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Press Release – Ulises Pizano-Diaz

PRESS RELEASE                                            Sacramento, CA.  The Law Offices of Meissner, Joseph & Palley, Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Ulises Pizano-Diaz as a tax, business and estate planning attorney.  Mr. Pizano is fluent […]

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More than estate planning

I recently saw a link to this New York Times article on volunteer travel. It’s not cheap to travel around the world and help people but, for people that can afford it, I can not imagine a better way to plan for your family’s future! Here’s the article for your reading pleasure. LINK

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Free Cemetery Burial in Sacramento

I know you don’t believe the headline but it’s TRUE. 100% true! One of newest and nicest cemeteries in the greater Sacramento valley area does not accept money. Free burial, headstone and even a 15 minute service. What’s the catch? You or your spouse have to have served in the military and been honorably discharged. […]

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John Palley quoted on Forbes.com

I was quoted in an article today on Forbes.com. The article is about doing business on the golf course. I don’t have time for golf anymore. The incident I am quoted for happened about 15 years ago. Here is the link to the article.

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Giving Thanks

The end of the year is often a time when I remind people to work on their estate planning now. Why now? Well, first and foremost your estate plan is for your loved ones; family, friends, charities. What better time to think about your loved ones than Thanksgiving and the end of year holiday season!? […]

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Veteran’s Day 2012 and estate planning

As an estate planning attorney I often have the pleasure of meeting with retired veteran’s. On this day we are reminded to say THANK YOU!  I forget the other days but am occasionally reminded when a retired vet comes in, often very elderly, with their WWII hats and the like. What an honor it is […]

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Fiscal Cliff and transfer taxes

I remember back in late 2001 when they came up with the major tax changes of 2002. I suppose those can be categorically called the “Bush Tax Cuts.”  It seemed like the ultimate politician’s agreement… a temporary fix to the estate and gift tax laws. How can an estate planning attorney plan with a temporary […]

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Who are you voting for today?

This blog is about taxes and specifically transfer taxes. That is, gift, estate, capital gains, and general income taxes. This is not a political commentary or a commentary about other aspects of who you vote for. I am only talking about the tax angle. With that caveat said the question is does it matter who […]

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Death, taxes and student loans….

I saw this article on Forbes.com and thought it must be about student loans. The article is entitledThere’s No Escape: Death, Taxes and Student Loans. My thought was the article was about how student loan payback can’t be avoided. I know, for example, generally speaking student loan debts are not discharged in bankruptcy. However, I […]

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What’s the best way to pay for legal services?

I am an attorney and I get paid for my work. Yes, I admit it.  You are a client and you know that you will have to pay to hire a lawyer. We both know that. However, what you might not know is that there are options for payment. Yes there are some cases where […]

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