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Wesley F. Yamashita

Associate/Of Counsel
I first got into probate law pretty quickly out of law school. As a former accounting major and then later a CPA, I found that there was a tremendous need for someone who really understood numbers and finances as people were going through the often detailed and even confusing process.
 
My goal is simple — to help our clients navigate the probate process as easily as possible and to ensure they are treated fairly every step of the way. It’s the approach I brought as a Clark County Probate Commissioner for 14 years, and it’s what continues to drive my passion for this area of law — helping families when they need it most.

What Wes Does When He’s Not Practicing Law

As a young man, Wes was incredibly active playing sports. When he wasn’t serving in church, you could probably find him on a basketball court or baseball diamond. While his playing days are over, he continues to be a huge sports enthusiast and enjoys watching his beloved Dodgers. As a native Nevadan who grew up in Overton, you could also say Wes is quite the Las Vegas historian, too!

Full Bio

Wesley F. Yamashita is a native Nevadan, having been born in Las Vegas and raised in the Moapa Valley. He attended Kindergarten through High School at the Moapa Valley Schools in the Clark County School District. He graduated as a co-Valedictorian of his class at Moapa Valley High School.  He attended college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, cum laude.  He attended BYU’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Banking Law and the class award in taxation.  While in the course of time at law school, he also completed the requirements for his Certificate of Public Accounting (CPA).  

Wes Yamashita was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1986.  He practiced for 22 years in private practice, first with the firm of Mills and Gibson, then the firm of Clark Greene and Associates, with practice emphases in the areas of estate planning, probate and taxation.  He was a respected presenter of Nevada CLE programs on the topic of probate law.

In 2008, Wes Yamashita was selected by the District Court Judges to serve as the Probate Commissioner of the Eighth Judicial District Court.  In 2014, Wes Yamashita, as the Probate Commissioner, worked in concert with members of the Probate Bar in a re-writing of Part IV of the Rules of Practice of the Eighth Judicial Court which was ultimately accepted and approved by both the Judges of the Eighth Judicial District Court and the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada. Wes Yamashita served diligently his entire tenure as the Probate Commissioner with integrity and efficiency, handling the extremely busy Probate Department, with over 45,000 new cases being opened during that time. 

Education

BYU’s J. Reuben Clark School of Law