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House of Representatives Voted to Repeal the Federal Estate Tax

By Schonauer Law on Apr 20, 2015 at 12:46 PM in Law News

The estate tax applies to property all property transferred from a deceased person to his or her heirs. The tax applies to estates worth more than about $5.4 million ($10.9 million for married couples.) The top estate tax rate is 40 percent, though experts find that the average tax paid is less than 17 percent. President Obama�s threatens to veto the bill.


New Laws for California

By Schonauer Law on Feb 05, 2015 at 06:53 AM in Law News

January 1, 2015 signaled the beginning of hundreds of new laws in California. One of these laws found its genesis in the Isla Vista shooting while others from broader environmental issues.


Human Trafficking in the Backyard

By Schonauer Law on Jan 27, 2015 at 09:39 PM in Law News

A Santa Barbara County jury returns guilty verdicts in the first human-trafficking jury trial in county history.