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James Preston Alder

also known as James P. Alder, Jim Alder

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).


Languages spoken: German

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Practice areas


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



Hourly ($260-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Todd N Hallock

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Todd Hallock Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Eden Rose Brown

    When my dear friend and colleague Laura Milliken Gray moved overseas, she put her trust in Jim Alder to continue her practice and to care for her clients. Having met and worked with Jim, I can see why Laura put her trust in him. Jim is a caring, compassionate, ethical attorney who does not judge his clients, but instead puts his heart and soul into designing the right estate plans for their unique needs and goals. I believe that Jim Alder holds the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, continually strives to expand his knowledge and expertise, and truly cares about each and every client he works with. Jim is a gem in his community and I highly recommend him.


    Eden Brown Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
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
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kostopulos Dream FoundationBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Utah State Bar, Elder Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Alzheimer's Association Utah ChapterPresident of the Board of Directors and Legal Counsel2009 - Present
WealthCounselMember2008 - Present
Utah State Bar, Estate Planning SectionMember2008 - Present
Salt Lake Estate Planning CouncilMember2007 - Present
Best Buddies UtahAdvisory Board2011 - 2012
Utah State Alzheimer's Task ForceTask Force Member2011 - 2011
Utah State Bar, Elder Law SectionBoard Member, CLE committee co-chair2010 - 2012
Intermountain Healthcare FoundationMajor Gifts Committee member2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Guardianship of a minor childGuardianship awarded to client
Guardianship/Conservatorship and Trust PlanningSuccessful appointment and approval of trust
Probate/Trust Administration ContestSuccessful replacement of the successor trustee and appointment of special administrator
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Publication nameTitleDate
Federal Non-Indian Claims to WaterFederal Non-Indian Claims to Water1999
State Watershed Strategy GuidebookState Watershed Strategy Guidebook1998
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 UniversityGermanBA - Bachelor 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