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Dennis M Astill

Estate planning Attorney at South Jordan, UT

5.0   6 reviews

Licensed for 44 years

About Dennis

Learn Dennis’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%
    Trusts, wills, asset protection, succession planning, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, business buy-sell agreements, charitable remainder trusts, tax planning, reduction of estate tax, probate, trust and estate administration. Foreign Asset Protection Trusts, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts.

    44 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Trusts
    20%
    Trusts, wills, asset protection, succession planning, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, business buy-sell agreements, charitable remainder trusts, tax planning, reduction of estate tax, probate, trust and estate administration. Foreign Asset Protection Trusts, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts.

    44 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Wills and living wills
    20%
    Trusts, wills, asset protection, succession planning, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, business buy-sell agreements, charitable remainder trusts, tax planning, reduction of estate tax, probate, trust and estate administration. Foreign Asset Protection Trusts, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts.

    44 years, 3,000 cases

  4. Business
    10%
    Business and company formation, LLC, corporation, partnership, articles, bylaws, minutes, buy-sell Agreements, buy-outs, tax planning and asset protection planning.

    44 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Elder law
    10%
    Estate Planning, use of trusts, veterans trusts, revocable trusts, wills, irrevocable trusts, Medicaid strategies.

    44 years, 500 cases

  6. Probate
    10%
    Trusts, wills, asset protection, succession planning, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, business buy-sell agreements, charitable remainder trusts, tax planning, reduction of estate tax, probate, trust and estate administration. Foreign Asset Protection Trusts, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts.

    44 years, 1,000 cases

PROTECT FAMILY AND WHAT YOU WORK HARD FOR! ESTATE PLANNING SPECIALIST - "SUPERB" 10.0 AVVO! TOP 100

AVVO Rating of 10 - Highest rating possible.
• 2018 - Selected as Utah Legal Elite, Estate Planning. Part of Utah Legal Elite for 16 years running.

• Rated AV, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell the pre-eminent lawyer ratings service for over 35 years.
Consistently featured in Top 100 Utah Lawyers, Utah Business Magazine
Assisted over 3000 clients in creating Trusts, Wills, Asset Protection, Business Succession; Assisted in protecting over $1 Billion in assets.

We build lasting relationships with clients; we listen carefully, plan mindfully, and use our knowledge and experience to work together to find solutions for the concerns of our clients.
• Business management experience and specialization in trusts, succession planning, estate administration, Asset Protection. Managed a mid-size law firm for nearly 20 years.
• Complex and simple estate planning, asset protection. Specializing in Estates and Businesses from $1.0 Million to $100 Million.
• Past speaker at conferences on business, trust, estate planning and tax planning workshops and seminars.
• Managed the largest private brownfield redevelopment and environmental remediation site in the country (former Geneva Steel near Provo, Utah) for nearly 5 years until I returned to full time law practice.
Specialties: Estate and Tax Planning, Wills and Trusts, Probate, Business Formation for Asset Protection and Tax Planning.

Former professor of Taxation at Washington College of Law, Masters in Tax program.

I love to backpack in the beautiful Utah and Wyoming mountains!

Avid motorcyclist!

Avid promoter of Grandchildren!

I am the former President of a Non-Profit - Community Development Corporation of Utah - proudly served on their Board for over 25 years.

Former Scoutmaster and proudly served scouting and youth for over 25 years.

Licensed for 44 years
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 01/07/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Pearson Butler
1802 W. South Jordan Parkway
Suite 200
South Jordan, UT, 84095

Reviews

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Posted by Brett | June 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sound Legal Counsel over the Long-term
As the owner of small businesses, it is critically important to have sound legal counsel on issues ranging from the appropriate type of legal organization, to matters with employees/personnel, to the expansion of business operations to other States, to concerns with business succession, and to the unexpected legal issues that arise through the normal course of operations. After some relatively poor experiences with some other attorneys, I was referred to Dennis Astill about 12 years ago. Since then, Dennis has essentially been an adjunct part of my business operations and also a trusted advisor in personal matters, including; real estate transactions, personal and family trusts, and other partnering arrangements. His strengths include a breadth of legal knowledge and experience related to business operations and personal matters, attention to detail and excellent communication skills, and a simple willingness to 'tell it like it is' and then work to find the optimal solution for the benefit of my businesses and my family. In a recent real estate matter in which a family member was identified in a lawsuit, Dennis reviewed the details and the legal implications of the lawsuit and provided advice that served as the 'roadmap' to a practical settlement between the parties with minimal involvement of attorneys, providing significant savings with regard to legal bills, court costs, and related fees. In my dealings with Dennis, he has always been willing to fully explain legal matters and any associated consequences of a proposed action, answer my questions related to the issue(s) at-hand, and fully address my concerns in a respectful and courteous manner. His personal demeanor, good character, and personal values are evident in the quality of his work and his integrity with his clients. It is great for a small business owner like me to have access to sound legal advice on a wide array of issues from someone who is fully conversant in the law as well as straight-forward, trustworthy, and dependable. With the foregoing in mind, I would enthusiastically recommend Dennis Astill to any small business owner and others seeking to form a personal, family or living trust; performing estate planning; or simply drafting a Will.
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Posted by Karen | December 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Oriented and Outstanding Performance
I can't speak highly enough of Mr. Astill and his firm. From the minute I met him he was completely focused on my family trust needs. I felt like I was his only client. I asked for a very special format; specifically anticipating several possible types of assistance that my heirs might need from my estate over the possible course of 20 years. He answered all of my questions regarding the possible scenarios I mentioned, and accommodated all of my requested changes. I have had other legal help recently in a different area of law, and wouldn't feel comfortable recommending anyone I worked with. However, if you need estate planning, I am happy to recommend this firm. I have total confidence in their ability to help you create a document that will give you piece of mind and will met your specific needs.
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Posted by Michelle | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prompt, persistent, and got the job done
Very effective and easy to work with. Promptly returned emails, was persistent in following up on my claim, and helped me collect in a timely manner. Staff friendly as well. Highly recommend him.
Posted by Larry | March 18, 2015
CONFIDENCE & INTEGRITY
Dennis Astill has been our attorney for over 35 years. He has handled adoptions, estate planning and everything in-between for us. He was very helpful with suggestions that made it easier when it came time to establish our wills/trusts and explained issues in a way that we understood. We highly recommend Dennis.
Posted by Sue | March 12, 2015
Estate Planning
Dennis was very helpful in getting and estate plan together for our family. He was knowledgeable, and had many good suggestions and advice for us to consider. Estate planning raises lots of difficult issues and Dennis was able to help us tease out what we needed.
Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2015
Dennis Astill and Setting up an S. Corp
Dennis is great to work with! He helped me navigate setting up a business. His advice steered me away from bad decisions, saving me money and time. He has also helped us prevent a lawsuit within my family, helping us avoid unwanted drama. He's very smart and blunt--which I liked.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, Specializing in Trusts, Estates, Wills
  • Astill Law Firm
  • 2004 - Present
  • General Manager, Legal Counsel- Brownfield Redevelopment Project
  • Anderson Geneva Development, Inc.
  • 2006 - 2011
  • President and Board Member
  • Community Development Corporation of Utah
  • 1991 - 2018
  • Attorney Specializing in Trusts, Estates, Managing Partner
  • Strong & Hanni, P.C.
  • 1978 - 2004
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Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Utah State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1975

Associations

  • Community Development Corporation, Non-Profit
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Estate Planning Section, Utah Bar
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Tax Section Utah Bar
  • President
  • 1984 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Peer Review Rating
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  • 2006
  • AV Peer Review Rating
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  • 2006
  • AV Peer Review Rating
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  • 2005
  • AV Peer Review Rating
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  • 2004
  • AV Peer Review Rating
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  • 2003
  • AV Peer Review Rating
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  • 2002
  • AV Peer Review Rating
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  • 2002
  • AV Peer Review Rating
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  • 2001
  • AV Peer Review Rating
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  • 2000
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Estate planning Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dennis has been an inspiring mentor. He challenged me by assigning tough projects and inspired confidence. In later practice years he has been a valuable resource and confidant. Dennis is fair and truly acts as an advocate for his clients and their best interests."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Dennis Astill for 19 years - from 1985 through 2004. We worked on hundreds, if not thousands, of projects together. Dennis has one of the sharpest legal minds. He has an uncanny ability to craft unique solutions to difficult problems. His breadth of knowledge and experience rivals any lawyer."
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