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A new lease on life -- or a condo with a view

A landlord/tenant relationship can be like a marriage, with both sides content that they made the right decision for the long-term. The relationship also has in it elements of a contentious divorce, filled with acrimony, he-said/she-said disputes and possible eviction from a once-happy home.

For both commercial and residential landlords in St. George, the marriage metaphor only goes so far. The reality is that far too often landlords find that tenants have violated terms of a lease and threaten to vacate without paying what they owe.

Disputes can arise between homeowners and homeowners associations

A person's home can be a major place of rest and relaxation for them. However, sometimes, a person also experiences a great amount of stress when it comes to their home. One type of stressful situation that can sometimes arise for a homeowner regarding their home are disputes with their homeowners association

Being a member of a homeowners association can have many benefits for a homeowner. It can, however, also have its challenges. Homeowners associations generally have a wide range of different rules and regulations that the members of the association are subject to when it comes to their property. These rules and regulations can touch on a wide range of different things regarding a homeowner's property. Sometimes, disputes regarding these rules and regulations arise between a homeowner and their homeowners association.

How to choose a health care agent

Advance health care directives are among the most important estate planning documents you can create. They allow you to express your wishes about end-of-life care, and give you the opportunity to appoint an agent to be in charge of making your medical decisions if you can no longer do so on your own.

For an advance health care directive to be successful, it is important to choose the right person to be your agent. Certain qualities can make a person better suited to carry out this responsibility on your behalf.

What can a trust do for you and your family?

When a person sits down with a St. George attorney to plan their estate, they do something people are often reluctant to do: look at a world that does not include themselves. It's the world that exists after your death.

While few of us will look at the world that way for sheer pleasure, it's something we must do if we have children, a business, a home or other substantial assets.

Business attorneys know the laws of business

It seems as if starting up a business accelerator is one of the most popular launches these days. The accelerators help would-be entrepreneurs take an idea off of the drawing board and put it on Main Street. Accelerators get a small piece of equity in the company in exchange for some capital and mentoring.

According to a news article, a Utah-based start-up is itself putting a new spin the concept, helping Salt Lake City entrepreneurs develop products and launch tech companies. StartStudio isn't exactly an accelerator, focusing more on sustainable long-term growth than is typical. One of the areas the company says start-ups often struggle with is getting their legal documents drafted correctly and on time.

St. George council candidates focusing on growth

A few days ago, the first debate was held among candidates for St. George City Council at the Washington County Administration Building. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a couple of topics dominated this first discussion: city growth and code enforcement.

Those are issues that concern virtually every resident of our growing city. How do we manage the growth? Do we allow St. George to grow as fast as it can or do we apply some brakes? If we apply brakes, why do we do it and how? The questions are for candidates and citizens alike to consider in coming days.

In Utah, what effect does a divorce have on an estate plan?

Did you know that divorcing after the age of 50 is becoming a common occurrence across the nation? Called "grey divorce," some believe it's happening because of changing perceptions on divorce. Others believe it's happening because seeing women in the workforce is considered more acceptable now than it was during the Baby Boomer era, which is causing some women to rethink whether or not they want to be married still.

Whatever the reason, the increasing trend of divorces after 50 is raising an interesting question and it's one most people haven't even considered to ask: what effect does a divorce have on an estate plan? For our readers here in Utah, it's a question we'd like to answer in today's post.

Fighting for what's right in the right way

There are a number of ways businesses with conflicting interests can resolve their disputes. In some instances, a business owner or manager will, with their business attorney, enter into negotiations that resolve differences. At other times, mediation or arbitration can prove useful to settle matters and allow the firms to get back to work. Sometimes, however, litigation is called for in order for a party to get what they believe is a full and fair measure of justice.

We recently saw a Utah business located north of St. George involved in a bitter disagreement with competitors. The contact-lens maker 1-800-Contacts, an Orem firm, isn't being sued and it isn't suing anyone, but is instead involved in a dispute over a Utah law that bans minimum prices for contact lenses.

We're here to help St. George businesses

There are so many different ways to measure cities, regions and states that it can be difficult to sort through them all. However, if you look at various measurements of Utah, you'll find it near the top of several important lists: best places to start a business, best places to retire, best places to raise a family and best places to live, among others.

Here in St. George, we're proud of our contributions to Utah's growing national reputation as a destination spot. Part of making our city business- and family-friendly is our devotion to having the tools needed for both to thrive: good schools, a growing economy, an educated workforce, low unemployment and confidence among residents that growth is sustainable.

New Utah Law Expands Parent-Time Schedule

Several states are taking note of new legislation affecting family law, which offers an expanded parent- time schedule in favor of the non-custodial parent when the parents of minor children are involved in a divorce. The new law was sponsored in this year's legislative session by our very own Representative Lowry Snow. HB35 which has now been signed into law increases the minimum time children will spend with their non-custodial parent from 110 days to 145 days, a number that splits the time more evenly between both parents. This bill gives children more access to their non-custodial parent, a great benefit as indicated by research showing that children lead happier and healthier lives if both of their parents are actively involved with them. Because the minimum schedule of 110 days was becoming more of the standard than a minimum, advocates from the Family Section of the Utah State Bar and the National Parents Organization had been pushing for this change to the law. You can read more about this legislation in a recent Spectrum article here: