Bigger is not always better. LKP practices only in the areas of trust and estate law. Other firms offer diverse services to clients, LKP does not. As a boutique firm, our clients receive a better service because we focus only on trusts and estates. However, within this legal niche, LKP ranks among the top firms in Las Vegas.
LKP understands that a law firm is a service-based industry. To be successful, clients must come first. LKP focuses on our clients’ objectives while taking into consideration their concerns. Whether the legal work involves planning, administration, or a dispute, we believe our primary role is to educate our client so they are aware of the various options available (including the risks and rewards of each option), and can therefore make well-informed decisions.
Our Primary Practice Areas
LKP focuses our practice on probate & estate planning, and related areas of law:
- Probate & Trust Administration
- Probate & Estate Litigation
- Estate Planning
- Business Formation
- Asset Protection
There is no substitute for experience. The attorneys at LKP practice solely in the area of trust and estate law. We are not a Jack-of-all-trades, but strive to be the master of one. Because of this narrow focus, we have developed invaluable experience and proficiency with trusts and estates.
By practicing in all aspects of this legal niche, we are able to view all legal issues from multiple angles (e.g. from a planning, litigation, and administration point of view). This creates a synergy that is difficult for other firms to match, which results in a higher quality of service to our client. For example, LKP’s approach to estate planning is strengthened by the fact that we litigate issues regarding estates and trusts (often because someone else did not create an effective estate plan). Thus, we know how to structure an estate plan to avoid the issues we often litigate.
Our trust/estate administration and litigation practice is enhanced by our understanding of the planning process. We know the underlying purpose certain provisions are included in an estate plan and can take action to defend such intentions. Attorneys who are just planners, or just litigators have a difficult time matching LKP’s depth of understanding in all aspects of trust and estate law.
In addition to having some of the best trust and estate attorneys in town, LKP believes in providing a quality service at a reasonable price. Our attorneys bill at or below the rate of our competitors. Additionally, we do not bill the client for many office administrative tasks. Unlike other firms, we do not charge for photocopies (i.e. our copy machine is not a profit center for us), facsimiles, parking, mileage, and long-distance calls.
As a boutique trust and estate law firm, LKP has three main areas of focus:
Estate and Trust Administration:
For many people, handling a trust or estate after the death of a loved one is a new experience and can be overwhelming and confusing. The attorneys at LKP provide step-by-step guidance to ensure executors and trustees fulfill their duties and properly administer an estate. Such guidance provides or clients with the peace of mind they deserve while honoring the wishes of their loved ones.
Trust and Estate Litigation:
Our Trust and Estate Litigation Practice offers clients a team of attorneys widely recognized as being among the most distinguished, experienced, and successful litigators in the field of trusts and estates in Nevada. Many law firms involved in trust and estate litigation assign these cases to attorneys who are fundamentally estate planners with limited or no experience handling a major contested matter in the probate courts. Other firms rely on civil litigators with little or no experience in the field of trusts and estates.
We are unique because we offer seasoned trial attorneys with many years of experience in Nevada’s probate courts. The trial attorneys at LKP have in-depth knowledge of the substantive law and unique procedures applicable to probate and trust disputes. For this reason, we are often the firm of choice to represent corporate fiduciaries (including large financial institutions), charitable beneficiaries, and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries in the most significant disputes involving trusts and estates. We handle disputes over the interpretation of estate planning documents, arguments involving personal representatives or trustees, and challenges to documents based on lack of capacity or undue influence.
The primary goal of estate planning is to see that your assets will be managed and distributed according to your desires during your life and after your death. Most people focus on having a will or trust that meets the minimum legal requirements, but for a truly effective estate plan, the minimum legal requirements are usually not enough. An effective estate plan is one that truly accomplishes your objectives and that balances competing objectives according to your priorities.
LKP prepares all types of estate-planning documents, from the basic to the complex, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, Nevada asset-protection trusts, and private foundations. We can collaborate with other attorneys in the preparation of estate-planning documents, and we can provide a second opinion as to the validity of Nevada estate-planning documents.