Michael D. Carrico,





Mike advises clients throughout the west on estate planning, business planning and related tax planning. His tax planning practice covers estate and gift tax and generation-skipping transfer tax, charitable planned giving and charitable foundation planning, and business and personal income tax planning, with a particular emphasis on estate and income tax issues relating to clients moving into and out of Washington.

Mike works with owners of closely-held businesses and serves as outside counsel for private companies. He advises regional and national financial institutions regarding fiduciary administration, merger and litigation issues. He advises business owners on general business planning and family wealth succession strategies, including buy- sell agreements, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, and subchapter S corporation planning. Mike also advises executors of probate estates and trustees of revocable living trusts and irrevocable trusts.

Prior to joining Riddell Williams in 1984, Mike was an Assistant Professor of Law at the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, teaching tax, estate planning and related courses. Mike began his legal career as an associate at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco.

Mike has been named by Best Lawyers® as 2017 Seattle Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” and one of “The Best Lawyers in America”. The Riddell Williams Trusts, Estates and Personal Planning practice group was recognized as a world leading Private Wealth Law group in the 2016 inaugural edition of Chambers High Net Worth and Mike was ranked individually as a leader in the field for his work in assisting high net worth individuals and families. Mike has been named a Super Lawyer for over 10 years, was named as one of the Top 100 of 2013’s Washington Super Lawyers®, and has achieved the peer reviewed rating of AV Preeminent® by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®. Mike has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel since 1990.



Mike is a past President of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle. He is a past Chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the Washington State Bar Association, and currently serves on the Section’s Legislative Committee. Mike also serves on the Estate and Gift Tax Committee of the WSBA Tax Section, and has been active in drafting and commenting on legislation and regulations relating to Washington’s estate tax. He has been active in the charitable planned giving community and is currently serving on The Seattle Foundation’s professional advisors committee and the Seattle Humane Society’s Blue Ribbon Planned Giving Council.

Mike received his B.A. from Tulane University, summa cum laude, in 1973, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1976.


Michael Carrico Quoted In Puget Sound Business Journal: 31 words that could change everything you knew about the estate tax

The article discusses potential plans by the Trump administration to repeal the federal estate tax.

Trusts And Estates News Alert

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FURTHER UPDATE: Major Lifetime Gifting in 2012

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