Biography

Stephanie Hood works with individuals and families to implement tax-efficient estate plans that stay true to the individual needs of each of her clients. 

She advises clients on a variety of domestic and international trust, estate and tax matters. Stephanie assists individuals and families with the design, preparation, and implementation of their estate plan. She is experienced in tax planning techniques and valuation discount strategies that minimize income, gift and estate tax consequences of multigenerational wealth transfers. Specifically, she structures and enacts valuation discount strategies that accomplish the client’s wealth transfer and philanthropic objectives while maximizing tax opportunities.

In addition to lifetime planning, Ms. Hood represents families and fiduciaries through the postmortem planning and administration process. From probates to trust administrations, Stephanie approaches complex postmortem challenges with creativity. Recognizing that each client and family situation is unique, she provides solutions for difficult funding, distribution, and transfer issues. Stephanie regularly steers clients through the nuances of the local property tax laws in a way that minimizes property tax reassessment. 

Stephanie prepares and reviews gift, estate, and trust tax returns. Additionally, she leverages her income tax and accounting background to counsel and defend her clients against audits brought by the Internal Revenue Service and other taxing authorities. She has successfully negotiated settlements with the IRS and the Tax Appeals Officers.

Ms. Hood is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Publications Chair, Estate and Gift Tax Committee, Taxation Section of the State Bar of California

Firm Highlights

News

Farella Braun + Martel Advises on Sale of 2,300-Acre Foote Ranch

Farella Braun + Martel represented a trust that owned 50% of the iconic 2,300-acre Foote Ranch in Sonoma, California in disputes with the ranch’s co-owners and in the subsequent $23.7 million sale of the...

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Event

Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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Publication

California Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies That the Notice-Prejudice Rule Is a Fundamental Public Policy That May Override Choice of Law Provisions

In  Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company , the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule [1]  is a fundamental public policy...

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Changing Climate, Changing Laws: Addressing CEQA’s New Wildfire Risk Requirements in Project Development

Wildfires pose an increasingly serious threat to the public and environment in California. So it should be no surprise that the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) amended Appendix G of California Environmental...

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A Major Victory for hiQ Labs, Ninth Circuit Upholds Its Right to Access Publicly Available LinkedIn Data

In a blockbuster ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed startup hiQ Labs, Inc.’s preliminary injunction (PI) against LinkedIn granted by Judge Edward Chen of the United States District Court for the Northern...

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3 Lessons For Calif. Insureds From Late-Notice Rule Decision

In Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company,[1] the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule[2] is a fundamental public policy of California...

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Publication

San Francisco COPA Program Rules Released

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) released program rules for the Community to Purchase Act (COPA) on September 3, 2019. The recently enacted COPA program (codified in Chapter 41B of the...

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Event

CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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News

Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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Event

Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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