Overview

Melvin S. Spears is a Partner in the Estate Planning, Probate & Trust, and Real Estate Departments.

Melvin is author of Disposition of Non Marital Deduction Assets; Tax and Family Protection Considerations, 1975, New York University Institute on Federal Taxation 231; Problems Relating to Administration of Trust Assets, Chapter 9, Inter Vivos Trusts, Shepards Citations, Inc., 1975; Problems Relating to the Nature of Trust Assets, Chapter 12, Drafting California Irrevocable Inter Vivos Trusts, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1973; Capital Gains Upon the Sale of Professional Practices and Personal‑Service Businesses, 1965, University of Southern California Tax Institute 687; Mortgages in Excess of Basis, 1959, University of Southern California Tax Institute 883; Tax Treatment of Deferred Payment Sales, 1958, University of Southern California Tax Institute 663. He is co‑author of Tax‑Free Exchanges of Real and Business Property, J.K. Lasser’s Income Tax Techniques, 1965; Current Planning in Sales and Exchanges of Real Estate, 1963, University of Southern California Tax Institute 135; and Recent Developments in the Taxation of Trusts, 1960, University of Southern California Tax Institute 567.

Melvin is a member of the Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County and American Bar Associations. He was a member of the Planning Committee of the University of Southern California Tax Institute, 1976-1993, and of the Faculty of the University of Southern California Law Center, 1961-1968.

Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

Southern California Super Lawyers 

Community & Professional

Beverly Hills Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

American Bar Association

University of Southern California Tax Institute, Planning Committee, 1976 – 1993

University of Southern California Law Center, Law Review: Southern California Law Review, Editorial Board

Media & Events

Publications

  • Disposition of Non-Marital Deduction Assets; Tax and Family Protection Considerations
    New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, 231, 1975
  • Problems Relating to Administration of Trust Assets
    Chapter 9, Inter Vivos Trusts, Shepards Citations, Inc., 1975
  • Problems Relating to the Nature of Trust Assets
    Chapter 12, Drafting California Irrevocable Inter Vivos Trusts, 1973
  • Inter Vivos Trusts
    Shepards Citations, Inc., 1975
  • “Drafting California Irrevocable Inter Vivos Trusts
    California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1973
  • Capital Gains Upon the Sale of Professional Practices and Personal-Service Businesses
    University of Southern California Tax Institute, 687, 1965
  • Mortgages in Excess of Basis
    University of Southern California Tax Institute, 883, 1959
  • Tax Treatment of Deferred Payment Sales 
    University of Southern California Tax Institute, 663, 1958
  • Tax-Free Exchanges of Real and Business Property
    Co-Author, J.K. Lasser’s Income Tax Techniques, 1965
  • Current Planning in Sales and Exchanges of Real Estate
    Co-Author, University of Southern California Tax Institute, 135, 1963
  • Recent Developments in the Taxation of Trusts
    Co-Author, University of Southern California Tax Institute, 567, 1960

Speaking Engagements

  • University of Southern California Law Center
    Faculty Member, 1961-1968

Education

J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, Order of the Coif, Nu Beta Epsilon

Editorial Board, Southern California Law Review

A.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Tax Court
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