Skip to main content
Michael Shane Lovingood

Michael Shane Lovingood

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Tax, Corporate & Incorporation

About Me

Mr. Lovingood focuses his practice on Tax Law and Asset  Protection.  He specializes in income, estate, and gift taxes; creating structures to protect assets for the benefit of family members; family wealth planning (on-shore trusts, off-shore trusts, wills, family partnerships, charitable giving, etc.); and probate.   He often helps clients negotiate the sale or purchase of businesses, bank loan agreements, and related business issues.


Mr. Lovingood is responsible for publications in trade magazines and is a previous Editor of Perspective, a tax newsletter distributed throughout the eastern United States.  He has spoken about tax and estate planning issues at national and local seminars and conferences and on the radio.  He is a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, ABA Asset Protection Committee, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is a past President of the Cherokee Area Estate Planning Council and the Northwest Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Mr. Lovingood was admitted to law practice in 1989.  He earned his Certified Public Accountant license in 1991.  He earned a Bachelors Degree in Administration in Accounting from Emory University, Atlanta and his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University, Atlanta.  In law school, he earned three American Jurisprudence awards for the highest grades in Securities Law, Business Associations II, and Future Interests.  He was a Senior Tax Consultant with Arthur Andersen and Co. in Atlanta, where he focused Family Wealth Planning.  His estate planning law practice began in 1987.  Mr. Lovingood is admitted to practice before all courts of Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.


Mr. Lovingood has served on the Boards of the local Kiwanis, United Way, Red Cross, Boy Scouts, First Presbyterian Church, Hamilton HealthCare Foundation, and worked with other community non-profit groups.

More 

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    26 years
  2. Tax: 35%
    26 years
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 25%
    26 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($310-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Michael D. Hurtt

    I have known Shane for over 25 years and I strongly endorse this lawyer. I do not practice in the area of Estate Planning Law but I have referred clients to Shane and they have all been very pleased with his representation. Shane also has a great representation in the legal community in Dalton and all of North Georgia. I recently recommended Shane to a Cartersville Attorney who was looking for someone in the area of Wills and Trusts. That Attorney reported that Shane had done an outstanding job in taking care of that clients very difficult legal needs. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give Shane a 10 for his legal abilities in this area.

    More 

    Michael Hurtt Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert Gregg McCurry

    Shane and I have been friends for more than 35 years, were are former parners of a prior firm, we are sometimes opposing counsel on issues, we have mutual clients and also serve as co-counsel for clients. While we do have disagreements from time to time on legal theories and strategy, we both respect each others advice. I strongly reccomend any attorney or potential client to Mr. Lovingood for consultation and assitance in the areas of his practice.

    More 

    Robert McCurry Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1203 Broadrick Drive, Suite 100
PO Box 1067
Dalton, GA, 30722-1067

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
GAActive Member in Good Standing 198908/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV PreeminentMartindale Hubbell2011
The Silver Beaver AwardBoy Scouts of America2008
Westcott FellowHamilton Foundation2006
The Clara Barton Honors AwardAmerican Red Cross1997
Three- American Jurisprudence AwardsGeorgia State University1989

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Tax & Asset Protection AttorneyLovingood Law, PC2004 - Present
Managing Partner for Tax and Estate PlanningMinor Bell & Neal1993 - 2004
Senior Tax Consultant-Family Wealth PlanningArthur Andersen & Co. In Atlanta1989 - 1993

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Northwest Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.President2005 - 2006
American Bar AssociationAsset Protection Committee2004 - Present
Cherokee Area Estate Planning CouncilPresident2000 - 2001
American Bar AssociationTax Section1989 - Present
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsCPA1989 - Present
Georgia Society of Certified Public AccountantsCPA1989 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaN/A1989 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Estate of Charles Lee Fortner 2007-119Won, then settled on appeal.
Estate of William Henry Shugart 2008-222Will admitted to Probate, Consent Judgment granted
Poal Dalton, LLC, Mauer Dalton, LLC v Whitfield County Board of Tax Assessors 11CI331-MTax reduced by 50% and fixed for 3 years.

See all Legal Cases 

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Wealthcounsel QuarterlyThe Good Faith Trustee: Removing a Barrier to a Client's Wishes2012
Tax NewsletterPerspective1988

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State UniversityLawJuris Doctorate1989
Emory UniversityAccountingBachelors Degree1986

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Dalton Police DepartmentBasics of Estate Planning2013
Elder Law Radio Show"Medical Ethics: Understanding Patients and Treatment Options, and Related Doctors Liability"2012
Elder Law Radio Show"Probate and Estate Administration"2012
Elder Law Radio Show"Planning for Family Businesses"2011
Dinner for the Whitfield Health Care Foundation"Medical Malpractice: Protecting Assets"2006
Dinner for the Whitfield Health Care Foundation"Risk Management" and "Asset Protection for Physicians"2004
Whitfield HealthCare Foundation Event"Charitable Trusts: Giving to your Family while Giving to Others"2002
Shaw Employees"Estate Planning for the Local Man"2001
Executive Luncheon for Shaw Industries"Estate Planning for the Working Man"2001
Morning Rotary Club, Dalton"Estate Tax Planning"2000
Franklin Life and AIG Insurance Agents"Funding Life Insurance through Qualified Retirement Plans, Subtrusts; Charitable Remainder Trusts and Split Dollar Plans"1995
Royal Oaks Retirement Community"Retirement Estate Planning IssuesN/A
Planned Giving Committee for Donors"Charitable Remainder Trust"N/A