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.

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 |2019-11-04T18:58:46+00:00November 1st, 2013|Estate Planning|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 |2019-10-29T19:50:08+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 |2019-10-29T19:47:45+00:00July 22nd, 2013|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Utah Advance Health Care Directives

FAQS about Utah Advance Health Care Directives, medical powers of attorney and living wills What is a medical power of attorney? A medical power of attorney is a special power of attorney (a written document) which designates someone to make health care decisions for another person when that person. Its purpose is to give legal [...]

By |2019-10-15T16:52:33+00:00July 22nd, 2013|Disability Planning, Utah Estate Planning|Comments Off on Utah Advance Health Care Directives

Wills

These basic FAQS (frequently asked questions) might help you understand Utah wills: What is estate planning? Planning for the preservation and transfer of a person’s property after their death is called “estate planning.” A good estate plan includes a Will, powers of attorney, a Living Will (“Utah Advance Health Care Directive”), and usually a Trust. [...]

By |2019-10-30T21:34:14+00:00July 22nd, 2013|Utah Estate Planning|0 Comments

Do You Have Legal Authority to Manage Another Person’s Affairs?

Sam’s stroke left him unable to make responsible decisions or manage his own affairs. Sandy, his wife, was shocked to find she had no authority to sign Sam’s name, manage his business, sell their joint property, and admit Sam to a nursing home. How does she get the legal authority she needs?   These arrangements [...]

By |2019-10-29T19:57:11+00:00January 1st, 2010|Disability Planning, Estate Planning|0 Comments

Four Bad Ways To Avoid Utah Probate

Most people want to avoid probate, the court process of wrapping up a person’s affairs after death. Unfortunately, many Utahns make costly mistakes by do-it-yourself probate avoidance. Don’t make these mistakes: Bad way # 1: Put your kids on the deed.  Marie’s heard she could avoid probate by putting her four children on the deed [...]

By |2019-10-30T20:25:13+00:00October 1st, 2009|Probate|0 Comments

Do You Have an Unfunded Trust?

Do you have an unfunded trust? Planning for the preservation and transfer of a person's property after their death is called estate planning. A good estate plan includes a Will, powers of attorney, a Living Will (Health Care Directive in Utah(, and often a Trust. The Unfunded Trust Trusts avoid the expense and delays of [...]

By |2019-10-30T21:13:55+00:00August 1st, 2009|Estate Planning|0 Comments
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