St. George & Surrounding Areas

PROBATE, TRUST ADMINISTRATION & LITIGATION

We handle litigation at all court levels, from small claims to The Utah Supreme Court.

Probate, Trust Administration and Litigation - Our probate, administration and litigation team helps individuals identify and manage potential risks and pursue appropriate resolutions based upon the circumstances.

Probate is a court action to validate a will or identify heirs if a decedent passes without a will and involves appointment of a person as personal representative to carry out the deceased person’s wishes. Trust Administration occurs on the incapacity or death of the person who created the trust. Trust administration typically does not involve court. The trustee of a trust is responsible for investment and distribution decisions as well as payment of creditors. Sometimes probate or trust administration does not go well and parties litigate questions in court.

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WE CAN HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING PROBATE, TRUST ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED LITIGATION NEEDS:

Probate

Formal Probate

Informal Probate

Notice to Creditors

Special Administration

Determination of Heirs

Receipt and Releases

Deed of Distribution

Small Estate Affidavit

Mediation

Trust Administration

Affidavit of Successor or Surviving Trustee

Notice to Creditors

Receipt and Releases

Deed of Distribution

Mediation

Litigation

Estate

Trust

Guardianship & Conservatorship

Strategic Negotiation

Mediation

Probate

Probate is a court action to validate a will or identify heirs if a decedent passes without a will and involves the appointment of an individual as a personal representative to carry out the wishes of the deceased. If you have a will, probate is simply the legal process of proving your will is legal, executing the stated instructions and paying any applicable debts and taxes. A professionally executed, well-written will makes the probate process easier on surviving family members. In the absence of a will, the probate court will use state law to determine the distribution of assets.

Trust Administration

Trust administration occurs at the time of incapacity or death of the person who created the trust, and typically does not involve the court. The trustee of a trust is responsible for investment and distribution decisions, as well as payment to creditors. Trust administration involves gaining control of the assets, settling the estate, and providing a final accounting. It is imperative to work with an attorney for trust administration due to liability issues that could arise from beneficiaries or failure to issue required notices and consents.

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"Tom Bayles updated our original out of state trust, and did so in layman’s terms so that we easily understood the process. The fees were very reasonable and Tom even gave us great advice on another separate matter. Annie is very prompt and easy to work with as well. Highly recommended!"

Gammech | St. George, Utah