Estate Planning Attorneys in Utah
Creating and implementing an estate plan that determines the distribution of your property to your family members and loved ones requires organization, planning and execution – as well as careful attention to your unique needs. Regardless of the number of your assets or value of your property, the St. George estate planning attorneys at Snow Jensen & Reece, P.C., can enable you to accomplish your estate planning goals. With office locations in St. George, Cedar City and Kanab, we assist clients throughout Utah. We also have attorneys licensed in Nevada.
Helping Clients With All Aspects Of Estate Planning and Probate
Our experienced lawyers can draft the legal documents you need, including:
- Wills and trusts
- Sophisticated trusts for asset protection, tax planning and special needs
- Powers of attorney
- Advance health care directives
- Living wills
- Business succession planning (family limited liability companies, etc.)
In addition to creating and implementing an estate plan, we can also assist you with the administration of a loved one’s estate to ensure that property is transferred in accordance with his or her wishes. Specifically, our estate planning attorneys are experienced and able to assist with both formal and informal probate, as well as trust administration and disputes.
Probate Lawyers Helping Clients
In addition to drafting wills and preparing trusts, our attorneys can help you navigate the probate process. While the probate process can go smoothly, conflicts can often arise when settling an estate.
While well-drafted estate plans can do a lot to prevent this, our probate attorneys have the experience, confidence and knowledge to deal with worst-case scenarios.
Get Experienced Estate Tax Planning Assistance
Our firm has extensive experience in a broad range of legal areas, including tax law, business law and real estate, that can be a valuable asset when dealing with estate planning or probate concerns. Whether you need nothing more than a simple will and revocable living trust or more complex, specialized trusts such as irrevocable trusts, life insurance or charitable trusts, we have the competence and experience to assist you in the best manner possible.
Frequently Asked Questions About Estate Planning and Probate
Below, you will find general information about common questions regarding probate and estate planning. Please reach out to our lawyers for specific guidance on your situation.
Do I need a will in Utah and Nevada?
Yes, everyone should have at least a basic will, especially if you own property or have minor children. This document establishes your wishes regarding your property as well as guardians for your children.
In some cases, other tools such as trusts may be more effective for accomplishing your wishes regarding assets. Our lawyers can advise you of the most strategic options for your goals.
What are the benefits of working with an estate planning attorney?
Although there are many do-it-yourself estate planning documents online, going the DIY route can lead to major hassles and headaches, both for you and your loved ones. A lawyer can ensure that your estate plan is legally valid and tailored to accomplish your wishes. They can help you avoid unnecessary tax burdens, avoid the probate process when appropriate, establish more detailed parameters around when and how to make asset distributions, and create a cohesive estate plan that covers all of your bases. With the help of a skilled lawyer, you can rest assured that your estate plan will have all the right tools and protections in place.
Can I avoid probate?
When you’re setting up your estate plan, one key consideration is whether to structure it in a way that avoids probate. The probate process can be lengthy and expensive. Tools such as trusts, beneficiary designations and strategically titled real estate can keep your estate out of probate when done correctly.
Start Planning Your Legacy For Your Future and Your Loved Ones
Our legal team can help you craft the right estate plan that reflects your wishes and creates a meaningful legacy. We can also help you navigate the probate process in a skilled and effective manner.