Michael has been a member of the South Carolina Bar since 1977 and is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. An attorney in South Carolina can not call themselves a specialist, expert or certified unless they are certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Michael has been a resident of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina since 1978 and is a frequent speaker on topics relating to Estate Planning and Probate.
Michael served on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Bar from 2006-2009. He is currently a Mentor for new lawyers under the South Carolina Supreme Court's mentoring program.
For the years 1993-1996, he was a member of the South Carolina Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Advisory Board and was Chairman of the Advisory Board in 1995. The Advisory Board interviews and tests attorneys wanting to become Certified Specialists in Estate Planning and Probate Law.
From 1998-2004, he was a member of the South Carolina Supreme Court's Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. This Commission oversees required continuing legal education requirements for South Carolina attorneys. The Commission also oversees the specialization programs for attorneys in South Carolina in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Taxation Law, Labor Law and Bankruptcy Law. From 2002-2004, Michael was also the Secretary of the Commission.
He is a past member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the South Carolina Bar. Michael has also been a member of the Complaints Subcommittee.
In addition, Michael is a member and past chairman of the Professional Responsibility Committee of the South Carolina Bar. He has also chaired subcommittees on studying alternatives to multidisciplinary practices and changes to rules on what to do with a legal practice when an attorney dies, becomes incompetent, is suspended or disbarred. One of his subcommittees has also written a manual for South Carolina attorneys who are appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court to take over such practices. Michael was also on a 2002 subcommittee studying and recommending changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers. He was also a member of the Bar's committee that worked with the South Carolina Supreme Court and its own commission on the new Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers, which became effective on October 1, 2005.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2009||09/08/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Outstanding Young Man of the Year||Hilton Head Island Jaycees||1983|
|Attorney||The Law Office of Michael J. Howell, P.A.||1983 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|South Carolina Bar Probate Forms Review Committee||Committee Member||2013 - 2013|
|South Carolina Bar Resolution of Fee Disputess Board||14th Judicial Circuit Panel Member||2013 - Present|
|Hilton Head Island Bar Association||Program Chairman||2011 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar Professional Responsibility Committe||Client File Subcommittee Chairman||2010 - Present|
|Florida Bar Foundation||Legacy for Justice Program||2009 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar Foundation||Life Fellow||2007 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar||Board of Governors||2007 - 2009|
|South Carolina Bar, Professional Responsibility Commissttee||Member (and Past Chairman)||2000 - Present|
|South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specializaton||Commissioner/Secrtary||1998 - 2004|
|Hilton Head Island Counsel of Estate & Financial Advisors||Charter Member and Past President||1990 - Present|
|Hilton Head Island Bar Association||Member||1983 - Present|
|South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation||President||1980 - 1981|
|National Business Institute Seminar||A substantial update to What's New and What's Left in Sophisticated Estate Planning||2004|
|National Business Institute Seminar||What's New and What's Left in Sophisticated Estate Planning||2003|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Ethical Considerations for Estate Planning Lawyers in South Carolina - A Study of Selected Provisions of the Rules of Professional Responsibility||2003|
|South Carolina Bar Magazine||Disclaimer Trusts: a wait and see approach to estate planning in light of EGTRRA||2002|
|University of South Carolina School of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor||N/A||1977|
|University of South Carolina Business Law Class||Estate Planning and Probate||2011|
|St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church Estate and Financial Planning Seminar||Estate Planning and Probate||2011|