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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: Ladder outside my bedroom window. Is this against a reasonable expectation of privacy?

My apartment complex is replacing the roof and in the meantime maintance has put their ladder that they climb up and down all day outside my bedroom window and the complex didn’t give any warning that they would have noisy work going on so it has been interfering with my ability to work (I work... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on May 17, 2022

You do have a reasonable expectation of privacy, but even more, you have a reasonable expectation of safety. Take time to think through the problem, any possible solutions (like a better place to put the ladder) and then write them down, sign and date it, save a clear photo or scan of the document,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: Given a ticket for speeding on I15, officer didn't write my license info on the ticket, just my name. NY state. plead no

I was given a ticket for speeding on I15 , officer did not write my driver's license information, just my name, I have a NY state license. I want to fight the ticket for lack of information on the ticket and I went to court to dispute it for missing information on the ticket. Is it enough for... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on May 9, 2022

The short answer is no. There is a misconception that some missing or inaccurate information on a ticket is grounds to have it dismissed, but unfortunately that isn't the case. Any issues in the ticket can be fixed by the prosecutor and things like your driver license number are just ways to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: Whyd you assume I just wanted to complain about loosing a case?

My attorney gave me empty promises told me a price then that price sky rocketed right after his promise fell through. He then told me if I go to treatment and and stay in contact with him I won't get a warrant well multiple rehabs and calling him withy case managers and talking to his clerk... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on May 8, 2022

I would suggest reviewing the agreement you signed with the attorney and seeing if they will discuss it with you. If they told you it would cost one amount and changed it it may explain why in the agreement you signed. It is impossible for anyone to explain why an attorney would have advised you a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: I had a bad court experience and got told to get an attorney or go to the BAR and I want to know if it's worth my time
William Melton
William Melton
answered on May 8, 2022

You cannot go to the Utah Bar because you had a bad court experience. Attorneys have certain standards that they must follow for ethical and other reasons. The Bar oversees those ethical guidelines. They're not the attorney's supervisor that you complain to if you lost a case. If you feel... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: can a landlord deduct from the security deposit every time you resign?

I began my tenancy in 2018 with a $2,400 deposit (20% non refundable). I have signed a new lease every year since and every term 20% is deducted. Now the lease sows $984 as the deposit. Is this legal?

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on May 6, 2022

The answer depends on what you agreed to. An attorney will need to review each of the rental agreements you signed to be sure. Also, you can ask the landlord to produce a document that shows how that money was applied to specific costs and expenses.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Collections for Utah on
Q: Injunctive Relief for credit reporting accounts that were included in wage earner plan

I had on time payments on all of my accounts even when i filed bankruptcy. Once it was officially filed all 14 accounts were reported as negative marks as being banktruptcy.

When i have previously filed bankruptcy this never happened. One of the accounts is my car loan that I still make... Read more »

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on May 5, 2022

Generally, the credit bureaus just publish comments about your accounts submitted by those creditors who subscribe to any of the credit bureau's service. The credit bureau itself doesn't generate comments about particular accounts, although the bureaus may have picked up your bankruptcy... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Utah on
Q: I recently purchased a puppy. I was charged more than the amount on the contract.

The contract price was $2,035. I was charged $2,700. I did not even realize it until now. Am I entitled to the $665 back?

Wesley Winsor
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Wesley Winsor
answered on Apr 22, 2022

Yes,

You are. If the contract had price listed as $2,035, and they charged $2,700, then you are due a refund of the amount. Have you contacted the seller yet? I can't imagine that they would have a problem issuing a refund.

Contact them first and as soon as you can. This...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: What are my rights as a tenant when the Landlord illegally withdrawals everything in my checking plus more?

I went to make my rent payment but instead of the payment I requested to make the portal I used withdrew everything illegally

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Apr 18, 2022

If you agree to have a specific amount taken from your account, then that is normal. If any other amount is taken without your permission, the landlord needs to return it immediately or they will be criminally liable. Tell the landlord they need to return the extra funds or your next call will be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: Is a traffic plea in abeyance in one city jurisdiction voided by a citation in another city jurisdiction?

My son received a speeding ticket in one city and entered in a 6 mo. plea and abeyance. A month later he received a speeding ticket in a different city. Will the second ticket void the first plea and abeyance or is it held separate by jurisdiction?

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Apr 13, 2022

Most likely yes. Any moving violation is likely a violation of the plea agreement, even if it occurred in another state. The question is whether or not the prosecutor discovers it. Typically they do, but I have seen cases where they don't see them if the case has not been resolved yet. It may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: Do we need to give a landlord our paystubs while we’re in the lease?

We have a roommate on the lease wanting to move out. In order to move out the landlord needs current paystubs for the remaining roommates. The lease ends in august.

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Mar 26, 2022

It is not normal to show paystubs to landlords. It sounds like your landlord is concerned about whether the remaining tenants can afford to pay the rent if one of them leaves.

The relationship is controlled by the length of the rental agreement everyone signed. If the person who wants to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Utah on
Q: When is it ok not to get permission for use for an idea? I plan to publish (asap) a book of primary singing time ideas..

I need help from someone who knows book publishing/copyright law well. I thought I was good, but I should have made sure...I've put together a book. It's a list of over 100 activities that can be used for primary singing time. I gathered ideas from all over (mainly online in a public fb... Read more »

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
answered on Mar 25, 2022

Ideas are not owned, nor are they subject of copyright, which protects only "works of expression."

Your compilation is itself a work of expression (namely, yours) and you own the copyright in that work.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: Do my husband and I have the right to withhold rent from our landlord in this situation?

My husband and I currently live in a townhome complex, and have been smelling our neighbors second-hand weed for some time now. It took us a little while to figure out what it was. The smell was mainly coming through our vents, and was confirmed to be weed by the vent repair guy, who also confirmed... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Mar 23, 2022

Your safety is going to always be a priority in these matters. If you can prove you gave the landlord sufficient notice of the problem, either by email or text or written notice, then you have something you can give a judge if they sue you for breach of contract.

Contracts will normally...
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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Domestic Violence for Utah on
Q: Can I file for vawa on my own or will I need a lawyer

My husband is a permanent resident and I'm out of status. He is very verbally abusive. We were married for 3 weeks and I left after being suicidal and over dosing on sleeping pills. He always uses my immigration status to "get me in line". Threatens to divorce me and tells me that he... Read more »

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Mar 22, 2022

Yes you should retain counsel to process your VAWA case. Unrepresented parties are not taken very seriously by USCIS.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Utah on
Q: Should an LLC be formulated in the state at which I reside or the state in which my rental properties are located?

2 rental properties in Utah in which I am the sole owner, I reside in WA. I formulated an LLC in Utah but never used it \. Would like to reuse that LLC but the address is under a former business partners address that lived in Utah. I am now sole owner of LLC. I already have a seperate bank... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
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Wesley Winsor
answered on Mar 21, 2022

Best practice is to set up an LLC where the real estate is located. We can update addresses and registered agents as well as ownership information in order to bring your business information current.

If you don't have the LLC in the same state as your real estate you will often have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: I violated a plea deal, what should I do?

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Aric M. Cramer
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Aric M. Cramer
answered on Mar 18, 2022

Don't talk to the cops - call your attorney right now.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Contracts for Utah on
Q: If my lease is ending do I still need to give my apartment complex 60 days notice before moving out?

My lease ends this month and the apartment complex says that I need to give them 60 days notice that I'm moving out. I've never heard of needing to this. If I have to comply I'll be paying a ton more for a month to month contract which I don't want to do.

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Mar 16, 2022

The answer lies in your rental agreement. Does it require 60 days notice?

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: My landlord is finishing our basement in our townhome while we live there, is that legal?

We rented a townhouse in Draper UT in November 2020. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, with an unfinished basement. In late September 2021 new management took over the property (without notice to the residence, we got notice the day the transfer of ownership took place). At this exact same time our... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Mar 10, 2022

Your relationship with your Landlord is governed by the rental agreement. There are a few different issues that could affect the outcome of the issues you presented. If your lease has expired for example, you may be living in the property on a month to month basis. In that case, the landlord would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: Does this case cover a person who is on probation or parole?

My fiance was arrested with no new charges for absconding. Is there valid reason to search the vehicle? He was in my vehicle, and the vehicle was searched and then impounded, is the search a violation of rights?

Lance E. Bastian
Lance E. Bastian
answered on Mar 10, 2022

The short answer is: maybe. It depends on a several factors. First, when you say absconding, is that from probation or for failure to attend something pre-trial? If it's the former, it will depend in part on the language of his probation agreement. Second, if your fiance was the driver of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: My landlord says I will receive a fine if garbage cans are taken out before Wednesday and not put back into the garage

by Friday. When I moved in the bins were filthy!! It was almost unbearable of the stench coming from the bins in my garage. He said it's the law to have them in the garage. I smell mold and I have been sick a number of times. So I took them out early this week. He told me I now have to pay a... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Mar 9, 2022

Your relationship is controlled by your Rental Agreement. Also, if you agree in the rental agreement to follow townhome community rules, those rules will control your relationship with the landlord as well.

If those documents make it clear that you are not allowed to put bins out early,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: Do I have to keep paying my rent if the owner won't fix the unsafe water problem?

It's a mobile home park, the firehydrants don't work, the water and sewer lines are right next to each other. Others in the park are taking him to court. The city is taking him to court. I'm in a rent to own contract and the manager told me to stop paying my payment and lot rent... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Mar 7, 2022

Continue to pay rent. In almost all cases, paying rent is crucial to maintaining your right to stay on the property. It's always better to pay rent, while simultaneously pursuing the landlord for failure to provide services noted in the contract.

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