• Fort Worth

Michael Appleman is a former Managing Partner 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

Contact Information

Phone: (817) 877-2803
Fax: (817) 333-2903
Email: mappleman@canteyhanger.com


600 W. 6th St., Suite 300
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
  • 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 litemh
  • 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
  • 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
  • The North Texas Community Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Trinity Valley School Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America Woodward/White, Inc. in Trusts and Estates and Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Recognized in Fort Worth Inc. Magazine for being a “Top Attorney” in Probate, Estates and Trust
  • Recognized in 360 West Magazine for being a “Top Attorney” in Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probates
  • The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • The University of Texas (B.A. (Plan II Honors), 1990)
  • 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”
Fort Worth
Ellis County