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We are a boutique cross border firm located in Canada providing United States tax and estate planning, probate administration, corporate, immigration and real estate legal services to Canadians.
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 add value.

Why choose us?

We have the EXPERTISE to understand and solve your cross border problem, we offer PERSONAL SOLUTIONS to your situation and we provide VALUE.

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Ingenuity Counsel possesses the tax and legal expertise necessary to bridge the gap between Canada and the United States.
There are many situations where cross border expertise is required.

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  • Michelle Grondin
    Michael was a pleasure to do business with. His down to earth demeanor made us comfortable and his knowledge and expertise made us confident working with him. We're a Canadian business that incorporated in the U.S. Having him local was a bonus but he genuinely took the extra efforts to make sure we understood everything and made certain everything was done correctly. I can call on him with any questions. I highly recommend Ingenuity Counsel for your cross border legal needs.
    Michelle Grondin
  • Claudio Di Sano
    When our company was looking to formalize our presence in the U.S., it quickly became obvious that we were going to need professional help. We were looking for someone who had a thorough understanding of all of the elements to be considered from both a Canadian and a U.S. perspective. We needed cross border expertise and guidance on corporate structure, corporate law, labor law, taxation, immigration, and a myriad of other factors. We are so thankful for finding Michael. He and his team have been outstanding in helping us in all of these areas. We are confident in knowing that we have made the best possible decisions under his guidance and leadership. We continue to receive speedy response and excellent value from Michael. I would highly recommend Michael and the Ingenuity team.
    Claudio Di Sano
  • Carrie Simpson
    We have been working with Michael Kennedy at Ingenuity Counsel for almost a year now. He has supported us very well. We most recently used his services for an L visa application, which went very smoothly and was approved. I don't feel confident that we would have been able to achieve the same results unassisted. Mr. Kennedy is responsive, non-alarmist, thorough and a great asset to both my Canadian and US businesses. We have worked with him on several occasions for different matters, all of which resolved in our favor, and I would not hesitate to recommend him.
    Carrie Simpson
  • Maha McCullough
    For the past year we worked with Mr. Kennedy and he has been a great help. He did an excellent job educating us about the process of setting up my parents trust. It was extremely complicated due to difficult issues that needed to be considered. He was incredibly understanding, creative, and helpful in explaining the questions and answers we needed to find. In addition to his expertise, he was always just an email away and responded quickly. For these reasons I highly recommend Mr. Kennedy for any of your legal concerns. Above all, he is a terrific man who genuinely cares about his clients.
    Maha McCullough
  • Karen Lawrence
    I contacted Mike Kennedy about my father's estate, which involved some cross-border complexities that bankers, accountant, another attorney, and the Internet were unable to help me figure out. Mike was responsive, understanding, positive, and possessed the skill set I needed. He was transparent about fees and time involved, which I appreciated. I recommend his services to anyone seeking timely and accurate legal advice related to Canada/US transactions.
    Karen Lawrence

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Meet the Team



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.

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