October 01, 2018 From the Chairs

Tax Tips to Help You Save, Plus Much More

Michael J. Van Zandt

This issue of Experience is our annual review of taxes. The certainty of taxes is one of the lasting truisms on the planet. Just as we must face the inevitability of taxes, we must also face the need to plan for our own lives.

Beyond the tax update from Crystal Stranger, we’re including a timely article from Kathleen Brady about how to handle the changes that come late in your career and retirement.

We also feature an article about how to fulfill your time as you wind down from full-time practice and seek new adventures, as Michael Blechman did when he ventured to Ramallah on an International Senior Lawyers Project.

Not to neglect the financial side of things, Ken Nuss explores the pros and cons of using an annuity for retirement, some advice we all could use. We also provide some insights from Cheryl Rich Heisler into doing an annual career audit where you take stock of your assets and debits in your current job. Constantly assessing your practice and your contributions is an important part of being a professional.

Finally, in our technology column, we bring you technical tips from our resident experts, Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene.

We hope you find these articles useful and, if you do, pass along your copy of Experience to your partners, associates, and colleagues. They’ll appreciate the opportunity to learn what experienced lawyers are thinking.

Michael J. Van Zandt

Michael J. Van Zandt is a partner and co-chair of the Environmental & Natural Resources group at Hanson Bridgett in San Francisco. In addition to chairing the Experience editorial board, Van Zandt is vice chair of the Senior Lawyers Division; a member of the SLD Council; a representative for the ABA SLD to the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Special Committee; a Litigation Counsel of America senior fellow; and an American Bar Foundation life fellow.