Daniel V. Goodsell

Biography

Dan’s practice focuses on estate planning, business succession planning and asset protection planning. In addition to drafting wills, Dan also prepares living trusts to avoid probate, trusts of various other types to minimize income, gift and estate taxes, and trusts and corporate entities to protect assets against forfeiture to litigation and other liabilities. Dan also advises elderly clients on planning for Medicaid eligibility and on nursing home and hospice care contracts. Furthermore, Dan has extensive experience in forming nonprofit corporations, charitable trusts and private foundations. With his extensive accounting and tax background, Dan also advises the other attorneys in the firm on probate matters, the administration of trusts, will contests, and trust challenges.

Awards

  • One of the “Top Lawyers of Southern Nevada” – 2014 – as awarded by Desert Companion magazine
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer – 2016
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer – 2015
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer – 2014
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer – 2013
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer – 2012

Licenses

  • Licensed Attorney – State of Utah – 1990
  • Licensed Attorney – State of Nevada – 2000
  • Licensed Attorney – State of California – 2001
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney – National Elder Law Foundation – 2009
  • Certified Public Accountant – State of Utah – 1998 (license inactive)
    (Sixth highest score in Utah on November 1997 CPA exam)

Education

  • Juris Doctor Degree
    University of Utah College of Law – May 1990
    Emphasis:  Commercial law and taxation
    – Staff Member – Utah Law Review 1989-90
    – William H. Leary Scholar
  • Bachelor of Science Degree with University Honors
    Brigham Young University – December 1986
    Major in Accounting
    Minor in Economics and Business Administration
    – School of Accountancy Grant Scholarship
    – BYU Academic Scholarship
    – Varsity Intercollegiate Rugby

Affiliations

  • Admitted to Supreme Court of Utah – 1990
  • Admitted to Federal District Court of State of Utah – 1990
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of Nevada – 2000
  • Admitted to Federal District Court of State of Nevada – 2000
  • Admitted to Supreme Court of California – 2001
  • Admitted to United Stated Tax Court – 2002
  • Member – Utah State Bar – 1990
  • Member – State Bar of Nevada – 2000
  • Member – State Bar of California – 2001
  • Member – Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants – 2000
  • Member – Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants – 1998
  • Member – Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council – 2000
  • Member- National Association of Elder Law Attorneys- 2005

Community

  • Member of Board of Directors, Blind Center of Nevada (2007-present)

Skills

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Computer literate generally – proficient with on-line and CD legal research, word processing, spreadsheet, database, data translation, on-line banking and sophisticated accounting applications

Personal

  • Married with 3 children
  • Enjoy tennis, basketball, running, weight lifting, skiing, scuba diving, travel, reading and movies.

Published Works and Subjects Taught

  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Medicaid Planning – National Business Institute seminar for continuing education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial planners (2015).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Use of LLCs in Asset Protection and Estate Planning – National Business Institute seminar for continuing education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial planners (2014).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Top Estate Planning Techniques – National Business Institute seminar for continuing education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial planners (2012).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Resolving Legal and Financial Issues in Elder Care National Business Institute seminar for continuing education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial planners (2011).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Medicaid Update 2011 – National Business Institute seminar for continuing education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial planners (2011).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Estate Planning Basics – National Business Institute seminar for continuing education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial planners (2010).
  • Author and Presenterr – The Business Side of Appraising – 2010 International Conference of American Society of Appraisers in Las Vegas, Nevada (2009).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Top Ten Estate Planning Techniques – National Business Institute seminar for continuing education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial planners (2009).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Accounting for Estates and Trusts in Nevada – Lorman Education Services seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial advisors (2008).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Advanced Estate Planning Techniques – National Business Institute seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial advisors (2008).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Essential Asset Protection Techniques and Strategies – National Business Institute seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial advisors (2007).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Discouraging Family Estate Litigation Through Proper Planning and Administration – National Business Institute seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys (2006).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Tax Exempt Organizations in Nevada – Lorman Education Services seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys, accountants and financial advisors (2006).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Advanced Estate Planning Techniques in Nevada – Lorman Education Services seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys (2006).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Sophisticated Asset and Wealth Protection Techniques in Nevada – National Business Institute seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys (2005).
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter – Nevada Estate Planning and Drafting Fundamentals – National Business Institute seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys (2004).
  • Author – Basic Estate Planning Considerations – Broker Agent Magazine (2004 Issue No. 1)
  • Author – Asset Protection Strategies – Broker Agent Magazine (2004 Issue No. 3)
  • Author – Should I Put My House in a Nevada Spendthrift Even if I Have Already Made a Homestead Election – Broker Agent Magazine (2004 Issue No. 4)
  • Co-Author – Protect Your Client’s Assets: Bullet-Proofing Techniques For Nevada Attorneys – National Business Institute seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys (2004)
  • Co-Author – Understanding and Drafting Trusts in Nevada – Sterling Education Services seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys (2003).
  • Co-Author – How to Protect Assets During Life and Avoid Estate Tax at Death in Nevada – National Business Institute seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys (2003).
  • Co-Author – How to Protect Assets During Life and Avoid Estate Tax at Death in Nevada – National Business Institute seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys (2002).
  • Co-Author – How to Protect Assets During Life and Avoid Estate Tax at Death in Nevada – National Business Institute seminar for continuing legal education for Nevada attorneys (2001).
  • Author – Extending Post-Petition Credit to Reorganizing Debtors: Understanding the Tricks and Traps of Bankruptcy Code Section 364, 1 UTAH LAW REVIEW 93 (1990).