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Michael Lewis Van Cise

Estate planning Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Michael L. Van Cise

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 11 years
    Georgia - GA 17 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2012
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2006
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

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Hometown & Education

I was born in Gainesville, Florida and grew up in Rome, Georgia. I attended Darlington School, a private day/boarding school located in Rome. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, graduating summa cum laude, with a B.A. in History. I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.



I have one sister , Paige, and a half-brother, Kevin. My mother is the director of student support services at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. My father is a physician.


Outside of Work; Hobbies & Interests
I enjoy cooking, reading, listening to music, and being outside.

I participate in a monthly science fiction book club which has caused me to read more and read books outside of the genre of books I would typically select. Recent selections from the book club include Brave New World, Life of Pi, The Sparrow, Children of God, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, Neil Gaiman's collection of short stories and poems Fragile Things, and Christopher Moore's Lamb.

Listening to Music & Radio
I am a big fan of Bruce Springsteen and have seen him in concert in London and twice in Atlanta (I realize that many "real" fans have seen him scores of times). I also enjoy classic rock bands such as Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Police.

I also enjoy listening to NPR on my drive to and from work and also try to listen on Saturday mornings because I find Car Talk hilarious and enjoy The Splendid Table as well as Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.

Volunteering & Pro Bono Work
I attended Darlington School, a private day-boarding school in Rome, Georgia and worked as a professional in the development office of the school after graduating from college. Since finishing law school, I have volunteered for Darlington. At present, I serve on the Alumni Council, the Atlanta Campaign Cabinet for the current capital campaign, as a volunteer with phonathons, as co-class agent for the class of 1997, and as the alumni chair of the 2010-2011 Annual Fund.

Personal Blog
I have a personal blog at where I publish recipes, book reviews, and other things of interest to me.



Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP
171 17th Street, NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA, 30363-1031

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Posted by Julie | December 18, 2009
Michael L. Van Cise
Mr. Van Cise listens well and is responsive to the needs presented by way of suggestion and solution. His suggestions were reasonable and with the comfort of the client in mind; but were also problem solving oriented. I would recommend him.
Posted by Beverly | September 25, 2009
Highly Recomend Michael Lewis Van Cise
We were referred to Michael and were extremely satisfied with his services and knowledge in rewriting our wills and taking into consideration future issues that need to be considered so the wills can easily be amended if need be.
Posted by Ryan | September 20, 2009
Great service - Wills and POA's
I highly recommend Michael for the generation of Wills and POAs. He was very thorough, knowledgeable and helpful. I look forward to working with him in the future with the maintenance of these documents and other estate planning needs.
Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2009
Will Trust Lawyer
Michael L. Van Cise was very professional and helpful while assiting us with our creating our will and trust.
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2009
Lawyer recommended for wills
The office staff of Scroggin and Co. was very professional and courteous. Michael VanCise was excellent at explaining everything in "layman's terms'. The process of the wills being drawn up and executed was done quickly, efficiently and painless.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2009
Excellent Estate Planning from Michael Van Cise
Michael developed our estate plan, living will and associated documents. He was very thorough and provided very clear and concise answers to our questions. Michael was also very efficient and responsive, providing quick turnaround of our documents and prompt responses to e-mails and phone calls. I highly recommend Michael.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2009
Excellent professionalism and service
Michael's firm handles my elderly parents' estate planning needs. Recently, Michael was extremely responsive at a critical time when our family needed him most. He is professional, skilled and very service-oriented. I cannot say enough good things about Michael and his firm. Thanks Michael! - Clark Milioti
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2009
Assistance in Will Writing
Working with Michael was a great experience. He made my wife and I feel welcome from the start. We met with him 3 times the first for an overview of the process and to ensure that the trust factor was there, it was, he then drafted our documents and sent for us to review. The next visit Michael spent time answering all of our quesitons that we had and created another revision for updates/questions that we had. Our last visit started off with some clarificaitons, minor updates and lastly the signing process. We liked Michael based off of his knowledge and his ability to explain it to us. We also like the fact that he was close to our age and we felt that this made it easier for us to relate to him. We have since past his name on to others that we work with and will continue to pass on to others when asked.
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2009
Attorney handled our Living Wills
Michael did an excellent job explaining all the legal documents in layman terms. I would highly recommend him to any of my friends.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2009
Review of Michael Van Cise
Michael is responsive, personable and gets the job done quickly and for a reasonable fee.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2008
Michael is an excellent lawyer that I trust.
Michael was referred to me by my financial advisor when my father died in March of 2008 here in Georgia. Probating Dad's will was less than easy since both my father and mother had each executed their individual wills over 50 years ago in Ohio. Michael was efficient in finding the bank named as trustee that had been purchased several times, the law firm that had all new partners and also the witnesses to my father's will who were deceased. He was caring, kind, and supportive. I never felt uncomfortable asking him questions when he would call to keep me informed of the quick progress he was making. Michael also updated my mother's will and I plan to have him do the same for me in the near future since I now live in Georgia and my will was executed in Tennessee. I highly recommend Michael and consider him to be my personal lawyer for any other matters that will require legal advice going forward. Michael is a fine, honest young man and I'm so pleased to have found him!
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Arnall Golden Gregory
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Scroggin & Co., P.C.
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Summer Associate
  • Gearhiser, Peters, Lockaby, Cavett & Elliott
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Summer Associate
  • Fortson, Bentley & Griffin
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Alumni Gifts Officer
  • Darlington School
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Financial Consultant
  • Wachovia Securities
  • 2001 - 2001
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  • University of Georgia
  • law
  • 2006
  • Mercer University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
  • Darlington School
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re: Estate of A. M. [name abbreviated for confidentiality]
  • This matter settled out-of-court.


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Darlington School Alumni Council
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • 2006
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
  • Mercer University
  • 2001
  • Faculty Medal of General Excellence
  • Darlington School
  • 1997


  • Journal of Intellectual Property Law
  • The Georgia Open Records Law Electronic Signature Exception: The Intersection of Privacy, Technology, and Open Records
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse Michael
Probate Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Michael for over 13 years. He is perhaps the most intellectualy gifted person I've had the opportunity to be associated with. That being said, his greatest qualities, in my estimation, are his character, attention to detail, and competency in the legal area he has chosen to practice-estate planning. Anyone represented by Michael can rest assured they are receiving top-notch legal expertise."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred two matters to Michael, and in both cases his clients have been extremely satisfied with the work he has done. He is impeccably thorough, professional, and cost-efficient. Would recommend to anyone needing estate planning work."
Probate Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Michael for nearly 6 years, both as a fellow classmate and now as a legal practitioner. I was recently confronted with a probate issue outside my field of expertise. As a result of several referrals from the community, I reached out to Michael and was well beyond satisfied with his helpful counsel. He clearly understands the role of the advocate, so very focused on the client's needs being candid and professional throughout. Michael is not only diligent and hard-working like many attorneys in the metro Atlanta area, but a pleasant and gracious gentleman whose work will undoubtedly exceed your expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend Michael as an attorney of choice for estate planning and other probate issues."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Michael Van Cise is one of the most dedicated and intelligent lawyers it has been my pleasure to work with. Because I know he specializes in estate planning, I have frequently asked Michael’s advice regarding will and trust matters. Most recently, I asked him to help me understand the intricacies of a credit-shelter trust, a complex estate planning tool. Michael’s assistance not only went well beyond what most attorneys will give in free advice but also demonstrated a command of his subject that places him among the finest lawyers in his field. Though an attorney myself, I will look first to Michael when and if I need personal representation in complex estate planning. No attorney’s fee can adequately capture the security of knowing one’s estate and tax matters are handled right the first time. It is a rare pleasure to be able to say that an attorney can instill such confidence in a client, but I can definitely say so about Michael Van Cise."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I sought the counsel of Mr. Van Cise on a complex estate planning matter involving the drafting of a pass-through trust for the management of an individual retirement account to gain maximum tax deferral while meeting my client's goals for restricting/allowing access to the corpus during the life of the beneficiary. I found Mr. Van Cise competent and his suggestions were offered in a manner one would expect from a professional. I offer my recommendation of Mr. Van Cise with confidence."
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