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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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Westcoast Sports Associates 2017 Dinner Gala Honoring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Carico Johnson Toomey attends the 2017 Westcoast Sports Associates Dinner 2017 Gala honoring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles:  The WSA’s 22nd installment of the Roy Firestone Award, the organization honored Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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 six…

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Special Tax Election Now Available for Spouses Under Revenue Procedure 2016-49

by Lilian H. Walden, Esq.

Effective September 27, 2016, the IRS will now permit a special tax election for surviving spouses (known as a QTIP election).  This will apply even  when it is not necessary to reduce the estate tax liability to zero upon the death of the first spouse, pursuant to Revenue Procedure 2016-49.  Prior to this point, there was some uncertainty over whether or not with the new portability rules, a QTIP election…

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From The Beach Reporter News, “Athlete’s Touch takes lessons of sports and puts them in business”

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Manhattan Beach resident Justin Blaine grew up in a family that valued strong relationships. Raised in West Lake Village, he watched his dynamic father create a vibrant career built on strong networking and mentors.

Davis Blaine founded a successful California networking group, and Justin learned from example, forging a similar but distinct path of his own—as a baseball player, investment analyst and co-founder of Athlete’s Touch,…

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Christopher D. Carico Named to 2017 Best Lawyers® List

Christopher D. Carico

(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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