Ryan Gregerson rated as “Top 10″ Utah family law lawyer by NAFLA

Utah Family Law Lawyer Ryan Gregerson Recognized

Ryan Gregerson has received “Top 10″ recognition by NAFLA as a Utah family law lawyer.  Ryan has been practicing law for several years and has helped many individuals and families struggling with the complexity of family law.  A family law practitioner in Utah must be adept at maneuvering through the complicated rules and regulations affecting family law while helping clients going through some very stressful and emotionally painful events.

When asking Ryan why he enjoys family law, he explains, “I work clients who are going through some of the most difficult trials in their life, whether it be a divorce, child and spousal support enforcement, and various other related matters.  It’s rewarding to advocate for my clients to improve their emotional and financial situation within the legal boundaries that are set for them.”

The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA) is an organization that recognizes the top family law attorneys in the nation.  Now that there are over a million attorneys in the United States, prospective clients have a difficult time choosing …

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Business and Litigation Attorney Dan Witte Joins PEARSON BUTLER Law

Business and litigation attorney Dan Witte joins the law offices of PEARSON BUTLER Law and has been appointed to Chair the Litigation Department as well as add additional strength to the Business Law Department.  Dan brings a wealth of legal knowledge pertaining to business and litigation matters.


In June 2014, attorney Dan Witte became a member (equity partner) of PEARSON BUTLER Law.  As a business attorney, he provides “general counsel” services to business owners, such as small business owners needing legal support.  He provides a range of support in relation to business planning, financial planning, and tax planning.  Dan also litigates on behalf of the firm.

From 2009-2014, Dan worked for McCormick Barstow LLP, focusing on complex fraud, business emergency, intellectual property, and complex insurance matters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, and Salt Lake City.  His experience includes the prosecution of multi-million dollar disputes on behalf of some of the largest companies in the world.

From 2002-09, Dan supervised corporation-wide litigation activities and served as Associate General Counsel for a life insurance company in …

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Utah Family Law and Divorce Attorney

Divorce can be one of the most stressful events in the life of an individual and family.  During a divorce, the parties may be worried about the emotional stress caused to them and their children.  This emotional impact cannot be underestimated.  Many also worry about the financial stress of dividing assets, debts, and making ends meet on what may already be strained finances.

In divorces where children are involved, many parties are unsure as to how custody should work, what schedules works best for their children, and how to help keep as stable an environment as possible for their children.

Having the right attorney fighting for you can reduce your overall stress level while trying to deal with the emotional impact of a divorce.  An experienced Utah family law and divorce attorney can help you to work through this difficult time and have confidence to move forward with your life.

Ryan Gregerson chairs the family law and divorce practice areas at Pearson, Butler & Carson, PLLC.  Whether you are concerned about child …

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Russell Blood, Attorney at PEARSON BUTLER Law

Utah Probate Attorney Russell Blood Joins PEARSON BUTLER Law to Chair Estate Planning Department

Utah probate attorney Russell Blood joins the law offices of PEARSON BUTLER Law and has been appointed to Chair the Estate Planning Department.  Russ brings a wealth of legal knowledge pertaining to estate planning and probate matters.

Work History

Russ has been practicing law for over 31 years.  Before moving to Utah Russ ran a law practice in Wyoming for 18 years.  As a Wyoming lawyer, Russ developed his craft of helping individuals and small businesses with estate planning, business planning, probate and trust administration, and real estate .  It was during this time that Russ served as the General Counsel to the Wyoming Association of Realtors as well as law instructor for the Wyoming Graduate Realtors Institute.

In 2000, Russ relocated to Utah and worked as in-house general counsel to a nation-wide franchisor and opened a solo law practice, focusing …

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Utah Attorney PEARSON BUTLER Law

Update on Utah Attorney services provided by PEARSON BUTLER Law

It’s amazing the growth we have had at PEARSON BUTLER Law.  Over the past 4 months, attorney Russell Evans took the role as chair of the bankruptcy department.  Last week, attorney Russell Blood joined our firm and is handling estate planning services.  In 3 weeks, a tax attorney will be joining us, as well.  Because of the growth, I thought it would be helpful to explain the practice areas of each of the different lawyers.

Why use one of the Utah attorney PEARSON BUTLER Law lawyers?

The law firm of PEARSON BUTLER Law has several lawyers who practice in a variety of legal areas:

Carson Pearson, and Quinn next month will offer the following tax legal services: Tax LawyersTax Court LitigationIRS AppealsIRS AuditsCriminal Tax DefensePayroll TaxesTrust Account TaxesOffer in CompromiseIRS CollectionsInstallment AgreementsInnocent Spouse …

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Probate Attorney Salt Lake City Utah

When Should a Personal Representative Consult a Utah Probate Attorney?

One of life’s most traumatic events is losing a loved one.  During this traumatic time, important legal and financial decisions are made. This is especially true for the individual asked to be the personal representative to close the affairs of his or her loved one. 

Why Does Utah Have Probate Proceedings?

Utah has probate proceedings to ensure the orderly transfer of a deceased person’s property.  The probate proceedings ensure that the personal representative:

Pays the deceased person’s debts and taxes Protects the deceased person’s estate Resolves who receives which assets and disburses the property

When Should a Personal Representative Consult a Utah Probate Attorney?

On the Utah Court’s website, the Utah State Bar recommends that a Utah attorney be consulted when:

The gross value of your estate, including life insurance, employer death benefits, and anything you might inherit from your spouse or others, exceeds $600,000. Where there are businesses or partnerships involved. Where there might be substantial conflict among the heirs. Where there are any other unusual or bothersome circumstances. Where one or more of …

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Criminal Attorney Ryan Holtan

No Trial is Unwinnable

Utah Criminal Defense Attorney

Utah attorney Ryan Holtan has continued his string of jury trial victories with a seemingly impossible win in a DUI case in Salt Lake.  The defendant was charged with DUI following a traffic accident and a subsequent blood test showing a .23 blood alcohol level.  This would normally be an open and shut conviction but Mr. Holtan successfully proved to the jury that despite the scientific evidence the blood could not have belonged to his client and that accident had simply been the result of tiredness not intoxication.

Utah criminal defense attorney Ryan Holtan forced the arresting officer to demonstrate the field sobriety tests in open court in front of the jury and proved that his client had actually shown NO signs of intoxication.  The jury deliberated for less than hour before they found the defendant no guilty.   See also “Salt Lake City Utah Criminal Defense Attorney Ryan Holtan Wins …

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Utah Tax Lawyer

What is an Egg Shell IRS Audit?


An egg shell audit is one in which the client and the representative are aware of potential indicators of civil fraud or potential criminal tax violations. The main objective in these audits is to avoid a referral by the revenue agent to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (CID). The avoidance of a deficiency and civil penalties are lesser objectives. If the auditor does perceive sensitive issues, the taxpayer’s attorney must convince the auditor that the case is best resolved civilly and that the taxpayer’s conduct does not warrant a criminal investigation or prosecution.  Any IRS audit can be extremely stressful.


The first steps to handling an egg shell audit are to identify privileged information and preserve that information. The attorney should then perform his or her own due diligence by conducting an internal audit of the tax return to determine any potential risks. The practitioner must also monitor any warning signs that the IRS revenue agent has made contact with …

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Plea Bargain Utah

Warning about Plea Bargain in Utah

What is a Plea Bargain?

A plea bargain is the most common resolutions to criminal charges and in some cases can be the best resolution.  But be cautious when entering into a plea bargain in Utah with a prosecutor as there is no guarantee that what you’ve been promised is what will actually happen.  Not only are judges not obligated to follow a plea agreement but prosecutors will also try to skirt around their own promises.  A smart prosecutor can design a plea agreement that can appear to guarantee one thing but leave them free to argue the opposite.  In a recent case, I successfully prevented a judge from unlawfully sentencing a defendant and a prosecutor from breaching his own plea agreement.

The Defendant had agreed to plead guilty in exchange for the prosecutions promise to join the defense in recommending a specific sentence to the judge.  However, at the sentencing hearing the prosecutor argued that a mandatory sentence enhancement should apply based on the defendant’s juvenile record.  The prosecutor, after promising the defendant he would recommend a particular sentence, breached his own plea …

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Tax Audits and Tax Collections

Tax Audits, Tax Refunds, and Tax Collections: Are There Any Time Limits?

What is a Statute of Limitation?

The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) requires that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assess, refund, credit, and collect taxes within specific time limits. The time limits for tax audits, tax refunds, and tax collections are known as the statutes of limitations. When they expire, the IRS can no longer assess additional tax, allow a claim for refund by the taxpayer, or take collection action. The determination of statute expiration differs for assessment, refund, and collection.

Three Year Time Limit for the IRS to Assess Tax

The general rule is that the assessment of tax must be made within three years after the return is filed. See IRC § 6501(a). This means that the IRS has three years from the date you filed your tax return to audit and assess a tax.

There are important exceptions to the general three year rule for tax audits, tax refunds, and tax collections. Some of these exceptions are as follows:

NOL carryback years. A deficiency attributable to the carryback for a net operation loss may be assessed within three years …

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