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Welcome to Essential Legal Services, a Nevada law practice providing legal representation and transactional support for the residents and small businesses of southern Nevada. 

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A Juris Doctor graduate of the William S. Boyd School of Law, Kerstan says, "Finding resolutions or solutions for my clients is at the center of my approach to practicing law. It does not benefit the client to only be told that they cannot do something, but rather to provide them with the means to obtain their objective in spite of the many legal obstacles that might be in their way. Clients typically need to get things done; it is my job to meet this end."

Kerstan is a public interest lawyer serving private interest clients. She insists on serving clients ethically and honestly, which means at times telling them frankly what they may not want to hear. This frankness comes from her respect toward the law.

We welcome the opportunity to be of service to you and invite you to contact us to discuss your legal needs.

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  • BYSTANDER EFFECT AND THE DUTY TO RESCUE

    In 1964, Catherine “Kitty" Genovese was raped and brutally murdered outside of her New York apartment complex.  It was alleged that many families who lived in very close proximity to one another, effectively did very little to save her. This story invokes feeling of sadness and unrest for most people. Why did everyone fail to act? One bystander was said to have stated: "I didn't want to get involved.” This statement has later became famous for typifying bystander behavior.

  • ARE WE REALLY BUSINESS PARTNERS?

    What many business entrepreneurs do not understand is that it is entirely possible to be in a partnership without even knowing it! In Nevada, a general partnership agreement may be formed orally without a fancy written contract. The most common feedback from clients who have been sued is: “We don’t even have an agreement” or “We were going to put something in writing later…”

  • PREMARITAL AGREEMENTS: ARE THEY REALLY NECESSARY?

    Prenuptial or premarital agreements have a long history of being associated with the affluent. Historically a party to a marriage who had considerable wealth and assets going into the marriage would have their attorney draw up an agreement that protected these assets from their less wealthy fiancé. These agreements tended to be scrutinized in courts for the appearance of overreaching and unconscionable clauses making them void under law. The current trend is quite different. Most courts will uphold premarital agreements, if they conform to common law precedent or state statute, depending on the date the agreement was drafted.

  • HOW SHOULD I HOLD TITLE TO MY PROPERTY?

    You have decided to buy your first home, that beautiful piece of land, or the rental property you have thought about for years. You have the funds, that milestone is complete.  Unfortunately, at this point, many buyers do not know how to take title of their property.  Your real estate agent may drop a few hints, but if pressured to assist, most will tell you that they cannot tell you how to hold title as doing so would be the unauthorized practice of law. 

  • ESTATE PLANNING: THE BASICS

    Have you taken the time to evaluate your estate?  Do you know your net worth?  Have you thought about what would happen to your finances should you become incapacitated or pass away?    Who will take care of your children if you are not able to?