Ratio decidendi is a Latin phrase referring to the "rationale for the decision." In the common law system, the law is not so much a set of rules as a series of decisions made by courts. When a lawyer seeks to understand what the law is, they will study court opinions written by judges to find out what the court's ratio decidendi was in each case.
Andrew J. Knutson concentrates his practice in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Business law. Andrew devotes time to writing and speaking on important issues in these areas. Andrew has written materials for and presented continuing legal education seminars for the South Dakota State Bar Association entitled “Federal Income Taxation of Estates and Nongrantor Trusts" and “Formation of Limited Liability Companies and Corporations." He also recently presented “Trusts Used for Tax Reduction" for the National Business Institute.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of the West River Estate and Financial Planning Council, serves on the Business Law Committee for the State Bar, and participates in various other community organizations.
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506 Sixth Street Rapid City, South Dakota