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About brianychou

Brian Y. Chou is an Associate Attorney at the firm of Barth Calderon LLP and his practice focuses on asset protection, estate planning, and business succession planning. Mr. Chou assists clients in all stages of life, from the young professional couple that is concerned about estate planning for their minor children, to the wealthy real estate investor who wants to insulate himself and his properties from lawsuits, to the successful business owner who is agonizing about how to transition his company to the next generation. Mr. Chou understands that coming to grips with an impending lawsuit and confronting one’s mortality are typically not high on most clients’ list of things to do and his goal is to make the planning as accessible, digestible and (dare we say it?) enjoyable as possible. Mr. Chou seeks to build lifelong relationships with his clients to ensure that as their personal lives and legal situations evolve, their planning continues to accurately reflect their wishes. In addition to working with clients to protect and transition their assets, Mr. Chou actively seeks to be a resource to his clients in all aspects of their lives. He encourages his clients to contact him with all manner of needs, whether it be a plumber to fix a clogged drain, or a qualified accountant to contest an aggressive property tax reassessment or anything in between. An avid public speaker, Mr. Chou has presented to numerous groups all over Southern California, including University of California Irvine, Cal State Long Beach, the Planned Giving Roundtable of Orange County, and the California Society of Tax Consultants. He is also especially proud of passing the California State Bar Certified Specialists Exam for Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. Mr. Chou has also obtained his Series 7 & Series 63 Securities licenses and is also a licensed life & health insurance agent. For Mr. Chou, establishing a connection with the community is paramount. To this end, he is active in a number of organizations, including the Estate Planning & Trust Council of Long Beach, Provisors, Business Networking International, and Comprehensive Child Development, a non-profit providing early childhood educational programs for low income families in Long Beach. Brian Y. Chou is a native of New Jersey and the son of Chinese immigrants. After high school, he moved out to the west coast to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a degree in economics. Upon the completion of his degree, Brian earned a JD/MBA degree from Pepperdine University. During his time at Pepperdine, he participated in a number of activities. Notably, Brian was a literary citations editor for the Dispute Resolution Law Journal, the President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the Vice Magister of Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity, and a member of the Moot Court Board. He also worked in the Career Development Office at the Pepperdine School of Law and remains involved with the community there. Before establishing his estate planning practice, Brian worked for a law firm in the Inland Empire specializing in insurance defense and construction defect litigation. Prior to that, he clerked at law firms in West Los Angeles where he participated in the practice of Workers Compensation litigation and general corporate law. He is committed to using his broad range of experiences to build relationships and effectively represent his clients in a way that is thoughtful and pleasant for all parties involved. In addition to his professional achievements, Brian can speak Mandarin Chinese and can understand Cantonese. His interests include: surfing, basketball, tennis, jogging, drawing and cooking.

Big Trouble in Little 401K: Eighties Movies and the 401K Liability Timebomb

This is Gizmo. For those of you who are children of the eighties, you probably recognize this cuddly little fella as the star of the classic comedy horror film, Gremlins.  If you are a business owner, you may struggle to … Continue reading

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BroTato Ship: Business Development Lessons from Rob Gronkowski’s Booze Cruise Playbook

Imagine that you are hosting the most epic booze cruise ever.  What would it look like? Lemon drops.  Glowsticks.  Chicks twerking.  Live hip-hop.  Jagermeister shots.  Your parents? These are my parents “getting down” at an ice cream parlor in Princeton, … Continue reading

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Love, Tax-ually: The Tax and Legal Implications of Tying the Knot

Six years ago, my wife and I celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together.  We were at a fancy steak restaurant enjoying a romantic conversation when out of nowhere she handed me a red velvet box.  I fondly recall that day … Continue reading

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Leave It To the Kardashians: Lamar Odom Shows Us That Incapacity Planning Isn’t Just for the Elderly

No one expects or plans to be seriously injured or ill. Lamar Odom probably didn’t plan on going into a coma during his alcohol and herbal sexual enhancement supplement fueled visit to that Nevada brothel, but these things happen. We … Continue reading

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Silly Rabbit, Change Your Beneficiary Designations: What Donald Sterling Teaches Us About Making Better Estate Planning Decisions

By now, I’m sure you’re all familiar with the tale of Donald Sterling.  Self-starter lawyer builds up a successful practice and real estate empire.  Purchases NBA franchise on the cheap.  Then blows it all with some very unfortunate racist comments … Continue reading

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Is BATFE Driving You Batty? Gun Trusts Streamline Purchase of Firearms for Responsible Owners

Americans love their firearms.  This love affair has existed since well before the inception of the Second Amendment and is still going strong today.  We can see evidence of it everywhere, permeating our culture from Hollywood movies to Tea Party … Continue reading

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Getting What We Give: Understanding the Fallacies Behind Charitable Work

Charities should be poor. I sit on the board of a local non-profit and I happen to have a Masters in Business Administration.  Yet only until very recently have I realized that how wrong this idea is.  Up until this … Continue reading

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Proceed Write to Court: Beastie Boy’s Death Illuminates Why Its Not a Good Idea to Amend Your Own Will

They say that the pen is mightier than the sword.  This is one of those examples where that saying is true. For those of you who are children of the eighties, the Beastie Boys have probably touched your lives, or … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Fiefdom: Issues for First Time Landlords to Consider

Owning investment real estate can be a very rewarding and profitable experience, but it can also be a huge headache and a drain on resources.  Having recently purchased my first investment property, my head is filled with conflicting images of … Continue reading

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More Bite Than Bark: Pet Trust Law Provides More Protection for Fido

Almost 60% of all homes in the United States have at least one pet.  And yet, pets are often overlooked when it comes to estate planning.  One particular reason for this is because pet trusts have proven to be notoriously … Continue reading

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