Michael E. O’Connor is Of Counsel at Costello, Cooney & Fearon. He joined the Firm in 2015.
Michael, a storied and experienced professional, focuses predominantly on trust and estate planning, trust and estate administration, elder law, and providing strategies for federal and state estate tax and income tax matters. Michael works with a variety of clients from individuals looking to maximize their estate holdings, to estates looking to protect assets from being acquired by end-of-life care costs. Michael developed strategies for navigating disputes that may arise in Surrogate’s Court for estate matters and prepares applications for Court and accountings for wills and trusts.
Michael is also an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s Cornell Law School in estate planning. He regularly participates in community educational, TV and radio programs on estate planning issues and has written for local publications on the subject. Prior to joining the Firm, Michael was a partner at two other regional law firms.
Speaking Engagements & Publications
"US Savings Bonds in the Estate"
"Generation Skipping Tax-Questions and Answers for the Estate Planner"
"There's a Reason It's A POWER of Attorney"
Contested Estates and Fiduciary Income Taxation Education Program
Use of Trusts in Nursing Home Planning
Valuation of Business Interests
Estate Programs in Real Property Titles
Fiduciary Income Tax
Generation Skipping Tax
Use of Trusts and Gifts in Estate Planning
Professional Organizations & Community Involvement
Former Chair, Estate Section
Former Chair, Trust and Estates Section
Former Chair, Elder Law Section
Former Member, House of Delegates
Former Member, Committee on Specialization