Richard Kinyon designs and implements complex estate plans for high-net-worth individuals, including the establishment of various sophisticated irrevocable trusts and family investment companies, and he represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in connection with the administration of estates and trusts, including litigation. Mr. Kinyon advises closely held business owner clients how to pass interests in their businesses to younger-generation family members and others in a tax-advantaged and creditor-protected manner. He also advises wealthy individuals on how to transfer their real estate and other assets to the objects of their bounty.
Mr. Kinyon has lectured for numerous educational institutions, various local estate planning councils and other organizations. He has authored chapters in California CEB treatises on drafting business buyout agreements, tax planning for the prospective retiree, using family partnerships as an estate planning tool, the income tax aspects of estates and trusts, "Dynasty Trusts" (in Drafting California Irrevocable Trusts), "Overview of Estate Planning Practice" (in California Estate Planning), and "Family Investment Companies" (in Business Succession Planning). He also has written a number of articles for the CEB Estate Planning & California Probate Reporter, for which he also has served as guest editor, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate NEWS, and other professional journals.
Mr. Kinyon has been active in a number of professional organizations for which he has served as Chairman, including: the Committee on Tax Legislation & Regulations: Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates, of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association; the Subcommittee on State Inheritance and Gift Taxes of the Estate Planning Committee of the Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of California; and the Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section of the San Francisco Bar Association. Mr. Kinyon is also a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.
Mr. Kinyon has been recognized for his expertise in Trusts and Estate Planning by San Francisco Magazine as one of Northern California's "Super Lawyers." He has been a certified Specialist in Taxation Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization since 1973.
Mr. Kinyon served as Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Law Review from 1964 to 1965.