Prior to joining Bickers Consulting Group, Michele practiced for 10 years at the Atlanta law firm of Aitkens & Aitkens, P.C., where she handled a broad range of legal matters, including estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate litigation, contracts, and mergers and acquisitions. Before that, she was employed by SMS Tax Incentives Group, Inc. (now a part of ADP) in Atlanta, where she managed the Enterprize Zone Information Center and administered federal, state and local tax incentives for various clients.
Because of her thorough knowledge of tax law, estate planning, and estate administration, Michele is exceptionally skilled at assisting clients and their advisors in formulating estate and succession plans. For beverage industry clients, this includes helping to ensure any plans are in compliance with supplier agreements and approved in advance of any transactions. Michele excels at making sure clients and their family members fully understand what will happen with their assets after death, how taxes will be paid, who will receive what, and how their families will be financially protected.
Michele realizes that every client is different, and that what works for one won’t necessarily work for another. She also understands that developing an estate plan that meets the needs of all family members requires working with the whole family, not just one person. So she takes a very hands-on approach to serving clients that is characterized by close contact and responsiveness.
Michele earned her BBA in Accounting from the University of Georgia and holds a Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State University College of Law. She is a licensed member of the State Bar of Georgia and is a member of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.