Our Estate Planning And Probate Practice

There is a certain serenity that comes with establishing a comprehensive estate plan. At the office of Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law, we help you provide clear direction on the distribution of your assets in the event of your death, as well as your wishes regarding medical care should you become incapacitated.

Just as no two individuals are alike, no two estate plans should be alike. In fact, you do not need to know exactly what you want before you meet with us. We take the time to explain all of your options regarding wills, trusts and other estate planning vehicles.

We can also help update your existing estate plan, which should be done whenever your family situation and finances change significantly. If you get divorced or remarried, it is essential to update your estate plan.

The Probate Process In Utah

Probate is a court-supervised legal process for winding up a person's final affairs. The Utah probate process serves the dual purposes of disposing of any claims against the deceased person's estate and distributing the assets to those who are entitled to them. This may include disputing debts of the estate, gathering information regarding what assets an estate may consist of and disbursing those funds or assets to the heirs of the estate.

The probate process can provoke family disputes and deplete the estate. A well-structured estate plan can help your estate avoid probate completely.

Trusts And Trust Administration

Trusts can be used to achieve a variety of estate planning goals, including asset preservation, avoidance of probate, minimization of taxes and providing for loved ones with special needs. We can help you explore your trust options, as well as help you establish a trust that meets your specific goals and those of your family.

We also counsel trustees with regard to the many fiduciary duties of trust administration, including the collection and preservation of documents and assets, filing of tax returns, notification of insurance companies and benefit plans, and distribution of assets.

Need Help With Wills And Trusts? Contact Us In Salt Lake City.

If you haven't completed a will or have an estate plan that needs to be updated, contact an experienced Salt Lake City estate planning lawyer at 801-996-4193 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment.