Michael Clear Promoted to Partner

January 15, 2014

Greenwich – Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that Michael Clear has been promoted to Partner.

Michael is a member of the firm's Private Client Services Department and focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate litigation and business succession planning. In 2012, Michael represented clients in more than 100 major wealth transfer transactions. His estate planning practice includes assisting individuals and families with tax-efficient and practical estate and gift planning, including the preparation of wills, revocable living trusts, insurance trusts, and qualified personal residence trusts.

Michael also advises clients in will and trust construction cases, contested accounting proceedings, fiduciary removal proceedings, payment of unpaid claims and conservatorship and guardianship matters. He assists the firm's business owner clients with succession planning by advising family groups on business/estate planning matters, preparing business entities, shareholders' agreements, buy-sell agreements, and grantor retained annuity trusts and facilitating the sales/purchases of business assets.

"Michael is an extremely gifted lawyer and a delightful individual. We are thrilled to welcome him to the partnership," commented Len Leader, Chair of the firm's Private Client Services Department. "Michael has all of the skills required of a premier trusts and estates partner – excellent writing and speaking abilities, technical expertise, and most of all, an understanding of family dynamics and the human elements of the law," said Mr. Leader.

Michael was recently named a New Leader in the Law for 2013 by the Connecticut Law Tribune, is a co-chair of the Probate and Estates Section of the Fairfield County Bar Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Chapter of the Exit Planning Exchange (CT XPX).

Michael received his J.D. magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he served as the Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal, and received the Academic Excellence Award, Superior Classroom Performance Award, and CATIC Foundation Award. Before attending law school, Michael obtained a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Richmond, where he played Division One baseball. He also has a M.Ed from the University of Maryland focusing on College Student Personnel.