Estate Planning and Probate Articles

New Power of Attorney Law Holds Promise and Risk
Powers of Attorney are powerful and potentially risky documents.  A person signing a power of attorney (the “Principal”) is delegating certain authority listed in the power of attorney to another person (the “Agent”).  Properly drafted, ...
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Estate and Gift Taxes: How They Work
Many states have taxes designed to get in on the gifting of property during lifetime and at death. Not so in Utah. The Beehive State has no estate or gift tax. However, the federal estate ...
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Probate and Estate Litigation
Despite everyone’s best efforts, sometimes there is a disagreement over the decedent’s estate and final wishes.  Sometimes these arguments are over personal property and  sometimes over sentimental items.  Other times, the issue is one of ...
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Pros of a Revocable Living Trust
A trust is an entity (like a corporation) established to hold and manage property. It has its own separate existence apart from the grantor or creator of the trust. Trusts can be established during one’s ...
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Probate FAQs
Q: What is Probate? A: Probate, simply put, is the process of appointing a surrogate (a substitute) to act on behalf of another who cannot act for themselves. For example, when a person dies owning real ...
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Advanced Health Care Directive: Preparing for End-of-Life Care
Medical science can keep a person alive almost indefinitely, even when their quality of life has severely deteriorated. For reasons both personal and financial, most opt out of prolonging life under such conditions, particularly when ...
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Paying for Long-term Care
Aging adults sometimes transfer their property outright to children in order to avoid using their life’s earnings on long-term medical care. My advice? Don’t do it. There are a myriad of pitfalls to this practice, ...
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Probate: Taking the Fear Out of the Future
Probate, simply put, is the process set up by the legislature and carried out by the court which provides for the transfer and management of the property of a deceased, incapacitated, or minor person. Unless ...
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Pros of a Revocable Living Trust
A trust is an entity (like a corporation) established to hold and manage property. It has its own separate existence apart from the grantor or creator of the trust. Trusts can be established during one’s ...
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