taxes. In doing so, the Court overruled two of its own earlier cases—National Bellas Hess, Inc. v. Department of Revenue of IllinoisandQuill Corp. v. North Dakota...

Additional Articles

  • 2000 - Probate Practice in Decedent's Estates, Michigan Basic Practice Handbook, 4th Edition, ICLE
  • 2000 - Estate Administration in Michigan, Fourth Edition, ICLE
  • 1999 - Achieving Literacy in ILITs and Competence in Crummeys: Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Planning and Administration, Course Handbook: 39th Annual Probate & Estate Planning Seminar, State Bar of Michigan, ICLE
  • 1998 - Michigan Bar Journal v.77 no.12 "Michigan Estate and Trust Litigation in the 21st Century", State Bar of Michigan
  • 1997 - Using Trusts in Estate Planning "The Role of the Revocable Grantor Trust in the Estate Plan", ICLE
  • 1996 - Course Handbook: 36th Annual Probate & Estate Planning Seminar "Update on Recent and Proposed Michigan and Federal Legislation", ICLE
  • 1996 - Course Handbook: 5th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar "The "Date of Distribution" Formula", ICLE
  • 1995 - Course Handbook: Fundamentals of Estate Planning "Common Estate Planning Problems--and Solutions", ICLE
  • 1995 - Michigan Bar Journal v.74 no.10 "Estate Tax Apportionment in Michigan", State Bar of Michigan
  • 1995 - Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal v.14 no.4 "Michigan's New Right of Representation", Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • 1995 - ICLE Focus on Michigan Practice v.8 no.4 "The Sloan Estate: The Fees-on-Fees Issue Resolved", ICLE
  • 1992 - Course Handbook: The Amended Michigan Inheritance Tax Act: Coping with the Changes and Special Problems "Overview of Changes to the Michigan Inheritance Tax Act", ICLE
  • 1992 - Course Handbook: The 32nd Annual Probate and Estate Planning Seminar "The Michigan Inheritance Tax - Special Problems", ICLE
  • 1992 - Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal v.11 no.2 "A Michigan Intangibles Tax Primer", Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • 1991 - Michigan Probat...

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