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.
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- Brigham Young University
- J.D. (2001) | Law
- Honors: Deans List; Academic Scholarship
- Utah State University
- B.A. (1997) | Political Science, Minor in Russian
- Honors: Honor Society, Deans List, Academic Scholarship
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- 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.