Practice Areas

Tax Planning and Advocacy

The Firm develops creative approaches to federal, state, and international tax matters for foreign and domestic individuals and business entities. Because De Castro West's transactional attorneys have significant tax expertise, the Firm's unique approach integrates both tax planning and transactional practices.

The Firm advises clients in a wide variety of industries, and works closely with their business managers and accountants.

The Firm also represents clients in civil and criminal administrative and judicial proceedings involving all types of federal state and local taxes. And the tax advocacy and tax planning practices are carefully integrated to assure that the planning process is sensitive to the scrutiny of a possible audit.

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Estate Planning

The Firm is well known for its expertise and creativity in domestic and international estate planning.

In addition to traditional planning in wills and living trusts, the Firm has been at the cutting edge in using more sophisticated techniques involving trusts, partnerships, annuities and insurance to preserve family wealth and minimize taxes.

Where appropriate, estate planning is integrated with our tax planning for business transactions and successful tax advocacy.

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Litigation Services

The Firm provides vigorous and creative advocacy in complex business litigation matters throughout the state and federal trial and appellate courts in California, as well as in mediation, arbitration, bankruptcy courts and administrative law hearings.

For example, the Firm represents clients in all types of commercial litigation, including contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, entertainment, intellectual property, real property, creditor's rights, and probate and trust controversies. The Firm works with clients to seek aggressive, creative and effective strategies.

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Real Property

The Firm has substantial transactional and litigation experience in representing clients with interests in shopping centers, industrial parks, apartment projects, mixed-use projects, office buildings, personal residences, hotels and residential and country club developments.

We advise our clients in connection with acquisitions and sales, tax-free exchanges, entitlements, construction, leasing (both landlords and tenants), financing (including securitized loan transactions), foreclosure, ownership structuring and easements.

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Start-Up and Executive Counsel

As counsel to founders, investors and key employees of start-ups and seasoned businesses, the Firm's approach is to integrate tax and business planning.

De Castro West structures and forms the business, drafts and negotiates business contracts, and provides the legal services necessary in connection with acquisitions, financing, and joint ventures.

The Firm drafts executive employment agreements and designs tax-sensitive equity compensation packages.

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Business Transactions and Mergers & Acquisitions

The Firm's Business Transactions practice encompasses a wide variety of services for all types of business entities.

Our lawyers assist clients with strategic planning, documentation and advice concerning mergers and acquisitions, business formations, reorganizations, finance and restructuring.

The Firm also helps clients with legal matters that arise in the operation of their businesses, such as the negotiation and drafting of contracts and retirement planning for business owners and employees.

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