McLean Thompson Kerver

Rapid City, Belle Fourche
Kerver, McLean Thompson

McLean Thompson Kerver specializes in estate planning, wealth transfer planning, estate administration (probate) and trust administration, and guardianships and conservatorships.  She also advises fiduciaries with regard to the administration of complex and extensive estates and trusts.  McLean is licensed in all state and federal courts in South Dakota.

Kerver, McLean Thompson
Team McLean Thompson Kerver

McLean was raised in Pierre and attended the University of Kansas, where she earned her bachelor’s degree.  She obtained an MBA and her law degree from the University of South Dakota in 2004 and 2010, respectively.  McLean joined Lynn Jackson in 2010. 

McLean serves on the Legislative Committee of the South Dakota Trust Association.  She is a member of the West River Estate and Financial Planning Council and of the South Dakota, Pennington County, and American Bar Associations.

McLean is a lifelong rancher and licensed pilot.  She and her husband Mike have two children. 

  • Worked with hundreds of trust company clients and individual fiduciary clients to efficiently administer both simple and complex estates and trusts.
  • Provided legal counsel to hundreds of individual and trust clients with assets ranging from a few thousand dollars to multi-million dollars.
  • Assisted agricultural clients in transitioning family businesses from one generation to the next.
  • University of South Dakota Law School J.D., 2010
  • Cornell Law School – Paris Summer Institute, University of Paris, Sorbonne, 2008
  • University of South Dakota MBA, 2004
  • University of Kansas B.S., Business Administration, 2003
  • Co-Author, “Proposed Changes to South Dakota’s Uniform Probate Code Guardianship Forms” – State Bar of South Dakota Elder Law Committee
  • Co-Author, “Trusts 101 – Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts” – National Business Institute
  • Legislative Committee Member for the South Dakota Trust Association
  • WealthCounsel
  • State Bar of SD (Real Property and Probate Committee, Elder Law Committee, Women In Law Committee)
  • West River Estate and Financial Planners
  • Pennington County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubble® since 2015
  • Recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers 2021
    • Business Organizations (Including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Recognized as a “Best Lawyer” by Best Lawyers (2018-2022)
    • Business Organizations (Including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Commercial Transactions/UCC Law
  • Great Plains Super Lawyer ® (2015-2023)
  • Trusts Formation and Drafting, Rural Attorney Recruitment Program Conference, Unified Judicial System, 2018
  • To Trust or not to Trust? That is the Question, South Dakota State University Foundation workshop, 2017
  • The Gift that Keeps on Giving – Charitable Planning and the Charitable Deduction, State Bar of South Dakota Tax Update, 2015
  • Wills and Probate, SDSU Extension, 2015
  • Succession Planning, South Dakota Banker’s Association Ag Credit Conference, 2014
  • Wills and Trusts, SDSU Extension, 2014
  • Estate Planning, Black Hills Legal Professionals Association, 2013
  • Trusts 101, National Business Institute, 2012


Main Office:

909 Saint Joseph Street - Suite 800
Rapid City, SD 57701
Directions 605-342-2592 - phone 605-342-5185 - fax


  • State of South Dakota
  • United States District Court for the District of South Dakota
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