For private clients, Farella deploys multi-disciplinary resources, working closely with our family wealth, corporate, intellectual property, tax, real estate, finance, construction, employment, and litigation lawyers. Our dynamic, integrated approach ensures that private clients have access to full representation for all their family, corporate, and philanthropic needs.

For over five decades, our lawyers have worked with high net worth individuals, families, trusts, closely-held businesses, and tax-exempt organizations. Our accrued knowledge and experience translates to prudent guidance in the accumulation, management, transfer, and protection of wealth and domestic and international commercial.

Planning and Meeting Goals

Our approach is personal and strategic. Each client has different goals, concerns, and tolerance for risk that may change over time and generations. Private clients appreciate our high-level, direct advice and responsive communication that is customized to achieve personal, corporate, investment, and philanthropic objectives in a tax efficient and predictable manner. Our counsel is designed with sufficient flexibility and foresight to marshal opportunities, address unanticipated change, and survive leadership shifts and transitions.

While working one-on-one with our clients, we gain an in-depth knowledge, which allows us to provide coordinated legal counsel with personal, partner-level attention that results in long-term relationships with our clients and multiple generations of their family.

Our clients and their family offices have diverse sources of wealth. Our in-depth industry knowledge in areas including real estate, financial services, private equity, asset management, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, wine, cannabis, energy, sports, entertainment, music, technology, and inherited wealth means that in most cases, clients avoid paying for any learning curve on our part.

Examples of the type of private client matters we address include: 

  • Angel, venture capital, and subsequent investments in private companies 
  • Company formation and joint venture relationships 
  • Estate planning
  • Family business restructuring and succession planning 
  • Construction contracts and disputes for real estate projects and residences 
  • Land use, zoning, natural resources, and other environmental concerns related to real estate development 
  • Vineyard and winery specific matters including complex marketing and distribution agreements and grape contracts 
  • Fractional ownership programs for aircraft and luxury residences 
  • Duties and responsibility of service on boards of directors, both for-profit and nonprofit entities 
  • Trust administration
  • Trust and probate litigation, including heir disputes 
  • Employment counseling with respect to personal employees and issues relating to hiring and termination
  • Outside general counsel for family offices

Firm Highlights

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SEC Expands Definition of “Accredited Investor” – Here Are 5 Key Takeaways

The SEC recently adopted amendments to Rule 501(a) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 that expand the definition of “accredited investor” by adding new categories of eligibility based on professional knowledge...

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Year-End Planning After The Election: What Financial Advisors & Tax Pros Are Telling Clients About Future Tax Changes

Lauren Galbraith was quoted in the Forbes article "Year-End Planning After The Election: What Financial Advisors & Tax Pros Are Telling Clients About Future Tax Changes." Read the full article, here .

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Prop. 19 Passed, Here Is What You Need to Know

Proposition 19, which passed last month, has important consequences for all real property owners in California. It is important to act quickly before Proposition 19's effective date of February 16, 2021. Proposition 19 has...

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More Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship

In the article, "More Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship," originally published in The Wall Street Journal , Erin Fraser discusses tax and estate planning issues related to renouncing U.S. citizenship. Link to the full article .

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Lawyers Warn Those Bracing for Prop. 19’s Tax Hit: Act Fast

Evan Abrams spoke to the San Francisco Business Times for the article "Lawyers Warn Those Bracing for Prop. 19’s Tax Hit: Act Fast."  In the article, Evan said, “If you really want to do anything...

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Year-End Estate Planning in an Election Year

The 2020 election is less than a month away and year-end estate planning is already underway for many. Under current law, the estate, gift and GST (generation-skipping transfer) tax exemptions for 2020 are set at...

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How California Wine Business Property Transfer Rules Will Change in 2021

Lauren Galbraith commented in the North Bay Business Journal article "How California Wine Business Property Transfer Rules Will Change in 2021."  “I see families in the wine business demonstrate keen awareness that they must...

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Alexis Sinclair Joins Farella Braun + Martel’s Financial Services Industry Group

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that business transactions lawyer Alexis Sinclair has joined the firm as special counsel in its Financial Services...

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CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Summary (Updated)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aims to provide qualifying small businesses, nonprofit organizations, veterans organizations, tribal businesses, sole proprietors, and independent contractors forgivable loans of...

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Hot Topics Facing Nonprofit Organizations and Their Advisors in 2020

Farella's Nonprofit Education Series features Cynthia Rowland and Matt Lewis discussing current issues nonprofit organizations and their advisors are facing this year. Cynthia and Matt cover: About that nest egg—when nonprofits can, and can’t, access “endowment&rdquo...

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