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Michael G. Roberts

Shareholder | Charleston, SC | Florence, SC | Augusta, GA |

mroberts@turnerpadget.com   |   vcard   |   843-576-2832


Mike Roberts focuses his practice in the areas of federal and state taxation, estate planning, business transactions (including mergers and acquisitions), commercial real estate and health care law.  He currently serves as the Practice Group Leader for the firm’s Business Transactions team. With a Master of Laws degree in Taxation and certification as a specialist in both Taxation and Estate Planning and Probate by the South Carolina Supreme Court, Mike has both the educational background and real world experience needed to craft innovative solutions in today's complex business environment.

Mike represents numerous businesses and their owners, advising them on matters such as dispositions, mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations and business succession planning. He also represents many individual physicians and medical groups in South Carolina, assisting such clients with contracting matters, entity formations, joint ventures, practice governance and compliance with federal and state health care laws and regulations.

Estate planning and wealth protection is a substantial part of Mike’s practice. From wills and powers of attorney to revocable and irrevocable trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, Mike brings to the table all of the available tools to accomplish the planning goals of his clients. In addition to estate planning, Mike also provides estate administration services to his clients and their families. It is a comfort for clients to know that the same experience and expertise that was used to create their estate plan is also available to guide their families through the sometimes confusing and complicated probate process.

Mike has extensive experience with both the formation and governance of nonprofit organizations. He has established and obtained tax-exempt status for numerous nonprofit entities, including private foundations, charitable trusts and community foundations. Mike serves on a number of nonprofit boards, donating his time and expertise to such organizations in support of their causes.

Representative Matters

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Counsels and represents business owners in both the sale and purchase of on-going businesses and business assets, including advising clients on taxation and choice-of-entity issues related to such transactions.  Some of the matters handled by Mike include the purchase of a private golf course; sale of a textile business to an international conglomerate; merger of two large soft drink bottlers; seller-financing of the sale of a hotel facility; and the sale of a regional chain of convenience stores and service stations.
  • Mike serves as general counsel for a number of start-up businesses and has assisted such clients in private placement of equity and credit securities. 

Trusts and Estates

  • Experienced in all aspects of sophisticated estate planning, including the use of revocable living trusts, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, defective grantor trusts, charitable remainder trusts, and asset protection trusts such as Delaware Trusts.  Has handled numerous probate matters, including the representation of individual and corporate fiduciaries and beneficiaries in will contests and disputes over administration of estates and trusts.  Also represents fiduciaries in connection with estate tax and gift tax audits.

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Has established and obtained tax-exempt status for numerous publicly supported charitable organizations, including community foundations and supporting organizations.  Advises churches and other religious organizations on issues involving governance, tax compliance and liability protection.  Has represented several recreational clubs and country clubs with respect to various tax issues.

Healthcare Industry

  • Represented numerous medial practices in negotiation of sales to regional health care systems.
  • Extensive experience in employment matters for health care providers.
  • Advises health care practices on Stark and AKB compliance.
  • Represented a podiatric practice in the acquisiton of several other practices.
  • Extensive experience in negotiating and drafting physician recruitment agreements.

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