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Michael Frank Anderson

Estate planning Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Mike Anderson

  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 15 years
    North Carolina - NC 16 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2008
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Mike offers estate-planning services that are personalized, and reasonably priced. Mike takes pride in engaging in meaningful consultation time with clients to ensure that the estate plan you craft is custom suited for your and your family's particular needs.

  2. Litigation
    Mike handles a wide range of litigation matters and has a particular emphasis on trust & estate ("fiduciary") litigation, where he was one of only two lawyers in North Carolina recognized as a Rising Star in the field by SuperLawyers magazine.

  3. Guardianship
    Mike has served as Guardian ad litem in dozens of adult incompetency proceedings, and also represents petitioners and family members in routine guardianships as well as in contested cases (often in instances of undue influence or elder exploitation).

A graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina School of Law, Mike's practice focuses on bringing solutions to families - and their businesses - at any phase of a trust & estate matter.

As an estate-planner, Mike counsels clients on complex family- and financial-matters, helping clients structure their estate-plans in a manner that can bring certainty, with flexibility, to their loved ones -- encouraging clients to plan carefully, and allow their legacies to empower and enrich the lives of their children or other beneficiaries.

As a fiduciary litigator, Mike helps clients and their families navigate the uniquely challenging disputes that can arise among families. A tenacious and relentless advocate, Mike also helps clients litigate these delicate matters in a way that - whenever possible - can preserve and even restore the ties of family that sometimes strain with the aging, illness, or death of a loved one . . . and the disputes that can arise among families as they cope with this already stressful period. Mike has developed a reputation as one of the leading fiduciary litigation attorneys in North Carolina, representing fiduciaries (executors, trustees, agent acting under power of attorney, etc.) and beneficiaries in caveats (will contests), trust litigation matters, elder guardianships, power-of-attorney disputes, elder exploitation and undue influence matters, breach of fiduciary claims, professional malpractice, and disputes regarding end-of-life care.

Oftentimes, Mike's relationship with clients extends into a broader area of practice, serving as outside general counsel to a number of small businesses in the Charlotte area. With a background in law enforcement and white-collar criminal defense, as well as experience as a commercial litigator at one of the world's largest law firms, Mike is able to counsel clients on a wide variety of issues and matters.

Mike has been recognized by his peers and clients as a leader in this space. In 2015, Mike was inducted into the American Society of Legal Advocates and recognized as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" litigation attorneys in the State of North Carolina. Additional Mike has served as the co-chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Fiduciary Litigation Committee, and as Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar's Estate Planning & Probate Section. And in 2018, Mike was selected to author the chapter on Guardianships for the North Carolina Fiduciary Litigation Manual.

Mike is rated by his peers as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent® rated attorney, the highest rating available and reflecting “a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” In each year between 2013 and 2019, Mike has been tabbed a “Rising Star” by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine, an honor reserved for fewer than 2.5% of qualifying attorneys in the state; Mike has been recognized in the areas of Business Litigation, Estate Planning, and Trust & Estate Litigation. Mike was also recognized in 2014 among “Charlotte Area’s Outstanding Young Lawyers” in a Charlotte Magazine publication. In 2017, Mike was recognized as a "2017 Legal Leader - Elite Lawyers of the South" by The National Law Journal. And in 2019, Mike was honored in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in the area of litigation

Mike is admitted to practice in North Carolina and Illinois, and has appeared in state and federal courts in both jurisdictions, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Mike graduated cum laude with honors from Davidson College, where he was a William Holt Terry Leadership Scholar, and with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he attended on UNC’s Aycock Poe Law Scholarship and served as the Head Honors Writing Scholar at the Law School, and was awarded his section's Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy.

In recent years, Mike has contributed hundreds of hours of pro bono service, most of it as a court-appointed Guardian ad litem in elder incompetency matters and contested guardianships. In one such case, Mike committed more than one hundred hours service advocating on behalf of a persistent-vegetative-state patient in a dispute among loved ones over the removal of mechanical life sustaining measures.

Outside the practice of law, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and their two dogs - Briggs and Stanley - and is a member of Charlotte's F3 Metro section (nicknamed "Razorback"); he is a parishioner at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte. He is an avid fan of his hometown (and 2016 World Champion!) Chicago Cubs and the Davidson Wildcats, and enjoys playing Bar League softball with the (2018 champion!) team from Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson.

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Posted by Debbie | November 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate lawyer
I have dealt with several lawyers the past several months but Mike Anderson is the man whom I will be going to with any needs I have in the future. Going to his office for a consultation I was extremely nervous. Dealing with the last lawyer left me in tears and lots of uncertainty in how to handle my situation. Mr. Anderson listened and was very patient in explaining how I needed to handle the issues I was dealing with. I left his office knowing that everything was going to be ok. I highly recommend Mr. Anderson, I know I will definitely be using him again.
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Posted by Alicia | April 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, great team
I hired Mike when he was still practicing at a previous firm to assist with a surgeon attempting to collect a fairly significant medical bill balance from me. During my case he transitioned to his own practice and made the transition seamless. He, along with his HIGHLY intelligent, ever helpful and understanding paralegal Heather, worked very hard to get the bill reduced by tens of thousands. Although I was at times resistant to the rational answers they had to give me, they were both always so patient with my frustrations. Mike and Heather always accommodated my requests for correspondence via email, as it was the easiest way for me as I work nightshift but probably took more effort on their part. It does not seem important but truly helped to reduce some of the stress of this whole process, and shows just how client centered this duo really is. Overall, these two make up a great team, and I am glad they were on my side.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2017
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Couldn't have asked for better help.
My wife and I were being harassed and targeted by the manager at our apartment complex to the point where he was threatening eviction. Once it got to the point that we were fed up with it and decided to seek legal counsel, a friend recommended Mike to us. Mike was very fast and efficient at handling the matter. He sent an amazing notice to the apartment building, the management company, and the building owner outlining how we had been harassed and what we would do if did not stop. All we wanted was to be left alone to finish out our lease in peace. The notice was so good that the owner of the building stepped in and not only reassured us that we would not be bothered for the rest of our lease, but we also got a discount on our rent for the remainder of the lease. We couldn't be any happier with the result.
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Posted by Ike | February 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mike did an amazing job for me. He moved fast and efficient. My mind was at ease for how well he worked. I had full confidence in him for representing me and he dominated. Highly recommend Mike to anyone.
Posted by Jacob | January 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The lawyer you always hoped to find
I can't say enough how fortunate I am to have found Mr. Anderson when I needed help. I live in California and found myself having to drop everything and fly to Charlotte after both of my elderly parents landed in the hospital at the same time. Like many people they had failed to get their affairs in order. Mike was my knight in shining armor. He helped me update their trusts, transfer assets, create durable powers of attorney, and healthcare powers of attorney, and do it all with a level of professionalism and caring that should be a model for every lawyer. His work allowed me to focus on ensuring my parents received the care they needed, and then get them moved to California. My only regret is that he doesn't practice in California. If he did he would be the first lawyer I would call for all of my legal needs out west!
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Posted by Ann | August 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Counselor and Advocate
My family was recommended to Mike when we were grappling with a crisis in our family and did not know where to turn. We consulted with another attorney, who did not feel equipped to handle our case but suggested that Mike would be the right lawyer for the job. Was he ever. From our initial consultation, Mike was compassionate and assuring. He walked us through a game-plan, and then executed it quickly and efficiently. From the day we filed our petition, we observed how everyone in the court system (from the receptionist at the counter to the GAL to the judge at the end of the case) respected and responded to Mike. My husband and I truly believe this respect and familiarity he commanded went a long, long way toward helping us not only obtain the outcome we needed but to do so for far less than we had expected to spend on this matter. Mike was an amazing advocate for us both in his writings and in court, and became a friend throughout the process. We couldn't be happier or more grateful.
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Posted by Bridgett | April 8, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Before speaking with Mr. Anderson I was very on edge and nervous about what to expect because of the sensitivity of the issues I was facing. From the moment I spoke with him on the phone, I knew I was in good hands. He listened to me. Although he was on the road when we spoke and had an obvious calendar, he still worked me in and agreed to meet with the very next morning! This meeting gave me hope as well as great insight into my situation. He advised me to take certain steps in my case to make it easier for me and not more financially convenient for him. Mr. Anderson is extremely personable and knowledgeable. He left no stone unturned. I would absolutely recommend him for your legal counsel and will definitely be calling him again should a need arise in the future.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Baucom Claytor Law Firm
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Partner Attorney
  • Copeland, Richards & Anderson, PLLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Associate Attorney
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Johnston Allison & Hord, P.A.
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Mayer Brown, LLP
  • 2007 - 2010
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  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD
  • 2007
  • Davidson College
  • BA
  • 2002


  • Mecklenvurg County Bar, Estate Planning Section
  • Chair, Estate
  • 2018 - 2019

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star: Trust & Estate Litigation
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star: Business Litigation
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star: Business Litigation
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Head Honors Writing Scholar
  • UNC School of Law
  • 2007
  • Aycock-Poe Law Scholarship
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • 2004
  • William Holt Terry Scholarship
  • Davidson College
  • 1998
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  • North Carolina Fiduciary Litigation Manual
  • Guardianships
  • 2018
  • The Will & The Way
  • Fiduciary Litigation Update: Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Trusts
  • 2014
  • The Will & The Way
  • Elder Fraud Update
  • 2013
  • The Will & The Way
  • Punctilios Without Privilege?
  • 2012
  • Charlotte Business Journal
  • Bank Liability May Increase
  • 2012
  • The Will & The Way
  • Dust To Dust
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Fiduciary Litigation: Current Issues
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Estate planning Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a fantastic attorney, but equally as important, he has very good rapport with clients. He is my "go-to" referral for fiduciary litigation because he is so good at helping clients understand their options and effectively advocating for them as they try to resolve their matters. His litigation experience is also extremely helpful when he works with clients to get their own estate plan in place. Having seen so many things go wrong and end up in court, he is keenly aware of the need to consider the specific, unique needs of each of his estate planning clients and draft documents which will try and minimize any conflict in the future. I fully endorse Mike!"
Litigation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Mike. From my discussions with him I can attest that he is a subject matter expert in his field. When I have clients facing a litigation matter I do not hesitate to refer them to Mike."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mike on a number of matters. Mike is a strong advocate for his clients, but is also respected by opposing counsel and court personnel. This respect is obvious when you enter the courthouse with him, and it, along with his knowledge of the law and local court rules, is invaluable. Mike is smart, reliable and brings effective results at very reasonable fees. I can’t recommend Mike enough."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Mike on a couple of cases in the past year. He's tough litigator and adversary who is always professional in his dealings with clients and opposing counsel."
Guardianship Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked on many cases with Mike. I have always found him to be a hard working advocate for his clients. He is honest and does not go back on his word."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a knowledgeable professional who zealously advocates for his clients. His work ethic, dedication to his clients, and legal acumen are unparalleled. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've always known Mike to go the extra length for his clients. He's an attorney you would want on your side."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Extremely thorough and well spoken. Knows what he is doing. You will not go wrong with hiring Mike!!!"
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Charlotte Estate planning Lawyer Michael Frank Anderson
Michael Frank Anderson
Estate planning Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 16 years