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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 counsel with a particular emphasis on residency tax consultation and audits involving snowbirds, as well as taxpayers and businesses leaving California.  Our firm has decades of experience in estate planning, trust/probate administration and litigation, tax planning, and taxpayer disputes involving 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, along with 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 Planning, Audits, Appeals

Sanger & Manes is a leading firm in the field of California residency tax issues, with decades of success in 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.

Sanger and Manes Logo California Residency Law WebsiteVist our new website, dedicated solely to our California residency tax and international estate planning services, here.

Visit our blog for timely articles on residency tax issues.

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Canadian/US Real Estate Trusts, International/Canadian Probates, Cross-Border Estate Planning

Sanger & Manes is the premier firm in the Palm Springs area for advising Canadians about how to hold their US real property, drafting Canadian/US real estate trusts, and planning for foreign nationals with vacation homes or other assets in the US to reduce their exposure to US estate taxes.  We are also a 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.

Vist our new website, dedicated exclusively to our Sanger and Manes Logo International Canadian Tax Planninginternational/Canadian estate planning and California residency tax services, here.

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Domestic Probate, Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Disputes

Sanger & Manes' attorneys have over six decades of experience in estate planning, probate and trust administration, with an emphasis on trust-beneficiary disputes and litigation.  Due to his expertise in the field, Howard Sanger was chosen to co-author the Trustee Accounting Powers of the Continuing Education of the Bar three volume Will Drafting treatise.  That chapter addresses many common Will and trust fiduciary accounting, property characterization, and principal and income issues that are the focus of most disputes between fiduciaries and beneficiaries.

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Sanger & Manes Tax, Residency, Cross-Border Blogs & Articles

Sanger & Manes' blogs and articles offer timely, focused discussions of California residency tax and audit issues, as well as cross-border, international tax matters.  The entries provide in-depth analysis of California residency law for California residents moving or retiring out of state, nonresidents setting up California businesses or buying vacation homes, and digital economy entrepreneurs planning to work remotely in California through e-commerce or internet businesses.  For Canadian visitors and foreign investors, it provides helpful background on purchasing, owning and selling US real property (especially vacation homes) and businesses, while minimizing exposure to US estate taxes.

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Canadian//Foreign National 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.

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36953 Cook Street, Suite 103, Palm Desert CA 92211  (760) 422-5751
Palm Springs . Rancho Mirage . Palm Desert . Indian Wells . La Quinta

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Sanger & Manes, LLP
36953 Cook Street, #103

Palm Desert, CA 92211


(760) 558-9534


(760) 320-0351


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