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Wealth Management recently asked Jessica Babrick to comment on the recent unsealing of Harper Lee's will, and whether it shows any signs of elder abuse on the part of the late author's attorney and executor Tonja B. Carter. According to Jessica, it isn't unusual for an attorney to serve as both an executor and trustee of an estate, particularly if he or she was a longtime attorney of the client. To read the full article, click here.
Blake Rummel was recently quoted in Anna Sulkin's Wealth Management article "Who Controls Florida Shooter's Inheritance?" In the article, Blake discusses Roxanne Deschamps' claim to the administration of the Parkland shooter's estate. To read the full article, click here.
Sussan Shore, Neil Solarz and Martin Neumann Included in Thomson Reuters' Top Super Lawyers Lists
Blake Rummel's story "The Secret of the Simplified Chinese Character" was published in Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine. Click here to read the full article.
Ten of the Firm's Attorneys Selected to 2018 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: Consumer, 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.
Jeffrey Geida Speaks to Fox Business and Tax Notes on Possible Estate Tax Repeal, Tax Deductions
Jeffrey Geida recently spoke to Fox Business and Tax Notes on the House GOP's tax reform proposal providing a delayed repeal of the estate tax and maintaining the step-up in basis at death, as well as an elimination of state and local tax (SALT) deductions. In Brittany De Lea's Fox Business articles, Jeffrey explains how repealing the estate tax would benefit the "wealthiest people in the country." "When you have a repeal of the estate tax combined with keeping the step-up in basis rules... It [benefits] people with really, really substantial assets," he says. Find the full articles on estate tax repeal, SALT deductions, and the impact of estate tax reform on housing here, here, and here.
To read the full article, click here. Reproduced with permission from Daily Tax Report, 217 DTR G-5 (Nov. 13, 2017). Copyright 2017 by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com.
Jonathan Forster recently spoke to Financial Advisor Magazine on the importance of planning an estate. Jonathan explains that there are no simple estate plans, and that creating a detailed estate plan during one’s lifetime will ensure that assets are distributed to beneficiaries as intended. To read the full article, click here.
Michael Feispor to Speak at Estate and Financial Planning Seminar
Gary Borofsky's article "Prince Died a Year Ago - His Estate Still in Limbo" was published in Forbes on April 14, 2017. The piece discusses the uncertain future of Prince's estate as the anniversary of his death approaches, as well as how family dynamics can lead to years-long disputes in estate cases. Click here to read the full article.
Jessica Babrick Named to Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal's "Top 40 Under 40"
The firm is proud to announce that Jessica Babrick has been included in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal's 2017 "Top 40 Under 40" list. The annual list recognizes attorneys, under the age of 40, who stand out in their respective practice areas. Jessica was honored for her work in estate litigation, wills and trusts and conservatorships.
Blake Rummel Selected as Trust Litigation Lawyer of the Year
Blake Rummel was recently named "Trust Litigation Lawyer of the Year" by the Century City Bar Association (CCBA). The award was presented at the CCBA's 49th Annual Installation Banquet and Awards Ceremony on March 30, 2017. The CCBA honors attorneys annually to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in five different practice areas.
CCBA President Duane Kumagai said of this year's award recipients, "They have distinguished themselves not only as being among the most accomplished lawyers in their respective fields of expertise, but as leaders in Southern California's law and business community as well." Watch a video about Blake and her work here.
Sussan H. Shore and Neil Solarz Make 2017 Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers List
Weinstock Manion congratulates Sussan H. Shore and Neil Solarz for making the Thomson Reuters Southern California "Super Lawyers" "Top 100" list. Sussan also made the “Top 50 Women” list.
The "Super Lawyers" distinction is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding attorneys in each state, based on peer recognition, professional achievement, and independent research. Southern California lawyers who receive the highest point totals during the selection process are further recognized in Southern California "Super Lawyers" "Top Lists."
Nine of the Firm's Attorneys Named to List of 2017 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 & 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; and Gary Borofsky for Estate Planning & Probate, Tax: Consumer, and Business/Corporate.
Why Uncle Sam is Prince's Biggest Fan
Gary Borofsky's article, "Why Uncle Sam is Prince's Biggest Fan," was published in Forbes' "Legal Entertainment" column on January 18, 2017. To read the full article, click here.
Robert Strauss Quoted in Associated Press on Prince Estate
Robert Strauss recently spoke to the Associated Press on the upcoming tax deadline for Prince's estate, and how damage could have been avoided had an estate plan been created to benefit any relatives or charities of the artist's choice. According to Rob, where a late person's assets end up is ultimately limited to three options: friends, family, charity, and, if there is no established estate plan, the government. To read the full article, click here.
Jay-Z's Tidal, Roc Nation and Bremer Trust Battle Over Prince's Music - Forbes
Michael Feispor's article "Jay-Z's Tidal, Roc Nation and Bremer Trust Battle Over Prince's Music" was published in Forbes' "Legal Entertainment" column on January 11, 2017. In the article, Michael analyzes the lawsuit between the administrator of the Prince estate and Jay-Z affiliated companies Tidal and Roc Nation. According to Michael, the artist's wishes regarding the distribution of his music would have been more clear had Prince established a will or estate plan. To read the full article, click here.
Weinstock Manion Recognized as a Top Boutique by Daily Journal
Weinstock Manion is pleased to announce that it has been named as a "Top Boutique in California" by the Daily Journal.
Weinstock Manion Recognized as a 2017 "Best Law Firm"
Weinstock Manion is please to announce that it has been named by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® as a "Best Law Firm" for 2017. The firm received National Tier 2 and Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in the practice area of Trusts and Estates Law, and a Metropolitan Tier 2 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.
Settled! Philippe Dauman Out As Redstones Regain Control of Viacom
Jessica Babrick's article "Settled! Philippe Dauman Out As Redstones Regain Control of Viacom" was published by Forbes on August 19, 2016. In the article, Jessica discusses the settlement resolving various lawsuits between the Redstones and former Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, and the issue of possible undue influence in the case. According to Jessica, Shari's influence on Redstone's decision to terminate Dauman would not be clear without Redstone's testimony or a medical examiner's opinion regarding his mental capacity. To read the full article, click here.
Five Shareholders Selected to Best Lawyers in America, 2017
Weinstock Manion congratulates Sussan H. Shore, Martin A. Neumann, Neil Solarz, Robert E. Strauss and Jonathan S. Forster on their selection to The Best Lawyers in America, 2017. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation designed to capture the consensus of leading lawyers in the nation in regards to the legal abilities of their colleagues. Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and more than 12 million votes have been received to date. As lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed, Best Lawyers is considered one of the highest accolades in the legal industry. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most requested referral list of attorneys in practice."
Proposed Regulations Affect Discounts for Intra-Family Transfers
On August 2, 2016, the IRS and the Treasury Department issues new proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 2704. The proposed regulations target routinely applied valuation discounts for transfers of ownership interests in family-owned business entities. The "2704 regulations" could become effective in early 2017 and would dramatically reduce the tax benefits arising from the use of common planning strategies for those with larger estates. Click here to read more.
How a Will Treating Children Differently Can Still be Fair - NY Times
Jonathan Forster was recently quoted in the New York Times article How a Will Treating Children Differently Can Still be Fair. In the article, Jonathan discusses the consequences of dividing an estate into unequal shares amongst children. Click here to read the full article.
Prince Estate: The Importance of Having a Will - Forbes
Weinstock Manion Shareholder and Director Gary Borofsky's article "Prince Estate: The Importance of Having a Will" was published by Forbes on July 18, 2016. In the piece, Gary addresses the vital role tax planning plays in an overall estate plan. According to Gary, creating a comprehensive estate plan protects high net worth individuals form paying a substantial amount in estate taxes and ensures their assets are passed to selected beneficiaries.Click here to read the full article.
Paparazzi at the Probate Court: Celebrity Estate Courtroom Drama
Blake Rummel's article "Paprazzi at the Probate Court: Celebrity Estate Courtroom Drama" appeared in Forbes on June 20, 2016. In this article, Blake discusses issues that arise in celebrity Probate Court cases and how probate judges are often called upon to opine on humanity. Click here to read the full article.
Jessica Babrick Selected to "Up-and-Coming 100: 2016 Southern California Rising Stars" list by Super Lawyers
Weinstock Manion is pleased to announce that shareholder Jessica G. Babrick has been selected to the list of "Up-and-Coming 100: 2016 Southern California Rising Stars" list by Super Lawyers for the second consecutive year. The "Up-and-Coming 100" recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 in the region who received the highest point totals in the "Rising Stars" nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Click here to view the full list.
A Strong Spirit May Transcend Rules, Just Not Probate Rules - Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal
Blake Rummel's article "A strong spirit may transcend rules, just not probate rules" appeared in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal on May 2, 2016. In the piece, Blake discusses the ramifications of late music superstar Prince dying without a will, the possible reasons behind him not having one, and whether intestacy laws in the future might include an intestate person's "charitable intent."
Click here to read the full article.
Several Weinstock Manion Attorneys Shed Light on Prince Estate
Martin Neumann and Robert Strauss were recently asked by several publications to discuss what may happen to Prince's estate after his unexpected death, as well as the lack of an obvious plan for the disposition of the artist's multi-million dollar estate. Martin was quoted by the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, CBS MoneyWatch and Buzzfeed News, while Robert was quoted in The Hollywood Reporter and USA Today.
According to Martin, Prince's music is expected to the be the focal point of his estate, and will only increase in value after his death, particularly his unreleased material.
"There's tremendous value there," Martin told the Times. "For someone like Prince who's been around for so long, obviously the value of his catalog will increase after his death, significantly more so than for other people."
Robert agreed, saying that the expected value of Prince's estate made the absence of a will even more surprising. Given Prince's history of generously donating to a variety of charitable causes, it's hard to believe the possibility that half of his wealth could end up in the hands of the IRS.
"It's a mess," said Robert in the Hollywood Reporter piece. "It's unlikely to be consistent with what he would otherwise have wanted to do... In the absence of a contribution agreement, the charities would get nothing."
For the Los Angeles Times story, see Value of Prince's $200-million estate is expected to soar in coming years
For Forbes, see Prince Died Without a Will. What Happens Next To His $150 Million-Plus Estate?
For CBS MoneyWatch, see 7 Factors That Will Determine Prince's Real Worth
For the BuzzFeed News article, see More Than Half of Prince's Vast Estate Will Go To Taxes
To read the Hollywood Reporter piece, see Prince's Estate: No Will Could Mean Chaos, Tax Bills and Lawsuits, Say Experts
For the USA Today story, see Could Paisley Park Become a Prince Museum? Maybe Not. - 5/6/2016
Martin Neumann Speaks to Los Angeles Times on Prince's Estate
Martin Neumann was recently quoted in Ryan Faughnder's Los Angeles Times article "Value of Prince's $300-million Estate is Expected to Soar in Coming Years," which discusses the many questions surrounding what may happen to Prince's intellectual property in the wake of his unexpected death last week. According to legal experts, the value of the artist's estate is only expected to skyrocket, particularly when it comes to his unreleased works. "There's tremendous value there," said Martin. "For someone like Prince who's been around for so long, obviously the value of his catalog will increase after hid death, significantly more so than for other people." To read the full article, click here. - 4/25/16
Jessica Babrick Quoted in Bloomberg Articles
Jessica Babrick was recently quoted in Edvard Pettersson's Bloomberg pieces "New Redstone Competency Report Filed in Court - and Sealed" and "Sumner Redstone Lawyers Said to Try to Settle Capacity Suit." In the articles, Jessica discusses the numerous estate and probate issues at hand in the highly publicized mental competency lawsuit alleging that television executive Sumner Redstone is no longer mentally competent. According to Jessica, settlement talks could be halted if Judge David Cowan has doubts about Redstone's capacity. "You don't know how concerned Cowan is," said Jessica. "We don't have access to all the documents that he has seen." To read the full articles and the rest of Jessica's comments, click here. - 4/20/2016