Alan F. Mecham
As both an Attorney and Certified Public Accountant, Alan F. Mecham
practices law with an emphasis on helping clients structure and document transactions and matters in the areas of general business; contracts; wills, trusts and other estate planning; asset protection; probate; real estate; employee benefits; and other areas involving significant tax aspects.
experience also includes helping clients organize new enterprises, including selecting the type of entity and organizational structure that will best achieve the clients' tax and business objectives.
For the last 25 years Alan
has received the Martindale-Hubbell® "AV Preeminent®" rating, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Such rating is based upon recognition by Alan's peers in the legal profession.
was also recently chosen by his
peers as one of Utah Business magazine's Utah Legal Elite™ based upon a statewide balloting process conducted by that magazine.
Alan received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1968 from the Columbia University School of Law in New York City, where he was a Dean's List Scholar.
Prior to attending law school, he graduated with honors from the University of Utah in 1965 in Accounting, and was chosen by the faculty as the outstanding student graduating that year from the College of Business.
He was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, an academic honor society.
Following graduation from law school, Alan practiced law with the law firm of VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy in Salt Lake City.
association with the VanCott firm included service as Vice Chairman of its Tax Section and Chairman of its Profit-Sharing
Since leaving VanCott, Alan
has engaged in a solo practice and is currently associated with the law firm of Mackey, Price & Mecham
Alan's public service has included a four-year term as a member of the Salt Lake City Board of Education
, including a two-year term as its President, and membership on the boards of a number of educational and charitable organizations.
enjoys reading, family gatherings, and church service.
is married and has 12 children.
TAX, BUSINESS, AND ESTATE PLANNING
Alan has broad experience in the areas of tax, estate and asset protection planning.
Such experience includes: (i) assisting clients in transfers of wealth to subsequent generations with a minimum of taxation, utilizing wills, trusts, gift arrangements, contracts and various strategies, (ii) assisting business and professional clients to select, implement, structure and operate appropriate business entities (limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships, etc.) for conducting their businesses and professions, in order to protect assets, avoid unnecessary taxation, and meet their ownership, management other objectives, (iii) assisting clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service
and Utah State Tax Commission
, and (iv) helping clients avoid incurring unnecessary tax in connection with various transactions.
Alan's practice also includes probate and trust administration and litigation.
has extensive experience assisting clients with the acquisition, sale, tax-free exchange, lease, development, financing, and management of commercial and residential real estate, and dealing with problem loans, loan workouts, forfeitures, and foreclosures for both the lender and debtor.
Alan has served as trustee of trust deeds.
TRANSACTION AND CONTRACT NEGOTIATION AND DOCUMENTATION
The number and variety of business transactions that Alan
has helped to negotiate and document are extensive.
has broad experience in advising clients and drafting contracts and instruments tailor made to specific transactions desired by clients, whether or not it falls within the practice areas described above or is a sale of assets, license, joint venture, employment contract, independent contractor agreement or any number of other possible transactions.
Simply put, Alan
can assist in helping clients negotiate and document desired and essential terms for their specific transactions.