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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: How to get my boyfriend off the title if I’m the only one on the mortgage loan
Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on May 10, 2021

Title is legal ownership of a piece of real estate. Unless he was placed on title in error, or through fraud, your boyfriend currently owns a portion of the real estate. The only way to remove him in that case would be to get his signature on a deed releasing his interest to you, or if he refuses,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: How to file a motion on a illegally repossessed car?

Is there such thing as a 215.78 % annual percentage rate? Really high?

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Mar 11, 2021

If you want to sue someone on your own, you can go to your local justice court. This is called a "Small Claims" court. The court will have a maximum amount of damages you can sue for. You might sue for the money back you already paid if they improperly repossessed your car. Or you might... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: I paid rent the past 6 months without a lease and I can prove that can I sue for being locked after paying rent

I paid rent on the 15 I was locked out and my room was broke into everything taken from it along with my safe broke open and emptied I had a dead bolt that only I had the key to. What cAn I do if I had no lease but te ts from roommate that renterd to me that contain rental agree ments and video of... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Nov 9, 2020

If you can't afford an attorney, go to They will represent you if you qualify.

Once the police choose to back out of the situation, your only option is to sue the landlord.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Small Claims, Products Liability and Medical Malpractice for Utah on
Q: I want to take dentist to small claims court, for reimbursement for bottom denture that was damaged beyond repair.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 29, 2020

A Utah attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. There wasn't a question here, but if you are interested in using small claims courts, most unified statewide court systems include online resources for small claims court. Their resources for the public generally... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: Person keeps product, credit card company refunds money

A person in another state buys a product from me he called me telling me it was damaged I asked him to take a photo and text it to me so I could help him with a replacement he refused then told me he wished he would have bought a cheaper one at Walmart and told me to send him a shipping label so he... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Aug 13, 2019

No, this is illegal. He has breached his contract. The contract was made when he purchased the product. If you want recovery, you can sue in small claims for the price of the product and service fees. It may not be worth your time, but you have a cause of action.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: Do I have a chance to win this in court?

My CHOICE Home warranty (CHW) policy covers my HVAC

CHW sent a technician to evaluate my HVAC problem

CHW denied my claim:

“It has been determined that there is a restriction in the refrigerant line of the HVAC system. This contamination of the sealed system is the result... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 12, 2019

Lawyers are very intelligent and highly trained professionals--but we are not soothsayers; nor do we do crystal balls. Therefore, I am constrained by a fundamental law of the universe (no one can tell the future) and unable to opine on your current dilemma. The only way you can bee 100% sure if you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: I signed a contact for 12 months that states it auto renews after the 12 months unless they receive 30 days notice.

I am now trying to buy a house but they say I'm in a contact for 8 more months. I've lived here 1.5 years after the initial contact was complete. Is this legal? Is this something I can fight in court or is it something I more than likely will lose. They want 3 months rent for fees.

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Jan 10, 2019

Contracts with auto-renewals are valid. It cuts both ways, if you didn't want to move they couldn't terminate the contract for another year.

More common than the auto renewal contract is the one that goes a month to month after the expiration of the initial term.

I am...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: Auto-repair/dealer employee made rude/crude comments while giving me a bill for something i didnt ask for. What can I do

I already knew the problem and just wanted an idea of how much it would cost. I left and returned and decided it was to much so i wanted my car and to leave. So, he wrote me a bill for diagnostics and i told him i already knew what was wrong, i didn't want the diagnostic. He said it was in the... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Aug 28, 2018

I am sorry, but there is not much you can do legally. Offensive speech is free speech. There are such claims as "intentional infliction of emotional distress" and "negligent infliction of emotional distress" but his conduct would not rise to that level.

If he had...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: Am I entitled to a refund or reimbursement of vet expenses for a puppy I bought with undisclosed health problems?

We bought a 6 month old puppy through KSL classifieds two months ago. We took her in to be spayed two weeks later and learned that she had a severe bladder infection along with blatter stones and crystals. The cost of diagnosis and treatment exceeded the cost of the puppy. On top of that, we... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Jun 8, 2018


I am sorry for your situation. Utah is a buyer beware state. There are some enhanced duties if the seller is a "merchant" meaning that they do this for their profession, but unless he actively hid it from you or represented that the puppy definitely did not have eptopic...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: I bought a dog and 2 months later the lady wants him back, can she by law take him?

I bought a dog 2 months ago and now the lady that sold me the dog is saying that she wants him back and is saying legally the dog is still hers. I paid $500.00 for the dog and I have a bank statement saying I sent her the money. Can she’s call the cops and come after me?

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Mar 15, 2018

Animals are property. And I guess technically would fall under the "statute of frauds" that states that goods sold over $500 need a written contract in order to be enforceable. Was there a contract or some type of writing generated for the sale of the dog? Or was it a cash deal of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Small Claims and Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: what are the law on pet custody in Utah?

My now ex-girlfriend decided to bring a hedgehog to my house. she lives in Missouri. it's been about 2 months and still doesn't know when she is coming back for him. I love him and have grown a strong bond for him. is there a way i can gain legal ownership of this hedgehog?

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Feb 3, 2018

This is an Animal law question, not a criminal law question. Contact an attorney in that specialty.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Legal Malpractice and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: Can I take legal action against a pawn shop that gave me false information?

I paid $1000 for a diamond wedding ring from Zales. We were in a desperate situation and needed cash fast. We looked into Pawning the ring but they said it was only worth $100 and that they could only sell it for $300 at most. They told us we were lied to about the value from where it was... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Jun 30, 2017


First off, let me say I am sorry for the situation. This can be extremely frustrating especially if there is sentimental value attached to the item.

I am assuming you sold the ring rather than pawned it (you got a loan from them using the ring as collateral). If that is the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: possible 2 evict roommate& her bf if name on lease,they also have assaulted me have Police report,need out fast
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Jun 15, 2017

This is a landlord/tennant issue and not a criminal defense issue, so unfortunately I don't know.

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Business Law and Constitutional Law for Utah on
Q: Do businesses have to follow the First Amendment? Are they subjugated to the same laws?

The game is League of Legends. The terms literally say that they have he right to steal the in game content you purchased if you violate their rules. My situation includes me using explicit and vulgar language in frustration towards other players online. Because of this my account is banned and the... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Jun 8, 2017

Your first amendment right doesn't give you a license to make other people listen to/read whatever you say. Your first amendment right secures your right to freedom of speech or in reverse, makes it so that any law passed abridging your freedom of speech is unconstitutional. Neither the U.S.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: will bankruptcy stop my Driving privileges from being suspended?

I have 9 days before they suspend my driving privilege for a accident I had with no insurance. if I FILE BEFORE THE DATE CAN IT SAVE MY DR FROM BEING TAKEN?

Michael Sundwall
Michael Sundwall answered on Apr 27, 2017

Yes. Even if you file bankruptcy after your license has been suspended, you can have it reinstated immediately upon filing bankruptcy and taking written verification to the appropriate office. In my experience, the Utah Driver License Division is very familiar with the fact that the federal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: If my REPC for the purchase of my new home included a side by side stainless steel fridge and window coverings and the

Seller took the fridge, curtains and rods when they moved out, can I go to small claims court? The value of the fridge was 2,000. Mediation failed.

Lincoln W. Hobbs
Lincoln W. Hobbs answered on Aug 11, 2016

Yes, you can. The small claims limit is $10,000 in Utah.

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