South Dakota Special Spousal Property Trusts: South Dakota “Steps Up” to the Plate and Hits a Home Run for Surviving Spouses/Governor’s Trust Task Force Update

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 11:15am - 1:15pm
Location: SDSM&T - Christensen Hall of Fame Room
Speaker: Terry N. Prendergast & Patrick G. Goetzinger

Terry Prendergast is a Partner and the team lead for the Trusts and Estates Practice group at Redstone Law Firm in Sioux Falls, SD.  Terry has represented 45 of the 82 South Dakota chartered non-depository trust companies (as of 12/01/2015) and has helped 20 obtain their charters.  Terry also assists out-of-state counsel with moving, modifying, and decanting current trusts to SD situs and assisting on new SD trusts, having represented clients in hundreds of court approved modifications and decants over the last 10 years.

   Terry is a Member of the Governor’s Task Force on Trust Administration Review and Reform; a Member of the Lieutenant Governor’s Captive Insurance Workgroup; a Member of the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Special Workgroup on Corporate, Business and Trust Companies; a Member of the Association of College and University Attorneys; a Member of the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association; a Member of American Bar Association (Member of the Committees on Science and Technology, Corporation, Banking and Business Law); a Member of the State Bar of South Dakota (Past Member – Board of Bar Commissioners, Board Member – Public Sector Lawyers’ Section, Past Chair and Member – Law School Committee, Member – Legal Aid-Civil Committee, Past Chair and Member – Continuing Legal Education Committee, Past Member – Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee); a Past Member of the Commercial Law League of America, American Inns of Court, the Supreme Court Historical Society, and the American Judicature Society;  a Member of the Attorneys Task Force on Multi-state Regulation for the National Council of State Nursing Boards; a Past Member of the USD Law School Foundation; and a Service Participant with the Retirement Industry Trust Association.  

    Pat Goetzinger is a partner in the Rapid City law firm Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP where he leads the firm's Business and Estate Planning Group and serves on the firm's Executive Committee.

    Pat is Past President of the South Dakota State Bar Association, a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, is listed among the Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Real Estate Law, Corporate Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Non-Profit Charities Law, and Chambers USA, America's leading Lawyers for Business in the categories of Corporate/Commercial Law and Real Estate Law.  Best Lawyers  named him Rapid City Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" for 2012 and Rapid City’s Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year" for 2014.  Pat was elected as a fellow to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and recently began his term at the South Dakota State Chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Pat serves on several non-profit boards and is a lifetime member of the Mt. Rushmore Society.  

    Through his service to the State Bar Association and the Governor's Task Force on Trust Reform and Administration since its inception in 1997, Pat has been actively involved in trust and business legislation passed in the past several years. As a lecturer, program chair, moderator, or panelist, Pat has participated in continuing legal education programs at the state and national level educating attorneys and other planning professionals on a wide variety of estate planning and business related topics.



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