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Bruce Givner

Tax Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Tax
    90%
    Income tax planning; capital gain tax planning; tax controversies (state and federal); international tax planning; purchases and sales of businesses; state and local tax issues; retirement plans and charitable planning (private foundations, private operating foundations, public charities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts).

    47 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Estate planning
    10%
    Estate planning (preparation of pourover Wills and living trusts) and estate tax planning, including FLPs (family limited partnerships), GRATs (grantor retained annuity trusts), QPRTs (qualified personal residence trusts), SCINs (self canceling installment notes), private annuities, CRTs (charitable remainder trusts), CLTs (charitable lead trusts) generation skipping and dynasty trusts.

    47 years, 1,200 cases

        Our practice is:

        (i)    20% ordinary income tax planning;

        (ii)   20% capital gain tax planning;

        (iii)   20% estate planning and estate tax planning.

        (iv)   10% tax litigationaudits and appeals; and

        (v)    10% international tax planning.

       Estate tax planning is different than "estate planning": estate planning determines "who gets what".  By contrast, estate TAX planning determines the value of what is passed to your heirs.  In estate tax planning we use the tools Congress has provided - family limited partnerships, GRATs (grantor retained annuity trusts), private annuities, SCINs (self-canceling installment notes), qualified personal residence trusts, etc - to pass value on to the heirs at reduced value.

        In income tax planning we use the tools which Congress has provided - retirement plans and charitable structures - to reduce income taxes, provide for retirement and support worthy causes. 

        Note that the same structures used for tax planning also have creditor protection benefits. For example, a qualified personal residence trust reduces the value of the principal residence for estate tax purposes; it also reduces the attractiveness of the equity in your home to a future creditor.

        Our practice is primarily based on referrals from CPAs, secondarily from other lawyers, financial planners and clients.

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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very experienced and knowledgeable is an understatement for Bruce!
My parents and I needed some estate planning and help with our wills. He set them up for us very quickly and efficiently. Bruce has a very keen intellect and could have been a rocket scientist or something of that matter! He enjoys his work and this shows from the moment you shake hands with him. He also just happens to have a great sense of humor! It gives me great pleasure to review him! Before we saw Bruce, we consulted with a family friend, who also works in taxation and estate planning, but Bruce's experience shows that he is first rate. If you live in Los Angeles (the Valley or the West-side), without a doubt he is the person for your estate planning and taxation law matters and he will solve them very quickly and professionally.
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Posted by Bobby | February 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Wealth of Knowledge!
Mr. Givner has a wealth of knowledge and experience and I would highly recommend him for anybody that needs to work on their estate planning. He was recomended by a colleague and if anyone I know ever needs help I will be referring them to Bruce! He listens closely to what you need and lays out your choices and strategies and is up to date with all the new laws and is an encyclopedia of information in this area. Highly recommended and you’re in good hands with him!
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Posted by Mohinder | December 25, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Clear Answer 4-1-7
I have spoken to 2-3 attorneys and "paid" them no one gave me a straight answer about fraudulent of RE transfer question. Your answer is crystal clear and free. I think you are a great attorney. If there was a room for 10 stars I would give you 10. Please feel free to contact me. I did not consult you but I checking consulted, otherwise the system will not let me post my review. Good Job Bravo !!!
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Posted by David | April 22, 2015
International Tax Lawyer
I have known and worked with Bruce for over 20 years on estate planning involving cross border transactions: either US persons with assets abroad or foreign persons with assets in the US. I have also worked with him on international asset protection planning. Bruce's knowledge and recall of the law is remarkable; Bruce's wiciked sense of humor is humanizing; and his documents are superb.
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Posted by Miriam | April 19, 2015
Tax attorney
I work with Mr. Givner for a few years now and found him very knowledgable and professional. I trust his opinions and suggestions and I feel comfortable to recommend him to anyone who needs his services.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2012
Tax advice
Bruce, is very straight forward and giving with his time. He helps you understand some complex ideas in a very simple fashion, answering all your questions as you go along. He is very knowledgeable about all the different tax laws and uses them to analyze your specific situation.
Posted by Jon | July 14, 2012
I Was Able to Keep My Family's Estate because of Bruce!
My family first started working with Bruce in 1988, when I was in college. When it came time for me to assume the estate, Bruce was there to guide through the initial process. The estate was complex and contentious, and I was certainly not prepared for the complex legal transition. Not having a legal, real estate or accounting backround, I turned to Bruce for help. Many other "proffesionals" that I was working with obfuscate the transition with legal/ proffesional jargon. Bruce gave me straightforward answers with understandable explanations and analogies. I am now in the second year of running the real estate based trust. I would have not made it through the first six months without Bruce's expert estate and tax advice. Your immediate planning needs are important. However, please take into consideration the long term impact of the lawyer you select now, with regard to the long term needs of those you seek to protect.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2012
Bruce Givner is one of the best Los Angeles asset protection attorneys.
I am a business owner in Los Angeles and have known Bruce Givner for a long time. It was a pleasure to be introduced to Bruce. He first helped to create an asset protection plan for myself and my family. Later Bruce assisted my company in saving a tremendous amount in tax. I highly recommend Bruce Givner.
Posted by Kenneth | June 18, 2012
IRS Examination
Before I engaged Bruce as my tax attorney, I’d met and talked to several tax lawyers; none of them I talked to have exuded the level of confidence, trust, and professionalism like Bruce has. I was trying to find a good lawyer that can really help me navigate through the IRS examination process. Only a few minutes into the phone conversation with Bruce for the first time, I knew intuitively that he is the right person to handle the problem I have with the IRS. In every subsequence meetings I had with him, he wasted no time to get directly to the point. He asked all the right questions. He made me focus on the problem instead of the fear and worry of the possible outcomes of the case. Without his help, I still have doubts whether I have the stomach and motivation to go through this torturous IRS examination process. His legal advice and not related to legal advice are invaluable. The decision to retain his legal service is not only one of the most important decisions, but also the right one I made in life.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2012
Knowledgable and Intelligent
Mr. Givner listened to me, heard me, and then communicated different strategies to not only help me, but my children.
Posted by Simon | June 9, 2012
My Tax Attorney
I have known of Bruce Givner for close to three decades and have worked with him for the last 25 years. I have never seen a brighter, more creative Attorney than Bruce. In addition to all the the other descriptive terms, add problem solving, he is the master.
Posted by Roy | October 24, 2011
C.P.A.
It has been at least 25 years that Bruce and I have worked together on mutual clients and, in all these years, I and my clients have been extremely happy with his services, knowledge and professionalism. There is no question that this relationship will continue.
Posted by Michael | October 16, 2011
From someone in a position to know
When a lawyer recommends a lawyer, he (or she) is usually in a position to know. Bruce is a total professional in the areas of his expertise, and a professoinal pleasure to work with in areas that are only related to that expertise. The bottom line is that I no hesitation or reservation against referring my business law clients to Bruce in the areas of Tax and complex estate planning and asset protection. By the way, his continuing education classes which he produces are first rate as are the lecturers he locates.
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Posted by Jim | October 13, 2011
Very caring and creative
I have used Bruce within the past few months on some estate planning issues that I had, and Bruce was very helpful in helping me find a "creative" but yet "safe" solution to my problems. I have worked with a lot of great lawyers, but I really like Bruce because I feel that he is "really" trying to help me, and that he is really interested in my problems. That is why I consider Bruce a very caring but at the same time creative and helpful. I would recommend Bruce to anybody that has estate or income tax issues or questions without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2008
Client Review
My wife and I met with Bruce Givner to establish a family trust. Bruce and his colleagues were extremely competent, and they provided the information and documents we needed to set up the trust. I would recommend Mr. Givner to anyone seeking this kind of legal advice. My wife and I have a rather limited legal background, but Mr. Givner spent enough time with us to make us feel very comfortable with the result.
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Posted by Jeremy | May 1, 2008
Bruce is the most professional lawyer that really makes his clients feel comfortable and explains things on al levels.
Bruce Givner is the most intelligent lawyer I have ever met and dealt with. His knowledge goes beyond all expectations and his experience within his field makes you aware of all up to date laws even after he has completed anywork for you. He keeps in contact and lets you know how the industry is changing. He makes you feel comfortable when dealing with all issues and explains everything on a level that you can understand so there is no misunderstanding. Bruce gives you full undivided attention as if you were his only client. He is very responsive to email and will even go beyond the normal hours of business to get you answers late at night if you have anything you need to discuss. I highly reccommend Bruce Givner for tax planning, estate planning and his office staff are so nice and accommadating.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 750-1000 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • KFB Law Group, A Limited Liability Partnership
  • 2019 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Givner & Kaye, A Professional Corporation
  • 2009 - 2019
  • Shareholder
  • Bruce Givner, A Professional Corporation
  • 1994 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Grayson, Givner & Wolfe
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Partner
  • Grayson, Givner, Booke & Silver
  • 1985 - 1989
  • Partner
  • Sanger, Grayson, Givner & Booke
  • 1981 - 1985
  • Associate
  • Flame, Sanger, Grayson & Ginsburg
  • 1977 - 1981
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Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1977
  • Columbia University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • UCLA
  • B.A.
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • Expatriation
  • Happy clients.
  • Nichols Estate v. Commissioner
  • IRS asserted $14,000,000 deficiency
  • Bonny Lee Bakley Estate
  • Assets distributed to children.
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Section of Taxation, Estate And Gift Taxes Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Section of Taxation, Exempt Organizations Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Taxation Section
  • 1980 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • California Board Of Optometry
  • Governor Jerry Brown's Appointment To The Board
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee
  • Chairman
  • 1988 - 1988
  • California Senate Advisory Commission on Life & Health Insurance
  • Commissioner
  • 1984 - 1986
  • American Bar Association
  • Taxation Section
  • 1977 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1993
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1992
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1991
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1990
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1989
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1988
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1987
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Publications

  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Anticipating Joe Biden's Proposed Capital Gains Tax
  • 2020
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts May Make You Yawn, But They Work
  • 2019
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Anticipating Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax
  • 2019
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Mitigating The New Limit On Home Property Tax Deductions
  • 2018
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Planning Under The New Tax Law: Relax
  • 2018
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • "To C Or Not To C?" Is The Question Under The New Tax Law
  • 2018
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Use It Or Lose It: The Newly Doubled Estate And Gift Tax Exclusion
  • 2018
  • Tax Notes
  • Foreign Asset Protection Trusts: Useful In Many Situations
  • 2018
  • California State Bar Trusts and Estates Quarterly
  • Private Annuities Are Fun
  • 2017
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • California On The Brink Of Fixing Its Broken Tax System
  • 2017
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • It's Not Too Late To Find Ways To Reduce Your Taxes
  • 2017
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • What Upcoming Tax Proposals Mean For California Taxpayers
  • 2017
  • California Journal of Tax Litigation
  • Office of Tax Appeals ("OTA") Optimist
  • 2017
  • California State Bar Trusts and Estates Quarterly
  • Tips Of The Trade - Children Are The Enemy
  • 2017
  • California Business Law Practitioner
  • Asset Protection Planning: Guidance For Business Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • California Needs To Create A Court Devoted To Tax
  • 2017
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • The Problem With An Underfunded IRS
  • 2017
  • los angeles daily journal
  • IRS to increase scrutiny of `micro captive' insurance companies
  • 2016
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • IRS Could Shake Up Special Valuation Rules In Coming Weeks
  • 2016
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Battle Continues Over How Post-Death Events Affect Value
  • 2016
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • IRS Rules May Eliminate All Valuation Discounts
  • 2016
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Respected Tax Judge Indicted For Duping Tax Authorities
  • 2016
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • IRS Continues To Battle An Important Estate Planning Tool
  • 2016
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Discounts of family entity interests threatened
  • 2015
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • New Law Clarifies When IRS Gets More Time To Audit
  • 2015
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • International Estate Planning Easier With New E.U. Rules
  • 2015
  • California State Bar Trusts and Estates Quarterly
  • The Three Legged Stool: Simple, But Sophisticated, Estate Tax Planning
  • 2014
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • LLCs Take A Back Seat To Limited Partnerships In 2014
  • 2014
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts
  • Chapter 9 - Dispositive Clauses
  • 2014
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Drafting Irrevocable Trusts
  • Chapter 17 - Qualified Personal Residence Trusts
  • 2014
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California Will Drafting Third Edition
  • Chapter 21 - Overview of Trust Distributions
  • 2014
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California Will Drafting Third Edition
  • Chapter 22 - Trusts For Children
  • 2014
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California Will Drafting Third Edition
  • Chapter 30 - Trustee Accounting Powers
  • 2014
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California Will Drafting Third Edition
  • Chapter 31 - Trustee Administrative Powers
  • 2014
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Another View Of The IRS Scandal
  • 2013
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Same Sex Marriage: Taxes And Real Estate
  • 2013
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California Will Drafting Third Edition
  • Chapter 21 - Overview of Trust Distributions
  • 2013
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California Will Drafting Third Edition
  • Chapter 22 - Trusts for Children
  • 2013
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California Will Drafting Third Edition
  • Chapter 30 - Trustee Accounting Powers
  • 2013
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) California Will Drafting Third Edition
  • Chapter 31 - Trustee Administrative Powers
  • 2013
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)'s Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts
  • Chapter 17 - Qualified Personal Residence Trusts - Annual Update
  • 2013
  • Accounting Today
  • IRS Loses (A Little) On Taxation Of Damages
  • 2013
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Taxpayer Responds To IRS 2,545 Days Late - Wins
  • 2013
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • From Russia, With Money
  • 2013
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Tapping The Family Lawyer To Be Trustee
  • 2013
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)'s Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts
  • Chapter 17 - Qualified Personal Residence Trust - Annual Update
  • 2012
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)'s Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts
  • Chapter 17 - Qualified Personal Residence Trusts - Annual Update
  • 2011
  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)'s Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts
  • Chapter 17 - Qualified Personal Residence Trusts
  • 2010
  • Insurance Sales
  • A New Sizzle For Split Dollar
  • 1988
  • Movers, Shakers and Changemakers
  • Chapter 15 "Shake 'em Up"
  • 1987
  • California Business Law Reporter
  • Selected Pension Provisions of the 1986 Tax Reform Act
  • 1987
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Solar Energy Tax Incentives: A Progress Report, Part I
  • 1978
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Solar Energy Tax Incentives: A Progress Report, Part II
  • 1978
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sacramento Estate Planning Council
  • Capital Gains Tax Planning In A World Without Estate Tax
  • 2017
  • L.A. Chapter Cal CPA Society SFV Morning Discussion Group
  • Ordinary Income and Capital Gains Tax Planning
  • 2017
  • L.A. Chapter Cal CPA Society Hollywood/Beverly Hills Discussion Group
  • Trump Tax Update & Tax Services To High Income Taxpayers
  • 2017
  • First American Trust Panel Discussion
  • The Truth About Asset Protection: What Works, What Doesn't And The Basic Concepts You and Your Clients Need To Know
  • 2017
  • San Joaquin Estate Planning Council
  • Capital Gains Tax Planning In A World Without Estate Tax
  • 2017
  • South Bay Estate Planning Council
  • Capital Gains Tax Planning In A World Without Estate Tax
  • 2017
  • ProVisors Tax Affinity Group
  • 2017 Year End Income Tax Planning
  • 2017
  • Pincus Professional Education - Los Angeles
  • Advanced Estate Tax Planning
  • 2016
  • Ultimate Estate Planner Webinar
  • Ins and Outs of QPRTs
  • 2016
  • Ultimate Estate Planner Webinar
  • Top 10 Preparer And Other Penalties: Not Going To Jail, But It Still Hurts
  • 2016
  • Ultimate Estate Planner Webinar
  • Read Them And Weep!! The Top IRS Foreign Information Returns (Other Than FBARs and FATCA)
  • 2016
  • Cal CPA Society - L.A. West San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena Discussion Group
  • What Happens When The Surviving Parent Dies?
  • 2016
  • L.A. San Fernando Valley Morning Discussion Group
  • California Community Property
  • 2016
  • Exit Planning Institute Southern Nevada Chapter
  • How To Sell Your Business and Pay (i) Less Or (ii) No Tax"
  • 2016
  • California CPA Society Advanced Estate Planning Institute
  • Creative Use of Debts In Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • California CPA Society Family Law Conference
  • Unraveling Onshore/Offshore Structures
  • 2016
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Business Law Section
  • Asset Protection Planning: Guidance For Business Lawyers
  • 2016
  • California CPA Society's Conejo Valley Discussion Group
  • Moving Your Business To The Next Generation
  • 2016
  • Orange County Bar Association, Tax Law Section
  • Reducing or Eliminating The Tax On Business and Real Estate Sales
  • 2016
  • Business Law & Trusts & Estates Section meeting
  • What Every Business Attorney Needs To Know About Successioni Planning
  • 2015
  • California CPA Society L.A. Hollywood/Beverly Hills Discussion Group
  • Year-End Income And Capital Gains Tax Planning
  • 2015
  • The Gathering 2015
  • Interaction Of Theoretically Prophylactic Asset Protection Planning And A Competent Litigator
  • 2015
  • Strafford Publications
  • Retirement Benefits In The Non-Taxable Estate: Maximizing Tax-Deferred Advantages
  • 2015
  • South Bay Estate Planning Council
  • International Estate Planning
  • 2015
  • Santa Barbara Paralegal Association 6th Annual MCLE Conference
  • How Parents Keep Control Both During Their Lifetimes And After They Are Dead
  • 2015
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association 41st Annual Family Law Symposium
  • Intersection Of Trusts and Estates Law and Family Law
  • 2015
  • Hollywood/Beverly Hills Discussion Group, L.A. Chapter, California CPA Society
  • Basis Planning Is The New Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Orange County Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section
  • International Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Hollywood/Beverly Hills Discussion Group, L.A. Chapter, California CPA Society
  • International Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Cal. State L.A. College of Extended Studies and International Programs
  • Income And Capital Gains Tax Planning
  • 2014
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Business Law Selection
  • Entity Selection
  • 2014
  • Cal. CPA Society L.A. Chapter Pasadena Discussion Group
  • Real Estate Investors: Income Tax Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Estate Tax Planning, Succession Planning
  • 2014
  • The Smart Real Estate Investor's Seminar
  • Is Your IRA and Pension Gathering Dust? How To Control and Maximize The Return Of Your Investment
  • 2014
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Business Law Committee
  • Captive Insurance Companies
  • 2013
  • West San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena Area Discussion Group, L.A. Chapter, California CPA Society
  • Windfall Income Tax Planning
  • 2013
  • Hollywood/Beverly Hills Discusson Group, L.A. Chapter, California CPA Society
  • Tax Strategies For Windfalls and High Income Taxpayers
  • 2013
  • The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.
  • The New Revocable Irrevocable Trust
  • 2012
  • The Northwestern Branch
  • Estate Tax Planning And The Economic Substance Doctrine: An Uneasy Combination
  • 2011
  • California CPA Society Webinar
  • Preparer and Other Penalties
  • 2011
  • The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.
  • Large Pension Deductions For Closely Held Busiensses
  • 2011
  • The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.
  • All You Need To Know About Business Succession Planning
  • 2011
  • The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.
  • The CPA's Role In Asset Protection Planning
  • 2011
  • The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.
  • Flexible Irrevocable Trusts
  • 2011
  • The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.
  • QPRTs - Beyond The Basics
  • 2010
  • The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.
  • What You Need To Know About T-CLATs - Testamentary Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts
  • 2010
  • The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.
  • Integrated Wealth Strategies: A Walk Through The Mr. and Mrs. White Case Study
  • 2010
  • The Ultimate Estate Planner, Inc.
  • Evaluating Eight Alternatives For Protecting The Personal Residence
  • 2010
  • L.A. Estate Planning Council
  • Estate & Financial Planning For A Cataclysmic Economy
  • 2009
  • L.A. Chapter of the California CPA Society
  • Estate And Financial Planning For A Cataclysmic Economy
  • 2009
  • San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Estate And Financial Planning For A Cataclysmic Economy
  • 2009
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Tax Section
  • Current Aggressive IRS And FTB Audits
  • 2009
  • Santa Clarita Valley Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Practice & Philosophy Of Tax Planning In A Hostile Environment
  • 2007
  • Hollywood/Beverly Hills Discussion Group of the L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Estate Tax Planning & Audit Update
  • 2007
  • West San Gabriel Valley Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • The CPA's Role In Multi-Variable Planning
  • 2007
  • West San Gabriel Valley Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Protecting The Personal Residence
  • 2007
  • San Fernando Valley Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Practice & Philosophy Of Tax Planning In A Hostile Environment
  • 2007
  • Hollywood/Beverly Hills Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Creditor Benefits Of Tax Planning Structures
  • 2007
  • Whittier Area Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Creditor Benefits Of Tax Planning Structures
  • 2006
  • Pasadena Area Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Practice & Philosophy Of Tax Planning In A Hostile Environment
  • 2006
  • Santa Clarita Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Practice & Philosophy Of Tax Planning In A Hostile Environment
  • 2006
  • San Fernando Valley Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Practice & Philosophy Of Tax Planning In A Hostile Environment
  • 2006
  • Estate Leaders Study Group
  • ESOPs: An Update
  • 2003
  • State Bar Convention
  • Impact Of Timing On Tax Planning
  • 2003
  • Pasadena Area Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Generating Large Deductions For Owners Of Closely Held Businesses
  • 2002
  • CPA Law Forum
  • Income Tax And Capital Gains Tax: Opportunities To Reduce, Defer And Eliminate
  • 2002
  • San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Estate Planning Practices: Planning For A Potential Repeal
  • 2000
  • Association Of San Fernando Valley CPAs
  • Legislative Developments & Sophisticated Tax Planning
  • 1999
  • Pasadena Area Discussion Group Of The L.A. Area Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Sophisticated Post-Mortem Funding & Distribution Issues
  • 1999
  • Annual Institute on Federal Taxation
  • Sophisticated Post-Mortem Funding and Distribution Issues
  • 1999
  • Hollywood/Beverly Hills Area Discussion Group Of The L.A. Chapter Of The California CPA Society
  • Current Developments & Strategies In Estate Planning
  • 1998
  • Annual Institute on Federal Taxation
  • Planning For The Marital Deduction
  • 1992
  • Employee Benefits Subsection Annual Program
  • Selected ERISA Litigation Developments
  • 1991
  • 1991 Estate Planning Conference
  • Building Your Estate Planning Practice
  • 1991
  • General Membership Breakfast Meeting
  • Tax Season Got You A Bit Upset?
  • 1991
  • 1989 Estate Planning Conference
  • Planning For Distribution of Retirement Benefits
  • 1989
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Employee Benefits Section
  • How To Counsel Clients Regarding The New 150% Of Current Liability Limit For Defined Benefit Plans
  • 1988
  • San Fernando Vally Bar Association Business and Tax Law Section
  • Plaintiffs in Pension Planning and Malpractice for Nonspecialists
  • 1986
  • California CPA Society West San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena Discussion Group
  • Tax Planning For The Sale of Real Estate Or A Business: Two Years In Advance Is Best
  • N/A
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Estate planning Attorney | Feb 07
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"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Givner provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Tax Attorney | Nov 22
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"I have had the privilege of knowing counselor Bruce Givner through the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and have read some of his answers to the legal questions posted on Avvo. His answers are consistently analytic and directed to the needs of the Avvo askers. Mr. Givner always exhibits unique professional courtesy to other counsels on Avvo. I endorse counselor Bruce Givner for the areas of law he practices. Zaher Fallahi, Tax Attorney, CPA"
Tax Attorney | Aug 03
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"Mr. Givner is a regular contributor to the tax questions forum here on Avvo. His answers consistently demonstrate an in-depth, substantial knowledge of tax law and represent the kind of advice every client should seek from legal counsel. I endorse Mr. Givner."
Tax Attorney | Jul 16
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"I've enjoyed reading Mr. Givner's responses to questions on Avvo as he always gives complete and thoughtful answers. It's no wonder given that we are both alumni from the LL.M in taxation program at NYU. I'm proud to endorse Mr. Givner as a valuable asset to our legal community."
Tax Attorney | Jun 28
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"The legal guides that Attorney Givner have created on this website illustrate his indepth knowledge of tax law and how it impacts daily lives."
Tax Attorney | May 08
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"I endorse this lawyer. I have followed his responses on Avvo and have been impressed with his knowledge in the area of tax. I would recommend!"
Tax Attorney | Jan 08
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bruce has probably the greatest depth and breadth of estate planning and tax knowledge of nany attorney in Southern California, and he shares it freely."
Tax Attorney | Dec 09
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Tax Attorney | Nov 21
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Estate planning Attorney | Nov 19
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"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Tax Attorney | Oct 02
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Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
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"I not only endorse this lawyer. I give this lawyer 5 stars!"
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 29
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"Bruce is the only attorney I know who can take two seemingly disparate ideas and combine them into a novel plan that works for his clients' benefit. Unquestionably, I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Sep 27
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jul 26
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"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen several answers Mr. Givner has left on the AVVO website. He demonstrates an excellent knowledge of the law, as well as keen insight. He offers excellent advice in tax law and estate planning."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 15
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"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent lawyer. He knows tax and estate planning better than most."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 09
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Tax Attorney | Jun 21
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Estate planning Attorney | May 14
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"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
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