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Why Should You Hire an Attorney?

Why Should You Hire an Attorney?

There are so many self-help resources available to people online. Some of these online resources even claim to be by attorneys with attorney help and support.   Some are even owned and run by celebrity attorneys. They all claim to be able to save you money on your legal services. Which brings us to our question – Why should you hire an attorney? I believe there are several reasons.

Attorneys have been to law school and passed the Bar Exam

This is a big deal. Quite frankly, someone who believes they can practice law without having gone through the crucible of law school is simply fooling themselves. I know a lot of attorneys will tell you that they didn’t learn how to practice law in law school, and that’s correct, law school trains the mind to think in a legal way. It is grueling and competitive. To survive law school you need brains, focus, and a great work ethic.

The bar exam is a two-day test. It is the hardest test that I’ve ever taken. One day consists of multiple-choice questions the likes of which would make any cruel teacher or professor squeal with delight due to their complexity and nuance.  One day is a series of essay and practical questions to test the test takers writing and analytical abilities.

We’ve done it dozens if not hundreds of times.

It is extremely likely when you first encounter an attorney it is the first time you have had to deal with a particular legal issue or problem. Attorneys, on the other hand, have as attorneys done multiple cases of a very similar type. Personally I have done thousands of criminal cases, hundreds of divorce cases, dozens of other litigation cases, hundreds of collection cases, as well as assisted in excess of 100 small businesses in their initial set up. I have also drafted more than 100 estate plans.  It would be safe to say that this experience gives me insights that you may not have about these issues.  All of us in our firm have a wide variety of experience that helps us to help you.

Attorneys bring an analytical mind to a problem.

There is a saying that I once heard that goes something like this “When emotion is high intelligence is low”. Being brought into the courts can be a scary, frustrating, and maddening situation. Very often you are hurt, scared, or angry. If these emotions were to be the only thing guiding your decision-making, it is likely that the decisions that you would make concerning your legal matter might not be in your best interest. One of our roles as attorneys is to bring that rational, reasoning mind to a legal problem when our clients are suffering the extremes of emotion. We can even take steps to delay or put off the case until our client is able to be thinking clearly in making their decisions.

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If you think any of the above applies to you, and you are currently in a situation that you could use the assistance of an attorney please call and schedule a free consultation at 435-674-2564. Ask for Travis. I will be glad to assist you.

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Estate Planning – Free Consultation

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Trust Choice – Free Consultation

When it comes to doing estate planning it is always critical that you talk with an attorney to make a good trust choice.  We offer a free consultation.   We know that there are a lot of online resources that you can use.  However, if you do not do it correctly and execute documents the way they should be executed your trust could be worthless.

A trust involves at least three types of people which are defined by the role they play in the trust.  The first is the Trustor or Trustors.  This is sometimes referred to as a settlor or grantor.  This is the person who creates the trust.  Then next required person is the Trustee.  This person or persons is who is charged with a fiduciary duty to manage the assets of the trust for the last type of person – the beneficiary or beneficiaries.

Trustees

There are usually two types of Trustees.  Immediate and Successor.  The immediate trustees take initial management responsibility.  The successor trustee takes over once the initial trustee is unable to continue serving.

Beneficiaries

There are usually two types of beneficiaries: income and remainder. Income beneficiaries get the immediate income of the trust and the remainder beneficiaries get what is left once the income beneficiaries have passed away or the term of their rights to income have passed.

Can be the Same

In most cases the trustors, trustees, and beneficiaries are the same people.  A person or married couple will create a trust for their benefit during their lifetime. They will be the initial beneficiaries as well.

Other People

Some trusts provide for other people to be involved such as designating an investment trustee, a distribution trustee or a trust protector.  There are even special asset protection trusts that have some big advantages when done correctly.

There are numerous types of trusts.  Estate planning, trust choice, wills, trusts, probate and other things can be confusing.

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It is important determine which will best meet your needs. Call us at 435-674-2564 and set up a free consultation with Travis Christiansen and make sure these things are not left to chance.

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We have great attorneys!

We have great attorneys. Travis Christiansen recently was honored for his work by his peers.  He practices estate planning, divorce law, criminal defense, DUI and business law.

Attorney Travis R. Christiansen has Achieved a BV Distinguished™ Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®.
Travis R. Christiansen, a lawyer based in St. George, UT whose primary area of practice is Estate Planning, has earned a Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®

St. George, UT May 12, 2017 – Martindale-Hubbell® has confirmed that attorney Travis R. Christiansen still maintains the BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell, even after first achieving this rating in 2017.

For more than 140 years, lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings™ while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can make use of this trusted rating by looking up a lawyer’s rating on Lawyers.com or martindale.com. The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers – members of the bar and the judiciary. Congratulations go to Travis R. Christiansen who has achieved the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating™.

Travis R. Christiansen commented on the recognition: “The Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished Rating is a credential highly valued and sought after in the legal world. It used to be a sort of secret among attorneys who used the rating as a first screen when they needed to hire a lawyer they did not personally know. Now, thanks to the Internet, the Rating is a great way for anyone ñ lawyers or lay people – to use to screen lawyers. I am thankful to my peers who nominated me for this distinction, and proud to have earned this rating.”