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Four Weinstock Manion Attorneys Selected to Southern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, Maggie Mouradian Makes Two "Top Lists"

Weinstock Manion is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Acevedo, Maggie Mouradian, Rochelle Schultz, and Andrew Smith have been selected as Super Lawyer "Rising Stars" for 2020. Additionally, Maggie made Super Lawyers' "Up-and-Coming 100: 2020 Southern California Rising Stars" list, as well as its "Up-and-Coming 50: Women Southern California Rising Stars" list. These lists showcase Rising Stars who received the most votes during the annual peer review process. 

One of the most respected rating services in the legal profession, Super Lawyers publishes its Rising Stars honor roll each year after putting candidates through a multiphase screening process consisting of managing partner surveys, nomination by peers, third-party feedback, and identification by a Super Lawyers research team. At the final stage, a mere 2.5 percent of considered candidates are selected as Rising Stars.

To view the "Up-and-Coming 100 Rising Stars" list, click here.

To view the "Up-and-Coming 50 Women Rising Stars" list, click here.

Neil Solarz Quoted in U.S. News & World Report Article About Power of Attorney

Neil Solarz was recently quoted in Susannah Snider’s U.S. News & World Report article “How to Set Up a Power of Attorney.” The article details all the information you need to know about power of attorney. Neil commented on using a lawyer to draft a will, trust, or guardianship document.

"If somebody is going to have one of these things prepared for them, they should do it locally and with somebody who is competent. ”

To read the full article, click here.

Kathryn Kuhn’s Article “Likely Challenges to Improperly Executed Wills During COVID-19” Appears in the Daily Journal

Kathryn Kuhn’s Article “Likely Challenges to Improperly Executed Wills During COVID-19” was recently published in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. In the piece, Kathryn explains the challenges that estate planning attorneys and their clients may encounter during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, she details four practical tips for attorneys to increase the likelihood that a court will probate a deficient will.

To read the full article, click here.

Kathryn Kuhn’s Article "Using the Harmless Error Doctrine in Light of COVID-19” Appears in Wealth Management

Kathryn Kuhn’s Article “Using the Harmless Error Doctrine in Light of COVID-19” was recently published in Wealth Management. In the piece, Kathryn explains the definition and background of the harmless error doctrine. In addition, she details practical tips for attorneys who are practicing in harmless error jurisdictions during these difficult times.

To read the full article, click here.

Neil Solarz Quoted in U.S News & World Report Article About Estate Planning During Coronavirus

Neil Solarz was recently quoted in Susannah Snider’s U.S. News & World Report article "How to Write a Will (and Other Important Documents) During Coronavirus.” The article details the steps that need to be taken in order to build an estate plan during this difficult time. Neil offered his input about remote meeting with estate planing attorneys.

"We're using Zoom all the time… I have no problem, with the circumstances, meeting someone via Zoom.”

To read the full article, click here.

Insight on Estate Planning, February/March 2020

Weinstock Manion is pleased to present the February/March 2020 issue of Insight on Estate Planning, our bi-monthly newsletter. We encourage you to read it for ways to implement your estate plan more effectively, including ways to minimize taxes on your estate so as to maximize its value for your loved ones. We realize that we cannot fully address these complex issues in a few short articles, so we invite you to contact us to discuss your specific needs.

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Weinstock Manion Elevates Elizabeth G. Acevedo to Shareholder

The firm is pleased to announce that Elizabeth G. Acevedo has been named a shareholder of the firm, effective February 1, 2020. Beth applies a broad background in estate planning, estate and trust administration and tax law to develop customized, multi-generational estate plans for high net worth individuals and families. Carefully crafting trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and health care directives, Beth identifies and addresses potential conflicts before they occur, while maintaining the clients' interpersonal and wealth transfer goals.

"Beth's compassionate and detailed approach to estate and trust administration matters brings beneficiaries and fiduciaries peace of mind during what can be an emotionally stressful time," says Sussan Shore, Managing Director of Weinstock Manion. "Her work leading up to and including her time at our firm has been exemplary, and we are excited to make Beth a shareholder."

Beth has been practicing since 2010 and joined Weinstock Manion in 2017. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law, and her Executive LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. While in law school, she served as Note and Comment Editor on the Buffalo Law Review, and as Submissions Editor for the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal.

Martin Neumann, Sussan Shore, and Neil Solarz Included in Thomson Reuters'2020 Top Super Lawyers Lists

Martin Neumann, Sussan Shore, and Neil Solarz were recently selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters' "Top 100" list for the 2020 edition of Southern California Super Lawyers. This honor is received by only 100 of all Super Lawyers in the region. Sussan also received the honor of being included among Super Lawyers’ "Top 50 Women" in the region. Click here and here to view the full lists.

Ten of the Firm's Attorneys Selected as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

Robert Strauss was selected for Estate Planning & Probate and Closely Held Business; Neil Solarz for Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, and Tax: Consumer; Sussan Shore for Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, and Tax: Business; Blake Rummel for Estate & Trust Litigation; Diane Park for Estate & Trust Litigation and Estate Planning and Probate; Martin Neumann for Estate Planning & Probate and Estate & Trust Litigation; Jeffrey Geida for Estate Planning & Probate and Nonprofit Organizations; Jonathan Forster for Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate, and Mergers & Acquisitions; Gary Borofsky for Estate Planning & Probate, Tax: Business, and Business/Corporate; and Jessica Babrick for Estate & Trust Litigation.

"Super Lawyers" is a prominent rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas that honors outstanding attorneys who attain a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, resulting in a comprehensive list of the top 5% of attorneys in each state.

Insight on Estate Planning, Year-End 2019

Weinstock Manion is pleased to present the Year-End 2019 issue of Insight on Estate Planning, our bi-monthly newsletter. We encourage you to read it for ways to implement your estate plan more effectively, including ways to minimize taxes on your estate so as to maximize its value for your loved ones. We realize that we cannot fully address these complex issues in a few short articles, so we invite you to contact us to discuss your specific needs.

To read the full newsletter, click here.

Weinstock Manion Named One of 25 Best Law Firms to Work For by Los Angeles Business Journal

The firm is pleased to announce that the Los Angeles Business Journal has recently recognized the firm in its inaugural list of "Best Law Firms: The Top Law Firms to Work For in Los Angeles." Only 25 law firms in the region were selected for this prestigious honor. When selecting firms for inclusion, the publication focused primarily on factors such as salary, benefits and support programs offered to attorneys and staff, work-life balance, diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs, the percentage of leadership positions held by women and diverse employees, and innovative ways the firm excels in terms of workplace and morale.

To view Weinstock Manion's profile in the Journal's special supplement, click here.

Weinstock Manion Recognized as a 2020 "Best LawFirm"

Weinstock Manion is pleased to announce that it has been named by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Law Firm" for 2020. The firm received National Tier 2 and Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in the practice area of Trusts & Estates Law, and a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in the practice area of Litigation - Trusts & Estates.

Firms included in the "Best Law Firms" list are honored for professional excellence through a rigorous annual assessment of client and lawyer evaluations as well as peer reviews from leading attorneys in the same practice areas. Rankings are based on legal knowledge, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, civility and integrity. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal experience.

Jonathan Forster Quoted in U.S. News & WorldReport

Jonathan Forster was recently quoted in Susannah Snider's U.S. News & World Report article "What Is Inheritance Tax?" In the article, Jon discusses the importance of having a conversation about inheritance plans with a close friend or relative from whom you expect to receive assets.

"We are very regularly speaking with our clients about making sure their parents have properly planned," said Jon.

To read the full article, click here.

Ten Attorneys from Weinstock Manion Selected to Best Lawyers in America2020

Weinstock Manion is pleased to announce that Sussan Shore, Neil Solarz, Jonathan Forster, Martin Neumann, Robert Strauss, Blake Rummel, Gary Borofsky, Jeffrey Geida, Jessica Babrick, and Diane Park have been named to the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. These attorneys earned a spot in the 2020 listing for their work in the following practice areas:

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

  • Sussan Shore
  • Neil Solarz
  • Diane Park
  • Blake Rummel

Trusts and Estates

  • Jessica Babrick
  • Gary Borofsky
  • Jonathan Forster
  • Jeffrey Geida
  • Martin Neumann
  • Sussan Shore
  • Neil Solarz
  • Robert Strauss

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America are divided by their geographical region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional experience, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and good standing.

Weinstock Manion Recognized in Chambers High Net WorthGuide

The firm is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in Chambers and Partners' prestigious 2019 High Net Worth (HNW) Guide. Blake Rummel was recognized as a Ranked Lawyer in the practice area of Private Wealth Disputes, and Jonathan Forster, Martin Neumann, Sussan Shore, and Robert Strauss were recognized in the practice area of "Private Wealth Law."

The Chambers High Net Worth Guide, published by London-based Chambers & Partners, is specifically aimed at the private wealth market and promotes objective, independent and research-based guidance on the world's leading high net worth advisors.

Maggie Mouradian and Andrew Smith Selected to Southern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, Maggie Mouradian Makes Two "Top Lists"

Weinstock Manion is pleased to announce that Maggie Mouradian and Andrew Smith have been selected as Super Lawyer "Rising Stars" for 2019. Additionally, Maggie made Super Lawyers' "Up-and-Coming 100: 2019 Southern California Rising Stars" list, as well as its "Up-and-Coming 50: Women Southern California Rising Stars" list. These lists showcase Rising Stars who received the most votes during the annual peer review process.

One of the most respected rating services in the legal profession, Super Lawyers publishes its Rising Stars honor roll each year after putting candidates through a multiphase screening process consisting of managing partner surveys, nomination by peers, third-party feedback, and identification by a Super Lawyers research team. At the final stage, a mere 2.5 percent of considered candidates are selected as Rising Stars.

To view the "Up-and-Coming 100 Rising Stars" list, click here to see more.

To view the "Up-and-Coming 50 Women Rising Stars" list, click hereto see more.

Rochelle Schultz Writes on Aretha Franklin Wills forForbes

Rochelle Schultz's article "Aretha Franklin's Handwritten Wills Are Found But Don't Resolve Inheritance Questions"was published in Forbes on May 22, 2019. In the article, Rochelle discusses the financial and emotional expenses often caused by the lack of an estate plan. To read the full article, click hereto see more.

Martin Neumann Quoted in Los Angeles Times on Family Battle Over Terry Semel'sCare

Martin Neumann was recently quoted in Stacy Perman's Los Angeles Times article "Terry Semel's Alzheimer's battle: Inside the family war over the Hollywood titan's care." In the article, Martin explains that it is possible for a designated trustee to make decisions that are contrary to a person's wishes. To read the full article, click hereto see more.

Weinstock Manion Appears in Los Angeles Business Journal's Prestigious "WealthManagement Trust and Estates Roundtable"

The firm was recently asked to participate in the Los Angeles Business Journal's annual "Wealth Management Trust and Estates Roundtable" supplement. Counted among the region's leading industry experts, the Weinstock Manion team weighed in on various estate planning and probate topics, and shared its insight on the current state of wealth management. To view the full supplement, click here to see more.

Sussan Shore and Blake Rummel Named to Los Angeles Business Journal's "MostInfluential Women Attorneys"

The firm congratulates partners Sussan Shore and Blake Rummel on being selected for inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal's annual "Most Influential Women Attorneys" list. The prominent list profiles leading women lawyers in the Los Angeles area, and recognized Sussan and Blake's reputations as preeminent practitioners in the estate planning and probate fields. To view the full list, click hereto see more.

Jeffrey Geida Quoted in New York Times on Family EstateDisputes

Jeffrey Geida recently spoke to The New York Times about what can happen when private estate fights become public. In the article, Jeff discusses how litigation between family members has become increasingly common, which is partly due to the fact that "blended families often divide into factions that are rife with conflicting interests." To read the full article, click hereto see more.

Jonathan Forster Comments on Bernie Sanders' Plan to Combat Estate TaxAvoidance

Jonathan Forster was recently quoted in Allyson Versprille's Bloomberg BNA article "Bernie Sanders' Plan May Spur Types of Tax Dodges It Aims To Stop."According to Jon, "the incentive to find new and unique ways to plan around the estate tax will apply both to the few estates worth more than $1 billion, as well as to smaller estates that have historically been exempt from the tax but would now be included in the system under the new proposal." To read the full article, click hereto see more.

Weinstock Manion Elevates Maggie Mouradian to Shareholder

The firm is pleased to announce that Maggie Mouradian has been named a shareholder of the firm, effective February 1, 2019. Maggie's practice focuses on estate and gift tax planning for high net worth individuals and families, including the drafting of revocable trusts, wills, powers of attorney and advance health directives, as well as resolving complex wealth transfer plans. With her strong tax background, she also skillfully advises clients with regard to their charitable objectives and has experience in creating and administering private foundations.

Maggie is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She earned her juris doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. Maggie has been selected as a Southern California "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers® every year since 2017.