Stone & Sallus LLP

Stone & Sallus LLP

Our firm has a full team of staff and attorneys to help resolve your problems and achieve your objectives. Our lawyers are uniquely positioned as we are comfortable in the Courtroom as well as the boardroom. We can litigate effectively.

Firm Overview

We practice law as a tool to advance your business objectives and to reduce your legal problems when they become a burden. We provide comprehensive legal solutions to the extent necessary in light of your specific situation.

Our attorneys and staff provide service by individualizing advice, support and guidance depending on the circumstances presented. Our approach is determined by the particulars of each matter, based upon a collaborative effort between the attorney and client. Businesses and individuals trust our firm to provide them with security and strategic growth through the evolving business and fiscal environment. Stone & Sallus serves businesses, charities, nonprofits, developers, lenders, brokers, individuals, trustees, and families across all of Southern California including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Torrance, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, and Santa Monica, Orange County and greater Los Angeles.


Probate Administration

Estate Planning

Estate Litigation

Living Trusts

Wills


Business Formation

Business Contracts

Business Compliance

Employment Matters
Main Office
Main Office
1500 Rosecrans Avenue
Suite 500
Manhattan Beach  CA  90266
Phone
  • (310) 889-0233
Fax
  • (310) 889-0230
Websites

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Office Manager
Jason Stone
Languages Spoken
English

Other Offices

Stone & Sallus LLP
16755 Von Karman Avenue
Suite 200
Irvine,  CA  92606
Stone & Sallus LLP
355 S Grand Avenue
Suite 2450
Los Angeles,  CA  90071
Stone & Sallus LLP
9595 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills,  CA  90212
Probate
Probate, Living Trust, Estate Planning
WILLS, TRUSTS & ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEYS
An Estate Plan is a legally written document that explains how you want your assets divided upon your death. The Court does not recognize oral statements or promises to give property upon death. Our lawyers will draft and devise your estate plan to help you prepare an estate plan that sets out your directives for distribution of your assets to your family and friends. Our clients range from younger generations with high degrees of potential wealth accumulation to established business owners and individuals. Our focus is on a practical and systematic approach to protect them from current threats as well as leverage future opportunities. We help our clients garner the necessary information to preserve our clients' assets for themselves and their future generations.

Living trusts constitute our core responsibility. We seek to understand and tailor our trust plans to the specific needs and life situation for each client. These plans encompass more than a basic one-size-fits-all approach, rather we transition to an advanced tax planning, asset protection approach for heirs and assets of the estate. This may include protection for children, spouses, businesses, and a wide array of special needs for each given circumstances of a client.

ESTATE PLANNING
A decedent who dies without a will or an estate plan takes the risk that their property will not be distributed in a way in which they choose. Rather, they leave it up to the Court to decide how the property should be divided. This process takes a minimum of nine (9) months and can last longer than two (2) years. However, if a will is in place, the Court will distribute the assets to the beneficiaries named in the will.

An Estate Plan is a legally written document that explains how you want your assets divided upon your death. The Court does not recognize oral statements or promises to give property upon death.

Stone & Sallus LLP will draft and devise your estate plan in accordance with your wishes. Our highly trained lawyers are in practice to help you prepare an estate plan that sets out your directives for distribution of your assets to your family and friends.

Our clients range from younger generations with high degrees of potential wealth accumulation to established business owners and individuals. Our focus is on a practical and systematic approach to protect them from current threats as well as leverage future opportunities. We help our clients garner the necessary information to preserve our clients' assets for themselves and their future generations.

POWERS OF ATTORNEY

We prepare all types of powers of attorney, including financial powers of attorney and durable powers of attorney for healthcare (also sometimes called advanced health care directives or living wills).


Durable Power of Attorney for Health (Advance Medical Directive)

In the event you become unable to direct your health decisions, who will be cognizant of your beliefs and wishes? Who will run your business? Who will make your medical decisions should you become incapacitated? End-of-life decisions and significant health decisions require a well thought out conversation to ensure the proper person will adhere to your wishes. This written document is recognized by doctors and hospitals, and is one of the most important documents you will ever sign. A written document setting forth such directives is recognized, provided it is signed, and will ensure the expression of your wishes is followed.

PROBATE AND TRUST ADMINISTRATION

If a decedent dies with a trust in place, no court administration is needed. The trust assets are administered by the person designated in the trust document (trustee). Stone & Sallus LLP will help navigate the trustee through trust administration from beginning to the final distribution of assets to the beneficiaries.
Our firm handles both simple and complex probate and trust administrations. Whether the deceased individual has a trust, left a will ("testate"), or did not leave a will ("intestate"), we work with you to navigate the required steps. This includes both inside or outside the probate process.

As disputes arise concerning heirs and beneficiaries, our experience in transaction and litigation work helps us to better serve our clients and resolve such contest. These matters are particularly challenging, as the loss of a loved one can create a catalyst for the highly charged emotional issues which accompany the process. We understand the legal and emotional intricacies, and work to resolve potential contests to ensure inheritance may be distributed free and clear to any beneficiaries of an estate.

Conservatorships are imposed over people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, dementia, senility or serious mental problems. We recognize that a conservatorship proceeding must be handled with the utmost respect and sensitivity for the conservatee. We help guide caring people through these decisions.
Business
Business Lawyer, Corporate Lawyer, Contracts, Litigation, Partnerships, Business Formation, LLC Creation, Corporation General Counsel, Employment Handbooks, Employment Contracts, Business Growth and Acquisition, Corporate Contracts, Business Planning
BUSINESS LAW ATTORNEYS
Our lawyers work in concert with our clients to assist in all aspects of a business, public or family owned, including strategic legal planning, purchases, sales, expansion, formation, employment issues, and dissolution. We strive to help our clients enhance their businesses in a forward-thinking plan to ultimately transition the next generation into the business. We help to plan whether you are a start up or already conducting business. It is important for any attorney to address your current needs and future goals in order to provide quality legal services.
BUSINESS DISPUTES
We offer representation in business ownership disputes. These are internal disputes within companies where the owners of the business, corporation or LLC no longer agree upon management, control, or ownership of the corporation. These disputes take many forms, they involve partnership disputes, shareholder driven ownership disputes, and family owned business disputes. These disputes necessarily involve a sale of the entire business or a buy out of one owner by a co-owner. At the heart of these disputes typically is a battle concerning management, control, and the value of the company at issue.

We learn about the goals of the business, the role of the key players, and the cause and effect of the dispute. By understanding how your specific business operates, we may develop a plan tailored to your business on how to deal with the internal dispute in such a way as not to effect the long term profitability and sustainability. Whether this includes a General Partner, Owner, or shareholder, we alleviate the problem where possible, and return the focus to the health of the business.
EMPLOYMENT AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR LAW
Our firm provides sound advice and strategy as it relates to employer-employee decisions and planning. We effectively advise local, regional, family, and franchise businesses as they negotiate with, hire and fire their employees and independent contractors. We assist businesses as they structure their high-level executives and staff in employment contracts, supervision policies, and minimize and appropriately manage, risk and responsibility for independent contractors.
FAMILY AND LOCAL BUSINESSES
We care about your business. Our estate planning comports with our business planning. We understand the specific goals and needs of your business and real estate matters. We regularly consult, create, and work with, a variety of businesses, so we can view your operational, day-to-day practices to minimize liability.
It is an unfortunate reality that internal and external conflicts related to a business litigation case can put a strain on business operations and individuals and redirect resources that could have been used towards more profitable pursuits. Our objective is to advise as to the most efficient and prudent course of action to reduce costs, save time, and resolve problems. In particular, families engaged in business benefit from our sensitive approach. We listen to your concerns and goals. We focus on careful planning to avoid expensive disputes and build successful and productive relationships for businesses. However, when necessary, we will aggressively and effectively pursue litigation, cognizant of your timing and financial needs, to help resolve the matter.
BUSINESS COMPLIANCE
Upon formation of a business and filing of the annual Statement of Information with the Secretary of State, the bylaws of a corporation require a shareholder and director meeting be held at least once a year to conduct corporate business and asset reviewal, including the election of officers and directors, and the approval of transactions which involve corporate assets. Further, a corporation that fails to comply with these requirements, will erode the shield of liability for the owners of the corporation for any lawsuit or tax audit. Failure to comply may also negate any otherwise available tax deductions. We offer a full service to ensure corporate compliance and one-on-one meetings to identify areas for potential increased efficiency in operations.
BUSINESS FORMATION
Selecting the Appropriate Entity
Limited Liability Companies

The limited liability company was created and has become the entity of choice for many companies. Other options may include an S Corporation, C Corporation or NonProfit.

Franchise Agreements, Licensing Deals, Brand Protection, Business Contracts require a detailed look at business planning, contracts, employment agreements and handbooks as well as compliance.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our attorneys and staff provide service by individualizing advice, support and guidance depending on the circumstances presented. Our approach is determined by the particulars of each matter, based upon a collaborative effort between the attorney and client. Businesses and individuals trust our firm to provide them with security and strategic growth through the evolving business and fiscal environment. Stone & Sallus serves businesses, charities, nonprofits, developers, lenders, brokers, individuals, trustees, and families across all of Southern California including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Palos Verdes, Torrance, Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, and Santa Monica.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

We practice law as a tool to advance your business objectives and to reduce your legal problems when they become a burden. We provide comprehensive legal solutions to the extent necessary in light of your specific situation.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our firm has a full team of staff and attorneys to help resolve your problems and achieve your objectives. Our lawyers are uniquely positioned as we are comfortable in the Courtroom as well as the boardroom. We can litigate effectively in a cost effective, efficient, and persuasive manner. We can equally provide transactional work that serves our clients needs and helps enhance their goals.

Jason Stone

Jason is a lifelong resident of the South Bay, California. Having received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona, Jason continued on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School. He practices in the State of California and before the United States District Court. Jason is one of two founding parners of the law firm Stone & Sallus, located in the South Bay, California.

Jason practices in the areas of Real Estate, Business, and Estate Planning. The State Bar of California has recognized Jason with the "Public Service Distinction" award for his work on behalf of public interest organizations and their clients. Jason provides representation to middle market, emerging growth, and individual clients in the core areas of business, litigation, and real estate transactions.

Jason lived in Washington, D.C., and worked as a staff member for a United States Congressman, representing the Congressman in hearings, legal research, and in drafting legislation and house resolutions.

Jason served as a clerk for a Superior Court of California Judge. He spent time working for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and in private practice. Jason is a barrister in the Benjamin Arranda III, Inns of Court. He is also a member of the South Bay Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Most recently, Jason has lectured at the "On the Record" Seminar at Southwestern Law School on the practice of law and business, co-authored Continuing Legal Education articles for the State Bar Estate Planning Section on "Upcoming Laws and Their Impact", served as a Chair for the South Bay Law Forum Constitutional Event, and lectured on Corporate Compliance and Real Estate Disputes.

Jason has participated in many mediations and arbitrations facilitating settlement for a variety of legal issues. As a litigation attorney he has successfully resolved cases both in and out of formal mediation, arbitration, and Court. Jason is a practical dealmaker and problem solver.

Daniel Sallus

Daniel Sallus is a partner of Stone & Sallus, LLP focusing on business litigation, business and real estate transactions, estate planning, entity formations, and real estate litigation. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Daniel obtained his B.S. in Management from the Eller School of Business and a minor in Spanish at the University of Arizona. Previously he worked at a large bank where he interacted with businesses and obtained a deeper understanding of their needs.

While in college, Daniel started investing in real estate and was able to pay his way through his undergraduate studies by managing and renting the investment property.

Daniel was accepted to Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he received a merit-based scholarship. Throughout law school, Daniel was awarded both Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll and was selected to clerk for the San Diego Public Defender's Office.

Daniel has represented several tech companies, VC's, business owners, realtors, doctors, and a wide array of professionals in both business and real estate matters. He has participated in countless court and motion hearings obtaining favorable outcomes in numerous cases.

Daniel has served as a co-author and editor for the CEB's estate planning section's continuing legal education. This organization serves to educate lawyers regarding new laws in estate planning and administration and how they impact distribution of assets.

Outside of law, Daniel has a passion for investing in real estate and is an active member in the South Bay community contributing his time in various community service projects. Daniel is licensed to practice law in both Arizona and California and is a member of the South Bay Bar association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Culver Marina Bar association, and Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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