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N. Royce Nelson

Phone: (785) 827-7251

Royce Nelson has practiced law with Hampton & Royce, L.C. since 1972. His expertise is in the areas of trusts, business organizations, estate planning, taxation (including income, estate and gift taxation), exempt organizations, and representing families and businesses through multiple generations. Royce enjoys the academic aspect of the practice of law, creating new products and drafting documents for challenging situations. He is the draftsman of many of the legal documents used by Hampton & Royce, including those dealing with trusts, limited liability companies and limited partnerships. He also enjoys the relationships with clients, their families and other professionals representing the clients.

Royce has presented numerous continuing legal education programs for the Kansas Bar Association, many of those dealing with trusts and, in particular, Kansas trust laws. He has also written for the Kansas Bar Association relative to the decision to incorporate. He, together with a handful of other Kansas lawyers, worked on behalf of the Kansas Bar Association and with the Kansas legislature when Kansas adopted its unique version of the Uniform Trust Code in 2002. During this process, he made presentations to several Kansas Bar Association committees and boards and testified before the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee.

Royce is a member of local, state and national bar associations and has been active in several sections of the Kansas Bar Association, including as an Executive Committee member and past President of the Tax Law Section.

Besides using his experience and knowledge to serve the legal profession, his law firm and his clients, Royce has also served on various boards and assisted various community organizations. He currently devotes substantial effort serving as an officer and director of the Salina Health Education Foundation and assists in the operation of its Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program and its Salina Family Healthcare Center.

Royce earned his bachelor's degree, with distinction, in accounting and business from the University of Kansas in 1969, where he was admitted to Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary organization. He continued his education at the University of Kansas where he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1972 and was made a member of the Order of the Coif, honoring academic achievement.

Royce and his wife Linda have three daughters, Amy, Polly and Carrie.


  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1972
  • University of Kansas, B.A. with distinction, 1969
    Accounting & Business

Professional Associations

  • Kansas Bar Association
    Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section
    Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section
    Tax Law Section (Executive Committee, Past President)
  • Saline-Ottawa Counties Bar Association
  • American Bar Association