Elder Law in Utah

Elder law focuses on the needs of individuals as they age. Subjects that will need to be considered include senior housing and home care, long-term (or nursing home) care, estate planning, guardianships and health care documents, and Medicare. Having a knowledgeable elder law attorney on your side to walk you through all of these complex areas of the law is sure to provide you and your family with the peace of mind you desire.

Elder Law Related Issues We Can Walk You Through

At Alder Law Group,. we are prepared to explain all of the following elder law related issues:


Living trusts, also known as revocable trusts, are growing in popularity in Salt Lake City because they allow you full control while you’re alive and able to manage your own assets, and then provide privacy after death. In probate, which is required if you have a will, the division of your estate becomes public record. With revocable living trusts in Salt Lake City, Utah, you can avoid probate as long as all your funds and assets are transferred to the trust. Furthermore, husbands and wives can be co-trustees, and supplementary pour-over wills can be combined with your trust. When these are created, all your property that isn’t deeded to the trust when you pass on will be moved into the living trust. Revocable living trusts have to be managed carefully, so we invite you to consult with an elder law attorney at Alder Law to have your questions answered. You can begin the process of securing your assets for future generations today.


Few people regard guardianship as a wholly satisfactory approach to securing the care of an incapacitated relative, but as a last resort, it’s a valuable tool for protecting the personal and financial security of a loved one who can no longer look after his or her own interests effectively. The Salt Lake City guardianship attorneys at Alder Law Group, P.C., advise people about guardianship, conservatorship, special needs trusts and other ways to protect vulnerable relatives.

We understand the range of circumstances that can lead a family to think about guardianship as a way to protect a relative who needs help with finances or daily living needs. Our lawyers will discuss guardianship and its alternatives with you and other concerned relatives, and if no less intrusive approach appears available, we can represent you in Utah probate proceedings to appoint you or someone else to take responsibility for a relative’s financial matters, personal care or both.


Utah law recognizes conservatorship as a less intensive form of supervision over another person. By definition, a conservatorship applies only to the property and finances of the ward, or the person over whom a guardian or conservator is appointed. In some situations, we will recommend conservatorship as an alternative that allows greater independence for the person to be protected.

Occasionally a nursing home or assisted living facility will consider a guardianship petition, or even insist upon one for a relative whose capacity for independent living is significantly impaired. We can advise you about the implications of a guardianship petition in your situation, and recommend measures to prevent overreaching or abuses in the guardian-ward relationship.

Our lawyers also advise guardians and conservators about the best ways to fulfill their responsibilities, which include annual reports and periodic accountings. Guardians and conservators are fiduciaries in the eyes of the law, which means that their decisions must be made in the best interests of the person for whom they’re acting.

We also advise people about advance planning to avoid the need for guardianship through powers of attorney, incapacity trustee designations under revocable living trusts, and special needs trusts for developmentally disabled children and adults.


At Alder Law Group we believe that everyone should feel confident about their future, and our elder law attorneys are prepared to craft a plan that takes into account your best interests. For a free consultation, contact our legal team today at (801) 463-2600!

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