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.

Sixteen questions to determine if you need a probate in Utah

How to know if you need to file a probate in Utah We are frequently asked, “Do I need to file a probate?” To begin, you should consider the definition of “probate.” Probate is the court process of wrapping up the affairs of a person who has died, paying the debts, and transferring his or [...]

By |2018-07-13T00:55:05+00:00July 13th, 2018|Probate|0 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 (bald, at the right) is a [...]

By |2018-05-13T21:31:13+00:00April 28th, 2018|Estate Planning, Uncategorized|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 |2018-05-13T21:31:25+00:00April 28th, 2018|Elder Law, Probate|0 Comments

Slip and fall accidents cause serious injuries to seniors

Slip and Fall accidents are common among seniors over age 65 One out of three seniors over the age of 65 falls annually in the United States, resulting in over a million both fatal and non-fatal falls among seniors. These falls are the most common cause of injury among senior citizens. In addition, slip and fall accidents are [...]

By |2018-05-13T21:35:18+00:00April 11th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Traps and challenges in Utah senior injury claims

Injured Seniors need specialized accident lawyers You should be aware of the unique problems in Utah personal injury claims for Utah seniors. Many Injury lawyers and almost all insurance adjusters undervalue injury claims by seniors. According to the National Safety Council, people over 65 have the highest mortality rate in injuries from traffic accidents, falls, medications, [...]

By |2018-05-13T21:35:32+00:00April 11th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Beware of joint accounts and joint property with your children

Viera and her late husband Ben died believing they left everything equally to their children because it was written in their last wills. They were wrong. Viera lived fourteen years after Ben died. Their divorced daughter Lucy moved in with Viera and became Viera's primary caretaker in the eight years following her stroke. For convenience, [...]

By |2018-10-11T19:59:19+00:00November 1st, 2013|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Why Mary Wants a Utah Asset Protection Trust

Mary worries about the “what ifs.” Mary (age 74) is a widow in good health. Her home in paid for and she never wants to leave her neighborhood. She has sufficient savings and retirement income to enjoy many more years. But she worries constantly about “what ifs.” What if she causes a wreck and her [...]

By |2018-10-11T20:04:06+00:00August 2nd, 2013|Estate Planning|0 Comments

The Best Way to Avoid Probate In Utah

Probate is the court process for wrapping up a person's financial affairs and transferring his or her property to heirs, either under a Will or without a Will.   Probate can be avoided in many ways, most of which are simply bad ideas. (See "Four bad ways to avoid probate"). Do-it-yourself probate avoidance often creates [...]

By |2018-10-11T19:59:56+00:00July 22nd, 2013|Probate|0 Comments

Basics of Utah Estate Planning

Many people ask us about the basics of a good estate plan. This is what we discuss: Planning for the preservation and transfer of a person’s property after their death is called "estate planning." A good estate plan may include: a last will a revocable trust an irrevocable trust a special needs trust an asset [...]

By |2018-10-11T20:09:36+00:00July 22nd, 2013|Estate Planning|0 Comments

The 98% Mistake: What is Missing from Almost all Utah Estate Plans

A fundamental goal of estate planning should be to protect your assets so they can be passed to your heirs, usually the next generation of your family. In estate planning, asset protection takes two forms: 1) protection from estate taxes, and 2) protection from future creditors. Protection from estate taxes  -- the 98% mistake. Almost [...]

By |2018-10-11T20:00:48+00:00July 22nd, 2013|Estate Planning|0 Comments