Since 1989, trade between Canada and the United States has more than tripled. The trading relationship between our two countries is so strong that Canada and the U.S. are the world’s largest trading partners with nearly US$760 billion in goods and services in 2014. The U.S. is the most important destination for Canadian direct investment abroad, totaling US$320 billion in 2014.
The United States is truly a land of opportunity for Canadians. Many of us look to the south to expand business, purchase investment & vacation properties or relocate. Any such opportunity, however, should take into consideration the myriad of business, tax, estate and other laws. Finding the right professional to advise is often difficult.
After a decade of legal experience in the U.S., Michael recognized the need for a law firm in Canada that specialized in U.S. tax & legal service. “I discovered that Canadians had few places to seek United States legal counsel close to home,” says Michael. “Even those living in Windsor found Detroit law firms inconvenient, costly and they did not appreciate the cross border tax & legal aspects of being Canadian.” In 2012, Michael set out to fill this gap in the market and founded Ingenuity Counsel.
Today, we are a specialty firm providing cross border tax, corporate, immigration, real estate and trust & estate legal services. Whether on an individual, or corporate level, we take pride in providing high quality professional services. Our approach is simple: be honest, be personal and provide value.
We regularly represent Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs with interests, expansions and start-ups in the U.S. We also represent Canadians who have U.S. assets, Americans living in Canada, Canadians with adult children in the U.S. and Canadians moving to the U.S. Needless to say, we have expertise in understanding the complex U.S. legal and tax systems.
U.S. legal services are provided by Michael Kennedy, as a Foreign Legal Consultant, authorized by the Law Society of Upper Canada. U.S. tax and non-legal services are provided through Ingenuity Counsel Incorporated.
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B.Comm | J.D. | LL.M
Attorney at Law
Michael Kennedy is an American lawyer with 15 years of experience in California, Michigan and Florida. In 2012, he founded Ingenuity Counsel to specialize in cross border tax and legal services for Canadians. He is admitted to practice law in the States of California & Michigan and permitted by the Law Society of Upper Canada to provide U.S. legal services in Ontario as a Foreign Legal Consultant.