Yearly Archives: 2017

President Signs Sweeping Tax Reform Bill Into Law

By Karen A. Meckstroth | 12.22.2017 | Firm Post

As most of our clients already know, a sweeping new tax bill has been passed by the House and Senate. The President signed the bill into law this morning, changing the tax world in which we have lived for decades. We want to highlight some of the key provisions of this new law and explain what it means to you. Estate Tax, Gift Tax, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax The estate and gift tax exemption, which would have been $5.6 million per person in 2018, will double to $11.2 million per person under the new law. This means that a married couple will be able to transfer $22.4 million without any estate or gift tax. The generation-skipping transfer tax exemption also will increase to $11.2 million for an individual and $22.4 million for a married couple in 2018. These amounts are indexed for future inflation through 2025, and change back to the current law on January 1, 2026. Although there was much discussion of completely repealing the federal estate tax, the law does not repeal it. It also does not change the tax rate, which is 40%, or the gift tax annual exclusion, which in 2018 is $15,000 for each recipient of a gift with no limit on the number of recipients. Furthermore, there appears to be no change in the ability to use a deceased spouse’s unused exemption amount (“portability”). To use a deceased spouse’s unused exemption amount, a surviving spouse still must timely make the portability election on the […]

Family Law Associate Andrew Nguyen Joins Hoge Fenton

By Hoge Fenton | 12.21.2017 | Firm Post

As a member of the firm’s family law practice, experienced associate Andrew Nguyen will assist clients with all family law litigation issues, including marital dissolutions; child custody, visitation and support issues; spousal support; real property valuation and sale; business valuations; and domestic violence restraining orders. Prior to joining Hoge Fenton, Andrew was an associate at Stramaglia Luu, LLP, a family law litigation boutique in San Jose. During law school, he clerked at a small general practice firm, in the Santa Clara County Superior Court, and for the Office of the Attorney General. Andrew is fluent in Vietnamese and serves on the Vietnamese American Bar Association. “Andrew’s experience and enthusiasm for serving our clients exemplifies the firm’s drive for excellence in our profession and the community,” said Natasha Parrett, Chair of the firm’s family law group. “We are excited to continue to grow our practice. Helping our clients achieve their goals through a personally difficult time is tremendously rewarding.” Please join us in welcoming Andrew. Find out more!

Countdown to the GDPR (Part 3)

By Hoge Fenton | 01.23.2018 | Speaking Engagements & Firm Events

JOIN US for a 3-part webinar series on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect in just a few more months on Monday, May 25, 2018.

WHO: All companies that have personal information of EU citizens or that conduct business in the EU, regardless of their home country, must comply with the GDPR.

WHY: Because the GDPR mandates Accountability and demonstrating Compliance, and large monetary fines of up to EUR 20 million or 4% of global annual revenues will be imposed on companies for non-compliance.


October 31, 2017: You will learn what the GDPR requires, specific changes under the new law, common deficiencies in companies today, and information you need to develop an action plan for your company.
Time: 7:00 p.m.  Central Eastern Europe  |  6:00 p.m. London Time  |  1:00  p.m. Eastern  |  10:00 a.m. Pacific

December 7, 2017: Compliance considerations for non-EU companies with EU-facing websites and mobile apps, EU personnel or business partners, EU e-discovery and other cross-border transfer issues.
Time: 7:00 p.m.  Central Eastern Europe  |  6:00 p.m. London Time  |  1:00  p.m. Eastern  |  10:00 a.m. Pacific

January 23, 2018: Notable individual Data Protection Authority (DPA) departures from the GDPR, and real alternatives to GDPR compliance, e.g. BCRs, MCCs, Privacy Shield.
Time: 7:00 p.m.  Central Eastern Europe  |  6:00 p.m. London Time  |  1:00  p.m. Eastern  |  10:00 a.m. Pacific

RSVP:  To RSVP for the GDPR webinars, email GDPR@hogefenton.com.  Please specify which webinar topic you wish to attend.

2018 Annual Employment Law Update: The Year in Review and Preview

By Hoge Fenton | 01.17.2017 | Speaking Engagements & Firm Events

  Date January 17th, 2018 January 18th, 2018 January 24th, 2018 Time 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 7:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Location Hoge Fenton San Jose Office 60 S. Market St. 2nd Floor San Jose, CA 95113 Four Points Sheraton 5115 Hopyard Rd. Pleasanton, CA 94588 The SVO Office 101 West Santa Clara St. San Jose, CA 95113 The new year brings several changes to the world of California employment law that surely will impact companies and their HR practices. We will provide an engaging and informative presentation on the state of the law, new legislative and case law changes, and our valuable insights to help employers stay in compliance in 2018. Topics will include:​ State-wide Ban the Box law Sexual harassment prevention training requirements and guidance on effective investigations Ban on compensation history inquiries Expansion of California’s baby bonding eligibility Contractor liability for the unpaid wages of its subcontractors’ employees This is a great chance to review what happened in 2017 and become aware of new requirements for 2018. Start off the new year on the right foot! Who Should Attend Business owners and managers, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, in-house legal counsel, human resource professionals, trusted advisors, and others responsible for personnel matters.   Sarju A. Naran Chair – Employment Law 408.947.2456 Jennifer M. Protas Shareholder 408.947.2435 Laura Riparbelli Associate 408.947.2440 RSVP Program Time: 7:45 am – 10:30 am Location: Hoge Fenton San Jose Office 60 S. Market St 2nd Floor San Jose, CA 95113 […]

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