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J. Adam Barker is a Partner at DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC and focuses his practice on trusts and estates and the representation of taxpayers in tax controversies. He works out of the DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC California office,.
Adam assists individuals and families in wealth transfer planning through the creation of wills, living trusts, and irrevocable trusts. Such plans implement sophisticated strategies to protect assets from creditors and taxes in order to maximize wealth preservation for families across multiple generations. Adam works carefully with each client’s team of advisors, making sure that each client’s estate plan is consistent with their broader life goals.
Adam’s practice in the trusts and estates arena also includes the representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries relating to the administration of trusts and in trust litigation.
In his tax controversy practice, Adam has helped hundreds of clients, including individuals, businesses, estates, and trusts, navigate their tax problems with the Internal Revenue Service, the Franchise Tax Board, and other taxing authorities. Adam’s experience includes representation in examinations and audits, representation in Appeals, litigation in the Tax Court, collection defense, offers in compromise, payment agreements, large-dollar penalty abatement, Trust Fund Recovery Penalty determinations, worker classifications, and other similar matters.
Adam earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program. Adam is licensed for the practice of law in California, Colorado, and Massachusetts.
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Please join DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC in congratulating our partner, Timothy Liam Epstein, Esq., for being named one of Billboard Magazine’s top music lawyers for the fourth year in a row for his work on behalf of clients in the live entertainment space.
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The Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars is an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Illinois receive this distinction. Attorneys are selected through a patented selection process involving nominations, research, and peer reviews. In addition to our numerous prior and existing award recipients, DUGGAN BERTSCH, LLC […]
On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) proposed a new rule that would prohibit non-compete provisions for workers and require employers to rescind existing non-competes. The proposed rule would apply to all employees, independent contractors, and consultants. The broad proposed rule would apply even to senior level executives and could potentially implicate agreements […]
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Dear Clients and Colleagues, As the fourth quarter of 2022 is drawing to a close, we recommend that you review your comprehensive wealth planning and business structures to ensure that it is consistent with your long-term objectives. While the recent mid-term election results are still not final, with a Senate run-off left in Georgia, it […]
As indicated above, the recent changes to congressional control following the mid-term elections will likely mean a stalemate in Congress for the next 2 years with respect to any meaningful tax legislation. This means that from an estate planning perspective, the increased lifetime exemptions enacted as part of TCJA will continue to be available for […]
The relationship between individual taxpayers and their businesses continue to offer opportunity for effective tax savings, including the use in certain circumstances of C corporation structures to arbitrage tax rates, allow for greater deductions and potentially offer savings on an exit. However, much tax planning continues to focus on accessing these benefits before they sunset […]