What is the Unauthorized Practice of Law?

As with most states, Utah requires individuals to be properly licensed, active members of the Utah Bar and maintain their good standing with the Bar in order to practice law. Individuals who do not meet those requirements are not allowed to practice law in Utah, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to help others…

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What Causes a Lengthy Probate?

When you leave assets to your family and friends in probate, you’re thinking more about the enjoyment or benefits they will get from those assets, not how long the probate process takes. Mistakes could cause your assets to be distributed incorrectly or tie your entire estate up in probate for a long time. These are…

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Arbitration Clauses in Business Contracts

When negotiating an agreement between your business and a supplier or contractor, one thing that can be buried in the legal terms is how disputes about the contract are handled. This can become important when a dispute between you and the other party arises, even if it’s years down the road. Many businesses choose to…

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Incorporating Religious Beliefs into your Estate Plan

For some, incorporating religious beliefs in their estate plan is an important aspect of the project, even beyond the financial considerations and other practical concerns. There are a number of ways the law allows you to incorporate your beliefs and other steps you can take to direct your funds according to your preferences. End of…

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Keeping Business Information Confidential During a Lawsuit

Businesses often have information they want to keep confidential. This could include information subject to non-disclosure agreements, a company’s trade secret information, personnel files, and more. This type of information can often come into play during a business lawsuit when private records are sought during the discovery process to better support or prove the opposing…

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Who is Likely to Challenge a Will?

A major reason many people have a lawyer handle their estate planning and administration is to ensure that their goals are carried out exactly as they want. One problem you want to avoid is having someone challenge your will and your dispositions. Not everyone has standing to raise a challenge to your estate plan; only…

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Filing for Bankruptcy During Litigation

A bankruptcy action can stop, end, or simply complicate an existing lawsuit and whether it’s a step you’re considering for your business or you believe the opposing party may consider during your civil lawsuit, it’s something to discuss with your business litigation attorney. When a debtor files a bankruptcy case, an automatic stay is issued…

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Estate Planning for New Grandparents

Having a grandchild can be an incredibly rewarding experience, grandparents having a chance to rediscover the joy of babies and children and truly savor the experience. Many new grandparents often want to consider changes to their estate plan to take into consideration their new grandchild and ensure the resources they have amassed over their lifetime…

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Social Media as Evidence in Litigation

Social media is a huge part of our lives and our businesses, from marketing to connecting and supporting customers. Few people think about the consequences of communicating on social media, even when they’re involved in litigation, until it’s too late. While larger organizations have social media policies for employee communications as complex marketing and messaging…

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How Lifetime Gifts Affect your Estate

If you’re planning to give large gifts to your children or grandchildren, it’s important to understand how gift tax works and how that plays into your estate. You don’t want the person you’re trying to help to end up with an unexpected tax burden. Lifetime Gift Tax Exemption Estate tax laws change, so it’s important…

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