|Layne T. Rushforth's Limited Scope of Practice|
A Memo from Layne T. Rushforth about His Law Practice
January 13, 2020
To my dear clients, colleagues, and friends:
From now on, my legal practice will primarily focus on advising clients with larger estates and complex planning needs and on co-counseling, advising, and consulting with other attorneys, representatives of family offices, and client advisors with respect to the creation and administration of Nevada trusts and estates, as explained below. I plan to be in the office less than in prior years, which means that there will be fewer office meetings and more telephone and video conferences.
I will work with clients to implement advanced estate-planning strategies used by high net-worth clients that involve one or more Nevada trusts and/or other Nevada entities. I will also act as a consultant or co-counsel with other attorneys and will collaborate with other client advisors regarding the preparation of Nevada trusts, including Nevada Incomplete-Gift, Non-Grantor Trusts (NINGs) and Nevada Asset-Protection Trusts ("Self-Settled Spendthrift Trusts" or "SSSTs"). For most basic estate-planning work, clients will be referred to other attorneys or law firms.
I will also continue to be a Nevada trust-and-estate consultant for other law firms, family offices, and advisors with respect to the administration of trusts and estates governed by Nevada law. As part of that, I will advise clients and their advisors regarding the modification of irrevocable trusts, such as by decanting, a nonjudicial settlement agreement, or a judicial reformation. I will continue to serve as an expert consultant or witness in trust-and-estate disputes. Starting in April of this year, if a matter that requires court confirmation, approval, or ratification, I will, with the client's permission, associate another attorney or firm of the client’s choosing as co-counsel for court filings and appearances.
In the latter half of 2020, I may be persuaded to act as a mediator or arbitrator in trust-and-estate disputes involving Nevada law.
Clients, potential clients, and their advisors will be provided suggestions as to one or more potential attorneys who can handle the cases that are not within the new scope of my estate-planning practice, but ultimately, each client affected will select a different attorney to represent him or her in my place.
For new legal work involving trust-and-estate matters that may be outside of the scope of practice described in section A, above, I encourage you to contact me so that I can evaluate whether I or another attorney is the best one to handle that matter. If I am not the right fit, we can discuss those who may be better suited to provide the services that you need.
I am not retiring, but I am slowing down my practice as a gradual steppingstone to my retirement. I have no set date for full retirement, and I expect to be actively practicing law for several more years with a more selective workload.
Layne T. Rushforth
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