If you have been named the executor of a will in Utah, you have been given an important responsibility. At Bostwick & Price P.C. in Salt Lake City, Utah, our lawyers are here to guide you and advise you in carrying out those responsibilities. We will guide you through the Utah probate process, when it is required, and ensure that you comply with all of the requirements of the law.
Is Probate Required in Utah?
When someone dies in Utah, the deceased person's estate may have to go through the probate process if the person dies owning property that requires a title or court order to be transferred to another person. Probate is not required for all assets. For example, the following types of assets can be transferred directly to beneficiaries:
- Assets held in a trust
- Real estate held in joint tenancy
- Life insurance benefits
- Investment accounts that have a beneficiary designation
If the deceased person had a will or dies without creating a will or trust, then probate will be needed to pay debts and to transfer assets to those people who are entitled to receive them under the will or Utah law.
Our lawyers can assist you in determining if probate is required. We can also assist you in filing the probate petition and gathering records, publishing a notice to creditors, inventorying assets, paying debts and taxes, and distributing the balance to beneficiaries. It's important to obtain legal advice, since you can be held responsible for mistakes.
We also handle inheritance disputes such as will contests.
Representing Successor Trustees in Utah
If you have been named successor trustee in a trust, our lawyers can advise on your responsibilities toward the estate and beneficiaries.
Contact Our Utah Estate Administration Lawyers
For a free 30-minute initial consultation, call 801-326-3683 or contact us by e-mail. Our Salt Lake City probate attorneys handle cases throughout Utah.