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James Preston Alder

also known as James P. Alder, Jim Alder

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts, Guardianship, Elder Law, Probate

About Me

James P. (Jim) Alder was born and raised in Providence, Utah. He
began his legal career in natural resources before transitioning to
estate planning. Jim is a member of WealthCounsel, a national
organization of estate planning attorneys dedicated to providing high
quality and customized estate and business planning to clients.


Jim is also a member of the Utah State Bar's Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections
and the Salt Lake Estate Planning Council. His law practice emphasizes
wills and trusts, business law, probate and trust administration and
related areas. Jim is a member of the Board of Directors and Legal
Counsel for the Alzheimer's Association Utah Chapter, which focuses on
the advancement of Alzheimer's-related research and the provision and
enhancement of care and support for those affected. Jim also serves on
the Major Gifts Committee of the Intermountain Homecare Foundation for
Homecare and Hospice, concentrating on raising funds for charitable
medical care.


Jim brings a youthful exuberance to the practice of law, and offers a
caring  He enjoys biking, climbing, golf,
snowshoeing, hiking, spending time with his wife Ireland, and most of
all, playing with his stepson Gavin. If he could find more time, Jim
would love to travel (especially in Europe), ski more, get into
cross-country skiing, or do any of the things listed above (play more
with Gavin, in particular).

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Languages Spoken: German

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Trusts: 35%
    10 years, 550 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 35%
    10 years
  3. Probate: 10%
    10 years
  4. Elder Law: 10%
    10 years
  5. Guardianship: 10%
    10 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($200-240/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Jeffrey Robert Matsen

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim is an exceptional Estate Planning Attorney who knows how to get the job done. He is enthusiastic, friendly, and extremely professional. I am honored to be "Of Counsel" to his firm and I have great respect for his legal abilities and professional follow through.

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    Jeffrey Matsen Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • RobRoy Platt

    Jim strikes me as a very careful, deliberate, and thoughtful attorney -- qualities which are essential for an attorney that practices Estate Planning. In addition, he is a pleasant person to be around and is an attentive listener. Also great qualities for an attorney. I would not hesitate to recommend Jim as an Estates/Probate attorney because I know he would do what was necessary to provide the level of service that each unique case deserves.

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    RobRoy Platt Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
UTActive199704/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Utah Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2011
Care ChampionAlzheimer's Association Utah Chapter2010
Best Family Law Attorneys and Law Firms in Salt Lake Citysaltlakecity10.com2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerAlder Law Group, P.C.2008 - Present
AttorneyJames R. Baker, LC2005 - 2008
Associate AttorneyClyde Snow Sessions & Swenson2001 - 2003
Legal CounselWestern States Water Council1997 - 2001

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Kostopulos Dream FoundationBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Utah State Alzheimer's Task ForceTask Force Member2011 - 2011
Best Buddies UtahAdvisory Board2011 - 2012
Utah State Bar, Elder Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Utah State Bar, Elder Law SectionBoard Member, CLE committee co-chair2010 - 2012
Intermountain Healthcare FoundationMajor Gifts Committee member2009 - 2010
Alzheimer's Association Utah ChapterPresident of the Board of Directors and Legal Counsel2009 - Present
Utah State Bar, Estate Planning SectionMember2008 - Present
WealthCounselMember2008 - Present
Salt Lake Estate Planning CouncilMember2007 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Probate/Trust Administration ContestSuccessful replacement of the successor trustee and appointment of special administrator
Guardianship/Conservatorship and Trust PlanningSuccessful appointment and approval of trust
Probate/Special Needs TrustSuccessful probate and creation of special needs trust

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Federal Non-Indian Claims to WaterFederal Non-Indian Claims to Water1999
State Watershed Strategy GuidebookState Watershed Strategy Guidebook1998

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawEnvironment and Natural Resource LawLL.M - Master of Laws2001
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Utah State UniversityGermanBachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Wall Street Meets Main Street radio showEstate Planning2011
Medicare Set-Aside TrustsAvoiding Medicaid Disqualification and Maintaining An Ethical Practice2011
Wall Street Meets Main Street radio showEstate Planning2010
Transformation Station business entity seminarBusiness Entity Selection2010
Tenth East Senior Citizen Center luncheonTop Ten Estate Planning Mistakes2010
Estate Planning for LGBT CouplesBenefits of Estate Planning2010
Estate Planning for LGBT CouplesBenefits of estate planning2009
Elder Law: Advanced Strategies and TechniquesElder law issues and strategies2009
Estate Planning for LGBT CouplesBenefits of estate planning2008