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  • Would You Like to Pay MORE Income Taxes? - May 2019 Newsletter Would You Like to Pay MORE Income Taxes? by Philip J. Kavesh, Attorney You’re probably thinking, “Of course not!” However, sadly, you may in fact be paying more than you have to - - especially now that the President’s “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” has caused many Californians’ federal income taxes to go up in 2018. (If you haven’t filed your 2018 return yet, I’m sorry to inform you that you may be rudely awakened when you do!) My point is this. We may be able to help you navigate the new tax laws and significantly cut your income taxes, if any of these apply to you...
  • The Government Is Trying To Get Their Hands Into Your Pocket, Again! - April 2019 Newsletter The Government Is Trying To Get Their Hands Into Your Pocket, Again! By Philip Kavesh, Attorney For some time now, most Californians have enjoyed freedom from estate, gift and inheritance taxes. Back in 1982, Californian voters approved Proposition 6, which amended the state constitution to prohibit such gift and "death" taxes. Recently, the federal government increased the exemption (the amount that can pass gift and estate tax free) to over $11 million for a single person and over $22 million for a married couple. So most people no longer had any worries about estate taxes.
  • The Government Is Trying To Get Their Hands Into Your Pocket, Again! For some time now, most Californians have enjoyed freedom from estate, gift and inheritance taxes. Back in 1982, Californian voters approved Proposition 6, which amended the state constitution to prohibit such gift and “death” taxes. Recently, the federal government increased the “exemption” (the amount then can pass gift and estate tax free) to over $11 million for a single person and over $22 million for a married couple.
  • Pardon My Blooper! Our firm recently welcomed aboard a new, young attorney, straight out of law school and it got me thinking back - - what was it like when I first started out as a lawyer, some 41 years ago? (Wow, time does fly!) You know how, sometimes, our most vivid memories are about things that went inexplicably wrong? That's where my mind immediately wanders when recalling my early days as an attorney. I remember getting out of law school, eager to go, armed with lots of technical information and full of idealistic visions. But I had no clue as to how the legal system worked in "the real world" nor what would be in store for me in dealing with bosses, judges, and clients!
  • March "Madness" Another in a series of articles reminiscing about growing up in small town America in the 60's.
  • March "Madness" - March 2019 Newsletter March "Madness" By Philip Kavesh, Attorney Another in a series of articles reminiscing about growing up in small town America in the 60's. When you hear the words "March Madness" you probably think of the big, annual NCAA basketball tournament (and all the crazy betting pools you may "donate" to). But that's not what I have in mind here, although basketball is somewhat involved.
  • What’s in Your…DNA? When we look close enough, it’s amazing how much is passed down from generation to generation at the smallest physiological level - - in our DNA. Of course, there are obvious things recorded and transmitted in our DNA like hair, eye and skin color, height, body shape, and even general personality. But, there are also less obvious inherited attributes - - like interests and talents - - that seem to appear in younger generations, almost out of nowhere, as time goes by (and that we often miss unless we pay very close attention).
  • "What's in Your DNA?" - February 2019 Newsletter "What's in Your DNA?" By Philip Kavesh, Attorney When we look close enough, it's amazing how much is passed down from generation to generation at the smallest physiological level - - in our DNA.
  • "Thank You, January!" This is one in a series of articles reminiscing about growing up in small town America in the 50's and 60's... I hated January! I was a skinny kid, without much natural insulation, so the grey, cold days of January back East were about my least liked ones of the entire year. January was downright dreary, a letdown after the festive holidays of December were gone, the cheerful lights adorning the neighborhood houses came down and a nice, long vacation ended with the inevitable trudge back to school.
  • "Thank You, January!" - January 2019 Newsletter This is one in a series of articles reminiscing about growing up in small town America in the 50's and 60's... I hated January! I was a skinny kid, without much natural insulation, so the grey, cold days of January back East were about my least liked ones of the entire year. January was downright dreary, a letdown after the festive holidays of December were gone, the cheerful lights adorning the neighborhood houses came down and a nice, long vacation ended with the inevitable trudge back to school.
  • "My Phone Is Driving Me Crazy!" - December 2018 Newsletter No doubt, the invention of the mobile (or "cell") phone and its new offspring, the computer-in-your-hand (or "smart" phone), are ingenious technological advances that improve our lives in many ways. But they can also drive us crazy, or at least that's what my smart phone has done to me!
  • "My Phone Is Driving Me Crazy!" No doubt, the invention of the mobile (or "cell") phone and its new offspring, the computer-in-your-hand (or "smart" phone), are ingenious technological advances that improve our lives in many ways. But they can also drive us crazy, or at least that's what my smart phone has done to me!