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Hoge Fenton Recognized in Two Practice Areas in the 2019 edition of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

By Hoge Fenton | 11.16.2018 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton has been recognized in the 2019 edition of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Selection for inclusion in the “Best Law Firms” consists of rigorous methodology and reflects the quality of legal services provided by the firm.  Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession and includes 140 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This year Hoge Fenton’s Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates Law practice areas have been recognized.  Hoge Fenton is proud of its continued inclusion in such notable rankings.

Hoge Fenton Welcomes Mallory Homewood

By Hoge Fenton | 11.13.2018 | News Releases

Litigator Mallory Homewood Joins Hoge Fenton Hoge Fenton is pleased to announce the addition of litigator Mallory Homewood to the firm. Mallory has significant ligation and trial experience, specifically in the areas of Trusts and Estates and Real Estate matters. In addition to assisting clients settle their concerns through litigation, she successfully resolves disputes through mediation and dispositive motions. Mallory is solution focused and keeps the clients’ business objectives top-of-mind when considering litigation strategies on behalf of the client. Prior to joining Hoge Fenton, Mallory was a litigation associate at Bowles & Verna in Walnut Creek. She also clerked at the Alameda County Counsel’s Office, the Palo Alto City Attorney’s Office, the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office, and the San Mateo County Superior Court. Mallory earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and graduated summa cum laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While at Hastings, she served as an editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. We are pleased to have Mallory as part of the Hoge Fenton team and hope you have a chance to meet her soon. Find out more about Mallory here. Find out more about our Estates and Trusts and Real Estate and Land Use practices.

SCCBA recognizes Hoge Fenton Shareholder Jenn Protas with the 2018 Diversity Award

By Hoge Fenton | 10.30.2018 | Firm Post

Hoge Fenton is proud to announce that Shareholder Jenn Protas has been awarded the 2018 Diversity Award by the Santa Clara County Bar Association. The Diversity Award is given to those who demonstrate a commitment to advancing inclusion and diversity in the legal profession.  Jenn’s longstanding dedication to inclusion and diversity has been demonstrated by her track record of mentorship, involvement with the SCCBA, and her role as a Board Member of the National LGBT Bar Association. The award will be presented at the SCCBA Annual Judges’ Night Dinner, which is held to honor judges serving in Santa Clara County. For more details, click here.

Coming To A Ballot Near You – Property Tax Portability Throughout California (for some Californians)!

These days it may seem like there is no end in sight to California’s housing crunch – particularly in the Bay Area. But a proposition on this November’s ballot aims to give some relief by enabling certain mature homeowners to downsize (or upsize) without the penalty of dramatic property tax reassessment. What is it? One of the initiatives voters will be asked to approve in November is Proposition 5, which allows homeowners 55 years and older to transfer the property tax base of their current home to a new home, regardless of whether the new home is more or less expensive. Prop. 5 is an extension of Prop. 60 and Prop. 90, which currently allow a person over age 55 to transfer their property tax base to a less expensive home within the same county or in another county that has authorized such a transfer by ordinance. The rationale behind Prop. 60 and Prop. 90 was to allow older homeowners to downsize without incurring a large property tax increase. Under the existing Prop. 90, counties can choose whether to accept intercounty transfers of property tax assessments. Counties that currently allow for an incoming transfer of a property tax base are Alameda, El Dorado, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Tuolumne, and Ventura. Currently, eligible homeowners can only transfer the tax value of a home one time. How It Will Work (According to Proponents) Prop. 5 will increase tax savings when purchasing a less expensive […]

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