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.

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 [...]

By |2013-07-22T19:31:42+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 [...]

By |2013-07-22T19:29:19+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 allow [...]

By |2018-10-11T20:07:10+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 |2018-10-11T20:12:32+00:00October 1st, 2009|Probate|0 Comments

Giving Responsible Gifts to Irresponsible Children

When she died, Ellen left an equal share of her $500,000 estate to her irresponsible daughter. Here’s how she did it. Like most parents, Ellen wanted to treat her three children the same – to the penny. But Ellen worried about Kathy, who had a spectacular talent for wasting money. In her last days, Ellen [...]

By |2018-10-11T20:15:42+00:00September 2nd, 2009|Estate Planning|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 probate [...]

By |2018-10-11T20:19:25+00:00August 1st, 2009|Estate Planning|0 Comments

Leave a Legacy of Peace in Your Family

Few people value their property more than they value their family, yet they fail to plan for family peace. These Utahns likely shed tears in heaven when they realized their poor planning turned their children against each other. (Names have been changed.); 1. Vince accumulated bank accounts large enough to support himself for several years,and [...]

Car Scams Target Seniors

Beware of these six used car scams. In tough economic times, seniors can become targets for unscrupulous car dealers. Be careful and beware of these six car scams in Utah: 1. Payment packing. The car dealer avoids discussing the price of the car and commits the shopper to a specific monthly payment. The car is [...]

By |2018-10-11T20:22:44+00:00April 1st, 2009|Elder Law|0 Comments