A Well-Written Will Provides Peace Of Mind

A foundational part of any estate plan is the last will and testament. At the office of Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law, we can help you draft a will that makes your wishes known and provides clear instruction regarding the distribution of your property.

With a will, you can address a variety of matters, including:

  • How you would like assets distributed to loved ones or organizations
  • The naming of a personal guardian for minor children
  • The naming of a trusted individual to manage property left to minor children
  • The naming of someone you trust to carry out the terms of your will

In addition to helping you draft a will, I can explain your trust options and help you establish a trust that meets your specific goals, whether they involve asset preservation, avoidance of unnecessary taxes, providing for loved ones with disabilities, or avoidance of probate.

Consequences Of Not Making A Will

In Utah, when someone dies without a will, the deceased's property is distributed in accordance with state intestacy laws — and not necessarily as the deceased wished.

In the absence of a will, assets are distributed to the deceased's closest relatives, starting with the spouse and children. If the deceased does not have a living spouse or children, the property goes to the deceased's parents or grandchildren, or to increasingly distant relatives if there are no living parents or grandchildren.

Matters can become particularly complicated if the deceased was divorce or remarried, or if family dynamics lead to dispute over how assets should be distributed.

By making a will, you provide specific guidance, and you take control of the situation, rather than relying on a court to decide the future of your estate. With a will, you can also prevent or minimize family conflict by clarifying your wishes.

Don't Procrastinate Any Longer

If you would like to make a will or update your existing will, contact an experienced Salt Lake estate planning lawyer at 801-996-4193 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.