Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts Attorneys in Reno, NV

Reno's Top Estate Planning Attorneys

Planning your Future Together.

At Carlson & Work we are estate planning lawyers in Reno, NV dedicated to protecting your family now and in the future. Estate Planning allows us to easily ensure your family is protected and your legacy is preserved today, tomorrow, and in the future. As Reno’s highest-rated family and estate planning firm, you can be ensured your matter is in the best of hands.  

A key value of estate planning law is the ability to forecast and predict exactly what will occur in the event of an emergency, unforeseen legal hurdle, bankruptcy or the passing of you and or loved one. At Carlson & Work, we will not stop until you achieve the results and assurance you deserve.

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We’ve all heard the expression “sue me” at least once or twice. However, in the US, people take this expression quite literally. America is one of the most litigious societies in the world, with millions of lawsuits being filed every year. During litigation, your assets can be at risk. Estate planning can be a useful tool to protect your assets in the event of a lawsuit.

At Carlson & Work, we take the confusion and intimidation out of estate planning. Estate planning is about protecting what you have earned for the people you love. It really is that simple. At Carlson & Work, we accomplish this, largely through two, straightforward options, a Will and a Trust. Estate planning lawyers often make the process far more cumbersome than necessary,

Sadly, many estate planning attorneys make the process of planning and delivering your estate feel far more intimidating than it really is. At Carlson & Work, you will know step by step what is occurring in your matter, what decisions the attorney has made, and most importantly, why. Trust our UNMATCHED REVIEWS and our hundreds of satisfied clients.

Reno Estate Planning Options

  • Revocable living trust
  • Irrevocable Living Trusts
  • Last Will and testament
  • Powers of attorney
  • Living Wills
When you retain Carlson & Work you will have a dedicated attorney by your side.

Client Testimonials

Carlson & Work
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I recently had the opportunity to work with Carlson & Work for my divorce proceedings, and I must say, their team exceeded all my expectations. From the very first consultation, it was clear that they were not just exceptionally professional but also genuinely compassionate and understanding. Going through a divorce can be an emotionally taxing experience, but the kindness and patience demonstrated by everyone at Carlson & Work made a world of difference. They took the time to thoroughly understand my situation, providing not just legal advive but also a level of emotional support that was deeply appreciated.
Brian C.
These are real people that know the ins and outs of the legal system to put families and regular people like me at ease. It’s effortless to be professional in this occupation, it’s harder to be personal, and Carlson & Work provide just that- legal knowledge and care for a community. Thanks Team, it’s forever appreciated.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much, Brian!
Oscar D.
Carlson & Work treat their clients, como familia. Their thoughtful approach of bringing complex issues to ease, is more than appreciated.
Response from the owner: Thank you, Mr. Delgado!
Alexander W.
If I could give 6 stars I would! I’m very grateful for the help I received from Carlson & Work. I appreciate their attention to detail and willingness to listen to what I expected and needed. I will definitely use them again. Great work from a local firm!!!!
Response from the owner: Thank you for the awesome review!
Casey G.
Great firm! Great lawyers!! You won’t go wrong hiring Carlson and Work!
Response from the owner: Much appreciated!
Carlson & Work is the team you need in your corner! Amazing experience end to end.
Response from the owner: Thanks for choosing our team!
Pablo Emilio Mendoza R.
No one wants to deal with an ugly legal case but if you have to, this is the team you need!
Response from the owner: Thank you, Pablo. It’s an honor.
Emilio M.
Mathew and his team handled my case with class and determination. I would highly suggest reaching out if you're in Reno looking for a top notch team.
Response from the owner: Thanks so much!
Was told my criminal case was unbeatable. Thankfully, IDidn't listen and called Attorney Work.
Response from the owner: Thank you for giving us a call!
In a small town like Reno, it's hard to find a team of attorneys as skilled and that which would rival a major market firm, Carlson & Work is the exception.
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!
There's Carlson & Work, then the rest. They're just not in the same league.
Response from the owner: ❤️❤️❤️
Mathew and his team are stand up, honest and humble law professionals. I never felt spoken down to, not listened to or worried about communication. They are the best in the game!
Response from the owner: Thank you so much! We work hard for great family law outcomes!
Hugo O.
Five stars doesn't come close to how much I owe Rebekah, but I would proudly recommend her to any friends or family looking for a fantastic family law attorney.
Flavio G.
No one wants to need an attorney, but if you ever do, this is your place! A+ employees and process.
Michel M.
The entire team was patient, thoughtful and kind throughout a very difficult case. I was represented by Kathleen, she was honest and fair throughout the whole process.
daniela G.
Without a doubt, the best law firm in Nevada. Plain and simple.
Kimberly A.
Carlson and Work is absolutely top notch in everything they do, communication, preparation, honesty, everything about the way they operate their firm is top flight and refreshing. If you’re in a bind, give the a ring!
Fer A.
If you need someone in your corner, during the most challenging parts of your life, Mathew Work is the kind of guy you hope to have in your foxhole with you. He will fight tooth and nail for you like family and speak to you with bluntness lost in these times. He is simply the best.
Ana A.
I can’t thank Mathew, Rebecca and the team for everything they have accomplished in such a short amount of time, in a couple months, I went from hopeless to so hopeful about what my future and my family’s future holds!
I had the opportunity to work with Rebecca Carlson and Nichole in my custody case. They were compassionate, professional, and always told me how it was, even when the news was difficult. I really respect their humble approach to dealing with clients and their willingness to explain things multiple times to make sure I understood exactly what was happening throughout the entire process of my Litigation, if you’re in a bind, these are your people!
Saira M.
The entire team at Carlson Work was communicative, kind, and very honest throughout my entire time with them. I was represented by a previous firm, and this firm was able to accomplish in four months with the other firm, couldn’t accomplish in nearly 2 years regarding my custody case five stars isn’t enough to express my gratitude to the team.
Carlson & Work is made up of kind people with hearts of gold who are willing to go to battle for their clients! I am so grateful they still build business on principles!
Kathleen fought for my family like she was part of it. I'll never forget the life changing impact attorney Mangan has made for the health and well being of my children.
Marco Antonio Zepeda G.
If you're dealing with family law stuff, you've got to check out Rebecca and her team at Carlson & Work. They really know their stuff and they get how tough these situations can be. Rebecca is super understanding and makes you feel like you're not just another case. Her team is all about making things clear and less overwhelming for you. They're really supportive and make a hard process a bit easier to handle. Seriously, for anything family law-related, Rebecca and her crew are the people you want on your side. They're awesome.
Paul A.
Matthew Work is a lawyer who's not just great at his job, but he's also super kind-hearted. He really listens and cares, making you feel supported and not just like another case. It's like talking to a friend who knows all about law. He makes the whole legal thing feel less scary and more human. It's awesome to have a lawyer who's not only smart but also genuinely cares about you.
Response from the owner: Thanks so much for the kind words.
The entire support staff was on top of communication and made working with the attorneys streamline. I really appreciated that I was always kept up to speed and given option to collaborate with the progress of the case. I can’t recommend this team enough. Five stars.
diana marlene salas S.
I was referring to Mathew Work for an injury case by my Barber, he was all the hype and more. Down to earth guy and spoke to me like a human throughout the process. Very happy with my settlement and the way my case was managed by Mathew.
Argut S.
I went through a very long child custody battle with Rebecca. She never gave up on me, never lost hope, and in the end I was awarded primary physical custody. Thanks to her hard work.
Kimberly C.
I am extremely pleased with the firm's handling of my case. Their expertise and support throughout the process were invaluable. Everything was conducted in a timely and professional manner. The outcome exceeded my expectations, and I highly recommend their services to anyone facing similar legal challenges.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for the kind words! We greatly appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day.
Emmanuel G.
Five. Stars! This law firm is one of the best businesses and group of professionals I've ever worked with. Look no further it doesn't get better in Reno.
Response from the owner: Mr. Garcia, thank you for taking the time to share this. It means a ton to us.
jessica ramirez R.
Mathew and Lauren were the two attorneys I interfaced with during my case. They were both patient, dynamic and honest. They set expectations and kept me up to speed throughout the entire court process.
Response from the owner: Thank you Jessica! We agree, Lauren is an amazingly hardworking attorney.
I can’t think you all enough. You were patient, kind, dedicated for the last six months, and we finally achieved the results. We set out too. If you’re like me and looking for honest and aggressive, legal assistance, this is your team.
Response from the owner: Thanks Ed! We are thankful for you.
Mathew and his team were incredible to work with. Obviously, anytime you’re working with an attorney. It can be otherwise stressful but somehow this team makes it very stress-free and personal.
Response from the owner: Thans Abbie! We do our best to do what's right for our clients! Thank you for taking the time to share your kind words.
Eren S.
I've got to give some real talk about my attorney, Mathew. At first, he might come off a bit rough around the edges, and I won't lie, it took me a minute to get used to it. But, as time went on, I started to truly appreciate that side of him. It's like his no-nonsense approach is actually one of his strengths. He cuts through the fluff, gets down to business, and genuinely has your back. Weirdly enough, I've come to love that about him. If you want someone straightforward and fiercely on your side, Mathew's the real deal.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for the kind words and taking the time to share this!
Louis D.
I've got to share about my experience with my custody attorney, Lauren. Going through a custody battle is never easy, but Lauren was a true anchor throughout. She didn't just feed me legal jargon or false promises. She was honest from the get-go, even when the truth was hard to swallow. And you know how sometimes it feels like you're in the dark with legal stuff? Not with Lauren. She made sure I was always in the loop and understood each step. It felt like I had a friend guiding me, someone genuinely on my side. If you're diving into the maze of custody battles and need a steady hand, Lauren is the one you'd want by your side. She's been a godsend.
Response from the owner: We agree, Lauren ROCKS!
Alessandro S.
Had to write this about Mathew Work – he's such a breath of fresh air in the legal world. I've met lawyers before, but none as approachable and genuine as him. The whole time we worked together, he kept things real and was straight-up honest, no sugarcoating. It felt like having a knowledgeable friend on my side, guiding me through everything. If you're looking for someone down-to-earth and trustworthy, Mathew's your guy. So glad I found him.
Response from the owner: Mr. Work.. WORKS really hard to help all his clients. Thank you!
Welen E.
Lauren Driscoll stands out as an exemplary attorney in the realm of family law. Her intelligence and keen understanding of the intricacies of the legal system are commendable. More than her vast knowledge, it’s the way she took the time to meticulously explain the family law process to me that left a lasting impression. With Lauren, I felt informed, empowered, and confident at every turn. I can’t express enough gratitude for her guidance and support throughout the entire process. Highly recommended!
Response from the owner: Isn't she great! We are very grateful for your kind words.
Toby H.
Rebecca Carlson is an exceptional attorney. Her aggressive approach ensured we were always a step ahead, and her meticulous preparation before trial was evident. Meeting with Rebecca to discuss questions was invaluable; it not only showcased her commitment but also significantly eased my nerves. Truly grateful for her unparalleled dedication and expertise. Don’t wait, call this girl today!
Response from the owner: We couldn't agree more, Rebecca is one of the hardest working women you will ever meet. Thank you for recognizing her hard work.
Zhang A.
Rebecca was absolutely spectacular throughout my case. She exceeded at preparatory efforts and I felt reassured knowing what was coming next. What a pleasant surprise working with lawyers! Five stars!!!
Response from the owner: Thank you so much for your amazing review!
I was referred to Rebecca by a close friend, who had similar positive results. She is an absolute force to be reckoned with. Five stars!Thanks Becca!
Response from the owner: Thank you for the awesome review! We appreciate you!
Maria M.
Rebecca is an amazing lawyer who really gets it. She took the time to listen to all my custody concerns, showing she truly cared. Not only did she understand what I was going through, but she also worked wonders in court. Thanks to her, we got great results. It felt like having a friend in my corner who also happens to be a legal whiz!
Response from the owner: We always work hard to try to understand our clients at a personal level. Thank you for seeing that quality in us and sharing your opinion!
omar O.
What sets Mathew Work apart is not only his legal acumen but also his dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients. He fought tirelessly on my behalf, and the results exceeded my expectations.If you're in search of an attorney who combines expertise, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to your case, I wholeheartedly recommend Mathew Work. He is a true advocate for justice, and I am grateful to have had him by my side.Thank you, Mathew , for your outstanding legal representation and for making a positive impact on my life.

Carlson & Work is a Reno Law Firm You Can Trust

From family law to family planning, Carlson & Work is focused on one thing, protecting your family. Rather than being a jack of all trades firm, we have mastered family law and family planning. As a result, our ratings, reputations, awarded honors and position as Reno’s top family law and family planning firm is unmatched. With that, we continually strive to better ourselves and live up to and beyond the expectations our clients have become accustomed to.

Protecting Your Future

A central goal of estate planning is protecting your assets. We will evaluate your unique position and goals to come up with the best possible estate planning objective. Together, we will discuss the best options for you and your family when it comes to protecting your assets and minimizing unnecessary impacts of taxes. When you select Carlson & Work to plan your estate, we will work together and discuss all of your estate planning options.

Estate Planning FAQs

As you accumulate more assets throughout your life, it becomes increasingly important to organize the management of your property for after death. This can be done through estate planning, which is the preparation of tasks that are created to manage one’s property after they die. At Carlson & Work of Reno, Nevada, our experienced estate planning attorneys can guide you through the estate planning process to ensure that your property ends up in the right hands after your death.

An irrevocable trust is a trust that cannot be revoked, meaning that once the terms are established, they cannot be changed or canceled. While this may seem like somewhat of a disadvantage, an irrevocable trust relinquishes your control of the assets, which places them out of reach in the event of litigation. You are able to designate a trustee, who manages the trust, and beneficiaries, which the trustee can be one of. Beneficiaries can be your family or
close friends, or even a business or nonprofit entity.

The goal of estate planning is to ensure that beneficiaries of the estate receive your assets in a way that minimizes taxing of the property. Ultimately, estate planning focuses on making sure that the right people get your property after your death.

Estate planning tasks include writing a will, creating a trust, naming a beneficiary, listing your assets, valuing your assets, setting up funeral arrangements, and naming a durable power of attorney to manage other assets. Assets that should be included and valued in your estate plan include:

  • Houses (including the house that you live in, any land that you own and any other real estate that you own)
  • Vehicles (including cars, motorcycles, and boats)
  • Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Collectibles (including coins, art, antiques, and trading cards)
  • Life insurance
  • Debt
  • Pension
  • Ownership in any businesses


While not everyone necessarily needs an estate plan, you don’t have to have a large estate to have an estate plan. The choice to have an estate plan is a personal decision. If you are considering creating an estate plan, reach out to the Reno, Nevada estate attorneys of Carlson & Work for advice on the process.

Estate planning is beneficial for several reasons, including:

  • Providing for spouse and children
  • Preserving family wealth
  • Leaving a legacy behind
  • Naming the guardian of minor children
  • Your estate is large: If the value of your estate is large, having an estate plan could help you avoid estate taxes.
  • You have children: If you believe that your children are not old enough or mature enough to handle a large inheritance, an estate plan can make provisions through a trust to remedy this issue.
  • You want to avoid probate: When you have a will, you must go through probate court to attain anything in the will. Probate can result in a loss of privacy because your information becomes a public record in court. Probate is also expensive and oftentimes, a long process. Estate plans avoid probate court.
  • You want to give your property to charity: Estate plans allow you to name charities as beneficiaries if you wish to give your property to a charity.
  • It minimizes probate expenses.
  • It minimizes delays in inheriting property.
  • It maintains privacy.
  • It is more detailed and extensive than a will.
  • It can be complex.
  • It can be expensive to create.
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Estate planning allows you to protect and preserve your assets, as well as make it easier to transfer assets in the event of litigation. It can also help minimize your tax obligations in some instances. Estate planning is one of the best ways to protect your wealth, oftentimes in the form of a trust. A trust allows a third party, known as a trustee, to hold assets on behalf of the
beneficiaries. While there are many different kinds of trusts, an irrevocable trust is the best way to make sure your assets are protected.

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