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Avoiding Inheritance Disputes | Webinar by Chris Carico, Esq.

Inheritance disputes after a parent’s death are all too common even the most well-adjusted families. Disputes may consume hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees and destroy once healthy sibling relationships. Fortunately, disputes are often predictable and avoidable with careful planning. 

Chris Carico, Partner at Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz LLP, discusses drafting and planning tips…

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Live Webinar: Avoiding Inheritance Disputes | Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:30

Inheritance disputes after a parent’s death are all too common for even the most well-adjusted families. Disputes may consume hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees and destroy once healthy sibling relationships. Fortunately, disputes are often predictable and avoidable with careful planning.

Join us next Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:30 as Chris Carico discuses drafting and planning tips that minimize the chances for inheritance disputes.

The webinar…

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The Folstein Mini-Mental State Exam: Just How Useful is it for Assessing Capacity, California Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Issue 1, Volume 24, 2018

By Lisa M. Gibbs, M.D., Christopher Carico, Esq. and Lilian H. Walden, Esq.

Reprinted with permission of the State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section, from Volume 24, Issue 1, (2018) of the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly.

INTRODUCTION

Despite a lack of mental health training, trust and estate attorneys often have to assess the cognitive…

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Two Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz LLP lawyers named to 2021 Best Lawyers® list.

El Segundo, California, United States, August 17, 2020 — Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz, LLP is pleased to announce that two of its lawyers, Christopher D. Carico and William G. Benz, have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Both attorneys received the award in the category for “Litigation – Trusts and Estates.” Chris Carico also received the award in the category for “Trusts & Estates.” Since it was first…

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Tax Legislation Doubling the Federal Estate Tax  Exclusion Opens Door for Important Capital Gains Tax Planning in Living Trusts for Married Couples

by Angela Kil, Esq.

An important federal tax law that took effect on January 1, 2018 that increased the estate tax exclusion from $5,490,000 in 2017 to $11,180,000 in 2018 for each taxpayer (now $11,400,000 in 2019).  Under the new law, in 2019, married couples can now shelter a combined inflation adjusted $22,800,000 from estate tax using both spouse’s exclusions.  However, the increase to $11,400,000 per spouse may be…

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U.S. News–Best Lawyers® Release 2019 “Best Law Firms” List

On November 1st, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released the Ninth Edition of “Best Law Firms” rankings.

We are excited to announce that Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz LLP has been included in this elite and extremely impressive group of law firms. Our South Bay boutique firm ranks in the top tier in Los Angeles for Trust & Estates Law.

Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz LLP is also one of only two firms…

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Super Lawyers Selects William G. Benz as a Southern California Rising Star

SuperLawyers®, a rating service of outstanding lawyers, has recently released its list of 2018 Southern California Rising Stars.  Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz LLP is proud to announce that William G. Benz is among the 2.5% of attorneys in California to be selected as a Rising Star. Mr. Benz is a seasoned litigator is the firm’s trust and estate litigation and business transactions department.  He assists a broad array of clients, ranging from private…

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Angela Kil named ‘2018 Southern California Rising Star’ by Super Lawyers

Angela Kil

El Segundo (June 11th, 2018) – Angela Kil, Partner at Carico Macdonald Kil & Benz LLP has been named a 2018 Southern California Rising Star in the area of Estate Planning and Probate by Super Lawyers®.

Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented…

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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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