Friday, June 7, 2013

Utah Bankruptcy Lawyer Discusses Utah Bankruptcy Filing Statistics for May 2013

Utah Bankruptcy Lawyer Discusses Bankruptcy Trend

Each month, the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Utah, updates the Utah bankruptcy filing trends.  The court lists the number of bankruptcies filed according to Utah Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Utah Chapter 13 bankruptcy, Utah Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and Utah Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings.  Filing statistics for May 2013 show an increase in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings, a decrease in Chapter 11 filings, and status quo for Chapter 12 filings.  See Below:



For more info, see Utah Bankruptcy Lawyer Discusses Utah Bankruptcy Filing Statistics for May 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Utah child custody cases can be difficult for fathers.

Our divorce attorneys frequently asked whether the courts have a bias against fathers in Utah child custody cases.  At the law offices of Pearson, Butler & Carson, PLLC, our child custody lawyers represent both mothers and fathers.  I wrote a blog that discusses how child custody works and if there is a bias. 

See "Is it harder for a father to win a Utah child custody case?"

Friday, April 5, 2013

Bankruptcy Attorney in Salt Lake City Utah Discusses Latest Bankruptcy Filing Statistic Trends

Latest Bankruptcy Filing Statistics by Bankruptcy Attorney in Salt Lake City Utah
The United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Utah, updated its filing statistics for March 2013.  Based on the graph, Utah Chapter 7 filings increased from 560 in January and 639 in February to 1,134 in March. March Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings doubled thosed in January and almost doubed those in February. It is common for more individuals and couples to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in March around the time that they receive their tax refund money that they can use to pay to file for bankruptcy protection. Similarly, the number of Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings increased from 400 in January and 368 in February to 443 in March. But we don’t see the doubling in Chapter 13 filings from January to March.
For more information, see "Bankruptcy Attorney in Salt Lake City Utah Discusses Latest Bankruptcy Filing Statistic Trends". 

Utah Child Support Modification

Utah Child Support Modification

Once a party has received a child support order from the court, the order may be modified if certain conditions are met. Generally, a party must file a Petition to Modify with the court and request the change. A party may request a change in child support once three years have passed since the entry of the order taking into consideration the following:

For more information, see "Utah Child Support Modification". 

Understanding Divorce in Utah by Salt Lake City Divorce Attorney

Understanding Divorce in Utah

The purpose of this blog is to help Utah residents have a better understanding of divorce in Utah. Two often repeated questions our Salt Lake City Utah divorce attorney team are asked by individuals seeking divorce advice are ”Should I get divorce?” and “What if I have minor children in my divorce?”. I wanted to briefly answer both of these common questions.

For more information, see "Understanding Divorce in Utah by Salt Lake City Divorce Attorney"

Friday, March 15, 2013

Are Less People Filing Bankruptcy? Utah bankruptcy attorney

I wrote an article on current bankruptcy filing trends in Utah, based on the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Utah, filing statistics last updated in March 2013.  See article "Are Less People Filing Bankruptcy? Utah Bankruptcy Attorney Discusses Recent Trends". 

What is the Utah Divorce Mediation Requirement?

At Pearson, Butler & Carson, PLLC, we are offering more services in mediation.  The Utah State Courts require that parties participate in divorce mediation prior to having the matters resolved in the court house. I wrote a blog on "What is the Utah Divorce Mediation Requirement?"

When is Utah Divorce Mediation Mandatory

Family law has some specific requirements in Utah.  I just posted an article on when Utah divorce mediation is mandatory.  See blog: "When is Utah Divorce Mediation Mandatory?"

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Utah Bankruptcy Attorney Discusses Utah Bankruptcy Exemptions

Len Carson, a Utah bankruptcy attorney and partner at the law firm of Pearson, Butler & Carson, PLLC, discusses Utah bankruptcy exemptions.  He explains what Utah bankruptcy exemptions are and how the Utah bankruptcy exemptions work.  See his blog:
Utah Bankruptcy Exemptions | Utah Bankruptcy Attorney.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Should I Form an LLC if I Sell Goods Over the Internet?

Who Should Consider Forming an LLC?

It is common business practice for small business owners to form an LLC (limited liability company) to separate their personal finances from their business finances and to create an additional layer of protection for their personal assets. A less common but similarly prudent practice is for anyone anticipating selling goods over the internet to create an LLC as well.

For a while now, business owners in higher-risk ventures have created LLCs, such as real estate investors and entrepreneurs.  These business owners use the LLC entity structure in hopes to protect  their personal assets in the event their company gets faced with a lawsuit.  The same legal reasoning could apply to anyone desiring to use the internet to sell their products.  That is, anytime goods are sold over the internet and money exchanges hands, those goods can get damaged and the buyers may sue the individuals who sold them those goods.  An individual selling these goods over the internet may mitigate some risk by forming an LLC.

Where Can I Find an Attorney to Set Up My LLC?

Every state in the United States has different laws regarding LLC formation and operation.  Because of this, an individual seeking to form an LLC would be better off meeting with an attorney who is experienced with entity formation law and is licensed in the state where LLC is being formed.  See "LLC Utah Lawyer".  The good thing is that small business attorney firms may offer free initial consultations.  

If an individual who sells goods over the internet already has an existing relationship with an attorney and feels that the attorneys' work is satisfactory and that the legal fees are reasonable, then that individual may consider expanding the legal services offered by that attorney.  The attorney may refer another the individual to another competent attorney.  If the individual does not have an existing lawyer relationship, the individual can ask fellow business-minded friends for their attorney references.

Is It Expensive to Form an LLC?

If an individual selling goods over the internet concludes that it may be prudent to form an LLC, the question arises whether it is cost-prohibitive to form the LLC.  Since each individual sells different goods over the internet for different reasons and through different venues, it may be wise to have a lawyer customize the operating agreement for the specific needs of the LLC.  But understand such customization will increase the legal fees for the LLC.  The individual may find, however, that a few thousand dollars invested into an LLC is money well spent and may help the individual save money in the future.

Jeff Butler, Utah Lawyer