Compliance with Immigration Law and the Value of an Independent Form I-9 Audit

February 2013 Over the last year, the national news has been populated with headlines addressing the fierce debate over immigration reform. Many may not realize that even before the 2012 presidential election, federal law enforcement agencies had begun paying increased attention to businesses’ compliance with immigration laws and regulations. In 2011 alone there were approximately… Read more »

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 »