Thoreau, New Mexico Estate Planning Lawyers

James E. Dory
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Rio Rancho, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(505) 550-0395 Rio Rancho, NM 87174
Estate Planning and Probate
University of New Mexico
James E. Dory is an experienced probate and estate planning attorney (trusts and wills) . He also practices in the areas of estate administration and civil litigation. He has served Albuquerque's Westside, Rio Rancho, Sandoval County, and all parts of New Mexico since 2009. Born in Pasadena, CA, James has had a lifelong interest in sports, history, and law. He naturally landed in the history departments of the University of New Mexico and Saint Louis University, where he studied medieval history. In 2006, he entered the University of New Mexico School of Law and graduated in 2009, Since then, he...
Christopher Dziak
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(505) 234-7007 3500 Comanche NE, Bldg. B
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
University of New Mexico
I am a partner with Findlay, & Dziak, LLC (BFD Lawyers). We are a general practice law firm that offers a variety of legal services. With an office in Albuquerque, we can help clients with issues ranging from bankruptcy, business law, contract drafting & review, criminal defense, divorce, DWI defense, estate planning, family law, personal injury, probate, real estate, taxes, and more.
David N. Hernandez
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(505) 843-7300 20 First Plaza Center NW #71
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Construction
University of New Mexico
Gregory Matthew Segura
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(505) 585-5291 7616 Sherwood Dr. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Family and Probate
University of New Mexico
Vaughn Thomas
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(505) 837-2344 2632 Mesilla St NE
P O Box 21580
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87154
Estate Planning, Business, Energy and Real Estate
Southwestern Law School
AV RATING: Vaughn Thomas has been top-ranked since 1989 by the intenational lawyer rating firm of Martindale Hubbell. PRACTICE AREAS: Business Law, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Business Succession Planning, Asset Protection, Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Exit Strategies, Estate and Tax Planning, Oil & Gas.
Gary Risley
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Farmington, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(877) 565-4540 2705 Rabbitbrush Dr
Farmington, NM 87402
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Baylor Law School
Gary Risley is the founding director and shareholder of the Risley Law Firm, P.C. Prior to starting his own firm he was a director and shareholder in the Farmington office of the Miller Stratvert P.A.law firm. He graduated cum laude from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas in 1980 with a bachelor of arts degree, and received his juris doctor from the Baylor University School of Law in 1983. He received the second highest score among those taking the July, 1983 Texas bar examination. Gary’s practice emphasizes commercial transactions, business succession planning, estate planning, probate matters, water law, personal injury...
Jay Goodman
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Corrales, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(505) 989-8117 3949 Corrales Rd. #110
Corrales, NM 87048
Estate Planning, Appeals, Probate and Tax
Capital University Law School
I am a third generation attorney with experience in working at my family's law firm and then branching out to own a commercial enterprise in New York, then expanding on my business and legal experience to become a founding member of three law firms and several holding companies. I have been a board of directors' member as well as officer of several profit and not for profit corporations, LLC's and LP's involving real estate, grandparents rights, family law and commercial/residential entities. As a practicing attorney, my professional emphasis has been family law, civil litigation, real estate, estate planning, and...
Kate Fitz Gibbon
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Santa Fe, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(505) 216-9349 215 W. San Francisco St.
Ste. 202C
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Estate Planning, IP and Probate
University of New Mexico
Kate Fitz Gibbon is a Santa Fe attorney with a local practice focused on estate planning, elder law, wills, trusts and probate. Her law office provides dedicated, diligent, professional service to all New Mexicans without discrimination. ...
Jill Douthett
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(505) 896-6662 4801 Lang Avenue NE
Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Estate Planning, Business, Communications and Probate
University of Virginia School of Law
Jill Douthett is an AV-rated attorney who moved to New Mexico after 20 years of practicing law in Philadelphia, where she handled class action antitrust and securities fraud litigation, labor and employment, construction matters and insurance coverage claims for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and the City of Philadelphia. Her practice now concentrates on business law and litigation; business formations and corporate governance; franchising, distribution and licensing agreements; commercial leasing and real estate; venture capital and other investment agreements; and assisting clients who are buying or selling businesses. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia and...
Dorene A. Kuffer
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM Estate Planning Attorney
(505) 924-1000 500 4TH ST NW STE 250
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87102
Estate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
Dorene Kuffer is the senior and principle attorney with over 34 years practicing all aspects of family law in New Mexico and Illinois.

Dorene earned an LL.M. (an advanced law degree) in Child and Family Law from Loyola University, Chicago School of Law. In Illinois, Dorene handled cases ranging from traffic, misdemeanor, felony and death penalty cases, to divorce, custody, adoption, business litigation and contract disputes. She was also an adjunct professor at Loyola University teaching family law to graduate level students.

In 2007, Dorene moved to New Mexico, where she is licensed to practice before the 10th District Court, the United...
Lynn McKeever
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(505) 991-1948 3500 Comanche Rd NE
Building B
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Real Estate
Lynn grew up in the Midwest and was educated at the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa. Her most formative influence was her father, the plumber. From him, she learned how to plan, build, repair and trouble shoot. Now she applies those skills to complex situations where the legal system must be interwoven into people's plans for their businesses, their estates, and the protection of their assets.
Matthew B. Landess
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Rio Rancho, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(505) 892-3607 333 Rio Rancho Drive
Suite 401
Rio Rancho, NM 87174
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of New Mexico
Albert W. Schimmel III
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(505) 837-4400 320 Gold Ave SW, Suite 777
PO Box 8
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Bankruptcy
University of Missouri - Columbia
Stephen Royce
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(505) 888-1335 7770 Jefferson Blvd. NE
Suite 102
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Personal Injury
Christie Coleman
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Santa Fe, NM Estate Planning Attorney
(505) 395-4449 150 Washington Ave
Suite 201
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Southwestern Law School
Megan Mares Kalm
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Attorney
(505) 299-5077 8338 Comanche NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Estate Planning
University of New Mexico
Megan is an attorney with Kalm Law Firm, P.C. Her practice focuses on estate planning and on probate. She provides personalized in depth estate planning intended to fit the specific individual desires of her clients.
Robert Richards Esq.
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Santa Fe, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
400 Salazar Plac
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Rob provides legal services in the Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Taos, Albuquerque and Las Vegas environs. Rob is a general practitioner in the areas of, among others, real estate law (A licensed broker), guardianship, family law, trusts and estates, wills, business formation and business law and is able to provide legal services without having to charge for the overhead required by a large law firm. While litigation may be necessary, Rob is a strong supporter of mediated settlements.
Gini Nelson
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Santa Fe, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(505) 629-0768 1704 Llano Street
Suite B, #303
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Family
The George Washington University Law School
J.D., George Washington University Law School; M.A. Sociology, University of Kansas. Innovative lawyering, negotiation, mediation. A la carte means you can select from the full menu of services that a full service law office offers, instead of being required to buy the full menu. In other words, if you want advice only, you only purchase advice. If you want legal research or writing, you only purchase legal research or writing. Your lawyer can teach you how to negotiate, coach you on court appearances, prepare you for mediation. And, if you do want your attorney to do it all, that’s okay,...
Laurie Gallegos
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Los Alamos, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(505) 662-8955 1475 Central Avenue
Suite 150
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Probate
N. Lynn Perls
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(505) 891-8918 523 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Wendy Marcus
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Los Alamos, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(505) 662-7071 2172 Loma Linda Dr
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Santa Clara University School of Law
Tami Schneider
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Santa Fe, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
(505) 930-2407 2205 Miguel Chavez Rd., Suite A
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Foreclosure Defense
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Jacqueline Marrast-Simpson
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Los Alamos, NM Estate Planning Attorney
557 Oppenheimer Drive
Suite 101
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant, Probate and Real Estate
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Patrick Westerfield
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Los Ranchos, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(505) 265-5665 7103 4th st NW
Suite O-3
Los Ranchos, NM 87107
Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate and Tax
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Betsy Salcedo
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(505) 610-6904 11927 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Mike Gallegos
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(505) 266-4822 1604 San Pedro Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Real Estate
James Brian Smith
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(505) 843-9292 7850 Jefferson NE
Suite 140
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of New Mexico
Matthew Jude Bradburn
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Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(505) 550-2000 820 2nd St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Estate Planning, Collections, Probate and Real Estate
Ralph Scheuer
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Santa Fe, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 50 years experience
(505) 982-9911 123 E. Marcy, Ste. 101
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Estate Planning
Karen Holmes
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Los Alamos, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
837 Kristi Lane
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Timothy Vidal
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Santa Fe, NM Estate Planning Lawyer
PO Box 8980
200 W. DeVargas, Suite 7
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Estate Planning
Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(505) 821-2346 2604 Rio Orilla Ln NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Estate Planning
Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 43 years experience
(505) 275-3200 1905 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(505) 830-2076 707 Broadway Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Estate Planning and Health Care
Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
(505) 265-5560 5301 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Estate Planning
Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(505) 883-4993 4263 Montgomery Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Estate Planning and Tax
Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(505) 248-1300 201 3rd St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Estate Planning and Tax
Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(505) 237-0064 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
Santa Fe, NM Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(505) 469-7681 PO Box 1201
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Elder
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law - Texas Wesleyan University
Albuquerque, NM Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(505) 888-4357 8012 Pennsylvania Cir NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Estate Planning, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.