Wendy A.

Addison and his staff were very helpful. Addison spent the time to explain everything in detail. He made us feel like we had everything in place with our Trust before we left. I would definitely recommend his law firm.

Carla P.

We worked with Addison Larreau to create our Living Trust! He is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. He walked us through each section of the Trust and explained everything along the way. We are very happy with Mr. Larreau’s attention to detail and our resulting Living Trust! We highly recommend using the expertise of Addison Larreau if you are planning your estate! Professional, Ethical and Comprehensive! Thank you Mr. Larreau!

Last Will and Testaments Require Probate

On a regular basis, clients or potential clients will tell me that “I have a Last Will and Testament, so I won’t have to Probate when I die.”   Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

A Last Will and Testament, or a Will for short, is a document that is created during life, that identifies that upon the Will maker’s passing he or she wants a named individual to act as Personal Representative, or Executor.  The Personal Representative, or Executor, is appointed to gather in the deceased person’s assets, pay legitimate creditors and then to distribute the remaining assets to those individuals identified in the Will as the deceased person’s heirs.  Before the named Personal Representative or Executor has any authority pursuant to a Will, the Will must be authenticated by the District Court for the county in which the Will maker lived when he or she died.  Only then will the Personal Representative or Executor have the legal authority to gather and manage the deceased person’s assets.   Or in other words, until a judge reviews a Will and finds that the Will is a valid Will, the person identified as the Personal Representative or Executor has no authority and cannot do what the Will identifies that the deceased person wanted done with his or her assets.  The legal proceeding by which a judge reviews a Will to determine whether that Will is a valid (or invalid) Will and gives authority to the Personal Representative, or Executor, to do what the Will says should be done with the deceased person’s assets is called Probate.

There are several effective ways to avoid Probate, the most common of which is by having a properly drafted Living Trust.  If you have additional questions regarding Wills and Probate, or want to learn about how to avoid Probate through a Living Trust, contact Mountain View Law Group for a free Estate Planning Consultation with Addison D. Larreau.  Mountain View Law Group can be reached at (801) 393-5555 or at MountainViewLawGroup.com.

Janice D.

I WAS GRANTED DISABILITY AFTER 7 yrs trying. It’s because of Kimberly Stevens Office. I had given up hope on ever being granted disability until a friend of our family suggested we try Kimberly Stevens and try to apply once again. I worked with her office for only 2 yrs and was granted disability!!! was happy that I decided to go ahead and work with her. I was so grateful for her staff Lisa was always professional and quick to reply. Thank you!!!!

Can I keep my house if I file bankruptcy?

You’ve worked hard to buy a house and to provide a home for your children.  However, life happens – maybe you’ve had your hours reduced at work, or an illness has caused large medical bills.  Now the bank is breathing down your neck.  Bankruptcy can be useful in helping you get back on track and keep your house.  Of course, it does depend on your specific situation but filing for bankruptcy does not mean that you will automatically lose all of your property.  In a chapter 7 case, you can keep all property which the law says is “exempt” from the claims of creditors.  In determining whether property is exempt, you need to consider the value of the property and any loans you may have against the property.

If you are current on your mortgage payments, and you are also able to keep making the loan payments, Chapter 7 may be an option for you to wipe out your other, unsecured debts so that you can focus on your home.  If you are behind on your mortgage payments, Chapter 13 may be able to help you stop a foreclosure and catch up on the back payments over a period of time

If you are considering bankruptcy, but are worried about how it will affect your home, please contact me at 801-393-5555 for a free initial consultation.

Workers Injured on the Job have the Right to Medical Care

At Mountain View Law Group, we help people who are injured at work recover the medical benefits, lost wage benefits and other benefits provided by law when those benefits are being denied by their employers and their employers’ Workers Compensation Insurance companies.

Our attorneys have worked on hundreds of cases, with injures ranging from herniated discs and subdermal hematomas (bleeding on the brain) to sprains and torn muscles.  While the severity of the injury is important in determining the type of Workers Compensation Benefits to which an Injured Worker has the right, the fact is that all workers injured on the job do have the right to at least some Workers Compensation benefits.  For example, every worker injured on the job has the right to medical care paid 100% by the employer’s Workers Compensation Insurance company.  Most employers will require injured workers to initially see a doctor at a clinic selected by the employer or the employer’s Workers Compensation Insurance company, however, the injured worker has the right to select his or her own doctor after that initial doctor’s visit.  There are some restrictions on how and when an injured worker can switch to a different doctor, so it is a good idea to consult with a Workers Compensation Attorney before changing doctors after a work injury.

If you have been injured while working, please contact us at (801) 393-5555, or go to utahslawfirm.com and ask for more information regarding your rights as an injured worker.  While we are located in Ogden, Utah, Mountain View Law Group serves clients located throughout Utah.

Is Spouse Entitled to Interest in Inherited Home?

So you are getting divorced and your spouse inherited the home where you lived during the marriage.   While inherited property is usually awarded to the inheriting party, this is not always the case.  The Utah Appellate Courts have advised that under certain facts you may be able to claim an ownership interest in property that was inherited by your spouse.  Specifically, if you contributed to the improvement, maintenance or protection of the property, you may be entitled to claim an equitable interest in the property.   What this means for you is that if you lived in a home that your spouse inherited, and you can show that you contributed to the home, you may have an ownership interest in the home, no matter what your spouse or his or her attorney tells you.

Contact the attorneys at Mountain View Law Group today 801-393-5555.   They can help make sure that you get everything that you are entitled to from your divorce.

Nicholas B.

They have been the most amazing people to my mom, because of them my mom has been able to get through all of the legal issues, my mom is endlessly thankful to Kimberly, and everything that she has done for her. This is the best attorney group in Ogden and I would even say the whole state, they made everything so simple for my mom and helped her every step of the way, if my mom or I ever have legal things again we will definitely be going back!

Nicholas B.

Debbie W.

My Husband retained Kimberly Stevens to handle his disability claim for Parkinson disease. He and I are so very pleased with the effort that she and her paralegal, Lisa has put forward to help us. They did an amazing job in helping him get his application and paper work in order. He received a quick approval from social security.

Debbie W.

Estate Planning to Care for Children with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs must be particularly careful in how they estate plan to avoid creating a scenario in which their special needs child is disqualified for benefits such as Social Security Disability Benefits, Medicaid, housing benefits and other needs based benefits for those with special needs.  The use of a special type of Trust, known as a Special Needs Trust  is the ideal way to protect a special needs child’s right to benefits while also making assets available to supplement and enhance the special needs child’s standard of living.

If a parent fails to create a proper Estate Plan or creates a typical Will based or Living Trust based Estate Plan, upon the parents’ death, any inherited assets will transfer to the special needs child or his or her guardian.  Upon this occurring, the special needs child will typically be disqualified for need based benefits, such as Social Security Disability, Medicaid and housing benefits, until the inherited assets have been depleted.  Once the assets inherited from the parents or grandparents have been depleted, the special needs child will then need to reapply and requalify for benefits. This can create a significant hardship for the special needs child and his or her guardian.  There is a better way to Estate Plan to protect a special needs child from this hardship – the use of a Special Needs Trust (“SNT”).

A SNT is a Trust created by the parents or grandparents of a special needs child which provides that assets owned by the Trust are to only be used to supplement – and not replace – financial, medical and housing benefits for which the special needs child qualifies or may in the future qualify.  Someone other than the special needs child will act as Trustee and will have discretion how and when to use the SNT assets.  The special needs child has no ability to compel the Trustee to use or distribute funds for the special needs child’s benefit.  Because the special needs child cannot determine when or how the SNT assets are used, the SNT assets are not attributed to him or her as assets or as income for determining his or her qualification for needs based financial, medical or housing benefits.

The great benefit of a SNT is that assets left for the benefit of a special needs child can be used to supplement the standard of living for the special needs child, rather than be consumed in providing for the basic needs that typically would be provided for with financial, medical and housing benefits available to the special needs child.  SNT assets would typically be used by the Trustee for activities such as recreation, education, travel, uncovered medical and dental needs and other activities or needs which were provided to the special needs child by the parents or grandparent while they were alive.  This allows the parents or grandparents to continue to elevate and bless the life of the special needs child even after the parents or grandparents have passed on.

SNT are complex and must be very carefully drafted to be effective in preserving a special needs child’s financial, medical and housing benefits.  Addison D. Larreau, Mountain View Law Group’s Estate Planning Attorney, has extensive experience in drafting and implementing Special Needs Trusts for concerned parents and grandparents.  Please contact Mountain View Law Group at (810) 393-5555 to schedule a complimentary appointment with Addison D. Larreau to discuss your Estate Planning needs.

Christine B.

Mr Larreau is very knowledgeable about estate law. He knew right away how to help our family set up a unique trust to fit our situation! We feel very relieved to have it taken care of in a way that makes sense for everyone involved. Thank you!!

Shari A.

Very professional, personable, all around great! Please use their service. They won’t disappoint! Shari A.

Chuck E.

Have been with Addison Larreau since 2009 keeping my estate plan up to date and must say that Addison has been excellent to work with. He is a down to earth guy, knows his business, and is always willing to take the time to make sure I understand what needs to be done. If you’re looking for an estate planner, Addison is the man!! Chuck E.

Rob M.

I am a client of Larreau & Lytgoe’s Mountain View Law Group. I highly recommend them to represent you in any legal matters you may be in need of. Kimberly Stevens is the utmost professional and answered all of my questions and returned all of my phone calls in a timely manner. Rob M.

Joanne S.

I’m thankful for the help with our estate planning and Addison Larreau did a great job. Our minds were put at ease. The staff was great. – Joanne S.

Leana M.

I had a living trust set up and the experience was great. All the documents were explained well and I walked out after three visits with all my estate planning done. – Leana M.

Jennifer H.

My husband and I have gone to this firm for multiply reasons and each time was a wonderful experience. The employees and law team are very helpful and making sure we understood what things meant so we could be more at ease. We have felt comfortable with our law decisions we have made. Anytime we have a question, they are more than helpful. We love how they are kind, and generous. I have loved working with this law firm and will continue to in the future. – Jennifer H.

Victoria T.

My husband and I were referred here to set up our family trust. We had tried to work with a lawyer previously and it was a complete waste of time. What a wonderful contrast this was. Mr. Larreau was efficient, thorough and fast! After waiting months for the previous lawyer he had our trust done in 3 weeks! He was also polite, considerate, and took the time to answer all of our questions. I would highly recommend him and I will be coming back for any future legal concerns. – Victoria T.

Clint C.

I have been using the firm, now Larreau and Lythgoe, for at least eight years. I have received legal advice and help in various areas of law, including the following: setting up a business, employment law and family law. The lawyers at the firm have always worked quickly, reliably and effectively to help resolve any legal issues I had at the time or to provide me with the legal advice and direction that I needed. I feel very comfortable recommending the firm to anyone, including family and friends. – Clint C.

Drew M.

You guys are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for all the help you guys have done with not only my accidents but also my divorce. Not only will i always use you guys in the future but i will also tell everyone that ever needs a lawyer to come here. I want to do a special thanks to Alexis Cabero , Scott Lythgoe and Kimberly Stevens. Thank you , Drew M.

Adam L.

I have had to use different attorney throughout my time in a custody case. I have finally found a firm and attorney that really put my best interest first. Damon Morris and staff have been extremely professional and great to work with. Since making the switch to their firm, I have never felt like I wasn’t a priority.

I want to say thank you to the entire team – Adam L.

Brett H.

My wife and I fad a personal injury case that Scott Lythgoe helped us on. We appreciate his knowledge, concern, professionalism. He always had our interest and concern at great the entire time and he would give us his legal advice and then ask us what we would like to do and how we felt about it. He was always very understanding and cooperative with us through the entire process. He did ab amazing job for us on our case!

We also had Addison Larreau help us with our estate planning. He did an amazing job helping us understand our rights and what the future will hold for our loved ones. It has brought us comfort knowing things are in order. I Highly recommend Larreau and Lythgoe for all of your needs. – Brett H.

Kim W.

Scott and his team worked with me in timely fashion and they were able to get me my settlement in.a timely manner and my experience was excellent. I give his office 5 stars! – Kim W.

Danielle M.

Addison was patient and explained all elements of estate planning well. We felt comfortable with the process and confident in his knowledge and our final product. – Danielle M.

Richard A.

We hadn’t done any Estate Planning. We researched several sources and found Addison Larreau. I recommend Addison to provide any Estate planning. He did a great job. – Richard A.

Kurtis R.

I won’t say it was a pleasant experience, but Scott Lythgoe made it as painless as possible. Scott and the firm worked very hard for my husband and for myself after his death. I can’t express how much I appreciate you thank you for your help. I recommend your firm to anyone that needs help. Again thank you – Kurtis R.

Michael T.

Mr. Larreau was able to see us on a short notice to complete a Family Trust due by the end of the year as I am retiring from my job. So long story short, I would not have any law benefits for 2015. Addison made time for us to complete three visits before the end of Dec., created a schedule and stuck with it until our legal concerns were completed. Addison is a very personable person, down to earth, and used language we understood. He also described, explained, and gave easy examples for us to follow his legal thinking and helped us develop an understanding of a Trust. I would highly recommend his services to my colleagues at my work and friends that will be pursuing a trust or will services. Thank you for all your help. – Michael T.

Mariah P.

Scott is great! He worked with me every step of the way and responded to all my calls quickly! He got me the settlement I deserved and I couldn’t be happier! Thanks!! – Mariah P.

Bob & Christine M.

We are grateful & blessed for Damon Morris’s legal knowledge, experience, resources of having dual state licenses & intellect! Without him we would have never gotten to the point where we are now. We felt helpless & sick with worry when the legal process in Las Vegas began with the children’s father trying to reduce child support to now, having everything reversed in our favor & jurisdiction in Utah. Damon saw what the real issue was with the case & took control in the court room. There was also the custody issue with my husband’s Ex-spouse regarding his daughter, that went fairly quick & easier then we expected. We realized there is no way that we could get any legal progress done without him as our attorney. We feel he has always been upfront with us, got the work done without needless paperwork, he got to the meat of things & got it done, we could always trust his work and he kept our minds free of worry! We cannot say Thank You enough!!! We will always come to him as our family attorney now. Hopefully we won’t have any legal problems but our family is very large & they know how happy we have been with all he has done for us. -Bob & Christine M.

Amy E.

Great law firm. They really went to bat for me and helped me with my accident claim. I highly recommend Scott Lythgoe and his associates. – Amy E.

Donna W.

Scott and his team were wonderful to work with. He took what was a hopeless situation and made it as favorable as possible for me and my husband. Even after getting his full payment he continued working to get us the best settlement he could. It is rare to find an attorney who goes above and beyond. I cannot recommend Scott and his group enough! Thanks Scott! – Donna W.

John H.

After the recent sudden death of a close relative, I decided to have a will written up so that my affairs would be in order for my family in the event of my own sudden passing. Mr. Larreau went over all of the options with me, explaing the differences and significance of trusts and wills. He established a Family Trust for me. The whole process was very straightforward and Mr. Larreau took the time to address all of my concerns and questions. Now I have peace of mind from the knowledge that if something happens to me, the people I care about will be taken care of. If I have a legal question in future, I will be returning to see Mr. Larreau. – John H.