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Let's Protect Your Property

 

PRACTICE AREAS

Action Law focuses on real estate law, protecting and defending property rights, and disputes involving land titles. Action Law has significant experience in title insurance litigation. The cases that Action Law has successfully handled over the years, for both plaintiffs and defendants, have involved all aspects of real property and land title litigation in both Utah state and federal courts. Action Law is ready to help you with the following legal issues concerning real property:

 

  • Adverse possession

  • Boundary disputes 

  • Boundary by acquiescence, agreement, estoppel, or plat

  • Claims involving superiority, enforceability, validity, and priority of liens

  • Easements

  • Equitable liens

  • Equitable subrogation

  • Eviction

  • Foreclosure, judicial and nonjudicial

  • Fraud

  • Land title disputes

  • Leases

  • Nuisance

  • Ownership disputes

  • Paperless liens

  • Partition actions

  • Probate real property litigation

  • Property held in trust 

  • Quiet title

  • Real estate purchase contracts and transactions

  • Real estate litigation

  • Reformation of documents  

  • Specific performance claims

  • Tax liens, both state and federal

  • Title issues associated with deceased borrowers or property owners

  • Title insurance coverage issues

  • Title insurance litigation

  • Trespass

  • Unlawful detainer

  • Waste of real property (e.g., destruction, misuse, neglect)

 

OUR FIRM

Action Law, established in 2012, is a litigation firm that offers efficient, high quality, and creative legal representation for businesses and individuals primarily in the areas of Utah real estate law, real property rights, and land title issues. At Action Law, the goal is to partner and collaborate with you on your legal matters in a way that makes the most sense for you. Meeting your legal needs and business objectives in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible is Action Law’s top priority. Action Law will not recommend litigation, for example, if it appears your matter can be resolved favorably out of court, or if resorting to litigation would likely put you in a worse position while extracting high costs. When litigation is appropriate, however, Action Law has considerable experience in the courtroom and will go to the mat for you. Action Law charges reasonable fees, proportionate to the legal services needed. Action Law is flexible and nimble, using technology to reduce costs and overhead.  Action Law passes those savings on to you in the form of lower billing rates. 

 

Action Law partners and collaborates extensively with in-house and corporate counsel for local and national companies on Utah real property and land title matters. Action Law understands how to balance legal issues with business objectives, aggressively seeking the best possible solution early on. Action Law is happy to handle legal matters from beginning to end, including through appeal; to consult with you, or your attorneys, about your case; or to handle specific portions of matters on a limited scope of representation basis. If you are interested in retaining Action Law, please call, email, or send us a message through the Contact page on this website to discuss whether Action Law’s legal services are right for your legal needs and business objectives. The choice of an attorney is an important one and should be a good fit.    

 
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SARA E. BOULEY

Attorney and Owner

Action Law is owned by Sara Bouley, who has practiced law in Utah since 1997. Sara is a dedicated and conscientious legal professional with extensive mediation, litigation, courtroom, and trial experience. Sara also handles appeals. Meeting the legal needs and business objectives of her clients at a reasonable cost and in a reasonable time frame are her top priorities. She puts her knowledge of the law, experience, creativity, perseverance, and assertiveness to work for them, every day.  

 

Sara believes that it is important to give back to her community and enjoys doing so. Among other activities, Sara volunteers as the co-Chair of the Governmental Relations Committee of the Utah State Bar, the Vice Chair of the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee of the Utah State Bar, and the Treasurer of the Real Property Section of the Utah State Bar. She also volunteers as a small claims court judge and a Real Property Bar Examiner. Sara serves on the Law Day Run Committee of “And Justice for All,” whose mission is to increase access to civil legal services for the disadvantaged and for individuals with disabilities. 

Professional Experience

  • Attorney, Action Law LLC, Salt Lake City, Utah (2012 – present) 

  • Attorney, Fabian & Clendenin, P.C., Salt Lake City, Utah (1998 – 2012; shareholder 2005 – 2012)

  • Attorney, Strong & Hanni, Salt Lake City, Utah (1997 – 1998)

Recognition & Activities

  • ​Recognized as a Legal Elite, Civil Litigation & Trial (2013 – 2016) and Real Estate (2021), in Utah Business: The Magazine for Decision Makers

  • Real Property Bar Examiner, Utah State Bar (2009 – present)       

  • Real Property Section, Utah State Bar (Secretary, 2021 – present; Chair, 2014 – 2015)

  • Volunteer Judge Pro Tempore, Third Judicial District Court, Small Claims Division, Salt Lake County, Utah; and Utah Justice Courts (2002 – present)

  • Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, Utah State Bar (Vice Chair, 2017 – present)

  • Governmental Relations Committee, Utah State Bar (Co-Chair, 2018 – present)

    • ​Utah State Bar 2021 Committee of the Year Award (for exceptional service to the legal profession and the community) ​

  • Law Day Run Committee, And Justice for All (2015 – present)

  • Volunteer Judge, 2021 Utah Mock Trial Competition for middle/junior high school and high school students, sponsored by Utah Law Related Education

  • Notary Public commissioned by the State of Utah (2012 – present)

  • Member, Litigation Section, Real Property Section, Women Lawyers, Utah State Bar (1997 – present)

  • Volunteer, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Utah State Office of the Guardian Ad Litem (assisted guardian ad litem attorneys in their representation of the interests of abused and neglected children in Utah's foster care system) (1995 – 1997) 

Education

  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D. (1997)

    • Articles Editor, Utah Law Review 

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, M.A., English (1993)

  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., English (1990)

  • Nevada Real Estate License (1991)

  • FAA Aircraft Pilot’s License (1989)

Presentations & Publications

  • Presenter, “Ethics in Foreclosure,” Real Estate Foreclosures in Utah, Step by Step, sponsored by National Business Institute, Inc. (“NBI”), Salt Lake City, Utah, April 15, 2021 

  • Presenter, "Not So Final Judgments? Potential Traps and Pitfalls with Rule 58A in Property Cases," sponsored by the Real Property Section of the Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 23, 2020

  • Panelist, “Greener Pastures: Strategies to Establish, Supervise and Optimize Your Practice,” sponsored by the Litigation Law Section, Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 11, 2018 

  • Presenter, “Legal Description Errors” and “Unpaid Taxes,” Top Ten Title Defects – Cured, sponsored by NBI, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 4, 2016 

  • Presenter, “Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession,” Boundaries and Easements, sponsored by HalfMoon Education Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, October 14, 2016 

  • Presenter, “Ethics in Land Use,” Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law, sponsored by NBI, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 26, 2016 

  • Presenter, “Ethics in Land Use,” Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law, sponsored by NBI, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 16, 2014

  • Presenter, “Ethics in Land Use,” Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning, sponsored by NBI, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 14, 2012

  • Presenter, “Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure and Receiverships,” Boot Camp: Foreclosures and Loan Workout Procedures," sponsored by NBI, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 18, 2012

  • Panelist, “Real Property Foreclosure:  A Procedural Walk-Through with Legal Considerations,” Ask the Lawyers: What if the Unexpected Happens? Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SOIR), Salt Lake City, Utah, April 25, 2012

  • Presenter, “Real Property Foreclosure: A Step-by-Step Workshop,” Nuts and Bolts of Real Property, sponsored by the Real Property Section and the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 20, 2011

  • Presenter, “Contracts,” Small Claims Court Judges’ Workshop, sponsored by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 28, 2010

  • Member, Panel of Practitioner Contributors, Black’s Law Dictionary, at vi (9th ed. 2009) (personally edited over 30 pages of single-spaced manuscript), 2008 

  • Author, “Where’s The Beef? Allocating the Burden of Proof in Bailment Agreements Involving Missing Cattle Grazed on Public Rangeland: Cornia v. Wilcox,” 1996 Utah Law Review 1081  

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

  • Utah Supreme Court and lower courts

  • United States District Court, District of Utah

  • United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Utah

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Sara is assisted at Action Law by her husband of 30 years, retired Lieutenant Colonel Joe Bouley, United States Air Force, who is Action Law’s Administrator. Joe was an F-117A Stealth fighter pilot who flew 21 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor. He served 22 years in the United States Air Force. In 2020, Joe retired as a United Airlines pilot after 28 years of service. Sara and Joe were Desert Shield/Storm pen pals, who married in July 1991 three months after Joe returned to the States following the war.

JOSEPH R. BOULEY

Administrator

 
 
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CONTACT US

Action Law provides a free initial consultation to rule out any conflicts of interest, to ensure your problem is one Action Law can help you with, and to agree upon terms of representation. Please get in touch with us. We look forward to assisting you.

Action Law LLC

2825 E. Cottonwood Pkwy., Suite 500

Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Email: info@actionlawutah.com
Phone:  801-990-3262

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