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Great news for private property owners in Iron County, Utah!


Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 5, 2014 ---  Ruling in favor of a lawsuit by Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), Federal Judge Dee Benson today struck down the federal government’s regulations for the Utah Prairie Dog as unconstitutional because the prairie dog does not substantially affect “interstate commerce.”   

PLF sued on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners (PETPO) in Cedar City, Utah, whose members -- property owners and the local government -- have been restricted from using their land, including building homes and businesses, maintaining parks and the cemetery, and protecting the airport runway from prairie-dog potholes.

Utah is back at number one

From St. George to Logan, the word is spreading: Utah is again at the top of Forbes’ annual Best States for Business list. It’s not like we haven’t been there before, of course. We were atop the list from 2010 through 2012.

The Best States for Business is one of the many resources entrepreneurs use when making decisions about where to start a business, where to expand operations, where to invest and where to live. 

Utah business leaders push plan to push students higher

The report card Utah students recently received disappointed some in our state. Test results showed that less than half of Utah students are proficient in science, language arts and math.

Business leaders said the results show students here are trending lower than students in the rest of the nation; a trend that they say does not bode well for a state that has been working hard to position itself as a welcoming home for new businesses.

What can a St. George business attorney do for you?

Disputes are simply an inevitable part of life. In many situations, it is simply best to address the issues directly and resolve differences amicably. However, that is not always possible in families, among friends and in business.

Sometimes business partners or competitors or businesses engaging in commerce together find that they have agreements of disagreement that they cannot by themselves resolve. That is when experienced legal counsel can make a dramatic difference, whether it is in negotiating favorable resolutions of the disputes or taking irresolvable disagreements to trial and having a court settle matters.

How we can help you with Utah estate planning and administration

Even the most carefully conceived and detailed plans do not amount to much if they are not executed. This is true in a wide variety of places, including business offices, football fields, traffic management and in estate administration.

Estate administration is at its core, the collection and distribution of assets after a loved one has passed on. As we have written about recently, an estate plan requires thought and organization - but in order for it to be fully realized, it must be executed. That is exactly where a St. George estate planning and estate administration law firm can help families.

Should you have an estate plan?

Are you married? Do you have children? Do you own a house? Do you have a 401(k) at work or otherwise own stocks? Or do you own a business? Or do you simply want to have control of your fate should you be incapacitated by injury or illness?

If you can answer “yes” to any of those questions, you should sit down with an estate planning attorney and create an estate plan. 

Is St. George 'the very best the United States'?

St. George Mayor Jon Pike is optimistic and simultaneously realistic about the place he calls home. While acknowledging in his state of the city address to the Chamber of Commerce that the city has work to do to improve, he said that the overarching goal is an optimistically lofty one: to make St. George “the very best place to live, work and play in the United States.”

One of the ways to do that is to continue to help businesses here succeed and expand. Another way is to help entrepreneurs interested in St. George to move here with a minimum of red tape, select a business form with the assistance of an attorney, hire residents, open doors and engage in commerce. 

Washington County's job growth is explosive

First, the bad news: Utah’s unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percentage point last month to 3.6 percent. Now for the good news: economists say the slight uptick means the ongoing economic recovery is encouraging more workers to reenter the jobs market.

Here in Washington County, unemployment dropped to 4 percent in June, the lowest its been since the Great Recession hit in 2007-2008. Even better news: our county’s job growth rate boomed to 6.3 percent last month. 

Utah consumer confidence hits all-time high

The St. George Spectrum recently noted that Utah consumer confidence has hit an all-time high. Consumer enthusiasm has been rising steadily over the past year, climbing almost 20 percent in that time.

The Spectrum reports that the Utah Consumer Attitude Index jumped another 6.6 points, up to 104.9, last month. 

Is sole proprietorship right for you?

For those who own a business or want to start a business in St. George, is an excellent website for entrepreneurs. It has informative sections on how to select a business idea, how to prepare a business plan, government requirements, relocating a firm, dissolving a business and running a business.

The website also has a section to help people begin the process of business entity formation. Included in the section is a note that each selection is accompanied by “very specific laws pertaining to the regulations with which you as a business owner are required to comply.” Unsurprisingly, the state acknowledges that their website, as fine as it is, might not be enough for people to make a fully informed decision on business structure.