Utah Intestacy Law will govern the distribution of property of the majority of those people who die in Utah. Intestacy is a fancy word for dying without a will or a trust. The Utah State Legislature decided over 60 years ago what would happen to a person’s property if theyContinue Reading

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending sessions of our state legislature. I am a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association and also the facilitator of my local support group and I am devoted to all causes that will help those who have this horrendous disease and those who are caregiversContinue Reading

Now that you have decided which estate planning instrument (a will or a trust) you will be using and you have selected your trustee or personal representative, who do you want to leave your property to? What property do you want to leave to each beneficiary? When should each beneficiaryContinue Reading

Congress rang in the New Year by enacting legislation to save us all from the “fiscal cliff” the country was precariously dangling from – the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012”. The most important impact the legislation has on estate and gift taxes is that it makes the system thatContinue Reading

Americans are living longer than ever before. At the turn of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was about 47 years. As we enter the 21st century, life expectancy has increased significantly. As a result, we face more challenges and transitions in our lives than those who came beforeContinue Reading

A Will is a document in which a person, called the “Testator” (1), states to whom property is to pass after the Testator’s death and appoints someone, called the “Executor”(2), to carry out those wishes. As explained below, a Will can do a few other things too. There are, however,Continue Reading