Yours truly is proud to report that as of May 10, 2020, I have completed my Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Estate Planning, with honors. The adventure began in 2015 when I applied to the John Marshall Law School, now part of the University of Illinois at Chicago, for its online master’s program. I completed 24 credits in federal estate, gift and income tax, estate planning, trust and estate administration and ethics. It was by no means easy to come home from a full day, or week, of work and to crack open the Internal Revenue Code, treasury regulations, textbooks, etc. and study and do homework.
I have practiced in the areas of probate and estate administration and litigation since 2002. Estate planning was the perfect complement to my expertise in those areas of law. Since 2015, I have been assisting clients with preparation of estate plans, drafting trusts, wills and powers of attorney to facilitate planning for disability and the end of life and the transmission of wealth to the next generation. I am gratified to have had the opportunity to deepen and broaden my experience by additional academic training, and I look forward to bringing this knowledge to bear in helping my clients.
Jason C. Morris, an associate specializing in estate planning, passed the February 2012 California Bar Exam. Mr. Morris drafts trusts and wills for clients ranging from basic wills to complex trusts with generation skipping transfer tax planning. Mr. Morris also advises fiduciaries, personal representatives and trustees, in probates and trust administrations. Woodburn and Wedge is continuing to accept representation of clients residing or doing business in California.
Don L. Ross, Esq. has been named in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the “Trusts and Estates” practice area. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. For 28 years, the top lawyers in the U.S. have helped make The Best Lawyers In America the leading legal referral guide by candidly evaluating the work of other top lawyers in the same practice areas and geographic areas.
Mr. Ross represents clients in estate planning, federal gift and estate taxation, and tax litigation. Mr. Ross obtained his LL.M in Taxation from the University of Florida in 1994. He graduated cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Utah.
Don L. Ross and John P. Fowler were named as two of the Top 35 attorneys in Northern Nevada by Nevada Business Magazine. The 2011 Legal Elite list represents the top attorneys in Nevada. Nevada has 10,584 licensed attorneys and of those, this year’s 135 (between Southern and Northern Nevada) represent the top one percent. These attorneys have received one of the highest endorsements possible; a recommendation from other lawyers in Nevada.
Congratulations to Don and John for their well-deserved honor!
Don L. Ross, Esquire, was recognized by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada as a Friend of the Foundation for his devoted service and continued referrals to the Foundation. On September 22, 2010, at the Foundation’s annual banquet, Chris Askin, Executive Director of the Foundation, presented the award to Mr. Ross. The Foundation recognized Mr. Ross for directing a number of his clients to utilize the Foundation’s services to benefit the local community. Mr. Ross has served as a Professional Advisor to the Foundation for several years.