Probate & Estate Planning

Guiding families through preparing for their future


The probate process deals with the administering of a person's estate after he or she has died. The process includes a full assessment of the estate, including all assets and debts belonging to the person at the time of death. The assets that fall underneath the probate process are distributed according to the decedent's wishes as described in a valid will.


Estate planning today can save years of headaches later


A comprehensive estate plan can be prepared well in advance and can include many different legal instruments that help ensure your wishes are honored in the event of your death or incapacitation. Plans can include wills, trusts, advance healthcare directives and other instruments that spell out your desires when you cannot speak for yourself and how your property and other assets are to be distributed after your death.


Understanding the probate process and how a lawyer helps


The probate process typically proceeds without incident but in some cases there may be a challenge as to the validity of the will itself. In this instance, it is important to have an experienced, aggressive attorney on your side to help ensure your interests are protected.


Probate litigation can be an extremely emotional matter. Family members may feel like you are personally attacking them or the loved one who has passed away when all you really want is to be treated fairly. These matters can take quite a long time to settle. I will be there with you every step of the way, fighting for your rights and a positive result to your case.


Contact David R. Hartwig today for estate planning and probate assistance


When you hire me, you hire a staunch ally who will fight vigorously to reach a fair settlement for you. I personally handle every aspect of your case myself. I keep you informed of the progress in your case at all times and promptly respond to all phone calls and other correspondence.


At the office of David R. Hartwig, Esq., in Salt Lake City, Utah, you can count on me to utilize every legal resource at my disposal to pursue the most favorable outcome possible. I have been practicing law since 1984 and have extensive experience with guardianships, conservatorships, name changes, and will and trust contests.


Contact my office to schedule a consultation to address your probate law questions. I also offer a full range of estate planning services, including preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and other devices.