child abuse

WHEELS OF JUSTICE GAINING STEAM IN FIGHT AGAINST CHILD ABUSE 

By Michael I. Welker, Esq.

Wheels of Justice is a non-profit corporation, organized by a group of attorneys who are cycling enthusiasts, to raise money for, increase awareness of, and provide limited pro bono legal services to non-profit organizations that devote their time and passion to the prevention and reduction of child abuse, and assisting victims of abuse. Problems addressed by these institutions include child abuse, bullying, dysfunctional relationships, and internet safety threats. The organizations include: Prevent Child Abuse Utah, Friends of the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center, Operation Underground Railroad, and The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. Each of these organizations fights, prevents, and ameliorates the effects of child abuse. These organizations are very good at what they do. They need our support.

Wheels of Justice organizes and operates fundraising bicycle rides in support of these organizations. Participation is not limited to lawyers. Nor is participation limited to accomplished or competitive-level riders. Any cyclist at any level can participate in the rides. Different rides include street cycling, mountain biking, or off-road cycling.

Wheels of Justice’s biggest annual event is called the “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” ride held each September. This difficult ride sends the riders up all 5 of Salt Lake County’s riding canyons (Little Cottonwood, Big Cottonwood, Millcreek, Emigration, and City Creek) in one day. Many participate-few finish. All have a great time, regardless of how much of the course they complete. The ride is meant as a metaphor, showing children and their families who have experienced abuse that they can overcome hard challenges, and that victims, whether they suffered personal injury or emotional and psychological injury, can overcome, survive, heal, and thrive.

Wheels of Justice not only collects financial donations, but also sells its team “kit” and other merchandise to raise funds. In conjunction with its events, Wheels of Justice also provides food, water bottles, and other items. Every event is fun for the whole family.

Wheels of Justice is growing. Membership is free and is open to all. Ride participation is free and is open to all. Running enthusiasts are starting to get involved with Wheels of Justice, and we soon may see running events added to the schedule of events. There is also talk about organizing a sister organization called “Wings of Justice” specifically for runners. One thing is for sure, Wheels of Justice will continue to fight the plague and effects of child abuse, and so will Gallian Welker & Beckstrom.

(The statements and views expressed herein are the views of Gallian Welker & Beckstrom. Gallian Welker & Beckstrom does not represent Wheels of Justice, and is not a spokesperson for Wheels of Justice. The views and statements expressed herein are solely the views of the author and are not necessarily the views of Wheels of Justice).

utah tax law

Utah State Legislature is Pushing for Tax on Services

UPDATE (3/8/2019): Yesterday the Governor and the Legislature announced that they were putting a hold on HB 441 to tax professional services so it could be studied further and receive more public input in the months to come. This is the right thing to do and to take a step back to engage in a healthy and open dialogue on the complex and very challenging issues raised in the proposed law.

We encourage all to maintain contact with your legislators as further decisions are made from now through the next special session. Here is the contact information:

Senate
Don Ipson dipson@le.utah.gov
Evan Vickers evickers@le.utah.gov

House
Travis Seegmiller tseegmiller@le.utah.gov
Bradley Last 435-817-0064
Lowry Snow vlsnow@le.utah.gov
Walt Brooks wbrooks@le.utah.gov

Here are stories on the developments:

https://kutv.com/news/local/lawmakers-plan-to-work-through-double-taxation-in-reform-bill-before-special-session

https://www.ksl.com/article/46505915/services-wont-be-taxed-at-local-level-under-latest-version-of-tax-reform-bil

Are you ready to pay TAX in Utah for SERVICES, in addition to sales tax? Currently the Utah legislature is fast-tracking a state tax reform bill that would add a tax on services and reduce sales tax and income tax. The change could result in a 3% service tax for all service providers, large or small. Teach piano? Coach or train? Are you an accountant, attorney or financial advisor? Website developer? All these service jobs would be required to pay a service tax under House Bill 441.

One major concern is that consumers will go out of state for services, and Utah businesses will lose clients and business because of the loss in competitive pricing. Another concern is that small businesses will be losing 3% of their income instead of passing it on to the customer.

How the bill has been presented is a significant concern. It was negotiated in closed-door committee and brought to the floor with only 3 weeks left in the general session. This is not adequate time for the public to become informative, voice their opinion, and properly debate the issues.

You may contact Matt Ekins at Gallian Welker & Beckstrom with questions on HB441. Also, it is urgent you contact your local representative and voice your opinion:

Senate

Don Ipson  dipson@le.utah.gov

Evan Vickers  evickers@le.utah.gov


House

Travis Seegmiller   tseegmiller@le.utah.gov

Bradley Last    435-817-0064

Lowry Snow    vlsnow@le.utah.gov

Walt Brooks  wbrooks@le.utah.gov

For more information on HB 441 you can look at these stories:

https://kutv.com/news/local/businesses-vent-but-big-utah-tax-bill-sails-through-committee

https://www.ksl.com/article/46499830/utah-state-sales-tax-rate-drops-to-31-in-tax-reform-proposal

tostadas

Black Bean Tostadas

Chances are, if you’re from southern Utah, you’ve had tostadas at least once in your life. The problem with tostadas a lot of times is that they’re prepared by frying them in a ton of oil, which isn’t too good for the waistline. These tostadas are baked rather than fried, so you can enjoy eating them without the guilt!

This recipe comes from one of our own here at Gallian Welker & Beckstrom. And everyone who has tried it loves it! These tostadas are delicious, light, and healthy, and perfect for those spring and summer months coming up. Enjoy!

tostadas

Ingredients:
6 corn tortillas
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 cup shredded cheese (we use Mexican blend)
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 avocado, diced
1 small bag frozen corn, cooked
2 green onions, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Cilantro, chopped
Lime juice

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Lay out tortillas onto a baking sheet. Brush both sides of the tortillas with the olive oil.
3. Mix black beans with chili powder, cumin, and garlic salt. Top tortillas evenly with the bean mixture.
4. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the tortillas and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
5. While the tostadas are cooking, prepare the topping. Combine the avocado, corn, green onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice together. When tostadas are done cooking, top each with a couple spoonfuls of the avocado mixture and enjoy!

creme brûlée

Creme Brûlée for Dummies

And by dummies, we mean monkeys. Seriously, this creme brûlée is so easy, even we can make it! And the best part is that it doesn’t require any fancy equipment (like a blow torch). Lacey over at A Sweet Pea Chef is the author of this recipe for Easy Creme Brûlée. We tested it out ourselves, and not only is it easy, but it’s creamy and decadent, just as you would expect a creme brûlée to be. Thanks, Lacey, for making our dreams of becoming a professional chef come true!

EASY CRÈME BRÛLÉE

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins 
Servings: 4
Calories: 566 kcal
Author: A Sweet Pea Chef

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar plus more to sprinkle for topping
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: fresh berries or mint for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Add cream and vanilla and gently stir to combine, taking care not to mix quickly so as not to introduce extra bubbles. Place un-filled ramekins in a baking or casserole dish and fill baking dish with hot water until about half-way up sides of ramekins. Pour egg mixture into ramekins.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, checking every 10 minutes after 35-40 minutes. When done, a knife inserted into the center of the egg mixture should come out mostly clean.
  4. Remove from baking dish (I use a spatula) and lay onto clean dish towel to dry, set and cool. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Set oven to low broiler setting.
  6. Sprinkle a thin, even layer of granulated sugar over the top of the cooked custard. Completely, but lightly, cover the custard with the sugar. Place the ramekins back into the baking dish and surround by ice and cold water until the water almost reaches halfway up the sides (don’t fill too high with water, as the ice will melt and add to the volume of water).
  7. Place baking dish with ramekins under broiler (or use crème brûlée torch, if you’d prefer) for 3-5 minutes, or until the sugar has melted and creates a golden brown, caramelized crust.
  8. Garnish with berries and/or some fresh mint leaves.
fraud

4 Tips to Avoid Telemarketing Fraud

Phone scams and fraud via phone calls are prevalent in this day and age, and it seems to only be getting worse. In fact, most of us here at GWB receive multiple spam calls every day on our personal phones. There are some scams that are easier to see through than others, but scammers are getting smarter and it can be hard to know how to protect yourself. Here are a few tips to remember to help you avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

1. Ignore whatever it is they’re selling.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. When anyone calls you uninvited, whether it’s a bank, sales people, a charity organization, a survey company, or even a business you’re familiar with, don’t give in to any pleas or pitches. Caller IDs can be easily be faked and you have absolutely no way to confirm they are who they say they are.

2. Give them absolutely nothing.

Most of the time, scammers will ask for personal information. That information can be as simple and seemingly-innocent as your name. Do not give it to them. Don’t verify your mailing address. Don’t verify if your spouse is home or what kind of car you drive. If they ask you for any personal information, simply hang up. Scammers can use even the simplest of information to inflict harm to you or your bank account.

3. I’ll call you directly.

When the callers tell you they have to speak to you regarding your account, credit cards, or something else seemingly important, tell them you will call them directly to discuss the matter. Some scammers will give you a number you can call them at, but don’t use it. Look up the phone number to the company they say they’re calling from in the phone book or on the Internet.

4. Stay alert to avoid fraud.

Always do your research before you give any personal or financial information over the phone. Check with the Better Business Bureau to verify that a business is legitimate, and check their website to see if it looks authentic and trustworthy.

It can be overwhelming to deal with so many spam calls on your phone and to try to avoid being scammed or a victim of fraud. But by remembering these tips you can better protect yourself, your loved ones, and your assets against fraudsters. And if you’ve received a phone call, piece of mail, or email that you believe may be a scam, report it to the FTC by calling its consumer hotline at 877-FTC-HELP or by filing a complaint on the FTC website.