Does Amending a Recorded Notice of Lien Reset the Deadline to Foreclose on a Construction Lien in Utah?

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] To preserve a lien claim, a lien claimant must, among other things, record a notice of construction lien with the county recorder’s office, and within 180 days thereafter, initiate a lawsuit to foreclose on that lien. But what happens if, within that 180-day period, the lien claimant files an Read More

Timelines (and the Statute of Limitations) for Foreclosing on a Trust Deed in Utah

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] In Utah, trust deeds are often used to secure loans, ranging from loans for homebuyers to loans for general contractors used to finance real estate developments. The real property identified in the trust deed acts as collateral. If the debtor fails to pay, the lender can sell the property Read More

How to Deal with Ambiguous Contracts in Utah

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] What happens when two parties to a contract disagree about what the contract language means? How are ambiguities in a contract resolved? Utah courts and judges should interpret and enforce each contract in a way that is in line with the intent of the parties who signed the contract. Read More

COVID-19 and Landlord Rights

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By Tyler S. Foutz Without question, the impacts of COVID-19 have been felt on a wide scale across the economy of Utah. Many rumors and questions have arisen as to whether these impacts require tenants to pay rent, or whether they may be evicted for lease violations at the present time. In light of the Read More

Utah Construction Liens: An Overview of the Five Basic Steps

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801.365.1021 [email protected] In Utah, a construction lien is a valuable tool for any contractor, subcontractor, or supplier who does not receive payment for work it performs on a construction project. If the party who contracted for the work refuses or is unable to pay, the construction lien provides a second route Read More

The Final Steps of a Lien Claim: Winning the Lawsuit, Selling the Property, and Dividing up Proceeds

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] In prior articles, I explained four general steps to preserving and enforcing a construction lien (also known as a mechanic’s lien) in Utah. These steps include: 1) filing a preliminary notice; 2) recording a notice of construction lien; 3) filing a lawsuit and recording a lis pendens; and 4) Read More

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

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