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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Utah on
Q: Could I get in legal trouble for making and selling custom socks that accept the owlet monitor
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Oct 27, 2021

Depends on what the sock itself does.

it will depend on whether there is any protection for the design or use of the sock.

Consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Utah on
Q: If I were to buy a house with a married man that I’m not married to, would the wife have any right to the house?

If something were to happen to him, could she possibly get half or anything? They haven’t been together for many years. Him and I have two kids together

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Oct 26, 2021

The answer depends on what you have listed on the deed. If the deed says two people own the house "as Joint Tenants" this means that when one dies, the other will own the full house. If the deed only lists both of your names, then when one dies, their half of the house will be a part of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Utah on
Q: buyer threatened violence against seller. Seller wants to cancel contract. buyers offer is way less than FMV. ?

Seller (who is disabled) had a friendship with buyer. Buyer became beligerant with seller making threats of violence and called him a liar. Buyer made a super low offer to flip the property. Seller found out the offer was extremely low based on comps in condo complex and surrounding comps. Seller... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Oct 22, 2021

I highly recommend you communicate directly with an attorney to allow them to ask you questions and give you the best advice possible. Threats of violence are never ok. Contact local law enforcement and make a report.

You can send a copy of the report to the buyer with a notice of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law, Business Formation, Business Law and Communications Law for Utah on
Q: Threaten me with a cop to my house

I used to asked for a ride for about a week to this lady about 56 she said yes I them needed another ride for two weeks I asked she said yes. I willingly start giving her money for gas so I won’t feel bad even though it is on the way. We started being friends and started going out after work... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Oct 22, 2021


If anything, this would be a civil matter. A cop will not get involved in this capacity. If she feels her claim is strong enough, she will sue you. Until then just ignore it and or block her number if she continues to harass you.

I hope this helps.


1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Utah on
Q: how do I get the title company to create my family trust and put the filmore property into the trust?

Creating a trust in utah

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Oct 21, 2021

Title companies do not create trusts, attorneys do. You should contact an estate planning attorney to assist you in creating a trust and they will also be able to draft the warranty deed necessary to transfer the property into the trust once created.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Utah on
Q: I let my Girlfriend (now ex) use my laptop to access the internet for work purposes. She went into my email and took pic

I let my now ex girlfriend use my laptop so that she could use the internet for work purpose. She accessed my email, took photos of certain emails and has sent those photos to family and friends. The emails were personal (not illegal in any manner) and I did not give her permission to access my... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Oct 20, 2021

Since you allowed her to access the computer without supervision and the images themselves are not illegal, then it is highly unlikely a crime has occurred. You might have some civil recourse against her for publishing without your permission. Those emails are your intellectual property. Libel and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: How do I start expungement for accessory drug charges in 1992

The charges were in Santa Clara Count in California when I was 18

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Oct 20, 2021

I recommend you repost your query with a California tag. The attorneys who received notice of your question are almost certainly licensed in UT, but few will be jointly licensed in CA (I'm sure there are a few, but I do not know if they will respond to your question). Charges received in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: Our Landlord is selling the house we rent. She is telling us we have until 11-01-2021 to vacate. is this legal?

She sent us a Notice of Intent to Sell on 10-05-2021. She stated that the property would be sold to another property management company and that our tenancy and lease would not be affected. On 10-16-2021 a realtor and a young family came to look at the house. They were not a new company. I found... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Oct 18, 2021

That sounds like a difficult situation. The description states when you were asked to leave, but it does not state when you received the notice. The timing of a notice is important. If you have a lease, you may have agreed to some specific time periods for notice to leave. Some state laws override... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Utah on
Q: can a credit card company put a lien on my house?
A. Jase Allen
A. Jase Allen answered on Oct 10, 2021

Generally a lien may be placed on property when there has been a judgement, it is allowed by statute, or as allowed by a contract your signed.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: I plead no contest to attempted sexual abuse of a child. Can I get my record expunged?

This was after having the first trial be dismissed due to prosecutorial misconduct. I did have to be on the registry for 10 years, that is over. Attempted sexual abuse of a child isn't on the list of charges unable to be expunged. Also is there a law about giving the same prosecutor the case... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Oct 7, 2021

I cannot foresee a circumstance where you can get a conviction for sexual abuse of a child expunged. If you need further confirmation, I would schedule a consultation with a criminal attorney who specializes in sex crimes (there are a number in SLC). Attempt just gives the Court the discretion to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Utah on
Q: If my dad refused to sign the renewal of my guardianship in Wyoming does that mean he revoked his legal rights to me?

Before I turned 18 my parents gained full legal guardianship of me as have Autism. They recently divorced around the same time a renewal of the guardianship was due. My father refused to sign it and I just want to know if that revoked all of his legal rights of being my father? My father was very... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Sep 30, 2021

First of all, I hope you are now surrounded by people who love and care for you the way your father SHOULD have loved and cared for you.

As to your question, it depends on whether you remain under your mother's guardianship or not. If you ARE, you should encourage your mother to file...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Utah on
Q: My ex is staying that I own her child care and medical expenses from 2017 to 2019. They never said anything until now

She has never given me a bill or documentation to say other wise. She just sent me a message and the amount and dates and said I need to give her the money. Can I refuse to pay

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Sep 28, 2021

It depends on what is in the court Order. Most of the time parties have 30 days after an expense is incurred to provide notice to the party who is supposed to reimburse them. The reimbursing party then has 30 days to pay. If you have received notice of the bills, it is unlikely she can force you to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: Can a mobile home park agent force me to pay another $50? If the late fee including rent was 450 but he ran my card 400?

My card then declined that attempt due to a fraud prevention. Me not knowing the total i owed was $450 saw the charge he just attempted to do for $400. I then went and got a cashiers check, which is another accepted way to pay rent, for $400. I turned it in 2 hours after later. After he received my... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Sep 28, 2021

Charging your credit card in this case sounds like a collection of amounts due, not a communication of amounts due. I don't have any doubt that in court your mobile park agent could get a judgment that you haven't paid the amount agreed upon in your agreement. If the email communication... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: I got a puppy and can't make the payments , I included seller in bankruptcy can he take her back?

I was supposed to pay 2 payments and haven't been able to. I am filling bankruptcy and included the seller. Can he come and get her like he is threatening to do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 25, 2021

No. Not if you’ve actually filed bankruptcy. Until you file, yes.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Immigration Law and Adoption for Utah on
Q: Is there a US citizen requirement for adopting a stepchild?

I am a non-US citizen. My partner is an American biological father. His daughter is 6. Can I adopt his daughter after marrying him?

Jason F. Barnes
Jason F. Barnes answered on Sep 21, 2021

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Communications Law for Utah on
Q: (Utah) I was terminated due to attendance at my job, and my boss contacted my cohabitates to inform them.

For background, I cohabitate(d) with my girlfriend and her parents. With my termination, this supervisor notified my girlfriend’s parents before I had the opportunity to repose & break the news myself (this is in the span of less than 24 hours.) This has resulted in my displacement from their... Read more »

Michael Lewis Eisner
Michael Lewis Eisner answered on Sep 21, 2021

You should consult with an attorney in Utah. Each state has different laws regarding communications with others. If someone says or writes something false, the publisher can be held liable for damages caused by the defamation of character (libel or slander). Many states also allow a cause of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: What kind of lawyer do I need to look for? Where do I start with everything in general? How can this all happen?

evictions case from 2013, started receiving notices for the first time towards end of July 2021, all 3 summons were signed by 1 of 3 defendants but another defendant was not informed (to the best of my knowledge) garnished wages for a total amount between now 2 defendants unknown how much each will... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 21, 2021

A Utah attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You present a number of issues to sort out, and it's possible you might benefit from an attorney who has insight into a number of the different areas (such as L-T) you describe. In terms of your immediate needs, a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: after a landlord serves a written note of leaving how long do they have to file in court
Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Sep 15, 2021

The answer to your question depends on why they are giving you notice to leave. For example, a notice to "Pay or Quit" due to failure to pay your rent may be only 3 days long. After that, they can file the lawsuit to start the eviction process.

If you are on a month to month...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Utah on
Q: What would happen in a non-compliance case for impaired driving?

I was ordered to do drug and alcohol assessment, but since then my life has been turned upside down and I ended up moving out of state. I never went to the assessment and they are trying to get in touch with me. I don’t know quite what to do

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Sep 3, 2021

Hire an attorney to help you and get the assessment asap

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