Alan D. Freer

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  • Partner
Location:
Las Vegas, NV
Phone:
Fax:
702-853-5485

Alan D. Freer is a member of the Las Vegas law firm of Solomon Dwiggins & Freer, Ltd., where he focuses his practice primarily on trust and estate litigation. Mr. Freer also handles all aspects of trust and estate administration, and routinely represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested matters. He has substantial experience in challenging and defending the validity of estate planning documents, including wills, codicils, trusts and amendments.  Mr. Freer also routinely prosecutes and defends claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, undue influence, breach of trust, accounting, fiduciary removal, competency, lack of capacity, unjust enrichment, closely held business disputes and elder abuse.

Mr. Freer routinely represents beneficiaries, fiduciaries, and grantors in contested matters from prelitigation case assessment and dispute negation, to all stages of litigation, including trial and appellate practice.  Additionally, Mr. Freer has represented fiduciaries in complex administrations, including multi-jurisdictional and international issues, sophisticated business succession plan implementation, bringing a litigation perspective to assess and implement intended plans. 
 
More recently, Mr. Freer has been actively engaged in the expanding area of domestic asset protection (spendthrift) trust litigation.  Mr. Freer has represented creditors, beneficiaries, trustees and grantors in both attacking and defending asset protection trusts.  Additionally, due to Mr. Freer's litigation experience, Mr. Freer has been routinely engaged to provide risk assessment reviews for asset protection plans.

Mr. Freer is a member of the State Bar of Nevada and serves on the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, previously completing a two-year term as committee chair.  Additionally, Mr. Freer presently serves as a co-chair of the Legislative Committee for the Probate and Trust Section of the Nevada State Bar, a position he has held since 2014. Mr. Freer also volunteers as a mentor for the State Bar of Nevada’s Transitioning into Practice program (2015-present), where he has assisted and trained newly licensed lawyers on Nevada-specific rules, procedures, ethics and best practices.

Areas of Practice

  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Business Litigation
  • Guardianship

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2001
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 2001

Education

  • University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah
    • Master of Arts - 1998
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: English: Rhetoric, Theory and Practice of Writing
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1995
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: English, Philosophy, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Published Works

  • Criminal Law and Procedure: Utah Youth Court Diversion Act, 1999 Utah L. Rev. 1151.
  • Lateral Hires: A Primer to Minimizing Imputed Disqualification; Nevada Lawyer Magazine, March 2013;
  • Attention to Client Considerations When Designating a Business Succession Plan Ensures Effective Implementation; Aspatore, November 2014;
  • SB484 – Changes to Probate and Trust Law; Clark County Bar Association Communique, September 2015;
  • All Aboard the Omnibus: Highlights of AB 134 Changes to Probate and Trust Law; Communique, September 2017;
  • Probate “Pro-Tip” Primer; Nevada Lawyer, January 2018;
  • Probate & Trust Updates from AB 286; Communique, September 2019;
  • It’s Time for the NRS 162A Power Play: Changes and Challenges to Powers of Attorney; Nevada Lawyer, January 2020;
  • Five Tips to Avoid Client Trust Account Money Laundering; Communique, January 2020;

Classes/Seminars

  • Trust and Estates Legislative Update, Clark County Bar Association, 2019
  • Probate and Trust Legislative Update, Probate Bar Association of Washoe County, 2019
  • No-Contest Clause Conundrums, Probate Bar Association of Washoe County, 2018
  • Trust and Estates Legislative Update, Wealth Counsel, 2017
  • Ethical Considerations and Concerns in Probate, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Considerations for Dealing with Mental Impairment, Nevada State Bar, 2013
  • Fundamentals of Trust Administration, National Business Institute, 2012
  • Fiduciary Litigation Liability Issues, Nevada State Bar, 2011
  • Trust and Estate Litigation Trends, Wealth Counsel, 2011
  • Ethics Year in Review, State Bar of Nevada, 2010 - 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • 2020 Lawyer of the Year: Trusts and Estates in Las Vegas (The Best Lawyers in America).
  • 2017 Lawyer of the Year: Litigation - Trusts and Estates in Las Vegas (The Best Lawyers in America).
  • Top 100: Mountain States Super Lawyers (2018-2019).
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2016-2020)
  • Super Lawyers, Mountain States (2015-2019)
  • Super Lawyers, Mountain States Rising Stars (2009, 2011, 2012)
  • Super Lawyers, Nevada Rising Stars (2008)
  • Vegas Inc. Top Lawyers, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Nevada State Bar (2010-present; chair 2012-2014)
  • Legislative Committee, Probate and Trust Section of Nevada State Bar (2008 – present; secretary 2012-2014; co-chair 2014-present)
  • Transitioning into Practice (TIP) Mentor, State Bar of Nevada (2015-present)
  • American Bar Association, Trust and Estates Sections, Member, Section of Real Property, Estate and Trust Law (2001 – present)
  • State Bar of Nevada, Member, Probate and Trust Section (2001 – present)
  • Clark County Bar, Clark County Nevada, Member (2001-present).

Past Employment Positions

  • Lionel, Sawyer & Collins, Associate, 2001 to 2005
  • Utah Attorney general, Public Affairs Division, Law Clerk, 1999 to 2001

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Sigma Phi