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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Utah on
Q: What happens with a family trust wherein one of the heirs does not cooperate with the trustees?

Can the trustees bypass that heir and have it closed anyway? Does an heir who is uncooperative with the trustees and their attorney have any rights to contest what the trustees have done with the trust? The uncooperative heir is myself because of the dysfunctional relationships in my family. Thank... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Mar 8, 2021

If a Trust is handled incorrectly, you can contest that in court. You definitely have the right as an heir to contest.

Being uncooperative won't be appreciated by a judge. You want to have a good reason to contest, and be prepared to pay for attorneys fees that are not paid back if...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate and Securities Law for Utah on
Q: What are my chances to force a publicly traded company to lift the restrictions on stock in the court I have inherited

I am about to inherit restricted stocks from my father who was an insider in the company. I dont know what the restrictions are exactly yet, but whatever they are, can I and how likely can I succeed to force the company to lift those restrictions in the court?

Do they need to have... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Feb 3, 2021

Hello,

That questions is difficult to answer. If your Dad died while working at the company, perhaps the stock will come restriction free. Usually restrictions are in place to prevent insider trading, so if there is no chance at insider trading anymore, they may lift them. Other...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Utah on
Q: How can a home with multiple beneficiaries in a trust be converted to a single beneficiaries name?

A 62 year old female continues to live in her parents home after they have been dead for several years. She receives minimum disability benefits. The home was part of a trust to multiple family members, one of which has died and the others seem to have no interest in the property as far as... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Dec 28, 2020

If the house has been retitled in the names of the multiple family members as a result of administration of the trust, then the other owners need to sign one or more deeds transferring their interests to the 62 year old lady.

If the house is still in the name of the trust, then the trust...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Utah on
Q: The attorney that wrote up our trusts died one year ago. No one contacted us. No one answers phone or email. Records??

My parents and I both used an attorney in South Jordan, Utah to write up trusts in 2014. My parents are now trying to refinance their reverse mortgage. We need information from the attorney. We tried to contact him via telephone and email. Can't leave message and emails kicked back. Checked... Read more »

Brian Craig
Brian Craig answered on Dec 10, 2020

As a best practice, clients should safeguard estate planning documents rather than the lawyer or law firm. Having a scanned digital copy is also a good idea. You might be able to find some records with the county recorder's office if real estate was transferred to the trust. Otherwise, you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Workers' Compensation for Utah on
Q: Can your v. Successful x husband leave you homeless after 20 years of marriage and 4 kids?
David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Dec 1, 2020

I don't know! You live in Utah and things are done differently there! LOL

Please go see a divorce lawyer ASAP. Most good family lawyers will hear you out in the first sitting. Here in Florida (and in Texas and Oklahoma) the court can award temporary alimony, child support and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Utah on
Q: Can anything be done when in the process of a trust and the grantor dies before signing?

We were in the process of setting up a trust for my sick mother when she suddenly became so sick (the day of hoping to sign in fact). Hindered by getting a notary public because of Covid, is there anything we can do?

Steven J. Fromm
Steven J. Fromm answered on Nov 16, 2020

Sadly, if the document is not signed it has no legal impact on the estate. If she died with a prior will and trust then that would be controlling. If there is no will or trust signed, dated, witnessed and notarized, then she died intestate. The rules of intestate succession in the state where... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Estate Planning and Tax Law for Utah on
Q: What price of the stock should be used for estate tax valuation? At the date of death or at the date of collection?

The father died in 2012, but due to personal circumstances, the probate was opened in 2020. Now the stock value increased. Which price of the stocks should be considered for estate taxation: at the date of death or at the date i collected it?

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Oct 12, 2020

The date of death value. Even though the stock didn't transfer, your right to the stock activated at his death.

I hope this helps.

Wes

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Utah on
Q: I lost my step dad a month ago and 1 of 3 daughter's took everything. There was no Wil. How can I get my sharej

He married my mom about 25 years ago and they divorced. He never adopted us girls but was are father. My sister took everything. He always insisted there was a Wil and it disappeared. How can I get my share and how is it legal she can take it all. Its so unfair cause me and my father was the... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Sep 30, 2020

You are legally considered someone's descendant if they were your birth parent or they adopted you. If you are not a descendant, you can only inherit if they leave behind something stating that you are the intended heir. If your sister is the only living descendant of your stepfather, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Tax Law for Utah on
Q: What will be the estate tax exemption amount if my father passed away in 2011, but I collected inheritance in 2020?

There was a change in the exemption amount between 2011-2020. In 2018 Trump increased it from $5.6MM to $11MM

Eric Steven Day
Eric Steven Day answered on Sep 18, 2020

The estate tax is determined at the time of death. Therefore, if there is an exemption on the tax it would be at the time of death, not at the time you actually receive the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Utah on
Q: My ex is selling his house and I am apparently on the title. What advice would you give me on what to do?

My ex called me tonight to let me know he is selling his house but can’t because my name is on the title. He is asking me to sign documents that basically give my rights to the house away? I don’t know how this works and I had no idea I was even on the title. We was never married. We bought... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Sep 11, 2020

As a Real Estate attorney, I don't have much to tell you. Outside of a marriage relationship, if someone places your name on the deed, this is normally either a gift, or a purchase, of 50%. When a parent adds a child to their deed, the child is now a part owner.

Because you had a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense and Probate for Utah on
Q: Life Insurance is asking for prescription list, autopsy and toxicology reports. How do I obtain these if Im not related?

BF died of drug intoxication. Insurance is asking for prescription list, autopsy and toxicology. We were not married how do I obtain these? I doubt his family will help me obtain one.

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Sep 8, 2020

Obtain some sort of official demand from the life insurance company and give a copy to the sources of the documents you need. This may work.

Attorneys can normally obtain these items with a letter saying they need it for their client to obtain insurance.

If neither of these work,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Utah on
Q: Is there public record of Family Trusts?If so where would such documents be located?

THE MURPHY FAMILY TRUST

Lane Wood
Lane Wood answered on Aug 29, 2020

There is no public database where trusts are recorded. Trusts are generally kept private. If you know who prepared the trust, you may want to call them as they may still have a copy of it.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Utah on
Q: My dad died two years ago he had many guns he wanted them passed to his grandsons but never put it in his will.

The will state all assets are to be divided among all four daughters equally. My older sister is the executer and she has lied to the probate judge about his bank accounts and other things . Her son has all the guns I have tried to get my share and he won’t release them . He said he will to my... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Aug 17, 2020

I am sorry for your predicament. The will should govern the distribution of the estate. If the executor is lying to the probate judge, and you want to do something about it, then you need to file a motion about the executor's improprieties.

If the will says divide 4 ways, then that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Admiralty / Maritime and Banking for Utah on
Q: www.law.cornell.edu website doesnt have UCC 9-105 (1)(n) & (1)(h) listed, do u have link to where I can view them online
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 30, 2020

It looks like some of the other ordinary resources that post UCC 9-105 (Control of Electronic Chattel - Paper) do not include them. You posted under Admiralty/Maritime - I checked but could not find cross references under ordinary maritime laws I work with. The attorneys familiar with banking... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Utah on
Q: I have an inherited tenant in Ogden Utah until 2021 , I need the house vacant how to serve buyout clause?

I bought a house with two tenants, one is month to month and the other has a lease in place till next year.

I read about a buyout clause in the lease that doesn't specify who can use it. Is that an option?

I have other plans for the home in the short term. The house... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Jun 8, 2020

The answers to your questions are in your contract. As I haven't read the contract, I can't give you any sure answers. I will say that most Buyout Clauses in leases are designed for the Tenant to buy the property, not the reverse. How to serve documents on a Tenant, like a clause allowing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Legal Malpractice for Utah on
Q: what can i do about being billed for a court appearance that my lawyer did not attend?

we hired an attorney to write three amendments to a living trust. my mother was on her death bed and the attorney was out of town so he instructed us to see his paralegal and give her the instructions and he would meet with us at 8:30 am the following tuesday for her to sign the papers and then he... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on May 15, 2020

I am not sure I understand the question. This is a strange happening indeed. I am sorry for your loss. Trust amendments are not typically filed in court. In addition, in the creation/modification of a trust there usually isn't court appearance either unless it was an irrevocable trust and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Utah on
Q: My boyfriend named me as primary beneficiary on a life insurance policy. How do I get a copy of the death certificate?

His relatives will not give me a copy of the death certificate. There is no trust or will.

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on May 12, 2020

You can still obtain one for yourself while filling out the application.

https://vitalrecords.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/Death-Certificate-Request-Application.pdf

In the applicant box you would check other, and put "beneficiary of life insurance" and attach a page from...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Utah on
Q: What do I do if my sister takes all of my mothers estate?

A couple days before my mother passed away my sister and uncle drafted up their own quitclaim deed putting my moms house in my sisters name. I wasn’t informed until the moment of the signing that my name wasn’t attached. My mom was in no state to be signing any kind of legal documents. She was... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 25, 2020

It sounds like you are worried in advance about something that may or may not happen. If you do not receive your share of the proceeds within 48 hours after the closing (keep checking your bank account online), then repost your question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Utah on
Q: My significant other passed away. He left a will for me to have his property and his house but not as the executor

I just need to know how I go about getting the house transferred in to my name

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Apr 22, 2020

If the property is still in the decedent's name, you will need to open a probate and get an order from a judge awarding you the property. This order will get recorded with the county recorder to put the home in your name.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Utah on
Q: My father trusted that my brother would honor his wishes after he passed. regarding his life insurance.

not only has my brother been selling alot of the belongings he is claiming there is no life insurance. Just last year my dad mentioned to me how much i would be getting. i hated when he brought that subject up. especially when we were literally burying his dad the last time he mentioned it. My... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 20, 2020

You need to hire a probate attorney to help you probate your father's estate. you most likely are entitled to a share of the estate under the laws of intestate succession bu the exact percentage depends on other facts.

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