Brant T. Christiansen

Estate Planning

Brant’s practice focuses on estate planning, probate, trust and estate administration, tax, business organization, special needs planning, and elder law issues. Over the last decade, Brant has represented numerous individuals, families, and professional fiduciaries in the guardianship and conservatorship process and has advised families on the most appropriate and least-restrictive protections for their incapacitated or disabled loved ones.

Brant’s strength as a practitioner is his ability to identify his clients’ needs and forge a practicable solution. He has successfully helped a wide range of clients, from those with moderate estates to high-wealth individuals, create sensible and tax-advantageous estate plans. Brant helps clients navigate the probate process and advises trustees and personal representatives on how to best carry out their duties.

Brant has advised several small businesses and sole proprietors about contractual matters and has drafted and reviewed sales, employment, purchase, and service contracts.

Brant serves on the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Utah State Bar and served as Chair of the Section in 2021. He also currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Utah Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS) and is a member of the Probate Rules Subcommittee of the Utah Judicial Council.

Additionally, Brant has presented to the public, fellow members of the Utah State Bar, and the state judiciary on subjects such as Medicaid, guardianship and conservatorship, life planning alternatives to guardianship, wills, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, revocable grantor trusts, special needs trusts, and trust administration.

Brant is admitted to practice in Utah and the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Academy of Special Needs Planners, as well as the Estate Planning, Elder Law and Business Law Sections of the Utah State Bar.

Brant received an LLM (masters of laws) in taxation from New York University, his juris doctor from the University of Utah, and his masters of business administration from the University of Phoenix. He was also a Utah State Aggie, graduating with his bachelor of science in communications and economics.

He was an associate editor of the Utah Law Review, completed two externships with Justice Matthew Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court, served as the Seniors Lawyer Volunteer Program fellow at Utah Legal Services, and clerked for the Tax and Revenue division of the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

In law school, Brant was awarded the S.J. Quinney Foundation Scholarship, was a William H. Leary Scholar, garnered several academic awards, and graduated in the top 10% of his class and a member of the Order of the Coif.

In practice, Brant has been voted as one of Utah’s Legal Elite for estate planning in Utah Business Magazine.


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