Michael P. Varela, J.D., LL.M.
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Michael.Varela@brownandstreza.com
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Michael P. Varela is an associate attorney with the Orange County, California law firm of Brown & Streza, where his practice focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable giving, and other tax matters. He works closely with families and individuals assisting with trust formation, charitable planning, life insurance planning, intra-family transactions and post-mortem trust and probate administration, as well as estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax.

Michael received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California in 2001, his Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2004, and his Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.), summa cum laude, in 2008 from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Gaining recognition as a speaker, Michael has presented at several California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy Conferences, the State Bar of California’s Young Tax Lawyers Conference, and the Silicon Valley Capital Club.

Michael serves on the executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the California Lawyers Association.  He is also a member of the Taxation Section and the Trusts and Estates Section of the California Lawyers Association.

Recently relocating to southern California with his wife and two children, Michael enjoys hanging out with his kids, going to the beach, and playing golf.

Family Wealth & Tax Planning, Trust & Estate Counseling, Administration

  • Trust Formation
    • Revocable Living Trusts
    • Irrevocable Trusts (ILITs, IDGTs, Dynasty, etc.)
  • Last Will and Testaments; Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives
  • Charitable Planning
  • Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax
  • Intra-Family Transactions
  • Post-Mortem Trust and Probate Administration
  • Brown & Streza LLP, Irvine, California – Associate – 2017-Present
  • Hopkins & Carley, ALC, Palo Alto, California – Associate – 2009-2017
  • Richard Carpenter, Tax Attorney, San Diego, California – Attorney – 2008-2009
  • LL.M., Taxation (summa cum laude), University of San Diego School of Law – 2008
  • Juris Doctor, Santa Clara University School of Law – 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, University of Southern California – 2001
  • “Wealth Transfer Planning for Entrepreneurs”, The State Bar of California’s Third Annual Young Tax Lawyers Conference, 2016
  • “Tips and Techniques for Managing a Law Practice with Ethical Considerations”, Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy Conference, 2015
  • “Estate Planning 101: What Individuals, Couples, and Families Should Know”, Silicon Valley Capital Club, 2014
  • “Retirement Plans, IRA Distributions, Rollovers and Roths”, Annual Meeting of the California Tax Bar & California Tax Policy Conference, 2012
  • “Tips of the Trade: Transferring Public Stock to a Private Foundation”, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 22, Issue 4, 2016
  • California Lawyers Association, Taxation Section – Executive Committee
  • California Lawyers Association, Taxation Section and Trusts and Estates Section – Member
  • Orange County Estate Planning Council – Member