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Fundamental Utah Estate Planning


There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents. New clients often say that they do not have an estate plan. Most people are surprised to learn that they actually do have a plan. In the absence of legal planning otherwise, their estate will be distributed after death according to Utah's laws of intestacy. Of course, this may not be the plan they would have chosen. A properly drafted estate plan will replace the terms of the State’s estate plan with your own.

Utah Advance Health Care Directive
Utah Health Care Power of Attorney / Living Will

Utah's Advance Health Care Directive Act went into effect on January 1, 2008. Advance directives are written documents that specify the type of medical care a person would want should they lose the ability to make (and communicate) their own decisions. The Utah Advance Health Care Directive includes two types of advance directives: the Living Will and the Utah Health Care Power of Attorney. The Health Care Power of Attorney, also known as a health care proxy, is a document in which the maker gives another person (known as the patient advocate) power to make medical treatment and related personal care decisions. Some people confuse this with a "living will," which is a written statement informing doctors and family members what type of medical care should be given (or withheld) in the event of terminal illness or permanent unconsciousness, and the patient is no longer able to make or communicate decisions about their continued care.

Anyone over the age of 18 may execute a Utah Health Care Directive, and this document is legally binding upon attending physicians and all other providers of medical services..


Salt Lake City Estate Planning Attorney Jason Hunter assists clients with Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Revocable Living Trusts, Charitable Planning, Utah Probate and Estate Administration, Asset Protection, Business Succession Planning, Elder Law and Long-Term Care Planning, Special Needs, and Tax and Corporate Planning in the greater Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah areas as well as St. George, Cedar City, Kanab, Park City, Provo, Orem, and Logan, in addition to clients living near his offices in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, and Weber Counties.

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