McDonald Carano

Private Wealth Law Department

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McDonald Carano is lauded by sources for its estate planning work, and also for its full-service offering. "They are very thorough and they have a great deal of depth," observes an interviewee, adding: "They have talent in that firm for all the different disciplines; wealth management is just one of them."

"The value-add is peerless," according to another commentator, who continues: "The team that has been assembled is superior, from the partners in the firm all the way through the administrative support and the paralegals."

Notable practitioners

Robert Armstrong
is "highly knowledgeable and skilled, and is known and respected by estate regulators," according to an interviewee. Another source says that he "totally understands all aspects of finance and deal structures, and is a well-recognised expert in the area of high net worth trust construction, wills and estate planning." Armstrong is especially notable for his work on the establishment and administration of Nevada-based private trust companies.

Scott Swain
is "professional, knowledgeable and responsive," according to an interviewee, who also says: "Scott has a very good way of framing issues and communicating, and has great knowledge of the estate planning realm." Swain's practice includes advising on a broad range of tax matters and assisting clients with closely-held enterprises on corporate issues, as well as trust and estate planning. A source describes him as "second to none in his knowledge of tax law and business and entity structures."