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Brett W Hastings

Real estate Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

4.8   30 reviews

also known as Hastings Law Group

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  • Licensed for 9 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brett

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Brett W. Hastings is an attorney, former CPA (Idaho license), business man, entreprenuer, and family man who brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his practice of law.  Outside of law, Mr. Hastings has extensive experience as a commercial real estate developer, manufacturer, and restauranteur.  Mr. Hastings has been a founding member of numerous companies that have employed hundreds of people.  Mr. Hastings specializes in real estate law, estate planning, probate, and business law.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2015
Client's Choice
2018 2015

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Location

Hastings | Smoak
Wells Fargo Center
299 S Main St, Suite 1300
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  30 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Barbara | January 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
My Husband and I hired Brett Hastings to help us navigate a difficult settling of a family estate. We encountered the need to obtain a guardian/conservator for my mother-in-law, determining which will was valid, changing trustees on the agreed upon will, a defamation threat, undue influence and the selling of a property holding which resulted from the settlement of the estate settlement. This was difficult, emotionally charged family situation. Mr. Hastings resolved every conflict to our satisfaction. He is the consummate professional. Brett Hastings has a through understanding of the law and works very well with people. You can trust him to handle your legal issues. I would use him again and won't hesitate to refer others to him.
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Posted by Edwin Gallacher | December 19, 2022
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Review of Attorney Brett Hastings
Brett helped us settle my mothers estate. He helped my business keep a $100,000 earnest money where the buyer backed out of a purchase. Brett helped me resolve stress with a family member always threatening to sue us. Mr. Hasting evaluated several very important situation's with regards to estate settlement, our business operations, dealings with a sale of our business and dealing with partners in the business and disgruntled family members. In each case he determined our exposure (which was in the millions) to each situation and each adversary and opportunity correctly. And in every case we came out way ahead of the game financially and with peace and final settlement. For now and the future end of story.
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Posted by Tyson | December 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Multi year lawsuit as the plaintiff
We have been working with Brett for 3 years regarding a case where my wife and I were the plaintiff's. We specifically hired Brett due to his law and accounting background as both of these skillsets were going to be needed in our case. A few key things that stand out for us in having worked with Brett for 3 years and getting this case resolved are: -Knowledgeable (Business Law and Accounting specifically) -Fair (Billed honestly and with good details on what we did) -Personable (Lawsuits are not fun and we had a lot of ups/downs) -Reasonable (Allowed us to stay level headed to keep on track) -Patient (This was a long and hard fought case through covid) In summary, I would highly recommend using Brett and feel he was the right person that helped us close out a chapter in our lives that we are glad is past us!
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Posted by Katherine | October 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Former Owner and CEO
Brett has worked with me over the past two years assisting me with all the legal steps related to selling my company as well as selling several commercial properties. His expertise, advise and support have been absolutely invaluable. He is extremely professional, reliable and competent. I especially appreciated how he helped me to understand all my options throughout each transaction. He is an exceptional communicator and negotiator. I would highly recommend Brett for anyone who is seeking a quality, skilled attorney.
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Posted by Joe | October 28, 2021
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CEO
Mr. Hastings was referred to me by my business consultant. He handled the legal matters related to the sale of one of my businesses, including the contract. He did a great job, and was very efficient as well as communicative. I would absolutely recommend this attorney, and wouldn't hesitate to uses his services again if needed.
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Posted by Angie | June 18, 2020
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Outstanding representation
Brett is a smart and superbly talented attorney who worked tirelessly for me. He represented me in my civil case, working hard to defend my assets. He was a quick study during mediation. I have a new appreciation for attorneys watching how he defended me. He far exceeded my expectations and got me amazing results. Outstanding!”
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Posted by Wes | August 18, 2018
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President
I had a terrific experience with Brett as my attorney. He's smart, helpful with suggestions for your particular needs, respectful and honest. I highly recommend Brett for your legal needs!
Posted by Angie | July 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Did a Fantastic Job
Brett is an amazing lawyer! He is very personable, professional and thoroughly addressed my concerns and answered my questions. He did a great job reviewing my existing contract and making recommendations which I have implemented. He also worked on a legal issue I was dealing with. I will definitely hire him in the future if the need ever arises. He effortlessly aligned with my overall goal and I always felt confident that I picked the right attorney. If you want an honest attorney that maintains the same amount of positive momentum and enthusiasm in your case from start to finish, he is the attorney to hire.
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Posted by Patricia | July 18, 2018
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Impeccable Service and a Caring Attitude
Mr. Hastings took a vested interest in my concerns with settling my parent's estate. When dealing with an estate, there are many issues that surface when you least expect them. Mr. Hastings was professional in all of his encounters with me, and he answered all of my questions promptly. I would highly recommend his services to anyone closing an estate. I could not have done it without his guidance. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of settling an estate, call Mr. Hastings because he will give you impeccable service and a caring attitude.
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Posted by Brennan | June 12, 2018
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Amazing Lawyer!
Brett is amazing at what he does. He is so knowledgeable and able to give great advice on how to handle situations. I hired Brett to help me with a business situation and he was great. Easy to work with, very attentive and got it all taken care of for me. I highly highly suggest him if you need help in any aspect. I will be a client for life!
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Posted by Daniel | April 16, 2018
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The best!
Brett s a hard-working attorney. That truly cares about people. He is competent very intelligent diligent and organized he took my case on and went against a veteran attorney that was unethical lawyer and beat her good hire by a mortgage company. In federal court. He was able to save my home. I highly recommend.
Posted by Richard | January 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Dealings with Brett
Brett was very professional and always followed up with us quickly. He gave us good advice and was very forthright. I would definitely recommend Brett and his pricing was reasonable.
Posted by Jason | January 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Brett was my attorney on several contract cases. Positive energy and sound advice. Highly reccommemd for his integrity, hard work and knowledge of the law.
Posted by Kase | January 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honorable/Transparent/Knowledgable
Brett Hastings has been wonderful to work with. I have worked with him for almost two years on multiple situations for my business and let me explain why I have been most impressed with him as my legal council: 1 - Very knowledgeable about legal issues with every scenario and situation that I have ever asked him. 2 - I have never regretted any decision that he has consulted and advised me on. 3 - He has displayed nothing but integrity, honesty, and professionalism. 4 - On every project I have had him work on, he has underpromised and over-delivered on the time-frame that he initially said. 5 - I have never had any thought that I am being gouged with a fee here or there. He is very upfront with his fees and has been right one target with what he has told me. (That has been very comforting). 6 - He is an excellent negotiator is one of the very few attorneys that I can label as a "deal maker"! I will continue to use Brett for all my business dealings and will also continue to refer family, friends, and business associates to him because they will all thank me later for the referral!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2018
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He’s Great!
Mr. Hastings was excellent in our mediation case. He knew the law inside and out and gave us confidence when needed and caution where due. I look forward to working with him in the future.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough and Kind
Brett has been a terrific attorney. He's always very quick to respond, goes above and beyond for who he's working for. He is very kind and I personally feel, he has been very honest with my husband and me. He keeps you in "the know" at all times. He's been great to work with! I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a fantastic attorney!
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Posted by Randy | January 8, 2018
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Brett is awesome!
I have know Brett for several years. He represented me in a very case against an irrational person with a difficult judge. He did an amazing job of handling the challenges and dealing with the judge and opposing council as appropriate. He has a great handle on the law and workings of the court. I would recommend him all day long!
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Posted by Michelle | January 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
If you want the best, hire Brett Hastings
Brett Hastings was masterful in execution of my case. I was in a unique situation having to fight my own insurance company to pay me what my policy was supposed to cover, following an accident where I was needing to seek under-insured coverage. It was a long road, and a very difficult process on a personal level. Mr. Hastings was diligent. He sought out every avenue for information regarding this company. He thoroughly reviewed all of my medical records, showing me where the company was making incorrect assumptions. He kept me going, reminding me that I deserved to have my medical concerns met, regardless of their negligence. In the end, we were highly successful in winning our case through mediation. Had this case ended in court, I have complete confidence that Mr. Hastings would have been victorious. I am grateful for his diligent work on my behalf, his genuine concern for my well being, and his tireless effort to see that I was taken care of. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent, knowledgeable, and very attentive
I called Brett to assist me as the Landlord in a Lease Agreement Dispute. He was very knowledgeable and caring, aside from giving me wonderful advice. I will definitely call him again and retain him as my attorney in future disputes.
Posted by Darin | March 31, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney--Excellent experience
Brett helped us navigate through a very challenging business partnership. We appreciated his understanding of our situation and his ability to negotiate on our behalf. Due to his knowledge and expertise we have ended up with a very favorable outcome. We highly recommend Brett to everyone and will definitely call on him again!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hastings Law Group, LLC
  • 2015 - Present

Education

  • University of Utah
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Utah State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Unlawful Garnishment
  • Award of damages plus legal fees and costs.
  • Easement Dispute
  • Very favorable cash settlement
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Guardianship granted
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Associations

  • Utah Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Real Estate Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Street Law Pro Bono Clinic
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Highest Achievement - Lawyering Skills Survey
  • CALI
  • 2014
  • Highest Achievement - Examining and Cross Examining Witnesses
  • CALI
  • 2014
  • Most Outstanding Performance - Trial Advocacy
  • S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • 2014
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Publications

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (10)
Endorse Brett
Business Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Brett uses a wealth of experience and expertise to craft creative solutions for businesses. He is very skilled at contracts, leases, buy/sell agreements. He is very honest and diligent. I would recommend him for any business related legal issue."
Business Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brett Hastings is a fantastic lawyer to work with. He and I have worked together on numerous matters, and consulted with one another over endless legal questions, possible strategies and ideas. He has a formidable knowledge of his areas of expertise (corporate law, partnerships, probate and the like). His written pleadings and motions are impeccible. He comes to the practice of law with personal experience as a respected businessman in the community and a solid background in accounting which is so rare for a lawyer. I rely on him for his opinions and advice and he is generous with him time. I highly endorse him and look forward to my continued relationship with him over the years to come. Emily Smoak"
Real estate Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Brett on a number of matters. He is very thorough, professional, intelligent, and creative."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Brett on several client matters and found him to be a great attorney. Brett is very knowledgable and helps the client understand the process and their options. I would recommend Brett to anyone."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was recently opposing counsel to Brett on a real estate matter. I found him to be very competent, but we were able to focus on getting the case resolved quickly in a way that benefited both sides."
Estate planning Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked with Brett as he prepared and presented estate plans for various clients. In additional to creating the necessary documents, he helps the clients through the steps of funding their trusts. Every client leaves knowing exactly what their estate plan does."
Business Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with Brett and can say with all honesty that he is a talented, capable, and very personable attorney. I regularly refer to him for his business expertise and I can wholeheartedly recommend him for any matter related to his practice areas."
Business Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett Hastings has established himself as a distinguished and well respected attorney within the state of Utah. Brett is highly capable on handling complex legal matters. Clients are in good hands if they decide to retain Brett for their legal matters."
Business Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hastings is an incredibly talented communicator who has a unique ability to effectively represent his clients while still maintaining an amicable, working relationship with opposing counsel. He is also an ambitious lawyer who provides timely and affordable solutions to his clients' legal matters. Needless to say, I endorse Brett Hastings."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I referred a landlord to Brett for a problem with a holdover tenant. He did top-notch work, kept the clients informed on a regular basis (they were out of state and anxious about the situation), and successfully evicted the holdovers. The landlord clients raved about Brett's accessibility and responsiveness. I know of other pieces of Brett's work and give him my unqualified highest endorsement. Great person, great lawyer."
Business Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is an excellent attorney with an amazing knowledge base and skill set, which seem to encompass all areas related to business, finance, and real estate. I highly recommend Brett as an attorney for any issue related to one of his practice areas as you can be sure that he will be a considerate, knowledgeable, and strong representative for you."
Business Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Other
"Brett's work to start his own firm is truly impressive. In my conversations with him, he has consistently displayed a deep understanding of how businesses interact with the law, especially at the start-up stage. One of the most impressive things about his own business is the fact that he uses modern internet based tools to streamline the process which reduces his cost of doing business and passes savings on to his clients. His proactive approach to building his firm has allowed him to create something great from nothing in a very short space of time. I am positive that Brett will bring this proactive approach to everything he does."
Business Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is always a skilled and available resource anytime I have a business question. I am constantly impressed by the breadth of his knowledge and ability to coordinate all facets of a clients situation (business, estate, taxes, investments, etc...). I heartily endorse this lawyer."
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