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Courtney E. McCandless

Courtney is a partner at Simmons Freeman/NV Trust Lawyers.  She focuses her practice on the areas of estate, business and asset protection planning. Together with each client Courtney enjoys designing a comprehensive estate plan to meet each client’s unique goals, which may include minimizing gift, estate and income taxes, avoiding court involvement and helping families stay on the right path to achieving their goals in the future.

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Awards, Recognition, Certifications

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Ones to Watch in Tax Law & Trusts and Estates - 2020 & 2021

  • Rising Star in Estate Planning and Probate – 2020 & 2021, Mountain States Super Lawyers

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada Bar, 2015

Professional Involvement

  • Southern Nevada Estate Planning Council

  • Speaker, AICPA – 2019 Advanced Estate Planning Conference - Decanting

  • Speaker, AICPA - 2018 Advanced Estate Planning Conference - Modifying an Irrevocable Trust with Decanting and Other Alternatives

  • Speaker, AICPA - 2017 Advanced Estate Planning Conference - Pre-Mortem Planning

  • Previously held Series 7, 66, 9 and 10 FINRA securities licenses (no longer active)


  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, 2014

    • Judicial Extern - Honorable Gloria J. ​Sturman of the Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada

    • Judicial Extern – Probate Commissioner Wesley Yamashita of the Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County, Nevada

    • Wills, Trusts & Estates Research Assistant

    • Guardianship Community Service Program Course Instructor

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance, 2004


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