This March, the Utah Legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill lowering the legal B.A.C. level from .08 to .05. This bill has received a lot of press coverage because Utah is now the first state to have a legal B.A.C. below .08. There are many reasons why a lower B.A.C. makes sense from […]

Living an alternative lifestyle can present a great many challenges that are not even considered by those living a more traditional lifestyle. However, the vast majority of people, including the court systems and legislatures are working to bring legal equality to same sex couples that are unfortunately denied equal treatment under the law due to […]

Most people think that probate law is something that only affects old people. While this is true to a large extent, however, it should be acknowledged that understanding the probate system in Utah can help everyone regardless of their age. It is an unfortunate fact that most people assume that when the die everything will […]

NOT GUILTY JURY VERDICT. Attorney Jake Gunter at Howard Lewis & Petersen, PC obtained a not guilty verdict from a Salt Lake County jury on 04/03/2017. The jury deliberated for 30 minutes before returning their verdict. This was Jake’s 13th jury trial in his nearly 13 years of practicing law.

How to change your name If you get married or divorced, you should start using your new name on everything. The documents you will need are as follows: Social security card, birth certificate and photo ID Petition for a name change Order to show the reason for name change Once you fill out these forms, […]

Many fathers do not understand fully the rights and obligations they have under the law when it comes to paternity. Here are three things you didn’t know about paternity rights that will help take away some of the uncertainty surrounding paternity rights: 1. When a mother is unmarried at the time of birth of a […]

There is a lot of layman’s advice about how to avoid probate court. One method to avoid probate is to title an asset (such as a home or a financial account) in a loved one’s name. This works well for spouses. For example, the designation for titling a home owned by a married couple is […]

There are many things that can be done to prevent a boat accident. Maintaining a safe boating speed, looking out for danger and keeping a safe distance from other boats are some of the things that can be done to avoid a boat accident. However, even if you exercise caution, you can still be involved […]

Fathers have Rights What happens if a boyfriend and girlfriend have sex and get pregnant? Well, we’re obviously not talking about the biological changes. We’re attorneys, not doctors. Down the road they’ll have to face the difficult decision as to what they are going to do about the baby. Hopefully, everything is cordial and it […]

If you are worried about your personal safety, the safety of a building or the safety of patrons within your establishment, it may be time to file for a protective order. Also known as a restraining order, the Howard, Lewis & Petersen Provo Family Law Attorney office can assist with filing such an order. When […]