Why Mediate Instead of Going to Court?

Why Mediate Instead of Going to Court?

Mediation, which is an informal method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), can be quite effective at resolving many types of disputes. When individuals or businesses are unable to resolve legal disputes on their own, a trained neutral mediator can be brought in to help the parties negotiate a settlement or agreement without the need to go to arbitration or court to seek an order.…

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When You Need to Take Over the Care of an Elderly Relative

When You Need to Take Over the Care of an Elderly Relative

It can be one of the most difficult events in one’s life; having to tell your elderly mom, dad, or other close loved one that they need more help and care. It isn’t just hard for the elder who can no longer manage their finances or physical care by themselves – it can be even harder on the caretaker who is accepting this huge responsibility.…

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Does Utah Have Common Law Marriages?

Does Utah Have Common Law Marriages?

For a multitude of reasons, many couples have serious relationships that basically mimic a marriage without them getting a license and saying “I do.” Maybe the couple decided not to get legally married because of tax or alimony considerations, children from a previous relationship, or for other financial or personal reasons.…

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Do I Have Any Alternatives to Prison if I am Convicted of a Federal Crime?

Do I Have Any Alternatives to Prison if I am Convicted of a Federal Crime?

Utah recently introduced an innovative program that could help people who have been charged and convicted with certain federal crimes to avoid jail time. Called the Utah Alternatives to Conviction Track (U-ACT), it involves a combination of possible special incentives, court supervision and involvement, treatment options, and alternatives to penalties or jail/prison time.…

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How Can I Get My Criminal Arrest and Conviction Record Expunged?

How Can I Get My Criminal Arrest and Conviction Record Expunged?

Past criminal arrests and convictions can wreak havoc with your life. Good employment opportunities can be hard to come by and relationships can be strained. If you want to move on with a clean slate and have a better future, you may be able to have some criminal records expunged (erased from your record) as if they never happened.…

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What Constitutes a Probation Violation?

What Constitutes a Probation Violation?

When you have been released from custody after an arrest or conviction of a crime, most individuals are put on probation. Depending on your prior crimes and behavior, terms of probation can vary, from paying fines or restitution, doing community services, or not getting in any more trouble for a period of time.…

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New Death Penalty Legislation for the Murder and Assault of Police Officers

New Death Penalty Legislation for the Murder and Assault of Police Officers

In reaction to the recent shootings of police officers in Iowa and many other parts of the country, Utah Representative Paul Ray (R-Clearfield) has drafted legislation, that if passed, will require prosecutors to seek a mandatory death penalty for targeting and killing a police officer, according to the Deseret News and the Associated Press.…

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Should I Get a Revocable Trust?

Should I Get a Revocable Trust?

For many estate plans, a revocable trust, rather than a simple will, is usually recommended if you own property or significant assets. A will may be satisfactory for smaller estates. But a properly drafted revocable trust can accomplish many estate goals.…

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