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Navigating the Paperwork of a Marriage

Getting married can take a lot of planning when it comes to the big day. But in between the dress and the cake have you forgotten the necessary paperwork? Marriage will require you to think about a lot of lifestyle aspects that may have not come up in previous conversation or planning. The attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson can help you in the navigation of paperwork related to your marriage.


Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement works like this: you create a document listing your assets and existing debts, have your attorney draft the agreement, then get a notary to sign the agreement for you to keep on file. Having this on file is a form of protection for your personal assets if your marriage turns sour. That why your spouse can’t take what was yours before the marriage. Any debts you accrue together during your marriage is a different story and will have to be sorted through and agreed upon throughout the divorce process.


Apply for a Marriage License

A month before your marriage ceremony you will want to head to your local county clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license. There is often a fee that is associated with the license so make sure you plan ahead. Once you have received your license you will want to make sure your officiant signs it for you. Once it is signed you can mail your license to have it filed. It takes anywhere from a few days to a week depending on the state you are filing in.


Change your Name

If you decide to take the name of your spouse you will need to begin the process of changing your name. The first step is to change your name on your Social Security Card. You will need to locate the nearest social security office and schedule an appointment. There you will be required to bring you official marriage license, any forms they require, and pay a small fee. It takes some time for your new Social Security Card to arrive in the mail. Once you have your new Social Security Card in hand you can go to the DMV to have your name changed on new driver’s license. They will also need to see your marriage certificate and may require you to fill out a form.  Don’t forget to have your name changed on any existing loans, credit cards, bank accounts, health insurance, and other billing agencies.


While marriage may require some planning and a bit of paperwork you can rest easy knowing that the attorneys from Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo are here to help. We can give you a variety of legal advice no matter what your situation is. Call us today for more information about our firm.

Why you should Start your Estate Plan Now

If you have been wondering if and when you should start your estate plan then you need to talk with one of our attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Utah County. We can walk you through the process and benefits of starting your estate plan today. Below we have gathered just some of the reasons why you want to get the process started as soon as possible.


Can Reduce Estate Taxes

With the help of an estate plan many married couples and individuals can reduce or even possibly eliminate estate taxes altogether by setting up AB Trusts or ABC Trusts as part of their wills or revocable living trusts. The loss of one's estate to the payment of state and/or federal estate taxes or state inheritance taxes is a great motivator for many people to put an estate plan together.


Avoiding the Burden for your Family

If you or someone you know has dealt with the loss of a family member who didn’t have an estate plan in place, then you know of the difficulties they faced along the way. Choosing someone to be in charge if you become mentally incapacitated and after you die and deciding who will get what, when they will get it, and how they will get it after you're gone will go a long way towards avoiding family fights and costly probate court proceedings. A simple will can dictate your wishes even after you’re gone and relieve a lot of the burden your family might be faced with.


Protect your Beneficiaries

If the beneficiary is a minor, all 50 states have laws that require a guardian or conservator to be appointed to oversee the minor's needs and finances until the minor becomes a legal adult. You can prevent family discord and costly legal expenses by taking the time to designate a guardian and trustee for your minor beneficiaries. Or, if the beneficiary is already an adult but is bad at managing money or has an overbearing spouse or partner who you fear will squander the beneficiary's inheritance or take it in a divorce, then you can create an estate plan that will protect the beneficiary from their own bad decisions as well as those of others. This allows you to have a say in what happens even after you are gone.


Estate plans are made to be beneficial. It may take some time and some helpful advice from the attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Utah County. To get started on your estate plan call our office today to schedule a consultation.

How to deal with the Legalities of a Brain Injury

If you have recently been the victim of an accident resulting in brain injury you may need the help of a personal injury attorney from Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo. You might not be aware of all the legalities involved when it comes to dealing with a brain injury. We are here to help. Below are some suggestions to help you when it comes to dealing with a brain injury and the litigation involved in a personal injury case.


Difficulty of Proving a Brain Injury

Unless there is objective evidence of brain injury on MRI or CT scan, the insurance companies assume the individual is faking their injuries or the person has psychological problems that pre-existed the accident. In order to win your case you need to provide actual evidence of the brain injury. It is also important to know that in pursuing a brain injury claim, you will be opening up your entire life history to examination. Grade school records, medical records from childhood and anything else through the years that the insurance companies can obtain is open game. Psychological and psychiatric records are obtainable and will be obtained.


New Technologies can be Helpful to your Case

In the years past it took a lot more to prove that you had a brain injury due to an accident. Now you have several options of testing to help you in proving your case. Some of these include:

·       MRI/DTI: This test done on a normal MRI machine with special software known as "Diffusion Tensor Imaging" and is particularly sensitive to damages in the white matter tracts of the brain

·       MRI/SWI: Another specialty version of the MRI is known as "susceptibility weighted imaging or SWI". This allows the radiologist to see very tiny bleeds in the brain known as micro hemorrhages.

·       MRI/MRS: this technology known as "spectroscopy" looks at the balance and ratio of certain molecules in the brain matter.


Obtain Medical Help

When finding a doctor you need to find one that is up to date on all the current discoveries concerning brain injury. Find a doctor who is willing to take all of the necessary steps to diagnose your injury correctly and give you the evidence you need to win your case.


Brain injuries can be devastating. With the help of a personal injury attorney at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo you can start to get your life back in order. For more information on personal injury claims you can call our office today to schedule a consultation.

Is Bankruptcy Right for You?

Has your debt been out of control lately? Are you struggling to make ends meet while paying your creditors? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself when you are thinking about bankruptcy. Meeting with a bankruptcy attorney at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo will help you in deciding if bankruptcy is right for you and your unique situation. Below are some points concerning bankruptcy that can help you even further.


 Are you Eligible to File Bankruptcy?

 If you have enough money to pay your creditors, you may be ineligible to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The courts will know this due to the fact that you have to submit all sources of income as well as the costs of living for you and your family. If you make less than the median income for your state, you're fine. Yet if your income exceeds that figure, and you have enough left over after paying your necessary monthly expenses to cover some of your debts, you can't file.


Your Situation won’t Improve

If your hardship is temporary, and you foresee more cash flowing in the next year, you may want to wait it out. When your circumstances improve, you can apply more to your debts and pay them down much faster. If you are in more than you can handle and find yourself losing money without any future improvements, a bankruptcy might be the answer. This is often the case when a loved one gets hurt or can’t work anymore.       


Your Debt Derives from Unsecured Loans

An unsecured loan is one that you have taken out from a lender that doesn’t have any collateral attached to it. This is often in the form of credit cards, medical bills, and collection amounts. A bankruptcy can allow these loans to be discharged. If your debt is due to financing a care or home then you could end up losing your assets. The lenders consider items such as cars or homes as collateral, meaning, if you can’t make your payments, they will take that item from you, sell it, and use the money to pay off the amount you owe.


Can you Walk Away from Financial Obligations?

Going through a bankruptcy will put you in a place where you might have to give up a lot of items/ assets. If you are willing to risk losing one or all over your vehicles, your home, and any other items that contain equity then bankruptcy could be a good option. It frees you from the burden of the bad decisions you made in the past but makes it so you are starting all over.


Bankruptcy has a lot of pros and cons. Knowing if bankruptcy is right for you will take some time and evaluation from one of the bankruptcy attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo. Schedule your consult today.

How to Dissolve your LLC


As an owner of a business you may be faced with the decision of closing the doors of your business for good. When it comes time to dissolve your LLC (Limited Liability Company) you need to know the proper steps that need to be taken. By consulting with the lawyers at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson Law Firm in Provo, Utah you can know exactly what you need to do when it comes to dissolving your LLC.


Close the Business

The first step to dissolving and LLC is to, of course, close the business. If you are the sole proprietor of the business then you will find this step fairly easy to accomplish. If you have a partner in your business then you will need to inform your business partner of the closer. If you drafted a written partnership agreement, you will need to follow the rules of dissolution contained in the partnership agreement, articles of incorporation, or state laws. Typically, such agreements contain clauses that require a two-thirds or majority vote in order to dissolve the business.


File with the State

All limited and general partnerships that filed with the state at the creation of the partnership must file dissolution papers with the state. Even if your partnership isn't required to file paperwork with the state, it's always a good idea to do so. By filing dissolution papers with the state, you place creditors on notice that the business cannot incur any further business debt. Filing a Certificate of Dissolution (also known as Articles of Dissolution) is a process that varies from state to state. In some states, filing this certificate must be done before notifying creditors, while in other states you must notify creditors first. In either case, creditors' claims must be resolved in some fashion— either by payment in full, a compromise with them, or bankruptcy.


Notify the IRS

When closing your business you need to know that your business will still require the payment of taxes for the current and prior year. You'll also be responsible for all final tax forms that need to be filed. This includes income tax, any sales tax that has been collected, and payroll taxes. The IRS has a comprehensive checklist for business owners who are preparing to shut down. The checklist contains forms that must be filled out or continued to be filed as the business shuts down. Consulting with your lawyer at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson Law Firm in Provo, Utah is necessary when it comes to making sure all of the documents you need to dissolve your LLC are in place.

How to Form a Board of Directors for your Business


As your business grows you may be faced with the decision of forming a Board of Directors. The sole purpose of a Board of Directors is to have the daily operations of the corporation handled by the officers who are appointed by the board of directors. You will want to consult with your lawyer at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo to learn more about the best way to go about forming a board of directors. Below are some of the aspects you need to take into consideration when you begin the process of forming your board of directors.


Think Long-Term

You will want to appoint and recruit directors that want your business to grow and be successful as much as you do. Make sure they are in it for the long run and will do anything they can to help the business succeed over the years.


Create Specific Job Descriptions

When forming the Board of Directors for your business you need to have a solid structure from the beginning. To do this it is always a good idea to create specific job descriptions for each of your directors. Make sure you define the role the board will play in strategy, risk management, etc.


Don’t Play Favorites

Insist that all directors recognize their duty to the company as a whole (or all of the shareholders) rather than play a limited role of safeguarding the interests of one shareholder.


Include Variety

The best way to have a successful Board is by including people from various backgrounds and experiences. Having a well-rounded group will help you in tackling any situation that may come their way. 


Boardroom Hierarchy

 Remember that the CEO reports to the board; be ready for a challenge and embrace the collective wisdom and enhanced discipline. Be clear about the differing roles of the chairman and CEO — and don’t try to combine them in one person.

Pros and Cons of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy



Have you recently found yourself in a financial situation that may result in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? Before moving forward it is always a good idea to understand the pros and cons of filing for bankruptcy. Talking to the bankruptcy attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson can help you in making the right decision for you and your family. Below we have mapped out a few pros and cons when it comes to filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.




·       A bankruptcy stays on your record for years, but the time to complete the bankruptcy process under Chapter 7, from filing to relief from debt, takes only about 3-6 months.

·       Most state exemptions allow you enough so that most things you own will be exempt from bankruptcy, sometimes allowing more coverage to keep your property than you need.

·       You may also be able to obtain new lines of credit within one to three years of filing bankruptcy, although at a much higher interest rate.

·       Although, you can only file under Chapter 7 once every six years, you can always get a Chapter 13 plan if there is another disaster before you are entitled to file for Chapter 7 again. You may file for a Chapter 13 plan repeatedly, although each filing appears on your credit record.

·       Bankruptcy will prevent your lenders from aggressive collection action.

·       Chapter 7 does not require that you have debts of any particular amount in order to file for relief. However, even if your case gets converted to Chapter 13, it can still improve your financial situation by obtaining more favorable terms to pay off your debts. With Chapter 13, you get to keep all of your property as well.



·       Bankruptcy will ruin your credit for some time to come. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for up to 10 years.

·       You will lose property that you own that is not exempt from sale by the bankruptcy trustee.

·       You will lose all your credit cards.

·       Bankruptcy will make it nearly impossible to get a mortgage, if you don't already have one.

·       Bankruptcy will not relieve you of your obligations to pay alimony and/or child support.

·       Bankruptcy will not get rid of your student loan debt.


For more advice regarding bankruptcy and what would be the most beneficial for you in your situation, you should consider scheduling a consultation with the bankruptcy attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson. They can guide you through the process and help you, no matter how unique your situation is.

The Importance of Financial Planning for your Small Business


When you are forming your own business you want to make sure you are taking the right steps from the beginning. A large part of the formation of your business will rely on finances and the financial planning that was put in place from the start. To help you in the process of forming your business and getting the proper financial planning in place you can trust the attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo to provide you with the tools for success. Listed below are just some of the reasons why it is so important to have a financial plan in place for your small business.


Management of Income

Income is and always will be what will help you in driving your business forward. Having a full understanding of the income you are bringing in will help you in financially planning all the other aspects of your business. Managing your income will allow you to plan ahead for tax season as well as budgeting out for the expected monthly expenses such as rent.


Cash Flow and Capital

You can easily increase cash flows by carefully monitoring your spending patterns and expenses. Tax planning, prudent spending and careful budgeting will help you keep more of your hard earned cash. An increase in cash flow, can lead to an increase in capital. Allowing you to consider investments to improve your overall financial well-being. These will be the building blocks of your business’s success. Having a financial plan to accomplish this is key.


Provides Family Security

When forming your business you do so in the hopes that this will lead to a better and more secure financial outcome for your family. Having a strong financial plan in place can help you to make sure your family has the financial security they need. Having the proper insurance coverage and policies in place can provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Savings created from good planning can prove beneficial in difficult times. For example, you can make sure there is enough insurance coverage to replace any lost income should a family bread winner become unable to work.


An Understanding of your Finances

A good financial plan will help you in having a better understanding of your finances and what you’re able to do with the income you bring in. Better financial understanding can be achieved when measurable financial goals are set, the effects of decisions understood, and results reviewed. Giving you a whole new approach to your budget and improving control over your financial lifestyle.


For more legal advice regarding the formation of your business or financial planning, make sure you schedule a consultation with the attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo to help you in getting started off on the right foot.

How a Personal Injury Case can be Settled


If you have found yourself involved in a personal injury lawsuit you need the help of the Personal Injury Attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo. We can not only make sure you get what you deserve in your case but we can help you to understand just some of the ways and reasons personal injury cases can be settled.


The Defendant wants to Control Risks and Legal Costs

If the defendant knows they could be at blame for the personal injury that has occurred then they will push for a settlement. If the case moves any further and gets to the point of reaching the audience of a sympathetic jury, they could lose a lot more money.  Instead, the defendant or insurer may prefer a settlement where it has control over how much to offer.


To Keep the Case out of the Public Eye

If those who are involved in the personal injury case have a big company or recognizable name then they will push for a settlement just to avoid any public attention. For example, if a company produces a defective product and only a few people are injured by it, the company may want to try to arrange a quiet out-of-court settlement and avoid major publicity that might accompany a trial. When a settlement agreement is drafted, it gives a company (or any defendant for that matter) the opportunity to negotiate terms of that agreement that work for everyone. This can include a requirement of confidentiality.


Settlement Allows for a Quicker Trial

Depending on the trial, it can last months or even years with the possibility of appeals. A plaintiff who needs income and has medical expenses may not want to wait that long to get financial relief. A plaintiff also may not feel up to going through a long trial, putting on a case, presenting evidence and doing everything else necessary to win a legal battle. Negotiating a settlement could be the most beneficial for everyone involved.


To get more information on settlements and how they can affect your personal injury case, make an appointment with one of our personal injury attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo. We can walk you through the process and make sure you are getting the best care when it comes to your case.

How to Create a Full-Proof Estate Plan


Estate planning is the act of preparing for the transfer of a person's wealth and assets after his or her death. Assets, life insurance, pensions, real estate, cars, personal belongings, and debts are all part of one's estate. Having an estate plan in place is something we should all do but never know exactly how to create a full-proof estate plan. With the help of the lawyers at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson Law Firm in Provo, Utah and the steps listed below you can have the estate plan that covers everything you need.


Sign a Will

Signing a will is a must when it comes to having a full-proof estate plan. A will can help to ensure that your chosen heirs will get the assets that you want to leave to them. In your will, you name an executor who will have the power and responsibility to pay your debts and distribute the remainder of your estate according to your wishes. If you die without a will, your property will pass to your survivors based on your state’s laws of intestacy. This is your way of making sure that all of your assets are distributed as you wish, even after you are gone.


Name your Beneficiaries

It is important to understand that not all of your assets will pass to your survivors through your will, because some types of property do not go through probate. For instance, if you own a house jointly and your spouse has the right of survivorship (a type of ownership that is spelled out in your house deed), he or she will get your share of the home when you die. That is why it is important to meet with your lawyer at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson Law Firm in Provo, Utah to understand what your beneficiaries can get and making sure your beneficiary forms are up to date.


Create a Healthcare Directive

If your health ever becomes an issue and you are not able to make crucial decisions on your own then you need to have a healthcare directive in place. With a living will, you state the type of medical procedures that you do or do not want. In a DPA for health care, you name a health care agent or proxy who makes sure that doctors and other medical professionals carry out your wishes if you are too sick to speak for yourself.


There are a lot of aspects involved when it comes to having a full-proof estate plan. For more steps and information regarding what should be involved in your estate planning you should schedule a consultation with the experienced lawyers at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson Law Firm in Provo, Utah. We can walk you through every aspect according to your unique wants and needs.

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Norman H. Jackson, Utah Court of Appeals Judge, Retired, has joined the law firm of Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC, effective April 2017.  Judge Jackson was one of the seven founding Judges of the Utah Court of Appeals and served terms as Presiding and Associate Presiding Judge.
Judge Jackson was the senior attorney in a Richfield law firm for eighteen years.  The firm engaged in legal, business and tax cases, including practice before State and Federal Courts, U.S. Board of Land Appeals, Utah Public Service Commission and Arizona Corporation Commission.  Clients included counties, cities, banks department stores, communications and credit associations, irrigation companies, auto dealers, building supply stores, farmers, ranchers and small businesses. They took “every type of case that came through the door,” from criminal defense work to a patent royalty dispute for the inventor of the Frisbee. Judge Jackson has been a lifetime rancher doing business in Utah as Jackson Cattle Company and Arizona as EJ Cattle Ranches.
Judge Jackson’s professional service includes terms on the Utah State Bar Commission, Bar Foundation (President and Vice President), Air Travel Commission, and Utah Information Technology Commission.  He served on the Judiciary’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee for thirteen years and initiated and supervised the Appellate Court Mediation Office.  He developed and advanced a realistic and workable framework for both of Utah’s Appellate Courts to use in reviewing trial court and administrative agency decisions.  He published three editions of Utah Standards of Appellate Review while participating in more than 2,000 appellate court decisions.  
Judge Jackson’s experience will complement the other outstanding lawyers at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC.  The firm will continue its representation of injured individuals, as well as clients in real estate, business, estate planning, tax, contract and education matters.

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