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Christopher D. Carico Named to 2017 Best Lawyers® List

(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, selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers 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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By Christopher D. Carico, Esq.* and Golnaz Yazdchi, Esq.**

Reprinted with permission of the State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section, From Volume 21, Issue 4, (2015) of the California Trusts and Estates Quarterly.


The majority of contested trust proceedings are resolved before trial, frequently as a result of a successful mediation between the parties. The…

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The Effect of New Overtime Rules on Small Businesses

What are the effects of new overtime rules on small businesses?

According to new regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor, as of this past December, approximately 4.2 million more Americans have become eligible for overtime pay. As long as you own a small business with full-time employees, this change is likely to affect you.

The new regulation stipulates that hourly workers, lower-wage earners and non-managerial workers must now be paid overtime wages, one and a…

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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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