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Vanessa L. Kanaga, Esq.

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Vanessa L. Kanaga

Vanessa Kanaga serves as CEO of InterActive Legal. Vanessa received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Wichita State University, as well as an Advanced Professional Certificate from New York University School of Law. She is licensed in New York and Kansas, and currently lives in Arizona. Prior to joining InterActive Legal in 2013, Vanessa practiced in New York, at Milbank LLP and Moses & Singer LLP, and in Kansas, at Hinkle Law Firm, LLC. She has experience in a range of estate planning matters, including high net worth tax planning and asset protection planning.

In her role as CEO, Vanessa oversees strategic planning and development of InterActive Legal services and solutions, working with her valued colleagues to continuously provide reliable content and forward-thinking strategies to the estate planning and elder law attorneys who subscribe to InterActive Legal products. Vanessa also serves as the Moderator for the InterActive Legal Roundtable webinar series, fostering collegial discussion among a group of expert panelists on trending topics in estate planning.

Events

Smaldino: Recent Tax Court Case Has Important Lessons On How To Do Estate Planning Right!

A recent Tax Court Case, Smaldino V. Commissioner Of Internal Revenue, T.C. Memo. 2021-127, November 10, 2021 has lots of important lessons on how to do an estate plan properly. These lessons are particularly important for those that did planning in a rush in 2020 and 2021 fearing dramatic changes in the tax laws. Even if those harsh changes aren’t enacted (few of them were included in the bill just passed by the House), if you are doing planning, you should heed the lessons provided in Smaldino.

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.

Preview of Upcoming 47th Annual Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute

This will be a fast-paced review of a wide range of practical planning ideas including: Freeze planning for GST exposed trusts and QTIP trusts; Installment sales to non-grantor trusts; Mathematics of charitable planning; Creative planning considering the changing political landscape; Beneficial interests in trusts and dissolution of marriage; Strategies to avoid ethical issues in estate planning; Diversity, equity, and inclusion-practical tips; SLAT tips; ERC and PPP; Agreements that protect clients and advisors: inheritance agreements, siblings agreements, and agreements with caretakers; and more.


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