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William J. Whitaker

Attorney / Partner
Salt Lake City
Licensure: ID, SD, UT


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Bill Whitaker is an estate-planning attorney and partner at Fabian VanCott. He helps his clients accomplish their wealth preservation, business succession and charitable goals with tailored estate plans. Bill also assists clients with trust and estate administration and related tax issues.

Bill enjoys working with talented and thoughtful clients and professional advisors. He is surrounded by a team of highly capable attorneys and other legal professionals who stand ready to assist with matters that may fall outside his scope of practice.

Before joining the group at Fabian VanCott, Bill worked with Sloan & Sloan, a boutique estate planning firm that merged with Fabian VanCott in 2019, and Ahrens DeAngeli Law Group, a boutique estate planning firm in Boise, Idaho.

Professional History


Trusts and Estates


Business Succession

Charitable Planning




South Dakota


Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation, New York University (2009)

J.D., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, with honors; Utah Law Review; Jackie Chiles Law Society, founding board member (2008)

B.S., Finance, Brigham Young University (2004)

Community Service

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain West, board member, planned giving committee chair, executive committee member, development co-chair

Salt Lake Estate Planning Council, member