SERVICES

  • Guardianships
    Once a child with disabilities reaches 18 years, while it may seem obvious to parents that the child cannot make reasonable decisions, the law considers her an adult and parents are no longer legally able to make decisions for her. She is presumed competent unless a court determines otherwise. This has many implications for parents. For instance, medical insurance companies and physicians will usually refuse to communicate with parents regarding their child’s health care issues. If the adult with disabilities runs away or is lost, many law enforcement agencies view the individual as an “adult” and will not search as readily. Parents should secure guardianship as close to the child’s 18th birthday as possible. Utah law requires that parents hire an attorney to represent their adult child in the proceedings. The parents can represent themselves, or have an attorney, different Continue Reading...
  • Special Needs Planning
    When a baby with special needs is born, parents are initially consumed with meeting the medical needs of their child and coming to grips with the fact that their baby and likely will not have the kind of life they expected. Soon a routine of Doctor visits, therapy, and worry settles in as “normal.” Nagging fears soon arise about who will care for their child if and when the parents cannot. When a baby with special needs is born, parents are initially consumed with meeting the medical needs of their child and coming to grips with the fact that their baby and likely will not have the kind of life they expected. Soon a routine of Doctor visits, therapy, and worry settles in as “normal.” Nagging fears soon arise about who will care for their child if and when the Continue Reading...
  • Legal Planning for Missionaries
    A missionary leaving to serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should consider leaving a financial power of attorney for someone to be able to legally act for them and also having a Health Care agent named through a medical directive. A Hipaa Release Form can also make getting medical records easier. Lisa can provide you those documents and have one more thing on your lengthy checklist completed!...
  • Estate Planning
    You should complete your estate planning to protect your assets and the people you love. Lisa Broderick Thornton can help you get these documents in place. First, you should have a will, a basic legal document that allows you to direct to whom your property will be distributed. The executor is named in your will and is the person that will administer your wishes upon your death. Your will is the tool by which you leave assets to your children, grandchildren, other heirs, and charities. A will also allows you to name a guardian for your minor children. You will likely benefit by setting up a revocable trust that allows you to avoid probate with the accompanying delay, court costs, attorney fees, and public viewing of your property. A power of attorney allows you to name those to act for Continue Reading...

Areas of Practice

REVOCABLE TRUSTS

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SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME

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DURABLE POWERS OF ATTORNEY

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ADVANCED HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES

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