Paul J. Barton

Helping individuals and small businesses in the Salt Lake City area for more than 35 years

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Firm Overview

The law offices of Paul J. Barton has been protecting the futures of Salt Lake City families and businesses since 1973. We focus our practice on just a few areas to provide high-quality legal counsel. With our knowledge, we assist our clients in understanding the variety of trusts available to them, and recommend the tools that will work best for them and their financial situation.

Caring, focused counsel to protect your family or business assets:
For 40 years, Paul J. Barton has helped Salt Lake City individuals and small businesses safeguard their hard-earned assets for future generations. We provide our clients with:

Compassionate service. At the law offices of Paul J. Barton, we pride ourselves on making our clients comfortable. We understand that dealing with legal issues may be unsettling, especially if you need to probate the will of a loved one or establish guardianship for a special needs child or incapacitated adult. We listen carefully to your needs, probe where we need to, and prepare a course of action that is right for you.

A focus on trusts. With many types of trusts available - ranging from revocable to irrevocable, to special needs, to pets - Attorney Paul Barton can help you understand the trust or trusts that work best for you. Our goal is to protect your interests and your assets, now and in the future.

Financial skill. When planning for the future of either your family or your business, it's essential to have legal guidance at your side. We also have financial planning and investment skills to help determine any tax consequences and develop effective strategies to sidestep them. From establishing trusts as an integral tool in your estate plan, to evaluating estate tax, to helping you find the best structure for a new business, we assist in assessing financial impacts and recommend appropriate actions to make the most of your assets.

Dependable experience. Attorney Paul J. Barton puts his more than 35 years of handling estate planning, probate and business formation matters to work for you. He has extensive experience drafting sensitive and important documents such as living trusts and wills for local residents and the elder community in Salt Lake County. He concentrates his business planning experience on setting up limited liability companies (LLCs) for businesses in the vicinity. He can assist in selecting a distinguishable name for your company that will be accepted by the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code. Attorney Barton's background in tax law can help you explore your options when filing tax forms and choose an entity that will be most cost-beneficial to you and your business.

Professional recognition. As a result of his dedication to his clients and the legal profession, estate planning attorney Paul J. Barton has received high praises from his colleagues for his distinguished professionalism and ethics.

Turn to Paul J. Barton for legal advice and tailored solutions:
We routinely handle cases involving the following areas of practice:
-Estate planning
-Wills
-Trusts
-Guardianships
-Probate
-Business planning
-Elder law
Main Office

Main Office
345 East 400 South, Suite 201
Salt Lake City  UT  84111

Phone
  • (801) 322-2300
Estate Planning
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, the law offices of Paul J. Barton can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
-Guardianships
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting

Securing your legacy:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament:
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet - making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

Attorney Paul J. Barton can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship:
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
Probate
Experienced Utah trust and estates attorney helps guide you through the process
Probate follows what is typically a painful and emotional loss. Attorney Paul J. Barton has more than 35 years of experience in probate law and knows how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate:
Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. The law offices of Paul J. Barton can guide you through the complex probate process, including:
-Filing the will with the Utah probate court
-Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously -probating the estate
-Finding and collecting assets
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Paying estate taxes
-Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate:
We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls on accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes:
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will, or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, we are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client's beneficiary rights within the Utah probate court.

Paul J. Barton

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Practice areas:
-Estate planning
-Wills and trusts
-Probate
-Business planning
-Elder law

Bar admissions:
-U.S. Tax Court, 1975
-Utah, 1973

Education:
-J.D., University of Utah, 1973
-LL.M., Washington University, Taxation, 1974
-College of Eastern Utah
-B.A., Brigham Young University, 1970

Honors:
BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for professionalism and ethics

Professional associations:
-Utah State Bar (Member: Probate and Tax Section, 1973-present)
-Utah State Bar (Advertising Committee and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1994-1998)

Biographical details:
-Utah Army National Guard, Special Forces, 1973
-Omicron Delta Epsilon
-Phi Alpha Delta
-Recipient: Hinckley Institute Scholarship
-Recipient: John A. Widtsoe Memorial Scholarship
-President, Utah Chapter of International Association of -Financial Planners, 1989-1990
-Member, Estate Planning Council, 1974-present
-Real Estate Broker, Utah and Missouri, 1979
-Registered Investment Advisor, 1988
-National Association of Securities Dealers, Series 7 -license, Utah, 1988-1997
-Internship with: Senator Wallace F. Bennett, 1971
-Attorney General's Office, State of Utah, Department of Justice 1972-1973
Education
  • University of Utah
    Juris Doctorate , 1973
  • Washington University
    LL.M., Taxation , 1974
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