Belan K. Wagner

Belan K. Wagner: Attorney with Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP
  • Managing Partner at Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP (14 Attorneys)
  • 1350 Treat Boulevard, Suite 400, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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  • Belan Kirk Wagner is the Managing Partner of Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP. Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans LLP is a full-service law firm providing both transactional and litigation services. Belan Kirk Wagner is head of the taxation and transactional department which practices in a variety of areas.
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Biography

Academic Activities: Phi Beta Kappa; Traynor Honor Society. Distinguished Lecturer: Golden Gate University, 1976 to Present: Corporate Tax; Employee Retirement Plans; Estate and Gift Taxation; Federal Income Taxation-Partners and Partnerships; Federal Income Taxation-Estates and Trusts; Federal Tax Procedures; Taxation of Capital Assets; Federal Income Taxation - Corporations and Shareholders; Federal Tax Procedures; Partnership Allocations; Tax Characterization; Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolution; Limited Liability Companies; Tax Considerations of Items of Income and Expenditures. 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. 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. Representative Publications and Presentations: Allocating Costs of Real Estate Improvements, 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; 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.

(Certified Specialist, Taxation Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Tax Planning
  • Tax Controversy Resolution
  • Real Estate
  • Estate Planning, Probate and Asset Protection
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Deferred Compensation and ERISA Compliance
  • Health Law
  • Expert Witness and Consulting

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
916-920-5286  Phone
916-531-1072  Cell Phone
916-920-8608  Fax
www.wkblaw.com/attorneys/belan-wagner
University Attended:
University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., magna cum laude, in Psychology, 1972
Law School Attended:
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, J.D., 1975; University of Miami, LL.M., Taxation, 1976
Year of First admission:
1976
Admission:
California State Bar, 1976; Certified Specialist, Taxation Law, 1985; U.S. Tax Court, 1979; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1979; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1988U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit 1987; U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit 1977
Memberships:
Sacramento County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of California (Executive Committee on Taxation; Member, Sections on: Probate; Business; Tax); Society of California Accountants; International Association of Financial Planners; California Trial Lawyers Association; ACRE; Sacramento Board of Realtors; Pacific Law Journal.
Birth Information:
Hollywood, California, October 30, 1950
Certifications:
(Certified Specialist, Taxation Law, The State Bar of California Board Of Legal Specialization)
ISLN:
903021416
Transactions:
Tax Law: Represents companies and individuals in virtually all aspects of tax planning and controversy resolution before the Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities; Representative controversy cases include 100% employment tax penalty; ERISA compliance (DOL and IRS) involving both income tax and fiduciary liability; fraud and negligence; accumulated earnings tax; income reconstruction; tax-free exchanges; reallocation of income; substantiation; timing; characterization; mergers; consolidated returns; and collections; Representative planning cases include structuring real estate and business transactions and entities, exchanges, mergers and acquisitions, debt cancellation and other matters. 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-canceling 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.

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