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Ryan Lynn Jensen

Estate planning Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

5.0   32 reviews

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About Ryan

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Prior to founding Pharos Law Group, Ryan worked in Chicago for two of the world’s leading law firms and also worked at one of Utah’s premier law firms. He received extensive legal training at these firms, but was often frustrated with the “impersonal” nature of working for large international business entities and the lack of opportunity to assist families and individuals in a meaningful way. When Ryan eventually decided to venture out on his own, his prior law firm experiences led him to focus exclusively on estate planning. He is now able to provide his clients with a full range of basic and advanced estate, legacy and financial planning options.

A 1997 graduate of Utah State University, magna cum laude, Ryan obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Russian. He continued his education at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, where in 2001 he earned his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude. 

Ryan is married, with 3 children.  He is very active in his church and is an Eagle Scout.  Ryan is also an avid cyclist, runner (2 marathons) and enjoys most other sports. When reading for enjoyment (rather than legal education), he enjoys just about anything by Dickens, Tolstoy or Dumas.

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Licensed for 21 years
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 01/07/2023
State IL
Status Retired
Acquired 2001
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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Pharos Law Group, PLLC
3115 East Lion Lane
Salt Lake City, UT, 84121
Pharos Law Group, PLLC
120 W. Cache Valley Blvd, Suite 110
Logan, UT, 84341
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
It is with great pleasure that we write this note regarding our experience with Ryan Jensen in our Estate Planning. After making an appointment with Ryan, he sent us two books that he had authored. They were so well written and informative; we felt as though we really knew what we wanted and needed in our Trust. At our first meeting with Ryan, he immediately made us feel welcomed and relaxed while maintaining an easy professionalism. He guided us through the steps of our Estate Planning giving advice and help along each step of the document planning. We certainly feel that we got the very best person with advice and knowledge. We are so grateful to Ryan and will certainly refer anyone we know who is in need of Estate Planning to him.
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Posted by Jan | March 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Review for Ryan Lynn Jensen
My husband and I were introduced to Ryan through a class we were taking. It was obvious he knew what he was talking about when it came to estate planning. We liked that he had focused his carrier on estate planning and was an expert in this field. He shared his book with us before even hiring him. This contained a lot of good information that was easily understood. What I enjoy most about working with Ryan is his personable attention. Every call or e-mail was responded to immediately. Even when I did not intend for him to respond until business days and hours, I was pleasantly surprised to hear from him. With every question I had, and I had many, he put on his teacher hat and was happy to take the time to explain and teach me until I understood so I could make an educated, informed decision. We do not have a large estate, but what we do have we want protected and cared for. Ryan made us feel like we were as important as a client with a much larger estate. He was caring and understanding, treating us with respect and guiding us to make sure our small estate will be well taken care of. Ryan did the footwork. He contacted the other professionals we use to make sure everything was in order. When there was an inconsistency or problem, he took care of it personally. Ryan is real, not stuffy, friendly, articulate, knowledgeable, experienced, thorough, possessing good communication skills, and the consummate lawyer. It is a pleasure working with him and I would confidently recommend his services.
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Posted by John | July 6, 2015
Ryan Jensen Review
Ryan was very knowledgeable and interested in our particular situation as well as that of our daughter for whom he also prepared a trust .He explained complex issues in an understandable way and he was very patient.
Posted by Mary | June 27, 2015
A Gratefful Cleint
We became acquainted with Ryan when he offered an information meeting on estates and trusts. We found him very knowledgeable and sincere. Since my husband had limited mobility Ryan came to our home to finalize and have the documents signed. My husband passed away very unexpectedly in March of 2015 and Ryan was and has been there for me, guiding me through the myriad of paperwork required by the life insurance companies, pensions and any other documents needed. My husband and I were very pleased with the care Ryan has shown us, and compassion and care for me and my family with my husband's untimely passing. I highly recommend Ryan Jensen.
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Posted by Kristi | April 2, 2015
Skilled and Service Oriented
Ryan stepped into our situation at a very challenging time. My husband was dying from cancer and had very little time left. We were faced with making decisions relative to selling his business. When it was obvious that we could not meet in Ryan's office, he came to us. He quickly reviewed sloppily created business documents and family trust documents put them right. By listening carefully, he quickly got up to speed on the history of this company and skillfully reflected my husband's wishes in legal documents that have protected me moving forward. His experience and professional foresight have given me options. More than once he has driven long distances, and/or made himself available during later evening hours to meet my schedule. He has helped me navigate the surprise involvement of extended family into previously determined plans, with a selling proposal that is better in all aspects. I honestly do not know what I would have done without his friendship and counsel.
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Posted by Brian | December 31, 2014
Before: Not even a will; After: Complete Estate Plan!
My wife and I were totally clueless regarding estate planning prior to working with Ryan. Ryan was patient, extremely knowledgeable, and very thorough in guiding us towards creating all the facets (healthcare decisions, wealth transfer planning, successor trustees, long term care planning, and many more) of our plan. We are extremely satisfied with the final result. Our plan also includes an annual review, which I'm sure is going to also be very helpful. We highly recommend Ryan.
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Posted by Linda | December 3, 2014
Review for Ryan Jensen
Ryan is very personable, yet professional and courteous. He has been quick to respond to our questions and concerns, and is knowledgeable about the products we are interested in. I would not hesitate in recommending Ryan to other family members or friends.
Posted by Marilyn | November 16, 2014
Exceptional legal service
RYAN JENSEN provided outstanding quality of legal assistance. I was greatly impressed with his vast knowledge & level of expertise in asset protection. He updated my trust & I am most comfortable with the estate plan now in place. I appreciated his extraordinary attention to detail, thorough understanding of federal & state law & prompt follow- through to completion of work. He listens, clarifies & is an excellent communicator insuring that all legal documents are understood. Indeed, I have a wonderful peace of mind knowing that I have carefully provided for my family.
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Posted by Charles | September 30, 2014
Salisbury Estate Planning Review
Very detail oriented, spent the time to explain advantages and disadvantages to each question or request concerning prepartion of our Estate Planning.
Posted by Brenda | September 23, 2014
A Pleasure to Work With
Mr. Jensen is competent. He knew the law and was honest in his advise. Mr. Jensen is responsible. He did what he said he would do in a timely manner. I never felt any pressure from Mr. Jensen. He informed us and then left the decision up to us. He listened to my questions and responded thoughtfully. He went out of his way to schedule meetings. He was always courteous. Mr. Jensen is an excellent lawyer.
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Posted by Bob | September 22, 2014
Trusts
Ryan worked with us to update our Living Trust. He was responsive to meet us at a location not at his office because the office was unavailable due to street construction. The finished product of the trust is comprehensive and understandable. he also quickly responded to follow up phone call questions we had.
Posted by Dr. Landon | September 20, 2014
excellent service provided by Pharos Law Group
I have worked with Ryan to set up an estate plan and a LLC. It has been a pleasure to work with Ryan Jensen. I have found him to be very trustworthy, knowledgeable and easy to work with. Ryan is quick to respond to phone calls and questions. I feel that Ryan has genuine concern for my family and my business. I have recommended Ryan to my colleagues and friends and look forward to continue working with Ryan.
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Posted by Ron | September 19, 2014
Trust Preparation
Ryan was excellent to work with. He took the time to explain and answer all the questions I had. I never felt rushed. I like the idea that my trust is a lifetime commitment between Ryan and myself. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Mike | September 19, 2014
Excellent Service!
We needed at new trust for our family. Ryan provided that trust for a very fair fee. He has been very easy to work with, and explains legal terms in plain English.
Posted by Julie | September 18, 2014
So glad we worked with Ryan
Our Trust was somewhat complex. Because it was, we waited far too long to have done. Ryan knew how to make a trust that dealt with previous inheritance and how to separate that out in a way that we wanted and was also in keeping with the wishes of those from whom we inherited. I really feel a burden has been lifted. Our trust, though still complex, will be easy for our heirs to accomplish the goals of the trust. Thanks Ryan!
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2014
We are happy working with Ryan Jensen.
Ryan is always ready to answer our questions. He is very good at returning our calls. He gave us very low pressure before we decided to do our trust. Ryan is very easy to talk to and is always ready to help us.
Posted by Rick | September 17, 2014
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I was very happy with Ryan's work. He was honest, prompt, thorough, and what he wasn't sure about he checked on and got back to me promptly. He stuck by the price for the work he gave me with no surprises.
Posted by Matt | September 17, 2014
Outstanding legal work
I've been working with Ryan on several legal matters over the last several years. Ryan has helped me with some complicated estate issues and with several matters related to my business, including a partner buy-out and forming several new entities. Ryan is always quick to reply to questions and drafts documents quickly; because of his experience and swiftness, I've been able to favorably resolve all the matters he's helped me with. Ryan is very good about keeping me informed about important changes to the legal landscape by emailing me updates on new statutes or regulatory positions. In short, Ryan does great work and is proactive about upcoming issues or concerns that may affect my company.
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Posted by Jason P | September 15, 2014
Dynamite Service!
I came to Ryan with a handful of questions. Ryan listened to my questions and gave me great advice. Then he followed up with me a few months later and asked if I needed any help with the things he recommended. The quality that I was most impressed with is that Ryan sat down with my wife and I and helped us structure a plan that will benefit my children and grandchildren. His experience in this field has proven priceless. He gave us recommendations and suggestions that my wife and I never knew were possible. I am not sure what the future holds for me, but I know that I have a plan in place that is rock solid secure.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2014
Rating my experience in working with Ryan Lynn Jensen.
Was very impressed at how knowledgeable and dedicated Ryan is. He works very hard to get every detail attended to. The fee is absolutely earned and is a wonderful value for what is offered.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Pharos Law Group, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Davis Miles McGuire Gardner
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Sidley & Austin
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Adjunct Professor (Corporate Finance)
  • Northwestern University School Of Law
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Durham Jones & Pinegar
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • 2001 - 2003
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Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Utah State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Private Placement Investment
  • Successful private placement investment
  • Basic Estate Planning for Preston Idaho Couple
  • Customized Estate Plan that will serve the needs of this husband and wife
  • Farm Succession Planning
  • Succession plan achieved with optimal tax outcome
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Associations

  • Utah State Bar, Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Davis County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Weber County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms (Davis Miles)
  • US News and World Report
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms (Davis Miles)
  • US News and World Report
  • 2015
  • Superb Rating (Top Attorney Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Avvo Top Contributor 2015 (Estate Planning)
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Utah Business Magazine
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award for 2014
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award for 2013
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • State Certified Mediator
  • Utah State Courts
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Book
  • "Angel or Devil? We are each a little of both. Plan Accordingly.
  • 2016
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Your Estate Matters
  • 2014
  • Book
  • “20 Myths about Estate Planning” (Book)
  • 2014
  • Monthly Firm Newsletter
  • Planning for Life Newsletter
  • 2014
  • National Quarterly Newsletter
  • Your Estate Matters
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Edward Jones Client Education Events
  • IRA Trust and Asset Protection Basics
  • 2015
  • Pharos Law Group Client Education Series
  • Protecting Your Family and Leaving a Legacy
  • 2014
  • Edward Jones Client Appreciation Events
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2014
  • Durham & Company Client Appreciation Events
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2014
  • Baby Boomer Retirement Course, Richness of Life Institute
  • Estate Planning Myths
  • 2014
  • Durham & Company Client Appreciation Events
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (97)
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Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ryan is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Business Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He routinely provides sound legal advice and offers creative solutions to legal problems."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 30
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 24
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent and well respected attorney."
Business Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Jensen. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jul 17
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Intelligent and compassionate with superior communication skills."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Jensen's contributions to this site display a comprehensive understanding of estate planning concepts. He is an asset to the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I appreciate Mr. Jensen's contributions to this site and his insightful responses. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Other
"Top-notch attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Jensen are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Jensen is well respected."
Estate planning Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney."
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