Someone asked if I knew where they could find a probate attorney near me. That was funny I said, because I’m a probate lawyer. He said, well, I though you only did estate plans, you know, the stuff you do before you die, not taking care of an estate after you die.
Too funny, isn’t it?
Sometimes, we don’t even know what exactly other do — but it’s oh so good to ask questions.
In this case, I was able to help him with his probate case.
Perhaps I can help you understand what it is that probate lawyers do and why you may need one if someone you know has passed away.
If you are looking for a probate lawyer in Utah, you’ve come to the right place. That’s what we do.
Probate includes marshaling all of the deceased assets and having letters testamentary or letters of administration issues so that you can be appointed as the personal representative of the estate and administer the affairs of your relative, loved one, or friend.
Letter testamentary or letters of administration are legal documents issued by the Utah State Court which are signed by the clerk or judge of the court which give you (or the personal representative) the power and authority to legally administer the deceased person’s estate.
Without these “letters” you cannot legally do it.
Once you have the letters, you can act and pay the debts of the estate, claims can be made against the estate, and you can distribute the assets after an inventory has been completed and close out the probate case.
This is why you should get a probate lawyer near you to make sure that you do this correctly.
Probate cases in Utah are related to wills and trusts. If the deceased did not have a will or a trust, then the law in Utah, called the intestacy statutes will come into play.
You really need to make sure you meed with a probate lawyer to make sure that you distribute the inheritance properly or you could be sued.
We also handle contested probate cases so we know all about these things.
I hope you found this helpful – if you need additional information, please remember that we offer a free initial consultation. We are more than happy to speak with you on the phone and walk you thorough the probate process.
Our phone: 801-676-5507
Our office: 8833 South Redwood Road, Suite C, West Jordan, Utah 84088 – come by and visit us anytime between 8am and 5pm M-F
Remember, if you live in West Jordan, South Jordan, Bingham Canyon, Pepperwood, Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake City, Sandy, Midvale, Riverton, Draper, Copperton, Magna, Alpine, Lehi, Tooele, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, Woods Cross, Lindon, Centerville, Orem, Park City, Farmington, Provo, Kaysville, Layton, Syracuse, Clearfield, Hill AFB, or Grantsville we are here to assist you with your probate case.