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There’s a reason  most college football players don’t make it in the NFL. They’re just not good enough. Likewise, there’s a reason most professional athletes don’t do well financially after their playing days are over. They’re not businessmen (or women). That’s why, at least when they’re playing, they have agents who understand business, especially professional […]

What’s an “Inclusion Rider?”

At last night’s Academy Awards presentation, Frances McDormand, winner of the Best Actress award, concluded her acceptance speech by saying she had two words to leave everyone with: “inclusion rider.” That led to millions of viewers frantically Googling the term to find out what it means. An inclusion rider is a provision in a contract […]

Harper Lee’s Will Unsealed

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, a favorite book and movie of lawyers, died in 2016.  To Kill a Mockingbird was Lee’s first and only novel for 55 years. In 2015 she published a sequel, To Set a Watchman, that features Scout, the young daughter of Atticus Finch, the principled lawyer of the first book, as […]

Unbundled Legal Services

“Unbundled legal services,” also known as “limited scope representation,” is a concept designed to make legal services more available to middle-income earners who can’t afford full representation. It’s particularly applicable in litigation. With hourly legal rates anywhere from $150 to $400 (or more) in Utah and the expected cost of even a small civil litigation […]

Facebook Sued for Wrongful Death

At Easter in 2017, Steve Stephens randomly shot and killed 74-year old Robert Godwin, Sr. A few days later, while being hunted by police, Stephens killed himself. It appeared to be another senseless tragic shooting, the kind we’ve all become so used to hearing about. But last Friday (January 26) the estate of Robert Godwin […]

Could Your Website Get You Sued?

      Having a business website is pretty much required these days. Whether it’s a fully functional online store from which customers can look over your wares, make purchases, maintain their accounts and communicate with you or whether it’s just a static one-page site with your name, address and a little about you and […]

A Few Key Provisions of the New Tax Law

Donald Trump has delivered on one campaign promise, and that was to overhaul the United States Tax Code. The revisions, which go to over 1,100 pages, are densely worded legalese but a few key provisions are clear enough. Overview It was Trump’s goal to simplify the tax code to make filing tax returns easier. He […]

Keep Your Complaints Private, Not on Facebook

We as a people like to complain. It’s the stuff of gossip, of text messages, of coffee breaks and dinner table conversations. And in the age of social media, it’s often the stuff of tweets or Facebook posts or other attempts to reach one’s “followers.” The stories of employees and job applicants who have dashed […]

Formal or Informal Probate? Which is Better?

In Utah, as in many other states, there are two ways to administer the estate of a decedent in probate. In Utah these are called formal and informal probate. Other states may have different names. Georgia, for example, calls its two methods of probate solemn and common. What’s the difference and why choose one or the other? In Utah, informal probate […]

It’s December

That means everyone is wondering what Congress will do with taxes. In the past we’ve wondered whether the estate and gift tax credits will increase or decrease, whether the estate and gift tax will stay or go, and what to do. This year has even more uncertainty because the House and Senate has both passed […]


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