I founded Sundance Law Group to help people in Utah secure and protect their families and businesses through proper legal planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, tax minimization, trust administration and business planning. I partner with families and business owners to help them achieve their goals, provide them with financial security and peace of mind, and communicate their values to future generations. While an important aspect of estate planning is passing down your assets to the next generation in the best way possible, it is also about transferring values, traditions, and security. It's about having your assets create new opportunities and leaving the next generation better.
Sundance Law Group is committed to not only drafting a personalized estate plan, but also helping our clients implement it. When I was just out of law school 20 years ago, my grandmother died. While she had a will and trust in place, the attorney had not helped her organize and transfer her assets into the trust. My dad and I spent many late nights locating disorganized assets and navigating probate. Also, even though my grandmother lived frugally, because she also didn't have an ongoing relationship with her attorney, the attorney never addressed tax issues that arose when her assets appreciated, resulting in a large tax at her death.
Proper planning and implementation can help avoid these types of situations and can ease the burden of loved ones during difficult times. I provide my clients with help, education and support with their estate plans so they can achieve their family and business goals and have peace of mind, security and predictability for their loved ones and business.
I attended Brigham Young University and graduated Cum Laude (top 10%) double majoring in Economics and Political Science. I then attended George Mason University Law School, just outside of Washington D.C., where I graduated in 1997 with High Honors (top 10%). I enjoy staying current on cutting-edge estate and business planning practices.
After law school and a judicial internship, I practiced Business Law, Estate Planning and Tax Law in a Washington D.C. law firm that focused on the unique needs of small and medium sized business owners. I then served as in-house legal counsel to a technology company where I drafted and negotiated hundreds of contracts and advised the company on legal matters.
I took a break from practicing law to raise my children. During this time, I continued to take continuing legal education courses to stay up-to-date on estate and business planning issues. I was active in my community including serving on the school community council , PTA Board, Ignite Entrepreneurship Academy Board, and serving as a Mock Trial attorney coach. I also found meaningful opportunities to serve the legal needs of people in my community.
I founded Sundance Law Group with a goal of helping families in my community secure and protect their families and businesses through legal planning.
I focus on Estate and Business Planning, including Wills, Trusts (both revocable and irrevocable), Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directive, Special Needs Trusts and Planning, Asset Protection, Probate and Trust Administration, Tax Planning, Business Formation, and Business Sucession Planning.
I am a member of the Utah State Bar Estate Planning Section, Utah State Bar Business Law Section and the Utah County Estate Planning Council. I recently received the Avvo Client's Choice award in the areas of Estate Planning and Business Law.
JENNIFER J. COLWELL
Client Services Director
My Father-in-law passed away in a car accident in 2004. He was only 60 years old. We were devastated by the unexpected loss of such an important person to us and were quickly overwhelmed with what had to be done next. Bless his heart, my darling Dad was a tremendous packrat and had collected barns full of junk on the farm in Northern California. It became my husband’s job to pull it all out, sort, value and get rid of most of it! This process literally took years. My husband would have nightmares in which he admitted to heated confrontations with his departed father – forbidding him to set foot on the ranch again after leaving such a mess!
Thankfully, Dad had his financial house in good order when he left. He had engaged competent legal counsel and set up his financial affairs in such a way that things were simple for those of us who cared about him most. We knew exactly where things were, how to access them and what Dad intended for them. For that, our family has been very grateful.
I am a believer in planning for the future. Life is fragile and unpredictable, but also full of people who mean the world to you. Thoughtful planning and professional support can help you leave your loved ones with security for their future. At Sundance Law Group, our goal is to partner with you throughout your life so that, in the end, you can be assured things will be simple, and that your loved ones will be taken care of the way you intended.
I graduated from Brigham Young University, Magna Cum Laude (top 5%) with a degree in Humanities and a Secondary Education Accreditation for Humanities, English and Japanese Language. In my professional life, I have been a teacher, computer systems trainer and executive assistant. But my most important careers have been as a wife to Tom and mother to my 4 kids, as a part of which my roles have included everything from chief cook and bottle-washer, nurse, tutor, and taxi driver, to psychologist, coach, labor manager and negotiator. Families are an adventure!
Director of Client Relations and Marketing
Cydney joined Sundance Law Group as the Director of Client Relations and Marketing. She brings to this position a broad global background, and a passion for creativity and design. As the mother of 4 girls, she understands and appreciates the need to organize family decisions and family planning.
Cydney’s global experience began when her family moved to Singapore. She also had the opportunity to live in Chile. She loves to travel and learn about new countries and cultures.
Cydney graduated from BYU with a BS degree in Human Development. Upon graduation, Cydney was one of the first 10 employees of a local Utah startup that has now grown into a multi-million dollar company. That ignited in her an entrepreneurial spirit and curiosity in startups. Cydney’s next job took her to Silicon Valley where she enjoyed working for a fast moving computer software company, organizing and implementing their internal telecommunications.
For the next few years, Cydney supported her husband’s career which took them to multiple states all over the country. During this time she had 4 daughters and became involved in various church assignments, and school PTA boards.
As a long-time friend of Marianne, Cyd jumped at the opportunity to help create and expand Sundance Law Group. Years ago Cydney and her husband had a will and trust created by another attorney that sat untouched for years. She understands the need for family protection and planning and now has a unique perspective on what a thorough job Sundance Law group, and specifically Marianne, do for families looking to secure their future!
Cydney enjoys being in the outdoors with her family. They have a passion for hiking, backpacking, cycling and skiing. Cyd is an avid runner, gardener, and do it yourselfer.
I graduated with Honors and Summa Cum Laude from Oakland Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science, Legal Assistant Program (American Bar Association Approved) degree. I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan.
I have several years of experience working as a legal assistant in law firms and also working in various courts as a civil clerk (landlord/tenant and small claims), a traffic clerk, (tickets, arraignments, marriages, etc) and an account clerk (the Court’s cashier).
I also travelled the county with the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign in 2011/2012. I loved seeing this great country from north to south and, east to west. It was a wonderful experience to attend debates and meet the Presidential candidates. We also traveled to London to visit expats living abroad and, to Jerusalem, Israel, where I was honored to sit in a Q & A meeting with the Prime Minister. Ever since government class in high school, I have enjoyed politics and the legal field.
My parents died when I was a young adult and I was widowed at age 45. I know first-hand the importance of planning for the inevitable. I enjoy working for Sundance Law Group and helping people put their minds at ease (knowing their affairs are in order) so they can get on with the business of enjoying life.