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Dara J. Goldsmith

Guardianship Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

5.0   9 reviews

About Dara

Learn Dara’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Guardianship
    35%
    Establishment and litigation.

    31 years, 300 cases

  2. Probate
    30%
    Administration and litigation.

    31 years, 500 cases

  3. Estate planning
    20%

    31 years, 300 cases

  4. Elder law
    10%
    Also admitted to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    24 years, 50 cases

  5. Medicaid and medicare
    5%

    17 years, 25 cases

Dara Goldsmith was born and raised in Southern California. At the age of 16, Dara started college at California State University Northridge and at age 20 earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics with an emphasis in Finance. While at Northridge, Dara pledged Alpha Phi. She was very involved in on campus activities and was honored to be selected the University's 25th Homecoming Queen. After graduating from Northridge, Dara attended law school at Pepperdine University School of Law. While at Pepperdine, Dara became interested in furthering her education in taxation. Upon earning her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine, Dara took the California bar examination and thereafter moved across the country to attend the University of Miami where she earned her Masters in Tax Law (LL.M.) While attending the U, Dara took and passed the Arizona bar examination.

After graduating from the University of Miami, Dara moved to Las Vegas to take the Nevada Bar Exam, her third bar examination. Dara began her legal career in Las Vegas in 1991 practicing law with a prominent law firm before joining forces with Marjorie Guymon to establish Goldsmith & Guymon in 1996. In 2002, Dara successfully passed the Hawaii bar examination.

Dara has always believed in giving back to the community. As a new lawyer, she got involved with the Clark County Bar Association where she chaired the Trial By Peers program for a number of years before being elected to the Executive board where she ultimately served as President of the Clark County Bar Association in 2000. Dara served on the Nevada Community Foundation from 1996 to 2008 and was the Chairperson for three years. During that period, Dara was elected by her peers to serve on the State Bar of Nevada's Board of Governors from 2001-2009. After completing 8 years on the Board of Governors, Dara was appointed to serve on the Nevada Law Foundation/Justice League of Nevada where she is currently serving as Chairperson.

Dara was awarded the Lloyd D. George Award of Professionalism in 2007 presented by the Clark County Bar Association and State Bar of Nevada, an honor that she is very proud of receiving. Additionally she holds an AV Preeminent rating which is the highest rating as voted by her Peers and recognized through Martindale Hubbell.

When Dara is not busy with her legal and community service pursuits, she may be found in the swimming pool. Dara is a competitive swimmer on Las Vegas Masters Swim Team and competes in swim meets throughout the country. She has also completed more than 12 half marathons, numerous sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, and her first half Ironman Triathlon, California Ironman in 2013. Since then she has competed in two others and had completed her first marathon in 2015.

Dara is married to Michael Goldsmith. They have two teenage sons with whom they enjoy traveling to exotic places and participating in family adventures, like running races, open water swimming, and hiking to wonderful destinations like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru and the Top of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

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Licensed for 31 years
State NV
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 09/10/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 08/06/2022
State HI
Status Inactive
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/22/2022
State AZ
Status Inactive
Acquired 1991
Updated 09/18/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Dara

Goldsmith & Guymon
2055 Village Center Cir
Las Vegas, NV, 89134

Reviews

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Posted by Lisa | August 8, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expert advice, extremely helpful
Dara Goldsmith was recommended to me by another accomplished attourney. She was very helpful in helping me through the process of determining the best course of action regarding a family member’s will and trust. She provided me with very helpful information and expert advice. To top it off, after our call, she took the time to summarize her findings and suggestions in an email so that I could refer to it when discussing the situation with the beneficiaries. Dara really helped me sort out a challenging situation by providing facts and solid legal advice.
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Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Joint Ownership
Dara was very professional and warned me to not do anything prematurely as to not hurt my case.
Posted by Robert | July 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guardianship
I hired Dara Goldsmith to handle issues with my wife's guardianship. Dara and her team handled all the requisite paperwork and answered all my questions. I would recommend her to handle theses types of cases.
Posted by Amy | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional assistance
Dara Goldsmith assisted us in transferring assets after the passing of a loved one. Everything was completed swiftly and effortlessly. We were in and out of her office in minutes each time, as the paperwork was always meticulously prepared. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Paul | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate, Probate and multi-trusts
We hired Ms. Goldsmith early in 2012 to file and comply with my late brother's estate and trust wishes concerning his six beneficiaries. Since I was not experienced in these matters, we had to make a journey of faith and rely heavily on her expertise and experience. She was able to take a large job (by my measure) and lessen it's complex requirements while consistently meeting state and federal deadlines. To say we are satisfied and grateful for her work would be a gross understatement.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Compassionate
As a successor trustee, I had no idea how to begin and what needed to happen. Dara concisely explained the process, gave me guidance on what steps needed to be taken and how she and I would both proceed. She's more than an attorney...she has empathy and compassion for the difficulties I am facing and may face in the future.
Posted by Becky | September 30, 2014
Dara Goldsmith
Dara Goldsmith is an exceptional lawyer. When we discovered that we would have to find a Trust Litigator, only one name came about and that was Dara Goldsmith. She comes with 22 years of experience and knowledge. Whether you need a simple trust , or help with a trust that is being contested, I would recommend Dara Goldsmith.
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2014
Lawyer client review
Ms. Goldsmith and her legal team are exceptional in their expertise. As a seasoned lawyer myself, I appreciate the demands of complicated legal matters and the lawyer skills to address them. Ms. Goldsmith handled a very complicated, lengthy guardianship matter for me that was vigorously opposed by opposing counsel. I found her professional judgment to be spot on. She was aggressive, consistently gave sound advice regarding strategy to meet my goals, and obtained favorable outcomes at every step. I would strongly recommend Ms. Goldsmith to handle any trust and estate matter, regardless of its complexity.
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Posted by Lee | March 25, 2010
Attorney with Integrity, Intelligence and Diligence
As a resident of another state I had a difficult time finding an attorney in Las Vegas, NV to help guide me through the probate court procedures. Although I have been active in local community affairs, (LWV, Citizen WatchGroup, etc.), I believed our courts provided ultimate equality and justice. I had never been involved personally with legal issues (as most of my friends had also not been) and was not prepared to confront a system that obfuscates truth by process. It is impossible for an ordinary citizen to understand technicalities and procedures that can easily erase simple wrongdoings such as theft. This website is immeasurably helpful in finding a responsible attorney that is necessary to navigate within the murky maze of justice.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 425-550 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Goldsmith & Guymon
  • 1996 - Present

Education

  • University of Miami
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1994
  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of the Tiffany Trust
  • Affirmed by Nevada Supreme Court.

Associations

  • Nevada Law Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, Chairperson (2011-present)
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Clark County Law Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, Secretary 2011- present)
  • 2008 - 2014
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • Board of Governors
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Nevada Community Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 1998 - 2010
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1993 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Guardianship Attorney of the Year
  • Nevada Legal Services
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Southern Nevada Senior Law Program
  • 2014
  • Medal of Justice Award
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
  • 2011
  • President's Award
  • State Bar of Nevada
  • 2011
  • Preeminent 5 out of 5 Attorney
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyers
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyers
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyers
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Lloyd D. George Professionalism Award
  • State Bar Board of Nevada & Clark County Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Nevada Women of Distinction (Philanthropy)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • 2004
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • In Business Magazine
  • 2001
  • President's Award
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • AARP National Convention, Las Vegas, NV
  • Advanced Directives
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (4)
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I admire Ms. Goldsmith's contributions to this site and her timely responses to inquiries. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Dara Goldsmith because we both are members of the Nevada state bar's section on probate and related matters. When I run into a difficult issue I ask for, receive and value her opinion."
Guardianship Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have long been aware of Dara's reputation in the field of elder law but recently saw it displayed first hand when she represented a proposed ward in a guardianship matter with intelligence and sensitivity. She was also able to use her knowledge of VA benefits to navigate a contentious case."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"Dara is a good lawyer! Very knowledgible. I think she could handle many estate law matters well."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The time a lawyer spends giving back through sites like this show passion for the law and compassion for people. Kudos to you for helping others with sage advice."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Other
"I not only endorse this attorney, I give this attorney 5 stars! Well respected in the community and proven to be effective."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Knowledgeable, talented and thorough attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Probate Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable and well-versed attorney. An asset to the legal community."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had an opportunity to review numerous responses Ms. Goldsmith has provided in the Avvo forum, and her detailed answers demonstrate her extensive knowledge and understanding of the law. I recommend her"
Probate Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Elder law Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Ms. Goldsmith are very thoughtful and consistently accurate, analytic, and customized tothe needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dara is a dedicated attorney here in Las Vegas who helps families and individuals with planning for the most challenging facets of their lives. She is a credit to the legal profession and I'm proud to endorse her as an outstanding member of the Bar."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seem many of Ms. Goldsmith's Avvo posts and they are clear and to the point. She is a valued contributor to the Avvo community."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Goldsmith is an excellent attorney who works hard to obtain the best possible result for her clients."
Probate Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Goldsmith is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and true credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
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Las Vegas Guardianship Lawyer Dara J. Goldsmith
Dara J. Goldsmith
Guardianship Attorney
Las Vegas, NV
Licensed for 31 years