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Eric Thomas Carver's practice focuses on Business Entity Planning; Taxation; Estate Planning; Family Wealth Transfers; Business Entity Formations; Corporate Planning and Taxation; Limited Liability Company Planning and Taxation; Tax Controversies; Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures; Real Estate Acquisitions, Charitable Giving and Charitable Trusts; Contested Estate, Trust and Probate Matters; Probate Litigation; and Decedent Estates and Probate Administration.

Additionally, Mr. Carver also:

  • Works directly with individuals and families in the development of effective wealth transfer planning. This includes providing business and tax advice to family-owned businesses, as well as the development of overall estate planning documentation, including Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, and Charitable Trusts.

  • Provides legal and business advice to individuals and business entities engaged in the formation and development of business ventures, including the use of corporate and pass through entities.

  • Provides specific tax representation with respect to the structure of partnerships, limited liability companies and similar pass through entities, as well as corporate and subchapter S issues related to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and tax-free reorganizations.

  • Represents both buyers and sellers in the purchase or sale of businesses, through tax-free mergers, stock purchase arrangements, and asset acquisitions.

  • Provides general representation to mid-size companies, including day-to-day legal representation, as well as coordination and oversight of legal services for the client.

  • Assists private companies in the development of effective compensation and long-term benefit plans through the use of equity incentive, stock bonus, "phantom stock," and related compensatory techniques.

  • Represents private companies in connection with access to capital securities and markets, including private placement of securities, and continuing compliance with federal and state securities laws.

  • Represents both business entities and individuals seeking venture capital financing, as well as representing venture capital companies and investors in funding early-stage and start-up business entities.

  • Provides assistance in the formation of private charitable foundations, including representation in connection with obtaining private letter rulings and determination letters.

  • Provides representation to individuals and business entities in connection with tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service, including representation of clients before the United States Tax Court.

  • Provides representation to estates, trusts, trustees, and beneficiaries in contested estate, trust and probate administration matters, including representation of clients before the Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and New York Probate Court Systems.

  • Received a Certificate of Completion from Michigan's ICLE Probate and Estate Planning Program.

  • Received a Certificate of Completion from Michigan's ICLE Family Law Program.

Prior to Dykema, Mr. Carver was a tax consultant for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Group, and served in multiple administrative and legislative capacities for United States Senator Carl Levin.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Probate: 30%
    20 years
  2. Trusts: 25%
    20 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    20 years
  4. Tax: 20%
    20 years



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Dykema Gossett PLLC - Main Office

39577 Woodward Ave Ste 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48304-5086

Dykema Gossett PLLC

400 Renaissance - Suite 2300
Detroit, MI, 48243



NYCurrently registered 200603/07/2016
FLMember in Good Standing199506/17/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199405/11/2016
MIActive And In Good Standing199305/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberDykema Gossett PLLC1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Florida BarMember1995 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1993 - Present
Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationPresident2012 - 2013
Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationVice President2012 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan State Law Reviewet Trusts: Estate and Tax Planning Considerations Under Michigan Law2006
State Bar of MichiganEPIC's Prudent Investor Rule: What Every Practitioner Should Know2000
Michigan Law JournalA Valuation Primer: Trends and Techniques for Estate Planners1998
Michigan Tax LawyerIs There a 'QSSS' In Your Future? An Examination of the Proposed Regulations for Qualified Subchapter S Subsidiaries1998
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolEstate and Tax PlanningLL.M - Master of Laws1997
University of Detroit Mercy School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of Detroit MercyBusinessMBA - Master of Business Administration1988
Wayne State UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1986