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Utah Contacts: When is Substantial Performance Enough?

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com Under Utah law, must parties to a contract perform their contract duties strictly, literally, exactly, and completely? If they do not, are they in breach and liable for damages? No, not always. Sometimes all that is required is “substantial performance.” This article discusses what substantial performance is and what it is not, …

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The Statute of Frauds: When Oral Contracts in Utah May or May Not Have Teeth

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com Written vs. Oral ContractsNot all contracts have to be in writing. Generally, if one party makes a valid offer and another party accepts that offer, these two parties create a binding and enforceable contract. This does not mean, however, that an oral contract is just as good as a written contract. When …

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Lemons Under Utah’s Lemon Law

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com A “lemon law” protects people who buy a lemon—a vehicle that, after leaving the car lot, ends up having serious defects that cannot be repaired. Each state has its own lemon law. Utah’s lemon law essentially explains that if a new motor vehicle doesn’t live up to what the dealer guaranteed, and if the …

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