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Dara Joy Goldsmith

Dara Joy Goldsmith

  • Business Law, Estate Planning, Tax Law ...
  • Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada
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Dara J. Goldsmith was born and raised in Southern California. She enrolled at California State University Northridge at the age of 16, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1987. While at Northridge, Dara was active in a wide range of campus and community activities and was selected the University’s 25th Homecoming Queen.

After graduating from Northridge, Dara attended Pepperdine University School of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1990, followed by a Masters of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) from the University of Miami (1991 curriculum/1994 thesis).

After completing her coursework at the University of Miami, Dara moved to Las Vegas, where she passed the Nevada Bar Exam and began her legal career. Dara joined forces with Marjorie Guymon to establish Goldsmith & Guymon in 1996. Dara is also licensed in California, Arizona, and Hawaii.

Dara has been involved in many professional and philanthropic organizations throughout her career, including serving on the Nevada State Bar Board of Governors, as President of the Clark County Bar Association, and as Chairperson of the Nevada Community Foundation and of the Nevada Law Foundation/Justice League.

In addition to being recognized as a Nevada Super Lawyer, a Mountain States Super Lawyer, and one of the Top 50 Women Mountain States Super Lawyers, Dara has received numerous awards, including the Nevada Legal Services Pro Bono Guardianship Attorney of the Year, the Presidential Award and the Medal of Justice from the State Bar of Nevada, and the Lloyd D. George Award of Professionalism from the Clark County Bar Association and State Bar of Nevada.

Dara holds an AV Preeminent rating, the highest rating possible as voted by her peers, and recognized through Martindale Hubbell.

Dara is an accomplished swimmer and triathlete and can often be found in a pool, ocean, lake, or river. A competitive swimmer on Las Vegas Masters Swim Team, Dara competes in pool and open water meets throughout the country.

Practice Areas
Business Law
Estate Planning
Tax Law
Elder Law
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
  • Free Consultation
    Free 30 minute probate consultations. Most other initial consultations range between $100-300.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Only in probate matters in accordance with Nevada law.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Fees range from $225-$525 per hour for attorneys in the firm. My rates range from $475-$525 per hour.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Arizona
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ID Number: 153754
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Hawaii State Bar Association
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State Bar of Nevada
ID Number: 4270
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  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
University of Miami School of Law
LL.M. (1994) | Taxation
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Pepperdine University School of Law
J.D. (1990)
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California State University - Northridge
Undergraduate Degree (1987) | Economics with an Emphasis in Finance
Activities: Alpha Phi Fraternity, Panhellenic Council- Vice President
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Guardianship Attorney of the Year
Nevada Legal Services
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
Legal Aid Cetner of Southern Nevada
President's Award
State Bar of Nevada
Lloyd D. George Professionalism Award
State Bar of Nevada
Nevada Women of Distinction
Nevada's Top 40 Under 40
In Business Magazine
Professional Associations
National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
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Southern Nevada Estate Planning Counsel
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California State Bar  # 153754
- Current
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State Bar of Nevada
- Current
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State Bar of Nevada
Board of Governors
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Clark County Bar Association
Board of Directors
Activities: Chairperson, 2000
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Websites & Blogs
Goldsmith & Guymon Trust and Estate Website
Goldsmith & Guymon
Legal Answers
14 Questions Answered
Q. I'm looking for a lawyer that takes cases on pro bono
A: You should contact Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, or Nevada Legal Services for placement. They are all Pro Bono service providers who qualify clients, have staff attorneys, as well as place cases with private attorneys. Good luck.
Q. My wifes xhusband passed. He has 2 minor children. Who gets his estate? His parents are trying to take it from them.
A: I am sorry for your children’s loss. Without more facts it impossible to answer the question. Facts needed are state of his residence at time of death, the ages of all of his children, how his assets are titled, approximate value of assets to go through probate, does he have a Will or Trust, what do those documents provide. I suggest you speak with an attorney in the state of his residence to address these issues and your suggested next steps.
Q. Me and brother are the last surviving children my mother has 3 grandkids from my sister and brother that has past do my
A: Assuming your mother was a raiders t of Nevada when she died, pursuant to Nevada intestate law, her deceased children’s grandchildren step into their deceased parent’s shoes. That being said, assuming your deceased siblings each had at least one child, the estate would be divided in four, on share for and your brother one share for the niece or nephew who is an only child, and one share to be divided equally between the set of siblings. If one of your deceased siblings had no children and one had 3, the estate would be divided into 3 shares, one each for you and brother and one for the three siblings. Hope that is helpful.
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Contact & Map
Goldsmith & Guymon
2055 Village Center Cir
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Telephone: (702) 873-9500
Fax: (702) 873-9600
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)