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State v. Hunt, 2018 UT App 222 (Nov. 29, 2018)

Can you castrate a horse in self-defense?  The court of appeals isn’t exactly sure, but still decided to reject defendant’s claim that he had to counter a menacing stallion named Confetti Magic by neutering the horse once and for all….

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Divorce and Life Insurance – What Happens?

Whether each spouse realizes it or not, one often overlooked asset in the divorce proceedings is life insurance. Too often, the policy remains unchanged, and the beneficiary, the ex-spouse, may reap a windfall as a result of an unexpected death.

Baker v. Carlston, 2018 UT 59 (Nov. 28, 2018)

Holladay City approved two resolutions to enable a developer to redevelop the land on which the old Cottonwood Mall once stood. A group of Holladay citizens petitioned to subject these resolutions to vote by public referendum.  Applying the test set…

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Estate Planning for 30-Somethings

For those of us in our 30s, one of the last things on our mind is planning for our eventual death. Whether it’s because we believe we’ll “live forever,” or because we’ll have plenty of time to think about it later, typically it is low on our priority list.

Silva v. Silva, 2018 UT App 210 (Nov. 8, 2018)

Default judgment was entered against wife for failing to appear.  Husband had requested alternative service, which was approved by the district court and husband followed proper procedures for alternative service.  Wife brought a Rule 60(b)(1) motion, arguing for excusable neglect…

State v. Oryall, 2018 UT App 211 (Nov. 8, 2018)

The defendant argued that the district court erred in denying her motion to suppress, because the officer conducted a search of her driver’s license records without reasonable suspicion.  Affirming, the court of appeals held that there is no reasonable expectation…