The “Gang of 8” Senators Release the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

April 2013 After months of debate, negotiations and speculation, the “Gang of 8,” made up of eight Republican and Democratic senators charged with the task of composing an immigration reform bill, has released its much-anticipated proposal. On Wednesday, April 17, the 844-page bill (titled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013“)… Read more »

Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Estate Planning

September 2014 Estate planning is a process—not an event—often wrought with common and routine mistakes, the most common of which include the following: no planning at all; failure to coordinate insurance/retirement assets with an estate plan; adding individuals to bank accounts; transferring family home in joint tenancy with an adult child; and no planning for… Read more »

Restoring Public Access to Public Waters

September 2014 Utahns have a rich history of using their public waters (i.e., waters flowing in or impounded on rivers and streams) in place for a wide variety of purposes.  Prior to the arrival of Mormon pioneers in 1847, Native Americans, mountain men and other intrepid souls fished Utah’s waters for sustenance and, at times,… Read more »

Same Sex Marriage – SCOTUS Watch is On

September 30, 2014 U.S. Supreme Court Justices began private meetings yesterday, September 29, 2014, and the Justices could decide whether to take up the issue of same sex marriage rulings from 4 federal appellate court decisions.  Currently, 36 states have laws allowing or prohibiting same sex marriage.  Same sex marriages are allowed in 19 states… Read more »

E-Verify Compliance Video Presentation

Kristina Ruedas September 23, 2014 Common pitfalls to avoid when complying with E-Verify and other laws. Employment Authorization Result – this is the ideal result! SSA Tentative Non-Confirmation – notify employee, employee continues to work during follow-up review, employee can contest the TNC SSA Final Non-Confirmation – termination of employment DHS Verification in Process – Department… Read more »