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Understanding Wills, Trusts, and the Role of an Estate Lawyer

Estate planning is organizing the management and disposal of an individual's assets during their lifetime and after death. It aims to fulfill an individual's wishes, minimize estate taxes, and provide financial security for loved ones. Estate planning often involves creating legal documents, such as wills and trusts, to guide asset distribution and safeguard beneficiaries.

Concepts of Estate Planning: Wills and Trusts

A will outlines how an individual's assets should be distributed upon death. It may also include guardianship designations for minor children and instructions for paying debts and taxes. In contrast, trusts are legal entities established to hold and manage assets for the beneficiaries, often providing tax benefits and increased control over asset distribution.

Duties of an Estate Lawyer

Estate lawyers specialize in helping clients navigate the complexities of estate planning and probate law. They aid in drafting wills and trusts, ensuring that all documents are legally valid and accurately reflect the client's wishes. Additionally, estate lawyers offer guidance on matters related to inheritance, end-of-life law, and estate administration.

The primary responsibilities of an estate lawyer include the following:

  • Advising clients on estate planning strategies and techniques
  • Drafting and reviewing wills, trusts, and other estate-planning documents
  • Assisting with the probate process, including representing clients in probate hearings
  • Advising clients on estate taxes and other financial matters related to estate planning

Collaborating with an estate lawyer helps clients protect their assets and ensure the implementation of their wishes.

Why You Should Hire an Estate Lawyer

There are several reasons why hiring an estate lawyer is essential for effective estate planning:


Estate lawyers bring specialized knowledge of estate and probate law to the table, making them invaluable resources for navigating the intricacies of estate planning.


An estate lawyer assists clients in avoiding costly mistakes and ensures the legal validity of their estate planning documents.

Peace of Mind

Entrusting an experienced estate lawyer with the estate planning process gives clients the confidence that their wishes will be executed as intended.

Estate planning is crucial in protecting one's assets and providing for loved ones. An experienced estate lawyer guides clients through the complexities of estate planning and ensures their wishes are legally enforced. 

At Terry Spencer Law Firm, we are committed to delivering professional and personable legal services to clients in Utah. Whether you need assistance with estate planning, real estate law, business law, or family law, our knowledgeable attorney is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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