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A squabble between neighbors over an easement for a driveway has been in and out of Napa County courts for a quarter of a century and, thanks to a recent decision by the California Court of Appeal, is headed back for yet another hearing.

The value of a bitcoin, the best-known virtual currency, was about a dime in 2010, $250 in 2015, $1,000 in early 2017, and over $17,000 in mid-December. (It’s about $11,800 as this is written.) That staggering gain in value has captured the attention of investors — and the Internal Revenue Service.

An Orange County couple’s marriage was already in trouble when the wife learned that her husband’s high-risk options trading had resulted in their investment account plummeting from $16 million to barely $400,000 in just five months.

You shouldn't have to have a law degree to understand that, if you are going to file a lawsuit, you need to sue the right person – especially if you are seeking $300 million and punitive damages.

As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to think about moves that will help lower your tax bill for this year and possibly the next.

Your year-end activities probably include getting together with family and friends. Perhaps less enjoyably, it should also be a time to consider some steps you may be able to take to lower the tax bill on your 2017 income.