Estate planning can seem overwhelming for many people, as it requires setting aside time and resources to plan for your mortality. However, it’s essential to create a comprehensive estate plan that will outline your wishes and ensure that your legacy is safely entrusted with family, loved ones, and friends. Because all estates must eventually go through the process known as probate, those without effective wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents may be forced to abide by the default laws of their state.
At Pearson Butler, our Bountiful estate planning and probate attorneys have considerable experience in a range of probate matters. Whether you are looking to preserve your legacy, manage an estate on behalf of a loved one, or administer a trust, we can help you find the best possible solution for your needs.
Call us today at (800) 265-2314 for a consultation on any estate planning matters or concerns.
Experienced Counsel on End-of-Life Issues
Contrary to popular belief, estate planning isn’t only about preparing for your death: It also includes any matters related to the end of your life, such as illness and incapacity. By creating a robust estate plan, you can create more clarity about your unique goals and needs, as well as clear plans for any assets and properties that you own. For example, a power of attorney (POA) document allows you to give a trusted individual the authority to act on your behalf if you become too ill or incapacitated to make decisions.
Our experienced estate planning lawyers in Bountiful can help you with the following:
- Trust administration
- Incapacity planning
- Foreign trusts
- Legacy planning
- Retirement and income tax planning
- Gift tax planning
- Business succession planning
- Asset protection
- Charitable planning
- Living wills
- Medicare and Medicaid planning
Who Needs an Estate Plan?
Another common misconception is that estate planning is only for the very wealthy – or those with many businesses, real estate properties, and assets to their name. No matter if your estate is small or large, there’s always the possibility that your estate will linger in probate without the appropriate documents to detail your end-of-life wishes. Most importantly, certain documents will allow you to select guardians for your children and plan ahead for any medical needs.
Robust Probate Services in Utah
From handling creditor claims to negotiating estate disputes among your family members, it’s important to have an attorney you can trust for any matters handled in probate court. Whether you’re a beneficiary, an heir, or a trustee, our Bountiful probate lawyers understand all the ins and outs of these proceedings in the state of Utah, and we can represent your interests. We also understand that those in probate are seeking a timely resolution, which is why we will strive to clear obstacles and delays whenever possible.
Some of our probate-specific services include:
- Preparing living wills and Last Will and Testament documents
- Validating wills
- Discharging estate administrator and executor duties
- Opening the estate
- Helping you navigate creditor claims
- Filing tax returns and necessary reports
- Creating a full asset inventory
- Representing you in contested will proceedings
- Litigation counsel for probate matters
It can be particularly stressful to face a contested will or estate dispute on your own, as these proceedings tend to be charged with emotion and grief. Our caring attorneys at Pearson Butler understand how difficult this time can be, and we’re committed to giving you the reliable and trustworthy counsel you deserve.
We’re here to help, and we understand. For more information about our legal services for estate planning and probate, contact Pearson Butler at (800) 265-2314.