Michael ApplemanManaging Partner, Fort Worth

Michael Appleman is the Managing Partner for the firm and a former Chairman of the firm's Business, Tax and Estates Section. He has helped clients plan their estates, and probate the wills and administer the estates of clients' family members, since joining Cantey Hanger in 1993. Mr. Appleman also has significant experience with court-ordered guardianships. And, Mr. Appleman has formed, established, and secured charitable recognition for several non- profit organizations.

Principal Practice Areas


  • The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • The University of Texas (B.A. (Plan II Honors), 1990)
  • Marital property planning, including the preparation of pre-nuptial agreements
  • Estate and gift planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts and other, related documents that help reduce estate, gift, and other transfer taxes
  • Lifetime planning, including the preparation of powers of attorney and directives to physicians (living wills)
  • Representation in guardianship matters, including as court-appointed guardian ad litem and attorney ad litem
  • Representation of executors and administrators in the administration of decedents’ estates, including the probate of wills, will contests, and the preparation of federal estate tax returns
  • Representation of estate and trust beneficiaries
  • Representation of trustees in connection with the administration of trusts, including the interpretation and construction of trust provisions, the appointment or removal of trustees, trust accountings, and trust-related litigation
  • Client counseling regarding the formation, operation and transfer of family business ventures, including corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies
  • Formation, recognition, and representation of non-profit and charitable organizations
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas, 1993
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • The North Texas Community Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Trinity Valley School Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • The University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association Texas Exes Council, At-large Representative


  • Tarrant County Bar Association Brown Bag Seminar Series – Nov 2011 “Probate for the Non-Probate Attorney: Legislative Update – 2011”
  • State Bar of Texas – Paralegal Div., Texas Adv. Paralegal Seminar (TAPS) – Oct 2011 “Legislative Update – 2011”
  • United Way of Tarrant County – Apr 2011 “Blueprint for Board Service”