Mike Branum

Mike Branum

Gallian Welker & Beckstrom
  • Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury
  • Arizona, Nevada, Utah
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Summary

After spending most of my adult life running into burning buildings or keeping people alive in the back of ambulances, I went to law school. I have lived and worked in North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Alaska, Nevada, and now I have settled into the beautiful red rock surroundings of southwest Utah - Utah's "Dixie."

With over fifteen years of nursing experience on top of my career in emergency medicine, I have the background to understand the medical aspects of personal injury cases and to assist veterans in making compelling cases for the grant of benefits they deserve.

As an attorney licensed in Arizona and Nevada in addition to Utah, I have a general law practice in the North Canyon Justice Court in Colorado City and Mesquite Justice and Municipal Courts. I will assist or refer clients with any matter heard before these courts including criminal and traffic cases, family law, and other civil matters.

I have spent my life standing between those I serve and danger; I merely traded firefighting gear for a suit and moved the battle from the streets to the courtroom.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
Additional Practice Area
  • Veterans Disability Benefits
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
State Bar of Arizona
ID Number: 34464
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Nevada
State Bar of Nevada
ID Number: 15018
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Utah
Utah State Bar
ID Number: 17003
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Professional Experience
Associate
Gallian Welker & Beckstrom
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Education
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
J.D. (2018)
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Honors: Pro Bono Honors
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Masters in Public Administration (2005)
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Excelsior College
Associates Degree in Nursing (2003)
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North Carolina State University
B.S. (1991) | Biological Sciences
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Professional Associations
Utah State Bar
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Southern Utah Bar Association
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Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Nevada Justice Association
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State Bar of Nevada
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State Bar of Arizona
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Utah Association for Justice
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American Inns of Court
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Clark County Bar Association
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Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
139 Questions Answered

Q. Do married minors have legal adult rights?
A: No. You will need to file for emancipation. Emancipated minors have all adult rights with the exception of the right to vote. Start saving now for your first divorce. Divorces are expensive.
Q. My wife (52 yrs. old) receives SSDI and lied to me about the backpay she received. I pay 90% of our bills. Is this lega
A: I am not an expert on SSDI and would highly recommend you consult with such an expert before considering any legal action. The back pay, when it was awarded, may have been classified as separate property. The Caddy, however, may be community property particularly if you are both on the title. I am not sure you would have much of a suit against your wife for merely making purchases you do not agree with regardless of whether or not the funds were classified as community or separate property by the court. If you were to divorce, you could make a case that she wasted community funds and you could seek compensation as part of the settlement. It seems to me like the larger issue here is the deception in your relationship. If you are NOT seeking divorce, you need to get into counseling and find out why the two of you cannot have open and honest communications about your finances. Ultimately this is a much larger personal matter than legal matter.
Q. im 16 boyfriend 17. I might be pregnant and I want to keep it. Can my parents make me abort it or leave my boyfriend?
A: No, they cannot make you get an abortion. Yes they can keep you from seeing the irresponsible sperm donor. Good luck. Teen pregnancy is a nightmare. You CAN go on and have a successful life, but everything is going to be 100 times more difficult. Your life will no longer be all about you if you continue the pregnancy and do not give the baby up for adoption.
Q. Is it illegal if I use my neighbors address to sign him up for large amounts of junk mail over a long period of time?
A: Yes. Grow up. Find a community service project. Stop being a drain on society.
Q. If a 17year old boy has felony warrants will he have everything dropped when he is 18
A: Definitely not the way this works. He will continue to be treated as a juvenile after his 18th birthday because the offenses occurred while he was legally a juvenile. He will, however, have to face the full consequences regardless of being considered an adult.
Q. Regardless of legal decision-making does parents still have rights to protect their child from mental abuse
A: Parents should not disparage one another or attempt to interfere in the relationship between the children and the other parent. It definitely happens, but it should not. The only way to "protect your children" would be to petition the Court for a modification of child custody and request an order allowing you to take the children to therapy. You would need to show either a significant passage of time or a substantial change in circumstances since the order was entered in order to have a fighting chance of success. If the reason your ex was given full legal custody has not changed, the Court is unlikely to give much weight to your input regarding the children's safety since it was apparently YOU who they needed to be protected from at the time the order was issued.
Q. Can my parents deny me medical treatment for mental illnesses?
A: Everything is urgent, serious, and time-sensitive when you are 15 years-old. Likely doubly so for a transgender teen. Your post is also somewhat confusing because the headline discusses mental illness and the body of the question discusses being transgender. My understanding is that individuals who believe they are transgender do not portray that condition as a mental illness. Your situation is a difficult one. In order to make your own medical treatment decisions, you would likely need to be emancipated. Emancipation will require you to convince the Court that you are able to take care of yourself. Emancipation would also disqualify you from your parents healthcare insurance. Medicaid is not going to pay for HRT. Unless you are independently wealthy, you will likely be unable to afford HRT even if you were able to gain emancipation to enable you to independently make that choice. Look at some of the long-term studies out of Europe regarding follow up on teens who underwent HRT. ALL 15 year olds are confused about their gender whether they admit it or not. Your parents likely feel as I do that it is inappropriate to make permanent decisions with significant negative consequences based on the feelings of a teenager. There is a profound risk that you will change your mind five to ten years from now and have done permanent damage to your developing body. I hope you find a solution that will give you peace but I fear HRT in the absence of parents crazy enough to approve is unlikely until you reach an age and socioeconomic position where you can make it happen without your parents' subsidy.
Q. What defines a "loaded firearm" as it pertains to the transport or storage of a weapon in a personal vehicle?
A: Firstly, if you feel the need to carry a shotgun in your vehicle for personal protection; you should likely do one of two things: 1) find a better part of Provo to live in, work in, or frequent (whichever is the case when you feel you need that much personal protection or 2) seek therapy for the paranoia that has caused you to believe you need to carry a shotgun in your vehicle for personal protection. That being said, you are correct that the ammo tube can be loaded and the firearm still deemed "unloaded" for statutory purposes. Two actions - racking the slide and pulling the trigger - are required to discharge the firearm. Just make sure the firearm is not concealed unless you are a valid holder of a concealed carry permit.
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