(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…
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…
California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 16, Issue 1, 2010
by Christopher D. Carico | Partner & James E. Spar, M.D.
An LPS conservatorship allows involuntary mental health treatment for individuals who are presently gravely disabled as a result of mental illness or chronic alcoholism.1 It is designed for individuals that cannot or will not voluntarily accept treatment. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not the only option for involuntary mental health treatment…
This article was originally published in California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2008
By Christopher D. Carico |Partner
Larry K. Prutch, CFP, CIMA, Institutional Consulting Director,** and Cengiz Volkan, CFP, CIMA, Institutional Consulting Director***
The Uniform Prudent InvestorAct (“UPIA”) imposes complex investment requirements on private trustees.1 Estate planning attorneys protect trustee-clients by participating in the creation of a detailed investment policy statement (“IPS”), which documents the investment…