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David R. Hartwig, Esq.
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Helping Families Prepare For The 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.

Save Yourself Years Of Headaches

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 health care 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.

How Does A Lawyer Help With Probate?

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 for your case.

An Attorney You Can Depend On

When you hire me, you hire a staunch ally who will fight vigorously to reach a fair settlement for you. I will personally handle every aspect of your case. I will 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 Me For Full-Service Estate Planning

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. Call 801-833-0822 or send an email to get in touch.

I am David R. Hartwig, Esq., a Salt Lake City attorney with extensive experience helping parents resolve simple or high-conflict custody issues reaching arrangements that work for children and parents. Child custody involves parent-time and visitation schedules, and can affect support. I help in all of these areas, providing comprehensive service clients need to achieve their custody goals.

Factors In Child Custody Decisions

As an experienced Utah child custody lawyer, I understand that custody cases may become a contentious issue even years after an order is finalized. The trend in Utah toward joint custody often creates messy, unworkable situations, which ultimately lead to enforcement issues when parents do not abide by their custody orders.

The best interests of the child must be considered, including:

• Whether joint legal or physical custody will benefit the child’s physical, psychological and emotional needs, or the child’s development

• The parents’ ability to give first priority to the child’s welfare, and reach shared decisions in the child’s best interest

• Whether each parent is capable of encouraging and accepting a positive relationship between the child and the other parent

• Whether both parents participated in raising the child before the divorce

• The distance between the parents’ homes

• The parents’ maturity and their willingness and ability to protect the child from conflict that may arise between the parents

• The parents’ ability to cooperate with each other and make decisions jointly

• Any history of, or potential for, child abuse, spouse abuse, or kidnapping

• Any other factors the court finds relevant

Despite the complicated and sensitive nature of custody matters, I have helped many clients successfully establish custody orders.

Get Help With Your Child Custody Issue

If you have a child custody issue, please contact me, David R. Hartwig, Esq. I am an experienced Salt Lake City custody lawyer dedicated to helping clients resolve complex custody issues and implement necessary custody orders. For high-conflict cases, I am also one of the few Utah child custody modification attorneys trained as a Special Master for ongoing dispute resolution.