A Legacy of Experience

Biography

Over the past 40 years, Thomas Crear has built a reputation in the Kern County legal and business communities as a pre-eminent transactional attorney, business planner and tax specialist.  His efficient, results-oriented approach to transactions rests on a well of experience and a thorough grasp of his clients' goals, available business strategies, tax consequences, and solid and durable documentation.

Mr. Crear's practice focuses on:

  • The formation, management, and operation of profit and non-profit corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies and sole proprietorships
  • Business sales, acquisitions, mergers and other reorganizations
  • The acquisition, sale, exchange, and leasing of real and personal property
  • Succession and family estate planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts, buy-sell agreements and family limited partnerships, life insurance planning, IRA and other retirement benefit planning, and the analysis and minimization of estate and gift tax, generation skipping tax and income tax
  • Trust Administration

Mr. Crear also has in-depth experience with counseling and representing physicians and medical groups in matters relating to general business transactions, managed care contracting, joint ventures, integrated delivery systems, and general state and federal regulatory compliance.

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • LL.M. - 1977
    • Major: Taxation
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • University of California Santa Barbara
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Honors: Highest Honors