Estate Planning & Probate

Salt Lake City Estate Planning Lawyers

Estate planning is essential to assure that assets are managed and distributed according to your desires in the event of incapacitation or death. Our estate planning attorneys will help you create an estate or business succession plan designed to minimize estate taxes, avoid probate when desired, and ensure the orderly administration of your estate. We also help our clients who are responsible for probating an estate after the death of a loved one.

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Our Salt Lake City estate planning lawyers help clients who want to be sure their estate is divided and distributed according to their wishes. Contact us to learn about the various estate planning options available to you.

Our clients are often concerned about protecting their hard-earned assets, avoiding estate taxes, avoiding probate and avoiding family disputes. We address these concerns with a variety of estate planning tools:

  • Trusts: We prepare living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, special needs trusts and asset protection trusts that meet our clients' individual and unique needs.
  • Living wills, medical directives: These documents help family members and medical professionals understand how medical decisions should be made if you are unable to make your own decisions.
  • Power of attorney: Our estate planning lawyers draft powers of attorney so that you can designate trusted people to handle financial or medical decisions if you are unable to make decisions because you are incapacitated (because of illness or disability) or you are unavailable (out of the country, for example).
  • Business succession planning: If you own a business, you will want to be sure your business is managed and transferred according to your plan.

Probate Administration and Litigation

Our law firm helps heirs guide an estate through probate court. Probate and estate administration is an exacting process of gathering all the estate's assets, determining all liabilities (including taxes), paying the bills, and distributing the assets according to a will or according to state law when there is no will. We also handle matters requiring probate litigation, such as disputes over the terms of a will or trust, breach of fiduciary duty, the validity of a will, and conflicts among friends and family members when there is no will.

We also handle matters requiring probate litigation, such as disputes over the terms of a will or trust, breach of fiduciary duty, the validity of a will, and conflicts among friends and family members when there is no will.

Terry Jessop & Bitner offers small firm affordability with results you would expect from a large law firm. For a free consultation to discuss how we can help you and your family, contact a Utah probate attorney today.