Utah Estate Planning & Probate

Southern Utah Estate Planning & Probate 

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual’s estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property such as real estate, including houses and investment properties and personal property such as all other property, including bank accounts, securities, jewelry and automobiles.

Estate planning benefits those with large estates, as well as those with modest assets. Creating an estate plan ensures that all property will be distributed according to the personal wishes of the deceased, and that those who are benefiting from the estate receive the largest distribution possible with a minimum amount of delay. Specifically, estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from their estate, and to what extent. Estate planning also ensures that the estate will not be destroyed by taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death. In addition to providing financial security, estate planning encourages individuals to make important decisions, such as appointing a guardian for minor children, choosing healthcare preferences, and securing funeral arrangements.

At Ruesch and Reeve we work to understand your estate planning goals and develop the strategy to implement those to protect your family’s success. We provide standard estate planning for smaller estates, including preparation of simple wills and trusts always providing expert advice. We also specialize in estate planning for large more complex estates including preparation of complex wills and trust agreements, tax planning advice, implementing probate avoidance techniques, initiating gifting programs and rearrangement of property ownership and beneficiary designations to achieve estate planning goals. For more information see the article “Are You a Candidate for a Trust?“.

By far, Attorney Ben Ruesch has been the best law experience I’ve had in Southern Utah. I’ve had to work with/contact a few law offices in town regarding Probate matters, and I wish I had found Attorney Ben sooner. He is by far, the most patient, professional, and trustworthy attorney I’ve encountered.  I only trust him for all of my family’s estate and probate needs.  

Mark C

If you’re looking for a probate attorney in the St George area, look no further! Ruesch and Reeve are the best – prompt, extremely professional, and trustworthy. They have assisted our family with legal matters ranging from estate planning and family law to traffic tickets. Thank you!

Jared G

HONEST – TRUSTWORTHY – SMART – Ben Ruesch is the best probate attorney in Southern Utah. He is smart and equally as important to us, he is honest & dependable. Always working in our best interest, he delivers what is promised. When we need legal advice or a professional to take action, we call the team at Ruesch and Reeve every time.

Logan W

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