About Jack Helgesen

Jack is the founding attorney at Helgesen, Houtz & Jones in Layton, Utah. He has been practicing law in Northern Utah since 1982. He specializes in personal injury and wrongful death claims, elder law, estate planning, medical malpractice, and class action law suits.

Injured Seniors Need Better Accident Lawyers

You should know these facts. Studies show that senior Americans are more likely to be injured, and seemingly minor accidents are more serious on aging bodies. Many seniors do not get the compensation and justice they deserve because even when the accident is a result of abuse or neglect, personal injury lawyers often undervalue these [...]

By |2020-11-06T21:57:17+00:00October 27th, 2020|Elder Law, Personal Injury|61 Comments

The number one mistake with a trust

[BEGIN VIDEO TRANSCRIPT] Hi, I'm Jack Helgesen one of the lawyers with Helgesen Law. I'm here to discuss with you today the number one mistake people make with a family trust - and we see this a lot - it's understandable. But before I tell you what the one mistake is, I want to talk [...]

By |2020-09-09T21:36:39+00:00September 8th, 2020|Estate Planning|1 Comment

The six advantages of a trust

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]  Hi, I'm Jack Helgesen, one of the lawyers with Helgesen Law. I'm here to discuss with you today the number one mistake people make with a family trust, and we see this a lot-  it's understandable. But before I tell you what the one mistake is, I want to talk to you a [...]

By |2020-09-09T21:38:04+00:00August 12th, 2020|Estate Planning|0 Comments

What’s the difference between a will and a trust?

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT] Hi friends, I'm Jack Helgesen and I'm here to talk to you about the fascinating topic of the difference between wills and trusts and I'm going to try to keep it basic and understandable. So let me start with wills. I think you're going to understand that a little easier. A will is [...]

By |2020-09-10T21:26:38+00:00July 20th, 2020|Estate Planning|29 Comments

The pattern of elder abuse

“I pray to God each day to protect us, help us endure and guide those other senior citizens who are also suffering.” – Mickey Rooney You may or may not remember actor Mickey Rooney filing a lawsuit against his stepson in 2011 for financial exploitation, a form of elder abuse. The famous actor said his [...]

By |2020-09-01T16:36:13+00:00June 15th, 2020|Elder Law|0 Comments

The best and worst ways to avoid probate in Utah

When people pass away, they usually want to leave a legacy behind for their loved ones, usually in the form of property or money. However, many people don’t make their final wishes clear. If the surviving heirs aren’t in agreement about who inherits what from the deceased, the matter may end up going to probate [...]

By |2021-01-28T20:59:26+00:00April 1st, 2020|Probate|1 Comment

How do personal injury cases work in Utah?

No one wants to get injured. No one wants a lawsuit. But when someone gets seriously injured through no fault of their own, they may think of making a claim for damages. A personal injury can impact your way of life and can lead to disability or lost income. But before you get a [...]

By |2020-03-24T18:54:49+00:00January 29th, 2020|Personal Injury|2 Comments

Who inherits a person’s property after death?

This is a very important question of Utah law. Very few people really understand how property is transferred after death, and the answer is essential to understanding Utah wills, Utah trusts, Utah estate planning and Utah probate. So, lets make up a story and see how it works. George is a rich Utah widower. Gina [...]

By |2020-03-19T17:14:05+00:00April 28th, 2018|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Utah Probate Checklist — 10 questions to see if you need probate

In Utah, probate is the court process of wrapping up the affairs of a person who has died, paying the debts, and transferring his or her property to others. Like any court process, probate requires filing legal documents with the court, giving notice to heirs, and following Utah law. If you can avoid a probate, [...]

By |2019-10-29T19:45:20+00:00April 28th, 2018|Elder Law, Probate|0 Comments
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