Belan K. Wagner
State Bar No. 68282
J.D., LL.M. (Taxation)
Certified Specialist – Taxation Law
(916) 920 – 5286
He provides expert legal services in the following specialties:
- Tax Planning and Controversy Resolution
- Real Estate and Controversy Resolution
- Business Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Controversy Resolution
- Estate Planning
- General Counsel for a variety of businesses including professional organizations (health, law, and accounting)
- Expert Witness and Consulting Expert in the above fields
With over 35 years of in-depth experience in business, taxation, real estate, estate planning and controversy work, coupled with the support of other firm lawyers, Belan has developed a unique practice designed to provide multi-dimensional legal services to the business owner, executive or individual who must comply with today’s complex legal system. Belan provides direct representation to clients as well as acting as an expert resource to client’s primary attorneys, accountants, financial advisers and other representatives.
Tax planning cases involving up to $1,000,000,000 or more. Controversy cases ranging from $25,000-$15,000,000+.
Real Estate – Represents several real estate development companies as general counsel. Real estate related matters include acquisitions, sales, exchanges, financing, reorganizations, debt restructuring, leases, partnerships, joint ventures, broker-agent relationships, bond issues, options, licenses, easements, subdivisions, landlord-tenant issues, foreclosures, homeowner associations, land use, zoning, syndications, private placements, condemnation, race track leases, development agreements, cost sharing agreements, shared appreciation mortgages, and litigation support. Lead attorney in various transactions ranging up to $1,000,000,000.
Business Law – Represents companies as general counsel advising in connection with owner relationships and dispute resolution; mergers and acquisitions; employment matters; contracts; leases; deferred compensation plans; and general business law including general guidance in bankruptcy matters. Representation has included companies with five to 4,000,000 employees.
Estate Planning – Represents individuals in all aspects of estate planning and trust and probate administration. Estate plans include estates from $100,000-$500,000,000. Experience in planning including living, marital deduction, irrevocable, life insurance, charitable, grantor retained interest, and intentionally defective grantor trusts and charitable foundations. Business and asset succession planning has included recapitalizations, buy/sell agreements, split interest acquisitions, partnerships, estate freezes, private annuities, self-cancelling installment notes, management trusts, ESOP planning and gifting with minority and lack of marketability discounts. Probate and trust administration has included contested matters, asset identification and evaluation, payment of creditors, distributions of qualified plans, beneficiary identification and determination of distributive shares, post-mortem tax planning, trustee and beneficiary representation and representation in estate and gift tax audits. Asset protection has included analysis of favorable jurisdictions, utilization of trusts, limited liability companies, corporations and limited partnerships and buy/sell agreements. Incapacity planning has included powers of attorney, conservatorships and guardianships.
Health Law – Represents various health professionals in connection with their tax planning, entity selection, profit sharing design, employment agreements, leases, deferred compensation plans, buy sell arrangements, merger and acquisitions, third party contracts, practice sales, equipment leasing, affiliated entity investments, antitrust, kickback and prohibited transaction rules and other matters.
Expert Witness – Acts as a defense witness in legal/accounting malpractice cases as well as an expert in real estate, tax, and trust/probate cases. He has provided trial testimony on various complex tax, real estate and business transactions.
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, J.D., 1975
University of Miami, L.L.M., Taxation, 1976
Lecturer – 1976 to Present for various professional societies and organizations, including Continuing Education of the Bar, Continuing Practical Education, Society of Enrolled Agents, Eureka Tax Conference, Fresno Tax Conference, Northern California Tax Conference, Sacramento Board of Realtors, Society of California Accountants, Internal Revenue Service, International Association of Financial Planners, Sacramento County Bar Tax Section.
Traynor Honor Society
Committees, Societies and Associations – Sacramento County and American Bar Association; State Bar of California; Vice Chairman, Executive Committee on Taxation for the State Bar of California; Society of California Accountants; Comstock Club; Sacramento Board of Realtors; International Association of Financial Planners; Probate, Business and Tax Section Member of the State Bar of California; Pacific Law Journal.
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
U.S. Tax Court, 1979
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1979
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit 1977
Representative Publications and Presentations
Alternative Minimum Tax and S Corporations
CEB, Real Estate Reporter-Tax Column
Cases and Materials on Covenants Not to Compete
CEB, Estate Planning & California Probate Reporter
Commercial Real Estate Partnerships-Tax Issues in Foreclosures
Deferring Estate Taxes under IRC Section 6166: Application of the Law to Real Estate Holdings
Drafting California Irrevocable Trust
Estate Planning Vocabulary and Fundamentals
Family Partnerships-A New Look at an Old Entity
How to Draft Wills and Other Estate Planning Documents
Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates
Ins and Outs of Pension Distributions
Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Dissolutions
Pacific Law Journal
Priorities of Tax Claims, the 100% Penalty, Tax Liens and Levies
Prohibited Transactions on Exempt Plan Real Estate Investments
Real Estate Planning with Options to Purchase Retirement Plans and Deferred Compensation Tax Accounting for Lease Acquisitions
Tax Aspects of Bankruptcy
Tax Consequences of Equity Participation Loans Tax Consequences of Partnership Dissolutions Tax Deferred Exchanges
Tax Issues in Personal Injury Claims
Tax Planning for Real Estate Dispositions and Exchanges
Taxation of Capital Assets
Taxation of Stock Transfers Between Corporate Shareholders and Employees Trusts as an Alternative Investment Mechanism
Using California Trusts: Planning, Implementing, Administering and Terminating