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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: I am buying my father's home and my sister is living in home and refuses to leave

My father is selling us his home and my sister who has lived with him for years is refusing to leave we have given her many months notice she would have to leave when we close on the home and now with closing a week away she's refusing to leave we are in Utah FYI she hasn't been effected... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Mar 18, 2021

As an update to my previous answer, I just noted that you are purchasing the home personally. This changes many things, the first of which is that the one week deadline is not usually a hard deadline. You can normally reschedule. It's annoying, but little is lost other than time.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Utah on
Q: Can anything be done when in the process of a trust and the grantor dies before signing?

We were in the process of setting up a trust for my sick mother when she suddenly became so sick (the day of hoping to sign in fact). Hindered by getting a notary public because of Covid, is there anything we can do?

Steven J. Fromm
Steven J. Fromm answered on Nov 16, 2020

Sadly, if the document is not signed it has no legal impact on the estate. If she died with a prior will and trust then that would be controlling. If there is no will or trust signed, dated, witnessed and notarized, then she died intestate. The rules of intestate succession in the state where... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Utah on
Q: Amberley Condominiums in West Jordan wants to increase HOA fees next year from $200 to $300.

They justify the increase in a study carried out to make future repairs, however, families in this pandemic are unable to pay that increase. Is there any way to prevent this increase?

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Aug 26, 2020

HOAs are designed to get a particular result in the neighborhood: everything looks nice, nothing seems out of place. If you every disagree with the HOA, and you can't get enough people in the HOA to vote to do things your way, then you are stuck. Many HOAs cycle through power struggles similar... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: Is it a bad idea to move out of state before a court hearing for a class B misdemeanor for shoplifting under $500?

I've recently been charged with a class B misdemeanor for shoplifting under $500. I don't have a court date yet but I need legal advice. This is my first charge with anything. I was trying to move to Colorado at the end of September and I still want to but I don't know if... Read more »

Brian Craig
Brian Craig answered on Aug 8, 2020

Consider contacting a Utah criminal defense lawyer. A person convicted of a Class B misdemeanor can face up to six months in jail. Usually, a criminal defendant for a class B misdemeanor needs to make an initial court appearance within 14 days, even it is by video. If the defendant fails to appear,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Utah on
Q: When does paid time start in this situation?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, workers are required to pass through a medical checkpoint to answer a questionnaire and have their temperatures checked. Workers must then walk 10-30 minutes from the checkpoint to their "start" area and must be there at 7AM to be officially clocked in. I am... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on May 20, 2020

Both of these issues are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Unpaid breaks of 30 minutes or more are permissible under the FLSA, so you need not be paid during your lunch breaks. Whether you should be paid for the time you spend in the medical checkpoint and walking to your work station is a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Utah on
Q: Is my employer required to offer sick pay if I am stuck without a babysitter as schools are shut down?

I am a widower and my son has special needs so I’m wondering about my rights

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 1, 2020

This depends on the size of your employer. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act takes effect today, April 1, 2020. Under the Act, employees who are required to stay home to care for children whose schools have been closed due to COVID-19 concerns are required to receive sick pay at 2/3 their... Read more »

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