Title Insurance in Utah Residential Real Estate Transactions

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One of the more confusing items on any closing sheet in a residential real estate transaction is the “Title Insurance.”  Title Insurance simply provides insurance to interested parties that they hold “clear title” to the property.  Clear title means that there is no party holding a superior or senior interest in the property.  An example Read More

The General Contractor (or Subcontractor) Didn’t Pay My Company—What Interest Rate Applies?

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] A general contractor or subcontractor hires your company to do work on a construction project. Your company provides the goods, services, and other work requested and sends an invoice. Weeks pass, and no payment comes. You call about payment, but no payment comes. You send letters, emails, and all Read More

Loyalty to One’s Employer in Utah: Is a Non-Competition Agreement Necessary to Prevent an Employee from Competing with an Employer?

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] Under Utah law, must an employee be loyal to his employer? How loyal? In what way? When does this duty apply? This article briefly discusses some basic duties that form the relationship between employers and employees. It then discusses in depth an employee’s duty of loyalty to his employer. Read More

Escrow and Closing in Real Estate Transactions

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By Tyler Foutz Once the contract contingencies have been completed, the real estate transaction progresses to what is commonly called Closing.  Closing simply means that each party completes their contractual obligations – the Seller provides a deed, and the Buyer provides the purchase funds.  In Utah, Closings are completed by title companies who act as Read More

Six Things to Consider Before Suing in Small Claims Court in Utah

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] Smalls claim court is a very quick and efficient place for resolving many simple legal disputes. The process is tailored to helping normal people, with no legal training, succeed. A judge hears each side’s facts and quickly makes a decision, usually in a matter of minutes. Generally, the alternative Read More

Although Unfair, Utah Employers Can Often Terminate At-Will Employees to Avoid Paying Commissions

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] There are a variety of laws that protect employees, such as minimum wage and overtime laws, but many Utah and federal laws seem to favor employers over their employees. The Utah Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that seems to be in line with the majority of employment laws Read More