Sam Ferguson

Sam Ferguson Sioux Falls Attorney


Sioux Falls Attorney in Estate Planning

Attorney Sam Ferguson is an lawyer with Goosmann Trust Law Counsel – a boutique estate and business succession planning department within Goosmann Law Firm. Sam works to protect you and your family’s legacy. As a husband and father, Sam values financial security for his family and enjoys getting the opportunity to help other families just like his. Sam understands the importance of having a plan and wants to help other families gain the peace of mind that Trust Law Counsel offers. He protects your legacy so you can live in the moment without worry.  Sam and the Goosmann Trust Law Counsel team take care of the planning for tomorrow, so you can live with peace today – worth it.


Direct: (605) 275-7981

Office: (605) 371-2000

Fax: (605) 275-2039

Cell: (605) 305-0579

Licensed and practicing in South Dakota, Sam is familiar with the South Dakota trust laws, which are the best in the United States.  South Dakota’s trust laws are progressive, and its trusts may continue indefinitely; there is no state income tax, and the state offers strong asset protection statutes. Sam works with clients in establishing trusts and transferring trusts to South Dakota.  He guides individual and professional fiduciaries to help them complete their duties for the trust, and also assists trust companies and their clients with all areas of trust work. Sam is here to walk you through the South Dakota Advantage to help clients make the most of their legacy.

Sam understands your unique circumstances, needs, and goals.  He uses the most appropriate, efficient, and cost-effective strategies to accomplish your objectives to create a plan that gives you, your family, and your business peace.

“My family did not have a lot of money growing up, and I’m aware of the insecurity that accompanies failing to have a financial plan.  As a young husband and father, I value the financial security that accompanies having a long-term plan.  After spending my second summer in law school interning at an estate planning firm, and then acing my wills and trusts course, I discovered that I’m passionate and skilled in this area of the law.  Furthermore, I’m fascinated by how much there is to learn in this practice area.  Estate planning is not nearly as simple as so many people and attorneys believe.”

Sam became an attorney because he enjoys preventing and resolving conflict. With his training in conflict resolution, he enjoys helping people plan for their family’s financial future in order to avoid family conflicts and disputes over their money, property, and affairs. Sam believes that no one should have to worry about their loved one’s estate when they are grieving. His goal is to take the burden of worry away for his clients’.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Income & Retirement Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Business & Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Probate & Trust Administration
  • Estate Litigation
  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Wills and Trusts

LICENSED IN: South Dakota, North Dakota

Sam’s “Why”

In the wise words of J.R.R. Tolkien, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold. It would be a merrier world.” With this being his favorite quote, it is no surprise that Sam would describe himself as happy, helpful, and hungry! Some call it a guilty pleasure, Sam calls it a way of life… FOOD. In his free time, you can find Sam with his wife (who happens to be a food scientist) trying out new recipes and local restaurants. Despite always having lived in landlocked states, Sam also enjoys sailing and is deeply involved in his church. Sam considers his family, faith and food to be driving forces for everything he does.

University of Tennessee College of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2017

  • Managing editor of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law; volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) program co-coordinator; Federalist Society Director of Communications

Missouri State University, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, 2013

  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution Certificate – Emphasis in Mediations

Business Clinic – UT College of Law, Knoxville, TN

  • Student Attorney, Spring 2017
    Represent actual clients through business entity formation and trademark application

Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, Knoxville, TN

  • Legal Intern, 2016-2017

Holbrook Peterson Smith PLLC (Estate Planning Firm), Knoxville, TN

  • Summer Law Clerk, 2016

Research Assistant for State Representative Martin Daniel, Knoxville, TN

  • Legal Research/ Writer, July 2015- October 2015

Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. (Personal Injury Firm)

  • Clerk/ Runner, October 2013- December 2013

Bloomberg Law, UT College of Law

  • Legal Product Advocate, 2015-2016
    Help students and faculty navigate Bloomberg Law database. Organize student body trainings and faculty trainings.

Young Living LC, Knoxville, TN

  • Customer Care Representative, 2016-2017
    • Provide administrative support for customers and members of the company
    • Collect and report financial and compensation information

State: South Dakota, North Dakota

South Dakota Bar Association

  • Trusts and Estates Section

Sioux Falls Estate Planning Council

South Dakota Trust Association

Prairie Family Business Association


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