Our services include:

Estate Planning

  • Preparing wills and a various types of trusts
  • Probate and trust administration
  • Tax advice associated with estate planning, and trust and probate administration

Tax Planning

The firm represents individuals and businesses in connection with:

  • Passthrough entities
  • Corporations
  • Trusts
  • Tax compliance and tax disputes
  • Foreign transactions
  • Probate and trust administration

Transactional Matters

Berkowitz Cohen & Rennett provides legal services to individuals and businesses concerning:

  • Forming and advising business entities including S, C and nonprofit corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies and joint ventures
  • Representing purchasers and sellers of sophisticated real estate projects and of ground lessors and lessees of major properties
  • Representing sellers and buyers of general property, including shopping centers, industrial parks, hotels and apartments
  • Representing borrowers and lenders in financing transactions
  • Providing tax advice in connection with commercial transactions including structuring Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges
  • Representing clients in tax disputes
  • Providing general business advice associated with all commercial transactions as well as mergers, acquisitions, sales, reorganizations

Labor and Employment Law

We represent employers of all size and in every sector of the economy in connection with:

  • Preparing and reviewing employment, arbitration, trade secrets, confidentiality, severance and release agreements
  • Developing employee handbooks and personnel policies
  • Providing advice regarding personnel administration including proper procedures to follow and documents to prepare
  • Representing client regarding federal and California laws against workplace discrimination including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Counseling client about leave of absences including leaves arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Family Rights Act, the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law, and paid sick leave laws including those of local public entities
  • Wrongful termination prevention and claims
  • Wage-hour compliance and avoidance of liability including issues regarding the proper classification of exempt and nonexempt employees, overtime pay, meal and rest periods, inside and outside sales employees, itemized wage statements and minimum wages
  • Harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention trainings for management and other employees
  • Layoffs and plant closings, including compliance with federal and California WARN Acts
  • Negotiating labor agreements and the administration of labor agreements and related disputes
  • Representing clients in National Labor Relations Board and Public Employer Relation Board proceeding including representation petitions filed by unions and unfair labor practice claims

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