John H. Raforth

Bangs, McCullen, Butler, et al Attorney


P.O. Box 2670 Rapid City, SD 57709 United States


Phone: (605) 343-1040 Fax: (605) 343-1503

Practice Areas

Business Startups
Estate Planning/Wills
Mergers & Acquisitions
Probate & Trust
Real Estate
Tax-State & Local
Tax Litigation/Controversy
Planning & Land Use

Biographical Info

John H. Raforth, born Eureka, South Dakota, December 21, 1959; Certified Public Accoutant 1988, Colorado; admitted to bar 1985, South Dakota; Alaska 1988; U.S. Tax Court, 1988. Preparatory education, Concordia College (B.A., 1982); legal education, South Dakota University (J.D., 1985); graduate education, Denver University (LL.M. in Taxation, 1988), South Dakota University (M.P.A., 1985). Member: American Bar Association (Tax Section, Real property, Probate and Trust Law Section and Business Law Section); State Bar of South Dakota (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, UPC and Guardianship Review Committee and Business Law Section, Former chairperson Business Law Section); Pennington County Bar Association; Alaska and Anchorage Bar Associations; South Dakota Certified Public Accountants Society (Legislative Committee); West River Estate Planning Council (former President and Director); South Dakota Planned Giving Council; National Committee on Planned Giving; American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), admitted 2001; listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2001-02 Edition (Land Use & Zoning Law, Non-profit/Charities Law, Tax and Trusts/Estates); listed in Chambers USA (Corporate/Commercial and Real Estate); Listed in Great Plains Super Lawyers (Land Use/Zoning). Co-Author: Alaska Law Chapter, State Limited Partnership Laws (Aspen), 1990-95; State Limited Liability Company Statutes (Aspen) 1994-95; Section of Alaska Attorney’s Desk Manual, Alaska Bar Association, 1994 Edition; “Charitable Donations of Scenic Easements,” The Tax Advisor, Dec. 1986; “Dickman v. Commissioner: Broadening the Scope of the Federal Gift Tax,” 30 South Dakota Law Review 678, 1985. Lecturer: Domestications, Conversions, Mergers and Share Exchanges Under the Revised Model Business Corporations Act, State Bar of South Dakota September 16, 2004; South Dakota Sales and Use Tax, Lorman Educational Services, June 11, 2004; Sales and Use Tax Audit and Enforcement Issues, Income Tax Update XXV CLE, State Bar of South Dakota, December 7, 2003; Sales and Use Tax, Lorman Educational Services, May 23, 2002; Real Estate Update, Including Reverse Like Kind Exchanges, Tax Update XXII CLE, State Bar of South Dakota, December 8, 2000; Family Limited Partnership Developments, Advanced Tax Planning Seminar CLE, State Bar of Montana, June 16, 2000; State Bar of South Dakota: Partnership Tax Developments, Income Tax Update XIX CLE, December 5, 1997; Family Limited Partnership Tax Issues, Income Tax Update XVIII CLE, December 6, 1996; Tax Practitioner Ethics Round Table Discussion, Income Tax Update XVIII CLE, December 6, 1996; UPC Impact on Families and Divorce, Divorce/Family Law CLE, November 10, 1995.