For over forty years, Mr. Hall's practice has emphasized planning for the estates and business operations of owners of closely held businesses, farms and ranches. He has designed and integrated revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, succession contracts, limited and general partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, employee benefit packages, asset protection arrangements, and charitable giving programs, for individuals with estates ranging from below the taxable threshold to tens of millions of dollars in value. He is experienced in business acquisitions, dispositions, and successions of control and management between generations, both before and after the deaths of the owners.
Mr. Hall has handled the settlement of hundreds of decedents' estates, involving probate administrations, funded living trust settlements, interstate ancillary estates, small estate procedures, and all combinations of these situations, and he has negotiated settlements between claimants in many adversary estate settlement situations. He has prepared and filed many federal estate tax returns and has handled audits by the IRS for fiduciaries and beneficiaries of complex estates involving difficult issues of valuation. He also has experience in organizing and administering tax free charitable entities in both trust and corporate formats, ranging from private foundations and support foundations to local and regional public charitable, educational, and cultural organizations.
Mr. Hall has been a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars on subjects relating to his specialized practice areas, and his leadership in his fields of expertise has been recognized by his peers, who have elected him to chair the Tax Section of the State Bar and the Estate Planning Council of Salt Lake.
Mr. Hall was named the Distinguished Tax Practitioner of the Year by the Tax Section of the Utah State Bar for 2005. He maintains an AV Preeminent (5.0) rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics. Mr. Hall has been included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates and Employment Benefits Law. He has also been voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” in the category of Estate Planning (as published in Utah Business Magazine).