2024 Estate Planning Institute

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Being held at Hotel Encanto
705 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, NM.

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The Estate Planning Institute brings together legal and financial experts to give the latest information and updates for attorneys, accountants, bankers, investment advisors, estate planning and tax practitioners, and financial planners.

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Potential Continuing Professional Education Credits

This program will be submitted to qualify in New Mexico and Texas for up to:

19.8 continuing education credits based on a 50-minute hour
13.5 continuing education credits based on a 60-minute hour
Three MCLE credits of Ethics/Professionalism

Registration Rates

The registration rates listed below vary for the time of the registrant’s payment. Each registrant will receive one reserved spot to attend our Estate Planning Institute for both days and includes an electronic PDF file of the 2024 Speaker Manual. Printed copies are also available for an additional $50.00 per manual.

In-Person Early Bird: $400 (through 10/3)

In-Person After 10/3: $450

One Day: $225

Online: $300

Payment Information

The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico accepts credit card and check payments.  Credit or debit card payments can be made online, or through the phone. Check payments need to be made out to “The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico” and should be mailed-in to our CFSNM office location. Our office location address is as follows:

2640 El Paseo Road, Las Cruces, NM 88001

Online Payment

Payments can be made online with a credit card by clicking the link directly below.

Pay Online

Company Invoice

If you will be attending on behalf of a business and they will need to be billed an invoice please email or call our office number listed below.

Phone Payment

Call 575-521-4794 to pay over the phone with a CFSNM team member.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel by October 25th with a $25 cancellation fee; $100 thereafter.


“ The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico’s Estate Planning Institute is a fantastic program. The event consistently offers a lineup of knowledgeable and engaging speakers who cover a variety of complicated topics in a way that is easy to understand and useful in my day-to-day estate planning practice. And while the education is wonderful, the ability to connect with other like-minded professionals in my field makes the event truly special. I look forward to it every year! ”

Jessica Streeter, Attorney – Streeter Law Firm, LLC


John Attwood., VP – Trust Officer and NCG

First American Bank


A graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, the American Bankers Association, Graduate Trust School, and a National Certified Guardian since 2006. John has worked in the fields of social and financial services for more than 20 years. In his position, John is responsible for the business development and administration of Trusts, Conservatorships and Estates. This includes experience with support, special needs and complex, multimillion dollar trust accounts.
He enjoys establishing and maintaining relationships with clients, estate planning attorneys and trial lawyers. Cardinal Trust does not offer in-house investment advice; therefore, we collaborate with the clients’ preferred investment advisor to manage the trust investment assets.John is not ashamed to consider himself an “old school” trust officer. He is enthusiastic about client service.

He has worked as a medical decision-maker (National Certified Guardian since 2006) for those with disabilities, and as a corporate trust officer with banks and trust companies, where he specialized in administering personal injury settlements, special needs trusts and conservatorships to enhance the lives of the elderly and injured, including quadriplegic, paraplegic, traumatic brain injured and those challenged with mental illness over the full scale of the spectrum. John has worked with several New Mexico Trial Lawyers, Guardians ad Litem and been a guest speaker/sponsor at the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Board Retreats.

He asks each new client or family decision maker, “How can I utilize the trust assets to enhance the quality of life of my client?” He brings this passion to each person he serves.

John serves as Treasurer for The Arc of New Mexico, Vice-President for the New Mexico Estate Planning Council, and board member for the Parker Center for Family Business (UNM Anderson Business School).
He is a proud grandfather of a sweet set of five-year-old twins and three additional, very bright grandchildren. In his free time, he loves to fish for trout in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Feliz Martone, J.D.

Martone Law Firm


Feliz is a highly experienced legal professional with a distinguished career spanning over 18 years in law. Her expertise is in the specialized areas of estate planning and disability law, making her a sought-after advocate for clients seeking comprehensive legal guidance. With a passion for estate planning education and community outreach, Feliz ensures her clients’ life and wealth are handled according to their wishes. She has developed a reputation for providing compassionate, yet expert legal services, assisting families in planning for their future and securing their well-being.

Kenneth C. Leach, Managing Partner

Kenneth C. Leach & Associates, P.C.


Kenneth C. Leach completed his education through the University of New Mexico with his B.A. in History in 1972, and his JD in Law in 1975. He was then admitted to the bar by the New Mexico and U.S. District Court in 1975. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and has been listed on Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is a member of the University of New Mexico Law School Alumni Association, the Albuquerque Bar Association, the New Mexico Estate Planning Council and Southern New Mexico Estate Council, and a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. Kenneth previously served on the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, An Agency of the Supreme Court of New Mexico Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate Law Specialty Committee, Hie is presently serving on the San Juan College Foundation Board (and served as President from 2019-2022). Mr. Leach served on the University of New Mexico Foundation Board (from 1995-2003), and as the Chairman of the Gift Acceptance Committee for the UNM Foundation. Kenneth has been listed in the prestigious “The Best Lawyers in America” publication in the Trust & Estates section for 26 consecutive years (1996-2022). He was the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico advisor for the year of 2013, and he received the Excellence in Charitable Gift Planning Award for 2006 by the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

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