Your Plan Designed

Wealth Preservation & Business Strategies

Stone Law Offices, Ltd.


Nevada Estate Planning Law Firm — Offices Located in Las Vegas • Serving Clients Nationwide

Attorney S. Craig Stone II has been practicing over 23 years in the State of Nevada and provides legal advice, counsel and services to affluent clients throughout Las Vegas, the surrounding communities, and nationwide.

Our “Wealth Design” Approach

“Wealth” is more than just your financial assets, but includes your purposes, passions, value-systems, stories, cares, concerns, and personal treasures. The “numbers” are irrelevant unless your specific circumstances and story are known; focus should always be on people and their concerns, and not just a technical solution.

Our firm takes a holistic or “whole-person” approach to your estate and business planning. Our passion lies in helping you define your wealth more broadly and then assisting you in designing a “client-centered” plan that is technically sound, tax efficient, accurate without compromising flexibility, incorporate your financial, social, emotional and spiritual values and aspirations, and establishes a meaningful legacy during your lifetime and beyond.

For those needing help with business planning, Stone Law Offices, Ltd. works with business owners to develop and implement a business “Master Plan” that will enable you to enjoy and benefit from your business during the “third act” (i.e., life after work). We can assist you in all phases of the business cycle, from starting new businesses, assisting established businesses with internal risk management and operating matters, and developing an appropriate exit strategy or continuation plan for business succession.

For more information about our approach and process, see our Mission Statement and Core Values and Beliefs.

Our firm focuses on the following areas:

General and Advanced Estate Planning – The preparation and implementation of Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, wealth preservation strategies, special needs planning, probate, trust administration, and federal income tax, estate tax, and gift tax law. Take our free Planning Priorities Quiz to identify your specific goals and objectives in creating or updating your estate plan.

Business Law and Exit Planning – Assisting business clients with Formation of new business entities (corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, including nonprofits), buy-sell agreements, leases, employment and independent contractor agreements, stock and asset purchase agreements, succession planning, exit plan strategies, and federal tax law. See Corporate Shield™ Checklists to determine if your business is up to date.

Asset Protection Planning – The design of appropriate and legally sound domestic and international asset protection strategies to safeguard assets against potential litigation, judgments, liens, and fraud.

Contact a Nevada will and estate planning attorney to get more information that can help you decide how to proceed with your legal matter. We provide flexible appointment times for your convenience. You are not alone in this process. Let us help you decide which course of action to take in achieving the resolution you seek.

Estate Planning

Estate Planning

There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents. New clients often say that they do not have an estate plan. Most people are surprised to learn that they actually do have a plan. In the absence of legal planning otherwise, their estate will be distributed after death according to Nevada's laws of intestacy. Of course, this may not be the plan they would have chosen. A properly drafted estate plan will replace the terms of the State’s estate plan with your own.
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Estate Planning

High Net Worth Estate Planning

High Net Worth Estate Planning

You've worked hard your whole life to provide for your family and make your loved ones more secure. Without advanced estate planning strategies, many of your hard earned assets may end up with the IRS and state taxing authorities. Our firm regularly assists affluent families with such sophisticated planning strategies as Family Limited Partnerships or Limited Liability Companies, Personal Residence Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts and a wide range of charitable gifting techniques to reduce federal estate taxes, gift taxes and generation skipping transfer taxes.
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High Net Worth Estate Planning

Asset Protection

Asset Protection

If you ever listen to talk radio on Saturday or Sunday mornings, then you might hear a financial expert taking calls and giving advice on investing and asset protection. While this expert is obviously trying to attract some new, wealthy clients, the general principles he or she extols should work whether one is wealthy or middle class. If you have made an effort to really save and invest wisely, then, likely, you have built up some assets for your retirement and eventually for your family. Along the way, you likely want to protect your assets. Right?
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Asset Protection

Estate Tax Planning

Estate Tax Planning

Historically speaking, the federal estate tax is an excise tax levied on the transfer of a person's assets after death. In actuality, it is neither a death tax nor an inheritance tax, but more accurately a transfer tax. There are three distinct aspects to federal estate taxes that comprise what is called the Unified Transfer Tax: Estate Taxes, Gift Taxes, and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes. Legal planning to avoid or minimize federal estate taxes is both a prudent and an important aspect of comprehensive estate planning.
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Estate Tax Planning

Charitable Planning

Charitable Planning

Charitable gift planning can be a simple process. For example, you can write a check, hand over cash, transfer stock or sign a quit-claim deed to real estate directly to the charity of your choosing. On the other hand, there are more involved strategies whereby you can give and receive depending on your unique circumstances.
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Charitable Planning

Business Planning

Business Planning

Since 1993, the Stone Law Offices, Ltd. have been assisting individuals in starting new businesses and established businesses in their internal administration matters in order to help the company successfully grow. In addition, our firm provides guidance on business planning approaches that will allow you to gainfully sell or transfer your business at the most opportune time. We also advise non-profit entities in how to incorporate and to obtain their state and federal non-profit status designation.
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Business Planning

Business Succession Planning

Business Succession Planning

It would be an understatement to say that family businesses are the backbone of the American economy. Some 90 percent of all businesses in this country are either family-owned or family-controlled. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, representing all sectors of our economy. From agriculture to services, technology and manufacturing, family businesses generate an estimated one-half of the U.S. Gross National Product and pay half of all wages earned in this country.
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Business Succession Planning

Probate

Probate

Probate and estate administration are the processes through which estate assets are transferred after death. When probate avoidance planning has not been implemented prior to death, the state will require a probate court proceeding if the deceased was a resident or owned assets in the state. Probate can be supervised or unsupervised. In an unsupervised probate, the appointed estate administrator manages assets, pays any debts, files required tax returns and various court documents, and distributes the estate assets.
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Probate

Trusts

Trusts

Trusts are simply an arrangement where one party holds property on behalf of another party. In an estate planning context, trusts are created by the person doing the estate planning (the settlor), who authorizes another person (the trustee) to manage the assets for the benefit of a third party (the beneficiaries). There are many reasons for establishing trusts including tax minimization or providing for the needs of underage beneficiaries.
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Trusts

Your Plan

Designed

If you have a question, a comment, or simply want to have a conversation and explore how we can help, we’d love to hear from you.

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Your Plan

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If you have a question, a comment, or simply want to have a conversation and explore how we can help, we’d love to hear from you.

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