Layne Rushforth focuses his legal practice on estate planning, including the preparation of revocable and irrevocable trusts of all varieties, including the Nevada self-settled spendthrift trust (“SSST” or “asset-protection trust”) and the Nevada incomplete gift, non-grantor trust (“NING”). He also is involved in business formation, including family asset-holding limited liability companies, Nevada unlicensed family trust companies, corporations, charitable foundations, and other non-profit organizations. The goal of estate planning is to arrange one’s financial affairs such that the likelihood of disputes and the need for court involvement are diminished, if not eliminated. When there are disputes, Layne gets involved in seeking a proper resolution of those disputes, preferably without protracted litigation, and he has served as an informal mediator, as a court-appointed guardian ad litem, and as an expert witness in trust-and-estate cases.
Layne has practiced law for more than 40 years, having practiced law in Utah since 1978 and in Nevada since 1981. In 2002, after having practiced with several firms, he opened his own law practice, and in 2017, he added Kennedy (“Kenny”) Lee and Daniel Kiefer as partners, and Rushforth Lee & Kiefer LLP (“RLK”) was born.
Layne is recognized as a leading trust-and-estate attorney in Nevada by various groups. He has had the AV/Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell since 1990, the same year in which he was accepted as a “Fellow” with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Layne has been given the designation of “TEP” (trust and estate practitioner) by STEP, an international association of trust and estate practitioners. He has been a member of the Legislative Committee for the Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of Nevada for years, and, in that capacity has assisted in the drafting of some of Nevada’s laws pertaining to trusts and estates.
As founding partner, Layne has established the Golden Rule as the “prime directive” of RLK’s practice. Our goal is to treat all persons — including clients, trustees, beneficiaries, opposing parties, and opposing counsel — as we would want to be treated if we were in their situation, even if that is not reciprocated. As a corollary to that, Layne seeks to accomplish a client’s goals in the least costly manner. When appropriate, Layne encourages settlements, mediation, and other nonjudicial techniques to avoid costly litigation, even when RLK would make more money by litigating.
Layne has six children and 22 grandchildren (with two more expected in 2019). He and his wife of 43 years, Sharon, are seen from time to time at Disneyland, with and without grandchildren. Layne’s non-work interests include serving on the Board of Trustees for the Nevada State College Foundation, tinkering with computers and other technology, doing family history research, and church service.