Michael D. Martin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in The Woodlands, TX

Martin, Earl & Stilwell, LLP
 | 1400 Woodloch Forest Drive, Suite 590, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Phone: 281-419-6200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (80%),
  • Tax: Business (10%),
  • Closely Held Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michael D. Martin is an attorney and partner at Martin, Earl & Stilwell, LLP, in The Woodlands, Texas. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. An accomplished estate and probate attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Martin counsels affluent families and small businesses, in The Woodlands and throughout the state of Texas, on matters involving taxes, estate planning, trusts, business formation, choice of entity selection, business succession planning and asset protection. Mr. Martin also advises clients on sophisticated charitable planning strategies and is an ardent advocate for social enterprise investing.

After graduating with a degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Martin earned a law degree from South Texas College of Law. Mr. Martin has also done post-graduate work at the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, completing their Advanced Estate Planning sequence.  He has also attended the prestigious Houston Galveston Institute, where he received clinical training in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as organizational dynamics and consulting.

Mr. Martin is licensed to practice in the Texas state courts, as well as before the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He belongs to professional organizations including The Woodlands Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association.

Enthusiastic about sharing his legal knowledge with others, Mr. Martin has delivered presentations on a variety of topics for continuing legal education and other professional seminars.

Actively involved in his local community and charitable organizations, Mr. Martin participates in The Woodlands Bar Association's pro bono "Wills for Heroes" project, in which volunteer attorneys draft legal documents and provide estate planning services for first responders from the local community. Mr. Martin also works with the Montgomery County Food Bank, the local U.S.G.B.C. green building council and is active in his local church.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (80%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Tax (10%): Tax Law

Closely Held Business (10%)

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Tax Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2018

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About Michael Martin

Admitted: 1978, Texas

Professional Webpage: www.meslawfirm.com/attorneys.html

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • Licensed to practice before U.S. Tax Court, 2005
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1996
  • Licensed to practice Law; the State Bar of Texas, 1978

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, The Woodlands Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law, and Tax Law Sections
  • Member, American Bar Association; Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law, and Tax Law Sections

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The Piney Woods Branch of the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter of The United States Green Building Counsel
  • The Woodlands Bar Association's Pro Bono "Wills for Heroes" Project

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • The L3C & The Arts; How The New L3C Business Structure Could Revolutionize Arts Support; A presentation with the Cultural Strategies Initiative at the 3LD Art & Technology Center, NYC, 2012
  • Cutting Edge Charitable Planning Strategies and Creative Applications for Charitable Entities; at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Course, 2011
  • Planning for Old Trusts; How to Make Music When the Instrument is Broke or Out of Tune; the 35th Annual Advanced Estate Planning Course, 2011
  • The L3C A to Z, the L3C Legal Structure; For Profit LLCs With A Non-Profit Purpose; At the Americans for Community Development (ADC) Inaugaral Annual Conference, 2011
  • Creative Applications for Charitable Entities; Including For-profit LLCs With a Non-profit Purpose; at the State Bar of Texas 34th Annual Estate Planning Course, 2010
  • The War on the Floor; Will the Final Battle be with Treasury or Congress; the State Bar of Texas, Section of Taxation CLE Webcast, 2008
  • Protecting a Family's Assets and Financial Legacy in the New Millenium; the Houston TSCPA Foundation's Personal Financial Planning Forum, 2001
  • Private Operating Foundations: Helping Clients Explore "Hands on Philanthropy; Article in Probate & Property Magazine, 2000
  • Private Operating Foundations: Helping Clients Explore "Hands on Philanthropy"; Program Chairperson, American Bar Assocition Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
  • Financial Planning and the Blended Family; Article in the Houston Professional Review, 1993
  • What Estate Planning Attorneys Should Know About Personal Risk Management and Property and Casualty Insurance; Program Chairperson, American Bar Association Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, 1988

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • .Knight v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 128 S. Ct. 782; relating to the deductibility of investment advisory fees by trustees of non-grantor trusts. Counsel of Record, along with colleagues Carol Cantrell and Dr. Peter Rubin. Oral Arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court November, 2007. Decided, January 2008

Educational Background:

  • Masters' Program, Advanced Estate Planning sequence, the American College, Bryn Mawhr, Pennsylvania (1982-84)
  • Bachelor of Journalism, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas (May, 1973)
  • J.D. South Texas College of Law, Houson, Texas (January, 1979)
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  • “Michael has one of the best creative problem solving abilities I've encountered in my years of practice. In addition to this ability, he is kind and gentle and patient with clients who need just that extra touch of tender care. I have referred people to him before and will do so in the future.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Michael D. Martin

1400 Woodloch Forest Drive, Suite 590
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Phone: 281-419-6200


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Last Updated: 3/9/2018

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