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Sanger & Manes, LLP

Located in Palm Desert, California, Sanger & Manes, LLP is a boutique law firm rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating of attorney excellence.  We offer sophisticated legal representation in a variety of areas, including estate planning, probate, trust administration and litigation, tax planning and disputes with the IRS and California tax authorities, with a particular emphasis on residency issues.  We advise and organize business entities, structure business sales and purchases, and assist in personal and commercial real estate transactions.  Our expertise also covers California, Federal and foreign/cross-border/Canadian tax issues, with an emphasis on international estate planning, and acquisition and sales by foreign nationals of US real estate and businesses.

bar certHoward Sanger, the Firm's founding attorney, has a State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization in tax, demonstrating his high level of expertise in the field.



California Residency Tax Audits & Appeals

dwSanger & Manes has an expertise in California residency tax issues, with exceptional success at handling residency audits and appeals.  For clients who plan to retire or otherwise change their legal residence to another state, out-of-state investors doing business in California, ecommerce entrepreneurs working remotely for the California market, and snowbirds who want to enjoy their vacation homes without getting caught up in California's complex residency tax system, Sanger & Manes provides the highest level of residency tax planning.  In addition to sophisticated tax analysis, Sanger & Manes also offers fixed-fee phone consultations for clients who only need basic guidance in putting together a "departure," "snowbird" or "remote worker/ecommerce" plan to minimize their risk of a residency tax audit.

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Canadian, Non-US Resident Services

fcSanger & Manes advises Canadian citizens, and citizens from other foreign countries, who reside part-time in the US, on Federal and California tax, real estate, investment, estate planning, and visa issues.  We provide counsel on renting, buying or selling real property in the US, forming Canadian/Foreign real estate trusts and business entities in California, and planning practical strategies to reduce exposure to US estate and other taxes.


International, Canadian Probates & Trusts

ewsSanger & Manes is the leading law firm in the area of international probates involving post-death transfers of California real estate owned by Canadians and other foreign nationals, as well advising foreign executors on navigating the complexities of US estate tax issues and tax treaties raised by cross-border probates.  We are the premier firm in the Palm Springs area for drafting and advising Canadian/US Real Estate Trusts.

International Probates Canadian/US Real Estate Trusts

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Tax, Residency Audit Issue, Cross-Border Blogs

Sanger & Manes BlogsSanger & Manes' blogs and articles provide timely discussions of tax, investment, cross-border and other issues of interest to businesses, foreign investors, and Canadian visitors, as well as in-depth discussions of Callifornia residency law for people moving from California, setting up out-of-state businesses, or working remotely via ecommerce or an internet business.

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Attorney Howard Sanger

hlsHoward Sanger is a California State Bar certified tax specialist, recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer Magazine in the area of taxation for the past decade, a designation only 5% of California attorneys attain.  He is a contributor to the Continuing Education of the Bar's legal treatise on principal and income accountings, and consults as an expert witness on fiduciary accountings.


Attorney Christopher Manes

csmChristopher Manes is an award-winning author of numerous articles on probate matters, which have appeared in such publications as California Lawyer Magazine, LA Magazine and Palm Springs Life. His cover story in the January 2000 issue of California Lawyer on conservatorship abuses in Riverside County ("Guardian Angels") contributed to the passage of stricter conservatorship laws, and his comments on the proposed law were solicited by the California Assembly.  The article was cited in a California Supreme Court case brief.




Of Counsel, Attorney Lorraine D'Alessio

D'Alessio Law Group

ldLorraine D'Alessio, Of Counsel with the Firm, provides Immigration and Visa Services, concentrating on temporary and permanent business and employment related visas for investors, professionals, executives, managers, educators, skilled workers, and for companies.  A native Canadian, Ms. D'Alessio routinely gives lectures throughout Canada on entertainment and investment immigration.




400 S. Farrell Drive, Suite B-102, Palm Springs CA 92262  .  (760) 422-5751
Palm Springs . Rancho Mirage . Palm . Desert . Indian Wells . La Quinta

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Sanger & Manes, LLP
34100 Gateway Drive

Suite 100
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Phone (760) 422-5751
Fax (760) 320-0351
Email: cmanes@sangerlaw.com


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