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Carico Johnson Toomey LLP Attends 2017 Westcoast Sports Associates Dinner Gala Honoring Kareem Abdul-Jabar

Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles: Attorneys from the law firm of Carico Johnson Toomey LLP attended this years Westcoast Sports Awards dinner honoring Kareem Abdul-Jabar as the Roy Firestone award recipient.

Roy Firestone Award Winner

WSA could not be more excited to partner with the UCLA Bruins and Los Angeles Lakers legend. Abdul-Jabbar won three consecutive NCAA Championships in ’67, ’68, and ’69, while being recognized a record three times as MVP. He went on to win…

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Special Tax Election Now Available for Spouses Under Revenue Procedure 2016-49

by Lilian H. Walden Esq.

Effective September 27, 2016, the IRS will now permit a special tax election for surviving spouses (known as a QTIP election).  This will apply even  when it is not necessary to reduce the estate tax liability to zero upon the death of the first spouse, pursuant to Revenue Procedure 2016-49.  Prior to this point, there was some uncertainty over whether or not with the new portability rules, a QTIP election…

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From The Beach Reporter News, “Athlete’s Touch takes lessons of sports and puts them in business”

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Manhattan Beach resident Justin Blaine grew up in a family that valued strong relationships. Raised in West Lake Village, he watched his dynamic father create a vibrant career built on strong networking and mentors.

Davis Blaine founded a successful California networking group, and Justin learned from example, forging a similar but distinct path of his own—as a baseball player, investment analyst and co-founder of Athlete’s Touch,…

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Christopher D. Carico Named to 2017 Best Lawyers® List

Christopher D. Carico

(August, 2016) – Carico Johnson Toomey LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher D. Carico has been named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list…

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Press Release: William G. Benz, Partner at Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz LLP, named Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star

(June, 2016) –  William G. Benz has been named to the 2016 California Rising Stars list By Super Lawyers.   Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

William G. Benz represents and assists a broad array of clients, ranging from privately-owned companies to public municipalities. He is experienced in civil, employment, and labor litigation, as well…

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2016 Estate Planning News

by Christopher D. Carico | Partner

Change in Tax Focus of Basic Estate Planning

The federal government’s recent adoption of “portability,” allowing the transfer of the deceased spouse’s estate tax exclusion to the surviving spouse, and the fixing of the maximum federal estate tax rate at 40%, has shifted the tax planning focus for estate planners from estate taxes planning to capital gains tax for couples with wealth under $11,000,000.  Those couples may now be…

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Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz LLP Ranked on the 2016 “Best Law Firms” List by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz LLP on the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list in the Metropolitan Tier 2 and Tier 3 Ranking in Los Angeles for their work in Trusts & Estates Law and Trust & Estates Litigation.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys…

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Christopher Carico Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Partner Christopher Carico was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 list. Mr. Carico has been listed for five consecutive years for his work in trusts and estates law.

For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® has become regarded as the definitive guide to legal professionalism and excellence around the globe. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than 52,000 leading attorneys cast 5.5 million…

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William Benz Earns Highly Regarded Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

William Benz earned a BV Distinguished® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The Peer Review ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.

Martindale describes the rating as a widely respected mark of achievement differentiating a lawyer from his or her competition.

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