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When Do I Need a Tax Lawyer? Why?

As a tax lawyer, I’m commonly asked the questions, “When Do I Need a Tax Lawyer?” or “Why Do I Need a Tax Lawyer?” Here are the answers. You need a tax lawyer: Anytime you are audited by the IRS or State Taxing Agency Anytime you dispute the amount of tax asserted...

Divorce Preparation – Part 2: Collect these documents

Collect these documents to prepare your forms These documents are the basis for the financial disclosure divorce filings: Individual income tax returns from the past three to five years (federal and state) Any business income tax returns from the past three to five...

When Is Your Trust Taxable in California?

Generally, a trust is taxable in California if a fiduciary or beneficiary (other than a contingent beneficiary) is a resident of California under California Revenue and Taxation Code 17742.  This is true even if the original settlor was not a resident of California....

What is Probate and What Does It Entail?

Probate is the process of transferring assets from a decedent to an heir.  For those who die in California with assets over $150,000 and without a trust, or perhaps with an improperly funded trust, the only way to transfer title from a decedent to a beneficiary is...