These are the three ways that property is classified at death in Utah and why the rules that are in place for some property will matter to your estate.
Property Disposed-of by Contract
These items are handled outside of probate and are governed by contracts entered into before death, including trusts, some bank accounts, insurance policies, and property owned jointly with another person
Property Disposed-of by Will
These items are handled as part of the probate process and, since they are governed by a Last Will and Testament, they are called part of the "Testamentary Estate," or "Testate Estate."
Property Disposed-of by the Laws of Intestacy
Everything that has not been disposed of by contract or by Will is counted as part of the "Intestate Estate" and is governed by the inheritance rules of the probate code. You can find out how these rules will apply to your situation, but you cannot modify them. Therefore, it is crucial that you dispose of property by Will or contract if you do not like the way that the intestacy laws will distribute your property.
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