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Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence: Barney McKenna & Olmstead Law Firm

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

Dear Valued Clients, Barney McKenna & Olmstead is thrilled to commemorate our 25th anniversary of serving the legal needs of clients in Utah and Southern Nevada. We extend our deepest gratitude to each of you for your trust and support over the years. Founders’ Vision Realized The journey of Barney McKenna & Olmstead began… Read More »


Avoiding Guardianship And The Curse Of Money

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

Each of us will someday die–and we ought to set up a well-crafted estate plan long before then. But estate planning is not just about death. Many of us will experience diminished capacity in the years prior to death. If you don’t have a strong estate plan before experiencing diminished capacity, somebody likely will… Read More »


Dispute With a Neighbor? Tread Carefully.

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

Throughout my law practice, I’ve dealt with some very bitter and contentious neighbor disputes—some that have even lasted years to resolve. When dealing with these difficult situations, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, do all you can to resolve things amicably. As an example, while living in Washington… Read More »

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Can I Prepare My Estate Plan Myself?

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

This is a question some people ask their attorney and many are afraid to ask.  The short answer is – yes.  Most people create an estate plan with wills or trusts to ensure their estate is distributed as they direct and so there is no confusion, family strife and as little cost to their… Read More »

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Visit by Dr. Joseph Warren enhances learning experience for students at South Mesa Elementary School

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

ST. GEORGE — Author and local estate planning attorney Jeff McKenna, dressed to portray Dr. Joseph Warren, a forgotten Revolutionary War hero, was warmly welcomed into Mrs. Kristie Rindlisbacher’s South Mesa Elementary School classroom this past February 7. Valerie King, a member of Color Country Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, dressed as Martha Washington,… Read More »


The Best Way to Receive an Inheritance

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

Getting an inheritance in trust may be the best way to get (or give) an inheritance.


Second Marriages Later in Life

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

The best way to ensure that one’s assets are available for a surviving spouse but ultimately distributed to one’s children from a prior marriage is through the use of a trust.


State to State Estate Planning

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

Relocating to a new state often creates issues affecting estate planning. Many people wonder if they need a new will or trust when they move from one state to another. Although a will or trust validly executed in one state should be valid in a different state, it is a good idea to have the estate planning documents reviewed. By addressing issues related to the relocation, an individual can avoid certain problems and maximize possible benefits.


Estate Planning: No Contest Clause

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

In order to discourage disappointed heirs from disputing your estate plan, you can include a “no-contest” provision that automatically cancels an heir’s inheritance if he or she challenges the distribution of your assets in any way.


Changing Your Will or Trust

By Barney McKenna & Olmstead |

Although no one wants to create problems between beneficiaries of the estate, even small handwritten changes can create great problems.