Royce Nelson has practiced law with Hampton & Royce, L.C. since 1972. His expertise is in the areas of trusts, business organizations, estate planning, taxation, including income, estate and gift taxation, exempt organizations and representing families and businesses through multiple generations. Mr. Nelson enjoys the academic aspect of the practice of law - creating new products and drafting documents for challenging situations. He is the draftsman of many of the legal documents used by Hampton & Royce, L.C., including those dealing with trusts, limited liability companies and limited partnerships. He also enjoys the relationships with clients, their families and other professionals representing the clients.
Nelson has presented numerous continuing legal education programs for the Kansas Bar Association, many of those dealing with trusts and in particular, Kansas trust laws. He has also written for the Kansas Bar Association relative to the decision to incorporate. He, together with a handful of other Kansas lawyers, worked on behalf of the Kansas Bar Association and with the Kansas legislature when Kansas adopted its unique version of the Uniform Trust Code in 2002. During this process, Mr. Nelson made presentations to several Kansas Bar Association committees and boards and testified before the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mr. Nelson has been active in several sections of the Kansas Bar Association, including the KBA Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, the KBA Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section and the KBA Tax Law Section. He is a current member of the Executive Committee and a past president of the KBA Tax Law Section.
Besides using his experience and knowledge to serve the legal profession, his law firm and clients, Royce has also served on various boards and assisted various community organizations. He currently devotes substantial effort serving as an officer and director of Salina Health Education Foundation and assists in the operation of its Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program and its Salina Family Healthcare Center. He is a member of the Saline-Ottawa Counties Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Nelson earned his bachelor's degree, with distinction, in accounting and business from the University of Kansas in 1969, where he was admitted to Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary organization. He continued his education at the University of Kansas where he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1972 and was made a member of The Order of the Coif, honoring academic achievement.
Royce and his wife Linda have three daughters, Amy, Polly and Carrie.