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Settlement Agreements: Avoiding a Real Property Tax Reassessment

Settlement Agreements: Avoiding a Real Property Tax Reassessment

In the abundance of caution, prior to taking action, the trustee should seek the court’s approval of the settlement agreement. Although a trustee can obtain written consent of all beneficiaries of the trust, court approval provides the best protection.

What's Your Priority?

What’s Your Priority?

The IRS can use the Federal Priority Statute much like an ace of spades to trump the priority of all creditors who have claims against estate assets.

The Spin on Corporate Spin Offs

The Spin on Corporate Spin Offs

A corporate spin-off may be a tax-free solution for Albert and Bertram. Celestial Builders would form a subsidiary corporation, Diablo Holdings, Inc. that would also elect S Corporation status.

Divorce & Taxes

Divorce & Taxes

In short, only one of the parties to a divorce can continue to claim the child as a dependent on their tax return and be identified as the “custodial parent” for tax purposes.

Structuring a User-Friendly "Close Corporation"

Structuring a User-Friendly “Close Corporation”

A close corporation can be an excellent fit for a company that is owned by a handful of shareholders, all of whom are active in the business. This is particularly true for a company that is owned by a single person or by a married couple.

Hassell v. Bird: What's The Big Hassle, Yelp?

Hassell v. Bird: What’s The Big Hassle, Yelp?

Avvo, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter all point out that Hassell makes possible a “heckler’s veto” that could be used to silence online speech in a way that evades the protections of Section 230 and decades of U.S. Supreme Court case law on due process and First Amendment issues

Wally Hesseltine, Contra Costa Ultra Runner

Wally Hesseltine, Contra Costa Ultra Runner

Wally’s recent running goal has been to set the record for the oldest male finisher for the oldest 100-mile race in the United States, the Western States Endurance Run.

Margaret Grover, Rowing, Cycling, Skiing

Margaret Grover, Rowing, Cycling, Skiing

Before the associates arrive, before the phone starts ringing, before the sun has even peaked over the Oakland hills, the head of Wendel Rosen’s employment practice Margaret “Maggie” J. Grover is propelling a racing shell through the Oakland estuary. Sometimes, she and fellow members of the East Bay Rowing Club glide from the estuary between […]

The Hon. Ed Weil, The Sky Diving Judge

The Hon. Ed Weil, The Sky Diving Judge

“Judges and lawyers think it is weird that I skydive.  Skydivers think it is weird that I am a judge.”

Fly-Casting for Sanity and Excellence

Fly-Casting for Sanity and Excellence

It was not until four years ago, inspired by a precocious 13-year-old young lady who won the National American Casting Tournament in accuracy, that I got serious. I set goals, scheduled practices, balanced tackle and seriously entered competitions. I got good over the ensuing two years.

Araceli Ramirez, USTA National Champion

Araceli Ramirez, USTA National Champion

Ramirez appreciates not only the character building part of sports but also the character-revealing aspect. “Everything you do in life translates into everything else you do,” she said.

Ericka McKenna – National Race Walking Record Holder

Ericka McKenna – National Race Walking Record Holder

At the tender age of 13, CCCBA Board Member Ericka McKenna (nee Ackeret) became the National Race Walking Record Holder in the 3000m Race Walk, a record that still stands today.  McKenna race walked 3000m (approximately two miles) in 13 minutes and 57 seconds in the 1996 Pacific Association Junior Olympics. While McKenna no longer […]

Mind the Gap: The Increasing Divide Between California and Federal Employment Laws Under the Trump Administration

Mind the Gap: The Increasing Divide Between California and Federal Employment Laws Under the Trump Administration

California’s outspoken response to the new administration indicates that the gap between state and federal employment laws will only increase.

California’s Wage Equality Law:  Will a Rise in Social Awareness  and Litigation Lead the Way to a Rise in Pay?

California’s Wage Equality Law: Will a Rise in Social Awareness and Litigation Lead the Way to a Rise in Pay?

California’s 2016 Fair Pay Act which strengthens California’s pay equality statute, is suggested to possibly be “the nation’s most aggressive attempt” to close the salary gap between men and women.

"Covfefe" and the Workplace - California Labor Code's Anti-Retaliation Provisions in the Modern Day Political Workplace

“Covfefe” and the Workplace – California Labor Code’s Anti-Retaliation Provisions in the Modern Day Political Workplace

Seemingly innocent comments or conversations in the workplace about “politics,” a social media group, or weekend activity can lead to claims of discrimination, harassment or retaliation …