Ryan L Jensen

Ryan L Jensen

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  • Business Law, Estate Planning, Probate ...
  • Illinois, Utah
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Prior to founding Pharos Law Group, I worked in Chicago for two of the world’s leading law firms and also worked at one of Utah’s premier law firms. These firms provided superb legal training, but I was often frustrated with the “impersonal” nature of working for large international business entities and the lack of opportunity to assist families and individuals in a meaningful way. When I decided to venture out on my own, my prior law firm experiences led me to focus exclusively on estate planning. I am now able to provide clients with a full range of basic and advanced estate, legacy and financial planning options. I also continue to be involved in a variety of commercial transactions, both large and small. I am married, with 3 children, an avid cyclist, runner (3 marathons) and I enjoy most other sports. When reading for enjoyment (rather than legal education), I enjoy just about anything by Dickens, Tolstoy or Dumas.

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Intellectual Property
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Russian: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner, Managing Attorney
Pharos Law Group, PLLC
- Current
Sidley Austin LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Durham Jones & Pinegar
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Brigham Young University
J.D. (2001) | Law
Honors: Deans List; Academic Scholarship
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Utah State University
B.A. (1997) | Political Science, Minor in Russian
Honors: Honor Society, Deans List, Academic Scholarship
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Utah Legal Elite
Utah Business Magizine
Professional Associations
Utah State Bar  # 09961
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Illinois State Bar
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Articles & Publications
Angel or Devil?
20 Myths About Estate Planning: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You
Word Association Publishers
Certified Mediator
State of Utah
Websites & Blogs
Pharos Law Group Website
Pharos Law Blog
Pharos Law Podcast
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered
Q. I was left some land in Garfield County Utah. I have been named Person Representative. What do I do next? I want to sell
A: Is this question still relevant? If so, you will want to visit with a probate attorney to understand your rights and duties as personal representative. You may be able to do an informal probate of the Will and sale the land through a streamlined process. Best of luck!
Q. Wife passed away, no will, couple of private accounts/IRA., couple of joint accounts and car. Probate lawyer required?
A: Depending on whether there are named beneficiaries for the private accounts, the IRA and the "joint accounts", you will likely need a probate attorney to assist you. On the other hand, if all accounts have named beneficiaries and the department of motor vehicles in Georgia has a streamlined process for transferring title on automobiles, you may be able to avoid probate. Many probate attorneys will offer consultations for a small fee (sometimes free), so it is likely in your best interests to visit with a probate attorney there in GA. Best of luck.
Q. If I live in Utah how can I get probate court case started in Washington State?
A: Your best bet is to contact a probate attorney in Washington. This website and others have directories that should assist. Is it possible to do without an attorney, yes, it is possible. However, there is also a good chance that you might make critical mistakes, as probate law is very complicated. Far better to spend money on a qualified professional to ensure it is done right. Best of luck to you! By the way, if you are not able to find an WA probate attorney, let me know and I can assist you in finding one.
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Contact & Map
Salt Lake Office
3115 Lion Lane, Suite 160
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Telephone: (801) 733-9292
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