Nephi, Utah Business Lawyers
I am married with seven children, and understand many of the challenges facing families and small business owners. I graduated first in my class from law school, as the top student in business administration from the University of Utah, and co-valedictorian of my high school class. I have also worked in a variety of...
Mark started out in the trenches of criminal prosecution, helping communities to become safer and making sure victims got justice. Because of this experience he knows what the prosecutors are going to do before he even gets to court.
Mark has been writing Utah Wills and Trusts...
Mr. Weekes gained valuable educational background and experience as a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. Offering in-depth counseling...
Kevin’s other legal niche lies in transportation. For several years, he has assisted brokers, shippers, and carriers with whatever legal issues they...
Franchise Smith, LLC
Attorney handling matters in franchising and multi-unit operations
Birthplace: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Education: Brigham Young University,
- Bachelor's degree in political science, 1976;
- J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University,
- Juris Doctorate, 1978
Licensed in Oregon and Utah
Doug Smith has specialized in franchise law since 1981 with an emphasis on structure and drafting of franchise agreements and disclosure materials; selection and registration of trademarks; compliance with state and federal franchise and business opportunity laws including the preparation of relevant disclosure and registration materials; and franchise related litigation. He has a working knowledge of French and Romanian.
In addition, Mr. Ahlstrom has specialized experience in issues that involve professional employer organizations, traditional employee leasing companies, and secured transactions (Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code). He also has resolved disputes regarding non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and general aspects of...
Mr. Hansen has been an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University Law School where he taught courses on tax and advising closely held businesses.
Mr. Hansen has been awarded an AV rating – the highest awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been recognized in the...
Michael received his juris doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School and is a member of the Utah State Bar.
Michael and his wife, Liz live with their two kids in Greater Salt Lake City.
Mr. Sargent has been awarded an AV rating – the highest awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. He was recognized in 2012-2019 by Mountain States Super Lawyers for his estate planning and probate experience.
He has also been continually listed in Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in wills, trusts and estates and has been continually recognized by Best...
With an eye toward helping clients avoid litigation issues, Ms. Hayman assists large and small employers in developing effective employment policies, procedures and handbooks. She has extensive experience with Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. She also has significant experience in the area of employment contracts, including executive employment agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and...
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Business laws include all municipal, state, and federal laws that regulate businesses and commerce. Some industries, such as finance, face specific laws and regulations that apply to those in the field. Businesses of all types also must conform to many regulations that apply across the board, such as environmental regulations and advertising laws.
A business lawyer can help you address the myriad legal issues that arise when you are starting a new venture, operating an established company, or winding up or selling a business.
Business lawyers handle a broad spectrum of legal issues that confront companies. For new ventures, a business lawyer can help with business formation decisions, including selecting the proper business form, such a partnership, LLC or corporation, or addressing financial compliance issues when raising capital. In addition, business lawyers can offer advice when reviewing leases, purchase agreements, and other types of contracts. Other issues covered in this practice area include employee compensation and benefits, building relationships with independent contractors and other entities, and compliance with relevant advertising regulations.
While most business lawyers deal in transactional work (contracts and forms), some also litigate business disputes that arise from transactional work. Business litigation attorneys may handle issues such as breach of contract claims, consumer class action lawsuits, and wrongful termination claims.
Business judgment rule: a presumption that directors making a business decision, not involving self-interest, act on an informed basis, in good faith and in the honest belief that their actions are in the corporation's best interest.
Pierce the veil: A court no longer affords a shareholder of a corporation the protection of limited liability when the corporation has neglected corporate formalities and intermingled assets between the shareholder and the corporation.
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