• Vivian U. Redsar

    Family Wealth Transfer Planning and Trust and Estate Administration
    Not-For-Profit Organizations
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    San Francisco
    Direct: 415.291.7433
    General: 415.291.7400
    Fax: 415.291.7474


    New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2005.


    Loyola Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001.


    San Francisco State University, B.A., cum laude, 1998.


    University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

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    Vivian Redsar advises clients in designing their legacies for families and charities with an emphasis on tax-saving techniques. She tailors estate plans for multiple generations of a high-net-worth family. She has significant experience crafting estate plans that are appropriate for each generation, transferring assets to the younger generations during life or death at a lower (or no) tax cost. Ms. Redsar also has experience with business succession planning and advice on philanthropy. Ms. Redsar utilizes a variety of trusts, entities and tax-saving techniques to develop wealth-transfer strategies that are sensitive to a family's individual needs and objectives. She also guides fiduciaries through the administration of estates and trusts, including preparing probate pleadings, appearing in probate court and assisting in the implementation of distributive plans, including asset transfers and the resolution of any claims.

    Ms. Redsar has a particular expertise in advising international clients. She has advised both U.S. residents and nonresidents in structuring their estate plans to minimize estate, inheritance and income taxes and conflicts of law among the applicable jurisdictions. Further, Ms. Redsar represents the executors and other fiduciaries in the administration of trusts and estates holding assets locally and abroad, with international beneficiaries. 

    In addition, as a member of the Not-for-Profit group at Manatt, Ms. Redsar serves as outside general counsel to nonprofit organizations, including public charities, arts organizations, business leagues and social welfare groups. She also advises individuals and families in establishing tax-exempt supporting organizations, private foundations, charitable trusts and other types of tax-exempt entities. After guiding clients through the process of forming and obtaining tax-exempt status under IRS Code § 501(c)(3) and its state equivalents, she assists with ongoing compliance issues, corporate governance and income tax issues that pertain to nonprofits.


    Representative Matters

    Crafting trusts, wills and other estate planning documents tailored to client requests, involving establishing family trusts that will last for generations to maintain family wealth and provide financial protection for descendants.

    Establish gifts to descendants using estate planning techniques, including gifts of high-potential-growth assets and preliquidity business interests that result in significant gift and estate tax savings.

    Provide advice regarding a large charitable gift of preliquidity business interests to maximize the charitable income tax deduction.

    Advising senior-generation family business owners in the transfer of control and value of the business to the next generation.

    Provide critical preimmigration planning advice to nonresident client to minimize (unexpected) U.S. gift and estate tax consequences.

    Advise nonresident client on establishing irrevocable dynasty trusts and entities for U.S. resident beneficiaries, free of U.S. gift taxes. 

    Represent nonresident executor in administration of estate and the resolution of contest disputes among international beneficiaries.

    Honors & Awards

    Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2010 & 2011.


    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California.

    State Bar of California, Member.

    Bar Association of San Francisco, Member.

    Nob Hill Association, Board Member.

    Northern California Planned Giving Council, Community Relations Committee Member.

    Performing Arts Workshop, Advisory Council Member.

    Friends of Huntington Park Playground, Member.

    Friends of Helen Wills Park, Past Board Member.

    Speaking Engagements

    Co-Presenter, “The Balance Between Protecting and Empowering Heirs: Trustee Selection & Distribution Standards,” Community Foundation of Sonoma County, March 30, 2016.

    Class Lecturer, "Wills Drafting and Counseling," UC Hastings Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Practicum, February 2014.

    Speaker, "Charitable Giving Strategies," Nevada Community Foundation, May 2013.

    Speaker, "Critical Estate Planning Concepts You Need to Know," Performing Arts Workshop, April 2012.

    Speaker, "Pet Trusts," San Francisco SPCA, March 2012.

    Copresenter, "Estate Planning for Wine Families," National Trust Closely Held Business Association, September 2011.

    Speaker, "Estate Planning for You and Your Family," Society of Women Leaders, May 2011.

    Copresenter, "Strategies for Nonprofits During a Challenging Economic Environment," Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco, October 2010.

    Copresenter, "Business Law Basics," U.S. Small Business Administration, August 2008.