Mr. Michael J. Howell

The Law Office of Michael J. Howell, P.A.
Contact: 843.785.7590
Law School: University of South Carolina - Columbia
Jurisdictions: Florida
South Carolina


About Mr. Michael J. Howell
Michael J. Howell is certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a specialist in Estate Planning and Probate law He has a superb rating by Avvo, an independent lawyer rating service. He was also named as one of the Top Lawyers in the Lowcounty in Hilton Head Monthly Magazine's April, 2013 issue.

His firm prepares will, trusts, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney and related documents as part of its estate planning practice. The firm also handles probate and trust matters, representing personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries. In addition, the firm practices in the area of asset protection planning.
Directory Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
Additional Practice Areas
  • Probate
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Free Consultation
    • See for details on our free initial consultation. A credit is given against any work, including the free initial consultation, for up to the cost of one hour of time. It Requires submission of certain basic information needed to advise the client on estate planning matters. The information can be downloaded from our website at
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    • $295 per hour for Michael J. Howell. $205 for associate attorney and $125 per hour for non-attorney staff members. Estimates for most types of work are provided and required prior to the conference and can be downloaded from our website at Retainers are required in rare cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
Estate Planning and Probate Law (South Carolina Supreme Court)
Professional Experience
Shareholder, The Law Office of Michael J. Howell, P.A.
Firm is a successor or spin off firm of Lyman and Howell, P.A. (1983 - 1986), Michael J. Howell, Attorney-at-Law, (1986 - 1989 and 1992 - 2000) and Palmer, Brooks, Bowen and Howell, P.A. (1989 - 1992).
University of South Carolina - ColumbiaJ.D. (1977)Law
Honors: Highest Paper Estate and Gift Taxation. Also become an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service prior to graduation from law school with the legal ability to represent taxpayers before the IRS; although, not then an attorney.
Activities: Employed throughout law school with Markendorff and Enlow, which became Markendorff, Enlow and Grisso, and then became separate firms. Firms handled primarily civil and criminal tax matters. Member of Phi Dela Phi legal fraternity.
Details: Law Clerk from senior year in college until graduation from law school and then became attorney with the law firm.
University of South Carolina - ColumbiaB.S. (1974)Accounting
Honors: Dean's Honor Roll (Dean's List)
Activities: Employed throughout all college years.
Details: Construction, draftsman and law clerk.
Professional Activities
Probate Forms Revision Committee South Carolina Bar 2013-Current
Details: Member of the committee reviewing and making changes to the probate court forms based upon 2013 probate code legislation.
Legacy for Justice Program Member Florida Bar Foundation 2009-Current
Details: Donor to and member of the Florida Bar Foundation,which helps provide legal services and legal education to those who can not afford legal services or for those who assist those who need but can not afford legal services. The Foundation also support numerous related functions and services. Member of the Legacy for Justice Program.
Member Florida Supreme Court Historical Society 2009-Current
Details: The Florida Historical Society educates the public about the critically important work of the courts in protecting personal rights and freedoms, as well as in resolving the myriad of disputes that arise within the state. It also preserves the rich history of Florida's judicial system.
Life Fellow, Society of Justice and Justice Legacy Member. South Carolina Bar Foundation 2004-Current
Details: Life Fellow of the South Carolina Bar Foundation. The Foundation supports programs around South Carolina designed to provide legal services to those who can not afford them and also education to the public concerning legal matters and rights. Member of the Society of Justice and Justice Legacy programs of the Foundation.
Member of the Professional Responsibility Committee South Carolina Bar 1997-Current
Details: Member of the Professional Responsibility Committee. Past Chairman of the Committee. Member of the Ethics 2000 Subcommittee and also a member of the Bar's three person subcommittee that worked with the South Carolina Supreme Court and its own Commission on the new Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers, which became effective on October 1, 2005. Worked on a subcommittee that studied alternatives to multidisciplinary practices and changes to rules on what to do with a legal practice when an attorney dies, becomes incompetent, is suspended or disbarred. Co-authored a manual for South Carolina attorneys who are appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court to take over such practices. Also chairman of a committee formed to define what constitutes a client file for purposes of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
14th Judicial Circuit Panel Member South Carolina Bar Resolution of Fee Disputess Board
Details: From the South Carolina Bar Website: This Board, created by the Supreme Court under Rule 416, SCACR, resolves fee, cost and disbursement disputes between clients and SC Bar members, thereby providing a vital service to both the bar and public. Bar staff screens and forwards client applications to Circuit Chairs who assign the cases to local Board members. These volunteer attorneys promptly and professionally mediate, investigate and, if need be, arbitrate the disputes, preventing billing differences from spiraling into unnecessary litigation, grievance proceedings or poor public relations. The Board currently consists of almost 200 attorneys appointed by the Bar President for staggered three-year terms collectively handling about 100 cases annually -- less than one case per member per year on average.
Board of Governors South Carolina Bar 2006-2009
Details: Member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Bar. Also a member of the board of the South Carolina Bar Foundation.
Secretary and Member South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specializaiton 1998-2004
Details: Member From 1998-2004. Secretary from 2002 - 2004. The Commission oversees required continuing legal education requirements for South Carolina attorneys. The Commission also oversees the specialization programs for attorneys in South Carolina in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Taxation Law, Labor Law and Bankruptcy Law. Also represented South Carolina at three National Roundtables on Specialization sponsored by the American Bar Association.
Member of Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee South Carolina Bar 1997-2003
Details: Past member of Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Also was a member of the complaints subcommittee and assisted in investigations of unauthorized practice of law cases.
Chairman and Member South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization Estate Planning and Probate Law Advisory Board 1993-1996
Details: Member for the years 1993-1996. Chairman of the Advisory Board in 1995. The Advisory Board interviews and tests attorneys wanting to become Certified Specialists in Estate Planning and Probate Law.
Outstanding Young Man of the Year, Hilton Head Island Jaycees
Professional Associations
Member, Florida Bar
Member, South Carolina State Bar


Articles & Publications
  • Ethical Considerations for Estate Planning Lawyers in South Carolina - A Study of Selected Provisions of the Rules of Professional Responsibility
    National Business Institute
  • What's New and What's Left in Sophisticated Estate Planning, - A Primer on Selected Estate Planning Techniques for South Carolina Attorneys
    National Business Institute
  • What's New and What's Left in Sophisticated Estate Planning
    National Business Institute
  • Disclaimer Trusts: a wait and see approach to estate planning in light of EGTRRA
    South Carolina Bar Magazine


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1 Corpus Christie Place
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Telephone: 843.785.7590