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Micah Nichols concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, asset preservation, elder law, guardianships, trust and estate litigation, and general business.

Mr. Nichols has worked with families with nominal estates to those that have taxable estates (+$25,000,000 in net worth) and has developed sophisticated estate plans to minimize gift and estate taxes, to fulfill charitable goals, and safeguard assets for future generations. Mr. Nichols enjoys working with all families, from young professionals just beginning their careers and starting their families to seniors contemplating retirement and leaving a legacy. He particularly enjoys helping his clients navigate through complicated family dynamics, assisting business owners with transition and/or succession plans, and working with his clients’ team of financial advisors and accountants in developing a wholistic and complete financial and asset management plan.

Originally from northeast Indiana, Mr. Nichols has been in private practice since 2012 and is married to his college sweetheart and has two children. While Micah primarily serves clients in the Indianapolis and central Indiana region, he currently has clients all over the state of Indiana.


 

Representative Experience

  • Created and drafted an estate plan, which included several tax-savings trusts, for a client with net worth of over $35 Million.
  • Created and implemented several business succession plans, which included amending corporate governing documents and creating buy-sell agreements, creating share/unit voting and non-voting splits, using a gift and sale transaction to various family members and irrevocable trusts, using grantor retained annuity trusts, and using charitable trusts, all to save on gift and estate taxes.
  • Created and established several charitable trusts to assist clients fulfill their charitable goals and save on gift and estate taxes and worked closely with the nonprofit organizations to develop the clients’ charitable plans.
  • Consulted and advised several private family foundations on formation, obtaining federal and state tax-exemption, and compliance with state and federal laws.

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Zoo, Planned-Giving Committee
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
  • Hamilton County Bar Association, Member
  • Indiana Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Awards & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America,©: Ones to Watch - Trust and Estates, 2021-2022
  • Lead Counsel Verification - Estate Planning, Thompson Reuters, 2021

Publications & Presentations

Certifications

  • Legal Lean Sigma® White Belt

Education

  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, 2012
    • Editor-in-Chief, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies
    • Participant and Oral Advocacy Honors, Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition
  • B.A. in History, summa cum laude, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 2009

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Indiana (2012)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (2012)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (2012)

Insights

Estate Planning & Personal Services

IRS Announces Higher Estate and Gift Tax Rates for 2021...But....?

November 16, 2020

Thought Leadership

Tax Day Postponed until July 15, 2020

March 23, 2020

Thought Leadership

COVID-19 Checklist for Businesses

March 23, 2020

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