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Report from Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Spring 2014

In this Newsletter: - Before You Start a Business . . . - Estate Planning—Powers of Appointment - Public Use Required for Eminent Domain - Tax-Free Gains from Home Sales - Recreational-Use...more

Damon Key's Legal Alert - Spring/Summer 2013

The Spring/Summer edition of Damon Key's Legal Alert, with articles on the Hawaii Supreme Court's latest construction law decision, Estate Planning, the duty to defend claims arising from faulty workmanship, and the...more

BIA Proposes To Eliminate The Trust Land Acquisition Waiting Period

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that, if adopted, will substantially alter the rights of those who would challenge a decision by the BIA to acquire land in trust for an...more

Bureau of Indian Affairs Proposes Regulations in Light of Patchak

Last year’s decisive (8-1) decision by the United States Supreme Court in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak, 132 S. Ct. 2199 (2012) (“Patchak”) appeared to be a major blow to tribal gaming and...more

The Founding of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert (1963-2013)

Founded in Honolulu in 1963 by Frank Damon, a Hawai‘i-born descendant of missionaries from New England, and Henry Shigekane, the son of Japanese immigrants, Damon & Shigekane pioneered new territory by crossing ethnic lines —...more

Fiscal Cliff Deal Preserves Enhanced Conservation Easement Tax Benefits

Conservation easements are an effective tool for tax and estate planning and there are significant tax benefits to implementing them in 2013....more

Top 10 Indian Tribal Tax Developments in 2012 and Priorities for 2013

In This Issue: - Fiscal Cliff Concerns: Impact of Expiring Tax Provisions and Rising Tax Rates - General Welfare Tax Planning in the Wake of IRS Guidance Offering Safe Harbors - New Developments in Income from...more

Property

UPDATED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 Mortgage Foreclosure. Question Certified: Does the test set forth in Arlt v. Buchanan, 190 So. 2d 575 (Fla. 1966), for vacating a foreclosure sale apply when adequacy of the bid price is...more

Residential Property Development Rules Relaxed Slightly

Please find below another recent Housing Client Alert regarding 'Residential Property Development Rules'. This alert was sent out to our (i) Banking & Finance/Securities (ii) Real Estate/Construction, (iii) Mergers &...more

Vietnam Update - Residential Housing Development Decree

Please find below the recent Client Alert on the 'Residential Housing Development Decree'...more

How are You Holding Title (Deed) in Your Home or Investment Property?

A deed is a document that transfers ownership of real estate. It serves as written proof of ownership of your home or building. For a deed transaction to have legal effect it generally must comply with certain legal...more

Purchase of Development Rights: Another Option for Conservation Minded Landowners

Many landowners are familiar with conservation easements, a vehicle for preserving land in perpetuity, for which they can realize tax benefits. Few landowners, however, are aware of another option: selling the development...more

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