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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 place...in 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, Utah.gov 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.

Utah manufacturers looking for in-state suppliers

While Utah has a wide range of businesses, they often share common goals: reducing costs, saving time and improving the quality of their products and services. Utah manufacturers have long sought to meet those goals by finding in-state suppliers of needed parts and materials. In that way, they could not only enhance their own businesses and customers, but they could also reduce outsourcing and boost Utah entrepreneurs and communities, all at the same time.   

These common interests are what spurred development of the Utah Capabilities Assessment Network, an online connection between in-state manufacturers and suppliers. UCAN is a secure portal that enables manufacturers and suppliers to find each other easily and quickly, and to learn whether they have products, capabilities, capacities and certifications needed to conduct mutually beneficial transactions.

Going to the source on small business friendliness

If you want to know how to treat the flu, you talk to a doctor. If you want to know how to speed up a computer, you talk to an IT person. And if you want to know which states are friendliest to small business, you talk to a small business owner.

They’re the ones who understand small business formation, how to meet regulations, the hiring process and so on. And if they don’t know something about contracts or leasing or corporate law, they typically know an attorney who can fill in the blanks quickly and efficiently.

Kicking business into gear

Life is filled with challenges. Some challenges (pinning the tail on the donkey) are relatively easy to overcome, while others (starting a business) are much more complex and time-consuming. New business ventures also often require a substantial investment of funds to launch the enterprise.

For those budding entrepreneurs without a rich uncle or deep pockets, a new source of needed capital might be found online in crowd-funding platforms such as Kickstarter. In fact, Kickstarter has helped launch 1,762 Utah projects over the past five years with more than $18 million in pledges.