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InterActive Legal Welcomes Vanessa L. Kanaga, J.D.

InterActive Legal proudly announces that Vanessa L. Kanaga, J.D. has joined the company to further the development of their legal innovations.

Vanessa L. Kanaga, J.D.

Melbourne, FL
June 05, 2013

InterActive Legal proudly announces that Vanessa L. Kanaga, J.D. has joined the company to further the development of their legal innovations. Vanessa comes with exemplary credentials, having graduated from Cornell Law School with honors, and is licensed to practice in the states of New York and Kansas.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School, Magna Cum Laude, where she was an Editor for the International Law Journal from 2005-2006, and a Teaching Assistant for Terrorism and the Law in 2006. Additionally, she proudly served as a Legal Intern in the City Attorney’s Office in Ithaca, New York during the Summer of 2004. In 2011, Vanessa received an Advanced Professional Certificate from New York University School of Law.

Previously, Vanessa attended Wichita State University and graduated, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in Music. An accomplished flutist, Vanessa was very involved with the school’s Concert Band. She also served a term as President of the Wichita State University Philosophy Society.

Following law school, Vanessa practiced in New York for several years before returning to her home town of Wichita, Kansas. Before joining InterActive Legal, Vanessa was an associate attorney in the estate planning and probate practice group at Hinkle Law Firm, LLC, located in Wichita, Kansas. Previously, she was with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, and then Moses & Singer, LLP, both located in New York, New York.

She is the co-author of LISI Estate Planning Newsletter #2040 (Vanessa Kanaga and Austin Bramwell on PLR 201243004, December 2012), and The Section 2519 Portability Solution (Trust & Estates, June 2012.)

Vanessa currently resides in Kansas with her husband, Mark, who is also an attorney. They enjoy spending time with their son, Wesley, and relaxing with their cat, Cordelia. Vanessa also loves to cook, go for runs, watch movies and attend wine-tastings in her spare time.

Michael L. Graham, CEO, shared, "Vanessa is an intellectually creative trust and estate attorney who will be an integral part of the company’s Content Development team." We welcome Vanessa and are confident that she will play a key role in providing and implementing quality solutions for InterActive Legal Subscribers.

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House Estate Tax Proposal Requires Immediate Action

The House Democrats are proposing a $3.5 trillion spending plan. To support that package the Democrats have proposed tax increases to fund a large portion of that plan.

Speakers: Jonathan Blattmachr, Esq., Robert S. Keebler, CPA, and Martin Shenkman, Esq.

The House Ways and Means Committee just issued statutory language for the tax increase proposal, including dramatic changes to the transfer tax system. While the tax legislative process will no doubt evolve with many twists and turns, these proposals might be the blueprint for any final legislation. The implications of this are quite simple. Taxpayers who might be affected need to plan and take action now. If a client has been sitting on the tax planning fence waiting to see what will be enacted, this proposal suggests you advise them to jump off the fence and plan with haste. This webinar will explore the House proposal, what might happen, but most important, what advisers should discuss with clients now.

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The pandemic forced more people online than ever before, and each account, domain name, and other online presence may need to be addressed in some way when a client dies, or becomes incapacitated. Attorneys who both plan estates and administer them therefore need to understand the underlying issues related to different types of digital property.

Join us as experts in the area of digital assets cover the issues you should address with every client, and discuss helpful tools that may also assist with handling digital assets for your clients. The presenters will discuss:

  • The digitization of estate planning
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Don’t miss this timely discussion of a topic that most of us may feel we have adequately covered, but actually may need to address in much more detail.

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