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Dealing with Your Child’s Expulsion

 

Even though you never thought it would happen, your precious child has found their way into a bad situation and has been expelled from school. Whether it was justified or not you are bound to have questions about the expulsion. We at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo have experience in dealing with wrongful expulsions and the steps of dealing with the expulsion of a child. Here are just a few tips to help you and your child through the process. 

 

Gather Information

After learning of your child’s expulsion it is always wise to find out as much as you can about the situation and why it led to the expulsion of your child. Call the school and ask any and all questions you may have about the situation. Who was involved? Was other disciplinary action considered or taken? Keep note of all the information you gather. If necessary get a meeting with those who are in charge. 

 

Consider an Appeal

If you feel like your child was wrongfully expelled you may want to consider getting an appeal. The lawyers at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can help you with the appeal process. Make sure you have gathered enough information to support your case. 

 

Other Factors

Before you start taking drastic measures it is important to figure out why this expulsion happened in the first place. Does your child have a medical, anger, or drug use problem? Getting them help in these areas can help them to handle situations that may arise in the future and prevent them from getting expelled again. 

 

Looking for other Educational Options

With the help of your local school board you can find another school for your child. Do your research as to which school could help your child the most. Smaller schools have a better success rate for children because of the one on one time spent with their teachers. Enrolling your child in extracurricular activities will provide them with the motivation they need to do well and thrive in their new school as well. 

 

Communicate with your Child

Being expelled is not only embarrassing for you. Your child may say they don’t care, but they are more likely to be harboring bad feelings about the situation that occurred. Sit them down and talk to them about what happened. Let them know of your support and love to get them through the situation. 

 

Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can give you the advice you need when it comes to your child’s expulsion. If you are choosing to go forward with an appeal, we can help you in gathering all the information you may need. Contact one of our lawyers today to see how we can help you with your current situation.

Recovering After Bankruptcy

 

 

Bankruptcy can be daunting to those who have never had to go through it. Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can provide you with an Attorney who is well versed in the workings of bankruptcy. We can help you through the process. Below are some suggestions as to what you could do after filing for bankruptcy to better manage your finances and rebuild your credit. 

 

Review your Credit

Before you start to rebuild your credit you will need to know where you are currently. You can easily obtain a credit report from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. These companies allow you to print one free credit report a year. Review your credit and make sure there aren’t any inconsistencies or errors that could affect your credit later on.  

 

Pay Bills on Time

Your payment history makes up 35% of your credit score. The easiest way to boost your credit score is by making sure you consistently pay your bills on time. If you find it hard to remember exact due dates for the variety of bills you have, you can set up reminders on your smart phone. Some companies will even allow you to set up automatic payments so you don’t have to worry about remembering to make a payment. 

 

Apply for Credit

After your bankruptcy is been taken care of you can then begin applying for credit. It is best to do so cautiously. Many banks will work with you on which credit options are best for you and your situation. Get in the habit on paying off your credit card in full each month. 

 

Know your Limits

When rebuilding your credit it is very important to know your limits. Getting out of control with spending and finances is what caused the bankruptcy in the first place. It is always best to not purchase anything you don’t currently have the funds in your checking for. You will also need to stay within the set credit limit on your card to avoid unwanted fees. 

 

Don’t Close Accounts

If you think you are going to swear off all credit cards you need to take into consideration the effects of closing an account can have on your credit. A closed account will affect what kind of credit you can receive in the future and will reflect negatively in your credit score. If you are afraid of over spending it is just best to pay off your card in full and then cut up your card. 

 

 

Knowing the ins and outs of bankruptcy and how to recover from it is important when you are faced with a financial situation pointing towards bankruptcy. The Attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can help you through the entire process. Call us today to talk to one of our experienced attorneys about your options concerning bankruptcy.

Dealing with a Foreclosure

 

Difficult financial situations will occur throughout your life. Having the knowledge and confidence to deal with these problems will help you to come out better off in the end. Dealing with a foreclosure is a scary and hard financial situation many of us might come into contact with. The Attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can help. Below we have listed a few ways of coping with the stress of a foreclosure. 

 

Consult the proper Counsel

To give you peace of mind you will want to have the proper knowledge and advice on your side when it comes to going through a foreclosure. We at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can provide you with an Attorney who will help you through the process. We pride ourselves on giving you the best advice for you, your family, and your current financial situation. 

 

Don’t Blame Yourself

Life happens. A lot of the time the events that happen are beyond our control. If you find yourself behind on mortgage payments and falling even more into debt it is ok to take the time to reevaluate and make the necessary adjustments, even if that does result in a foreclosure. What is most important is that you are doing what you need to in order to care for your family. 

 

Reduce Financial Stress

If you are facing a foreclosure, chances are that you are struggling financially in other areas as well. Make a budget and cut down financial stress as much as possible. Look for ways to reduce your monthly bills and increase your income. Getting everything else under control will help with the stresses of coping with a foreclosure. 

 

Understanding a Foreclosure

You’re not going to be forced out of your home overnight. Depending on where you live you have a set amount of days to figure out a new living situation or even get a loan that you can manage a little more easily. Involving the attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can help you throughout the process and even buy you a little more time to get things in order. 

 

Keep Looking Forward

The best way to get through the stresses of a foreclosure is to think long term, talk about it, and move on. Don’t blame yourself for the current situation. Instead, find ways to get yourself on better financial ground. Talk with your spouse about the stresses you are feeling and what you can do to prevent this from happening again in the future. We can’t help the unpredictable events that occur in life. All we can do is find a way to grow stronger from them. 

 

 

At Robinson, Seiler & Anderson we pride ourselves on helping you and your family get through the hard times and come out better than before. Call or visit our office in Provo today to see what your options are when dealing with a foreclosure and get the knowledge, help, and experience you need.

Benefits of Filing Bankruptcy

 

 

Filing bankruptcy can often be intimidating. You may feel lost and confused as to how you have reached the point of debt to get you to the point of bankruptcy. You can have peace of mind during the bankruptcy process by consulting with a bankruptcy attorney at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC in Provo. We can walk you through the bankruptcy process and help you get the advice you need. We have listed some of the benefits of filing bankruptcy below to give you some peace of mind. 

 

End Hassling Phone Calls

Creditors are known for calling at all times during the day throughout the week. The stress of their constant reminders of the debts you owe doesn’t help the situation you are in. When you file for bankruptcy the automatic stay in bankruptcy law makes it illegal for creditors to continue those calls or any other form of harassment. 

 

Keeping your House and Car

A myth about bankruptcy is that you will lose all of your valuables. As long as your house doesn’t have a large amount of equity and you aren’t facing foreclosure you will be able to keep your home when filing a chapter 7 bankruptcy. Depending on the value of your car, there are exemptions that will allow you to keep that as well. For more information on a chapter 7 bankruptcy and keeping your home and vehicle, consult with one of our bankruptcy attorneys for more information. 

 

Get rid of Unsecured Debt 

The amount you owe on credit cards or any debt that isn’t backed up by collateral can be completely liquidated if you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The only payment that will be received is from any seized property, which is unlikely to happen.

 

Help with Secured Debt

Now that your unsecured debt is wiped away you can manage to make payments on your secured debt. Secured debt often included a monthly car or mortgage payment. 

 

Relax

While you wait to find out if you qualify for chapter 7 bankruptcy you have some time to relax from the financial pressures and get your finances in order. You will no longer be receiving hassling phone calls and you can focus on getting back on your feet. 

 

 

Bankruptcy can be daunting. Getting informed and educated on the process can help you to get through the process. Make sure you consult the bankruptcy attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo. Our experienced attorneys can give you the advice you need to start off on the right foot. 

Protecting Home and Property Owners from Unlicensed Contractors and Subcontractors in Utah

  

 

In Utah, contractors and subcontractors are required to maintain a license through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (“DOPL”). If the contractor or subcontractor fails to maintain the license, then Utah law expressly bars them from bringing an action or lawsuit for the construction services that were allegedly provided. Specifically, as of the date of this post, Utah law provides:

 

A contractor or … company may not act as agent or commence or maintain any action in any court of the state for collection of compensation for performing any act for which a license is required by this chapter without alleging and proving that the licensed contractor … or company was appropriately licensed with the contract sued upon was entered into, and when the alleged cause of action arose.

 

This rule denying enforcement of construction contracts of unlicensed contractors is meant to protect the homeowners and consumers against incompetent builders.

 

As with most rules, there are exceptions. The Utah Court of Appeals explained that certain common law exceptions to the statutory bar exist. The court identified four specific examples. First, unlicensed contractors have been allowed to recover when the party for whom the work is to be done possesses skill or expertise in the field. Second, an unlicensed contractor may recover if the work it performed was supervised by a licensed contractor. Third, if the reason why the contractor does not have a license is minor and does not undermine its ability to perform its work, the unlicensed contractor may recover. Finally, courts have considered whether the contracting party relied on the subcontractor’s representations that he was properly licensed and whether the subcontractor posted a performance bond.

 

This post is not meant as legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. Each case has unique facts and circumstances. If you would like to discuss your options with a Provo attorney, either as a property owner or a contractor, then please feel free to contact Morgan Fife at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC. 

Understanding Foreclosures

 

A foreclosure is the process of taking possession of a mortgaged property as a result of the mortgagor's failure to keep up mortgage payments. As a homeowner it is important to understand the ins and outs of a foreclosure. Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC is a Law Firm in Provo, Utah that can help you with all of your finance needs, including legal representation regarding foreclosures. Listed below are the stages of a foreclosure to give you a better understanding of how it all works. 

 

Step One

The first step of the foreclosure process is missed payments. Typically a mortgage won’t go into collections and the foreclosure process won’t start until 90 days have passed. This will give the homeowner more time to get their finances in order and rework a new payment plan with their mortgager. 

 

Step Two 

When a payment has not been made during the 90 days grace period you enter pre-foreclosure. When you enter this phase of foreclosure the lender records a public notice that the owner has defaulted on their mortgage, and then mails the notice to the homeowner. The pre-foreclosure stage is also a grace period. This will give the home owner an additional 3 months to either work out an arrangement with the lender, sell the place or come up with the cash you owe. 

 

Step Three

The next step of the foreclosure process occurs if you cannot make a payment after the pre-foreclosure grace period. The lender or their representative (the foreclosure trustee) sets a date for the home to be sold at an auction called a Trustee Sale. The Notice of Trustee Sale is recorded with the County Recorder’s Office, delivered to the homeowner, posted on the door of the property and published in a local newspaper -- to make sure everyone knows when and where the auction will be. At this point the home will be sold to the highest bidder. 

 

Step Four

The last step of foreclosure is known as post-foreclosure. This occurs if a home was unable to sell at auction. The home is then owned by the lender. The property becomes what is called a bank-owned property, also known as REO, short for Real Estate Owned. The home will then be sold either through local realtors or through liquidation auction. 

 

 Understanding a foreclosure as a home owner will educate you as to what steps you can take to prevent a foreclosure on your home. When it comes to foreclosures and other finance matters, you can trust Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC your local law firm in Provo, Utah to give you the advice and legal support you need. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you with your financial matters. 

Motorcycle Safety Tips

After you purchase the motorcycle of your dreams and are about to hit the road with your new ride, you will want to make sure you are taking the necessary safety precautions when riding your new bike. Too often we see accidents involving a motorcycle being disastrous. Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo can provide you with the attorney you need when dealing with an unfortunate motorcycle accident. We want to help you prevent getting in an accident so we provided you with safety tips to follow while enjoying your motorcycle. 

 

Buy a Bike you can handle

There are a variety of makes and models of bikes that are made today. Each one differs in size, speed, and performance. When shopping for a bike start with one that fits you properly. While seated on the bike all the controls should be within your reach and your feet should be flat on the ground. The smaller the engine, such as a 250cc or 300cc, are a lot easier to control and aren’t as powerful as an engine that is 500cc or 700cc. Do some research on the type of engine that will suit your needs. 

 

Practice

Riding a bike takes time and practice to perfect. It is wise to take a motorcycle riding course to teach you the fundamentals of safely riding your motorcycle. These classes will teach you advanced techniques, such as how to perform evasive emergency maneuvers. The cost ranges from free to about $350. An approved safety course may make you eligible for an insurance discount as well. 

 

Wear your Helmet

Riders without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in a crash and are three times more likely to suffer brain injuries, than those with helmets, according to government studies. Purchasing a full face helmet is the best way to go when it comes to your safety. Helmets are light, easy to use, and come in a variety of styles. They are made for your comfort and safety. Make sure to inspect your helmet often because helmets do deteriorate over time. 

 

Be Defensive

Riding a motorcycle will put you in situations that will need your attention. Drivers of cars and large trucks often have a hard time seeing individuals on motorcycles. You will need to practice defensive driving and always be alert to what is going on around you in order to protect yourself and others from being involved in an accident. Keeping a safe distance away from cars and keep an eye out for obstacles in the road. 

 

Avoid Bad Weather

Being on a bike opens you up to the possibly of being effected by hazardous weather. Your bike is not as safe and secure on the road during harsh weather conditions as a car is.  If you need to drive in the rain, remember that the roads are most slick right after the storm begins. Just like in a car, you will want to be touchy with the brakes and gas, making sure not to use either of them aggressively causing you to lose traction on the road in wet weather. 

 

By taking the necessary precautions when riding your bike, you can reduce your chances of being in an unfortunate accident. Robinson, Seiler & Anderson are your local Provo attorneys that can help you with personal injury cases such as motorcycle accidents. For more information on how we can help you with your personal injury claim, call us today. 

 

 

Creating a Successful Non-Profit Organization

Robinson, Seiler & Anderson are your local Utah County Attorneys that are proud to help nonprofits be successful in all of their endeavors. Below are some steps to follow to make sure your nonprofit can and will be successful. 

 

A Clear Vision

Having a clear goal in mind and sticking to that goal will help you build a strong foundation for your non-profit organization. If you can’t easily explain your vision to others, then you need to refine and have a more concise goal. It often helps to create a to-do list to help you achieve all the goals you have in mind. 

 

Keep it Simple

This ties into having a clear vision. When sitting down with your team and coming up with a plan to accomplish your goal, you need to keep it simple. Overcomplicating tasks that can easily be achieved will deter you from achieving your goal. 

 

Work Backwards

Having the end goal in mind, work backwards while creating a plan to achieve your vision. Create a timeline and incorporate the resources you have into your plan. If you stumble and get stuck in creating your timeline then it might be time to revise your vision. Planning every step of the process will ensure your success. 

 

Edit your Vision 

Unfortunately we can’t do everything we hope and wish to do with our nonprofit. It will often mean saying no to a variety of ideas that will either have to wait or will deter you from your main goal. Your resources are often slim, and you need to use what you have in a very resourceful manner. While it may be hard to say no to not only yourself, but fellow team members, it will have to be done more than once if you want to be successful. 

 

A Strong Leader

A strong and successful leader is not afraid to get their hands dirty with the rest of the team where the work needs to be done. When your fellow team members see how willing and excited you are to do any and all tasks needed then they will work just as hard to help you in achieving your vision. Often times there will be tasks that only you can do that aren’t as fun or easy. Your attitude in accomplishing these tasks will go a long way in the view of your team. 

 

Relax and Smile

A big vision will take time. Don’t try and sprint to the finish line. Take your time and accomplish each task that is needed to succeed. By taking your time and relaxing in the process you will enjoy the journey. Remember to smile and try and have a good time. You are accomplishing your own vision and you should enjoy the process. 

 

Nonprofit organizations operate under a different set of rules than those that apply to for-profit businesses. Our attorneys have experience to help nonprofits comply with Utah law and operate successfully so they can meet the missions for which they were created. Robinson, Seiler & Anderson are your local Utah County Attorneys that can help you achieve the vision you have for your non-profit organization. 

Rebuilding after Bankruptcy

 

Often time’s life can get hectic, we can get behind on bills and our debt seems to be out of control. While there are some aspects of life that we can’t control, there are solutions to help you get out of the debt that seems to be controlling your life. At the law firm of Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC, our Provo Bankruptcy Attorneys help people obtain debt relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Our attorneys will examine your financial situation, explain your options and make recommendations. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your bankruptcy case. Below are some steps to take after the bankruptcy has taken place. 

 

Let Go of the Guilt

It is normal to feel guilty or shameful when filing bankruptcy. Although you feel like you failed, you are not alone and it is not all your fault. Life has many twists and turns and will often present financial situations we are not prepared for. Divorce, death, and medical problems are expensive. Everyone will encounter these problems at one point in their life. If you are forced to go forward with filing for bankruptcy it is important to try and stay positive. Having a positive attitude will help you in rebuilding your life. 

 

Reflect

While going through the bankruptcy process you will have time to reflect and look at where your spending habits might have got you to where you are today. This will give you the opportunity to make this a learning process and be better educated in regards to necessary expenses in your life. 

 

Budget Planning 

After you reflect on your past, you can now start to rebuild your life and come up with a successful budget plan. The key to building up your credit is to come up with manageable payment plans of reoccurring bills and making sure you pay them on time. Work out a budget that you can stick to each month. Planning ahead of time and preparing for future bills and expenses will continue to keep you out of debt. 

 

Be Educated

While you are going through the bankruptcy process, ask questions and learn all the ins and outs you can. Knowing all of your options and how this process can work for you will help you in the future. At the law firm of Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC, our Provo Bankruptcy Attorneys can be a part of your education process. Our knowledgeable attorneys will answer any and all questions you may have. 

Are You a Victim of Medical Malpractice?

 

 

 

Our Provo Lawyers are here to assist you if you ever fall victim to medical malpractice. You may be feeling like you are a victim but are not entirely sure. This article is all about how to tell if you are a victim of medical malpractice because it may not always seem clear or obvious at first.

 

You’re Not Improving

You saw a doctor for treatment but you haven’t noticed any signs of improvement for your illness or condition. This could be a sign that you were either misdiagnosed or that the treatment you received wasn’t right for you. If you had surgery and don’t appear to be improving after some time, it’s possible that you’ve been misdiagnosed and will need a Provo Attorney.

 

You’ve Only Received Basic Lab Tests

If you received a diagnosis based after basic lab tests and nothing else, you could be a victim of medical malpractice. Additional tests should take place before any kind of serious diagnosis or treatment is decided on. Failure to run additional tests can be a sign of negligence and shows that you aren’t receiving the best treatment possible.

 

Your Doctor Doesn’t Listen

If you doctor doesn’t seemed concerned with what you have to say or isn’t answering your questions, you may be a victim. It is a doctor’s job to listen to what you have to say in order to provide you with the care you need. If your doctor seems rushed or uninterested, it may be a sign that they don’t care and this should be taken seriously because your health is extremely important.

 

There Is No Follow Up

Our Provo Attorneys would tell you that follow up is always important when dealing with any kind of professional but this especially is important when dealing with your health. If you received treatment but fail to receive any kind of follow through, there could be some medical malpractice taking place. A good doctor should follow up with you to make sure you are doing well after treatment, surgery, or after trying a new medication.

 

Your Diagnosis is Delayed

If you have a serious health condition, time is extremely important. If you diagnosis is delayed due to incompetence, your health could be at risk. If a condition worsens due to an unnecessary delayed response, you are most definitely a victim of medical malpractice.

 

Our Provo Lawyers hope you never have to face medical malpractice but if you feel you are a victim, please contact us immediately so that we can provide you with help and support during this tough time.

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