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William Tyler Melling

William Tyler Melling

Estate Planning Attorney at Middle Class Estate Plans
  • Estate Planning, Business Law, Probate...
  • Utah
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Melling Law is an Estate & Business law firm located in Cedar City, Utah. We focus on estate planning, probate, and business transactional legal issues such as living trusts, special needs trusts, wills, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, buy-sell agreements, articles of incorporation, LLC formation, operating agreements, corporate bylaws, and annual business recordkeeping and minutes.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Tax Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • Czech
  • Slovak
Professional Experience
Middle Class Estate Plans
- Current
We offer custom estate planning solutions to Utah's middle class by educating clients through the process of completing basic estate planning tasks on their own. Find out more at
Adjunct Instructor
Southern Utah University
- Current
Teaching Legal Ethics and Professionalism for the Fall 2015 term and Law Office Management for the Spring 2016 term.
University of Iowa
J.D. / Law (2015)
Honors: High Service Honors
Activities: J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Southern Utah University
B.A. / Economics, Music Performance Minor (2012)
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Opus Chamber Choir, Opera, Concert Choir
Professional Associations
Utah State Bar # 15420
- Current
Activities: Probate and Estate Planning Section; Young Lawyers Division
Articles & Publications
Consumer Guide to Utah Asset Protection (forthcoming)
Melling Law, P.C.
The Utah Uniform Probate Code: A Quick-Reference Guide for Practitioners and Students
Melling Law, P.C.
Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning Basics, Iron County Caregiver Support Group September Meeting, Brookdale Cedar City
Iron County Caregiver Support Group
Estate Planning Basics, Iron County Elder Care Network August Meeting, Brookdale Cedar City
Iron County Elder Care Network
What I Wish I Knew 6 Months Ago: Starting a Utah Law Practice, Utah State Bar New Lawyer Training Program Law Practice Management Seminar, Utah State Bar Offices
Utah State Bar
Websites & Blogs
Melling Law, P.C.
Melling Law Estate Planning Podcast
Middle Class Estate Plans | Utah Estate Planning
Surviving Spouse Rights in Utah Probate

This 9-minute video talks about the rights of surviving spouses in Utah, and how they can affect your estate plan. These rights include the spousal elective share, and the right...

Which Type of Utah Trust Should I Choose?

This 10-minute video explains many trust misconceptions in Utah, what types of trusts are available to Utahns, and what kinds of trusts are appropriate in different situations. The trust types...

4 Estate Planning Rules You Need to Follow in a 2nd Marriage

This 9-minute video explains 4 of the most important rules you need to keep in estate planning for a second marriage. We discuss prenuptial agreements, voidable Wills, spousal elective shares,...

4 Key Factors to Consider in Estate Planning for Minor Children

This 8-minute resource covers the 4 key factors that every parent or grandparent should consider in estate planning for minor children. We discuss daily care and guardianship, managing the child's...

Utah Estate Planning Basics

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What Every Utahn Needs to Know About Power of Attorney Documents

Find out more on our website: Request a free consultation: Check out our blog: Like us on Facebook: Utah Advance Health Care Directive Form Tutorial: This video contains a quick...

Utah Advance Health Care Directive Form

Find out more on our website: Request a free consultation: Check out our blog: Like us on Facebook: Utah Financial Power of Attorney Information: This video contains a quick 9-minute...

Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. In probate do you have to declare a vehicle that was used, totaled, cashed out, and monies disbursed to heirs when debts
A: Thank you for your question. One thing to keep in mind is that a probate will not be allowed in Utah if more than 3 years have passed since the deceased passed away. If you need to determine the heirs of certain property, a local attorney can help you with a court order determining heirs, but unless you have more than about $3,000 of estate equity, it's probably not worth the cost of obtaining the order. Some assets, like vehicles, may be exempt from such proceedings if you deal directly with the DMV, but I would double-check with them before incurring any costs.
Q. Selling a Salt Lake home remotely?
A: You shouldn't have a problem working remotely so long as you have a team of professionals working for you in salt lake. A realtor and a title company should easily be able to do everything for you.
Q. How long is the creditors period in the state of Utah
A: Good question. Usually, creditor claims to an estate expire 12 months after death. That being said, best practice is to notify before distributions are made to beneficiaries. Requirements of fiduciary trustees may be higher, so I would suggest retaining counsel regarding your legal obligations.
Q. Could I be sued for a board game I created that doesn't have a choking hazard warning if I sold the business?
A: It's hard to answer your question completely without more information. That being said, if the game is no longer yours to license, and you are merely selling the game wholesale to another seller, then I would suggest an indemnity clause in the purchase contract requiring the seller to assume that liability and to cover any legal fees you may incur in defending against suit in the future. There may be other steps required as well depending on the specifics of your situation.
Q. Can I somehow get copy of will and trust from document writer. Is he obligated?
A: It seems like there is either some inappropriate conduct, or someone did not prepare the estate documents effectively. Either way, you should probably hire a trusts specialist in your area.
Q. okay my father recently died February 10,15 and he left my step brother as his executor of his trust, he recently sent m
A: You may not be able to find a pro bono attorney to handle probate litigation in your area, but many will be willing to consult with you for free or for a small fixed fee to look over your documents and steer you in the right direction.
Q. If my sisters name is on my mothers house, can she keep the house when mom passes no matter what the will says?
A: You should clarify how the name is on the house. If your sister is listed as a joint tenant with survivorship rights (never recommended, but common because it's a cheap way to bypass the probate process), then the deed will control over a Will.
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Middle Class Estate Plans
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Telephone: (801) 896-4377
Melling Law, P.C.
66 W Harding Ave
Suite C-5
Cedar City, UT 84720
Telephone: (435) 572-0807