Joshua Dwyer
Associate Attorney

Joshua Dwyer

Associate Attorney

Contact Info

El Paso

   915.546.8273
  915.546.8333

Las Cruces

 575.522.2315
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Areas of Concentration

Estate Planning, Probate & Asset Protection

Education

Regent School of Law
Juris Doctor

Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

Admissions & Qualifications

State Bar of New Mexico

State Bar of Texas

United States District Court
District of New Mexico

United States Tax Court




Joshua “Josh” Dwyer practices primarily in the Firm’s Las Cruces, New Mexico office. He assists clients with estate planning, probate, estate, and trust administration as well as business-related legal matters.

By assisting clients in determining which estate planning documents will best meet their individual needs, Josh has been able to assist clients plan for the future and make decisions that reflect their particular priorities and values. In addition to designing and drafting estate planning documents, including wills, living trusts, testamentary trusts, powers of attorney, and advanced health-care directives, Josh advises clients on probate matters, the administration of trusts and estates, and various matters related to business succession planning, contracts, and transfers of ownership. By advising fiduciaries regarding their responsibilities, duties, and authority, Josh has assisted personal representatives and trustees in the administration of trusts and estates.

Josh also advises clients with regard to federal and state taxation, specifically transfer taxes associated with the federal estate tax, federal gift tax, and federal generation-skipping transfer tax. This is done in a variety of ways, including properly structuring the client’s estate to minimize the exposure to transfer taxes and in some cases advising clients to undertake specific gift planning techniques.

Josh is a member of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Section, Taxation Law Section, and Business Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico. He also serves as an officer and director for the Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Council and is a member of the Planning Committee for the Estate Planning Institute.

An active member in the Las Cruces civic and charitable community, Josh serves on the Mesilla Valley Hospice Board of Directors and is a member of the Rio Grande Rotary Club. Josh is a member of Grace Covenant Church where he attends with his wife and five children.


Representative Matters
  • Designed business succession plans for business-owners to allow businesses to continue operating after the owner’s death.
  • Designed estate plans for a married couple with minor children.
  • Designed estate plans for married couples who wish to benefit various charities, including churches, community foundations, and other civic groups.
  • Drafted asset-specific trusts for clients with real property in other states.
  • Assisted clients in resolving disputes concerning trust administration through mediation rather than litigation.
  • Negotiated and resolved state and federal tax liabilities for clients who own businesses.
  • Assisted and advised clients with planning to reduce or avoid federal transfer taxes.
  • Drafted stock redemption agreements for corporations to facilitate the buy-out of a shareholder.
  • Represented fiduciaries in probate litigation.
Presentations

2012, November 1-2. Trust Protector: Ace in the Hole or Joker Wild? Lecture presented at the 20th Annual Estate Planning Institute of Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2011, August 26. Uniform Probate Code: Update on Changes for 2012. Lecture presented at the Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Council in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2010, December 8. New Mexico Worker’s Compensation and Employment Law. Lecture presented at the Building Industry Association of Southern New Mexico Seminar in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2010, November 10. New Mexico Contract Law. Lecture presented at the Building Industry Association of Southern New Mexico Seminar in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2010, October 13. New Mexico Lien Law. Lecture presented at the Building Industry of Southern New Mexico Seminar in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Organizations

State Bar of New Mexico Real Property, Trust & Estate Section

State Bar of New Mexico Taxation Law Section

State Bar of New Mexico Business Law Section

Mesilla Valley Hospice (Board member)

Rio Grande Rotary Club

Grace Covenant Church

Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Council

Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute Planning Committee