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The Law Offices of Michael T. Collins

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Michael T. Collins
Mr. Michael T. Collins has been a member of the Bar for over forty years, and drafted his first Revocable Living Trust in 1966. Since then he has been through bull markets, bear markets, good times and bad. He has seen tremendous change in the laws of estate and trust taxation, coped with probate systems on both coasts, and through the years has guided his clients through a wide array of planning challenges.

As a husband and father himself, Mr. Collins is well acquainted with the problems and opportunities presented in providing security and protection for spouses, children and grandchildren. Having suffered with his own father through a difficult final illness, he is particularly sensitive to the concerns we all share about the medical problems of aging, both for ourselves and our loved ones.

Mr. Collins is a member of the Bars of Virginia, Maryland and California, of the American Bar Association Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, of the Virginia State Bar Section on Wills, Trusts, and Estates, of the Senior Lawyers Section of the Virginia Bar, of the Trust and Estate Section of the Maryland Bar, and of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section of the State Bar of California. He has taught and lectured on real estate and estate planning topics from the University of California to audiences in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Mr. Collins now hosts the popular "Legally Speaking" radio program Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on WMAL-AM 630 in Washington D.C. or www.wmal.com online. He has appeared frequently on both local and national T.V. shows devoted to estate planning.

Mr. Collins obtained his B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Notre Dame in 1961, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964, where he served as an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Louis E. Johannes
Louis E. Johannes, Esq. has a diverse background as estate planner, business lawyer and published author. A graduate of Catholic University School of Law, with a Masters degree from George Washington University, Mr. Johannes was associated with both a large national firm in Washington and a small suburban office in Pennsylvania before affiliating with Mr. Collins’ office. He is a member of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Bars.

Damian J. O'Connor
Damian J. O'Connor, Esq. possesses a distinguished legal pedigree. One of ten children whose father and two brothers are attorneys, he is a University of Virginia graduate with a J. D. from Hofstra University School of Law. Mr. O’Connor has concentrated throughout his career in property law and estate planning. He is a member of the Bars of Maryland and Virginia, enrolled in the Trusts and Estate Section of the latter.

Phillip J. Kenny, Jr.
Phillip J. Kenny, JD, CFP earned a B.S. in Biology from Marquette University, a M.A. in Economics from Fordham University, and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. Mr. Kenny is a member of the Trusts and Estates Sections of the Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is a regular guest host of Mr. Collins’ radio program on WMAL, and is admitted to the Bars of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. Kenny is also a Certified Financial Planner focusing exclusively on the estate-planning and tax aspects of the financial planning process. (Mr. Kenny does not give investment counsel or sell any financial products.)

Daniel G. Kaplan
Daniel G. Kaplan, Esq. has written extensively about estate and retirement planning issues for national publications. With a J.D. and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Kaplan is an expert in compensation, benefits and tax issues. He has drafted over ten thousand Estate plans for clients of the firm. He is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland.

Wayne A. Rodney
Wayne A. Rodney, Esq. has a diverse background in finance and estate administration, with several years of experience in trust and employment benefit matters for two leading financial institutions. Mr. Rodney earned his B.B.A. in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami and his J.D. from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.

Rodney D. Garcia
Rodney D. Garcia, Esq. a frequent writer and speaker on estate planning and taxation issues, has served as a columnist for the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America, as a Law Instructor at Catholic University of America and as a Tax Editor for the prestigious Research Institute of America. Mr. Garcia is a graduate of the University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Institute. He earned his J.D. at George Washington University and is a member of the Bars of Maryland, Virginia, California and the U.S. Tax Court.

James J. Collins
James J. Collins, Esq. is admitted to the Bars of Maryland and Virginia, having obtained his B.A. from Mary Washington College and his J.D. from the University of Richmond, where he earned honors for his work in Professional Responsibility and Elder Law. Author of an award-winning monograph, "A Crash Course in Retirement Plan Distribution Rules for the Estate Planning Attorney," Mr. Collins is a member of the Wills, Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia Bar and is a regular guest host of the "Legally Speaking" radio show, WMAL.

Daniel C. Gasink
Daniel C. Gasink, Esq., a member of the Virginia and Maryland Bars, obtained both his B.A. in History and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary, where he was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society. His legal education focused on the areas of Federal Income Tax, Employee Benefits and Family Wealth Transfer. Mr. Gasink is a member of the Wills, Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia Bar.


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