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S A N G E R • & • M A N E S • LLP

Located in Palm Desert, California, Sanger & Manes, LLP, is a boutique law firm rated AV by Martindal Hubbell, the highest rating of attorney excellence.

We offer sophisticated legal counsel with a particular emphasis on residency tax consultation and audits involving snowbirds and taxpayers leaving California, complex estate plans, trust/probate administration, tax planning, and disputes with the IRS and California tax authorities.  In addition, our practice focuses on international estate planning and probates, acquisition and sales by foreign nationals of US real estate and businesses, and cross-border/Canadian issues, such as the purchase of US vacation homes, and strategies to minimize exposure to US estate taxes. We also advise and organize California business entities, structure business sales and purchases, and assist in personal and commercial real estate transactions.

Howard 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

Sanger & Manes is a leading firm in the area of 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, e-commerce entrepreneurs working remotely for the California market, and nonresidents 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 need guidance in putting together a "departure," "vacation home" or "remote worker/e-commerce" plan to minimize the risk of a residency tax audit.  Visit our blog for articles on residency tax issues.

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Canadian, Non-US Resident Services

Sanger & Manes advises Canadian citizens and other foreign nationals 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 and selling real property in the US, establishing Canadian/US real estate trusts for vacation homes, forming business entities in California for foreign investors, and planning strategies to reduce exposure to US estate and other taxes.


International, Canadian Probates & Trusts

Sanger & 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 as 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.

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Tax, Residency Audit Issue, Cross-Border Blogs

Sanger & Manes' blogs and articles provide timely discussions of tax, investment, cross-border and other issues of interest to international businesses, foreign investors, and Canadian visitors, as well as in-depth discussions of California residency law for California residents moving or retiring out of state, nonresidents setting up California businesses, digital economy entrepreneurs working remotely in California through e-commerce or an internet business.

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Attorney Christopher Manes

csmChristopher Manes is an award-winning author of numerous articles on tax and estate matters, published in California Lawyer Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Palm Springs Life, and elsewhere.  He has acted as a consultant for the California Assembly in drafting probate legislation, and his cover story in the January 2000 issue of California Lawyer was cited in a California Supreme Court case arguments.  Mr. Manes' practice focuses on residency tax planning, audits and appeals, as well as cross-border and international trusts and estate planning.



Attorney Howard Sanger


Howard 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.


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.



34100 Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Palm Desert CA 92211  (760) 422-5751
Palm Springs . Rancho Mirage . Palm Desert . Indian Wells . La Quinta

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Sanger & Manes, LLP
34100 Gateway Dr, #100

Palm Desert, CA 92211

P: (760) 422-5751
F: (760) 320-0351

E:  cmanes@sangerlaw.com

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