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  • Business and Professional Practice Valuation in Divorce

    By Mitchell Reichman

    The valuation of a business or professional practice in a divorce proceeding requires the resolution of unique issues. Among the most significant of these issues are the valuation date and the standard of value to be applied. In Arizona, judges have the discretion to decide these issues by considering specific factors that are typically unique to the particular circumstances of the case … Read More

  • Why Mentoring Matters

    Most of us had a formal or informal mentor, or maybe even more than one, over the years, who helped us along the way. What you learned may have related to your professional life, or to more general life issues, or both. But either way, the importance of a good mentor mentee relationship cannot be ignored.

    The basis of the mentor mentee relationship is support and trust. It is an exercise in listening for the … Read More

    Categories: Other

  • The NLRB's Assault on Employee Handbooks: Potentially Illegal Workplace Rules and Policies

    By David N. Farren

    Most employers and their legal counsel take pride in rules and policies that have become standard fare in the workplace. Employee Handbooks almost always contain, and certainly should contain, conspicuous provisions that expressly disavow the existence of any contract of employment or any intent to alter, amend or modify the parties' at-will employment relationship. Handbooks are also typically … Read More

    Categories: Employment, Article

  • Why Commitment Matters

    You have to do what you say you are going to do. Period. If you don't, people you deal with will not trust what you say and probably not bring you their business or deal with you in the future.

    Part of commitment is trust. Are you overselling just to get the job? What are the odds that if you do, you have any chance to succeed? The answer is simple, slim to none. And once you lose someone's trust, all is lost. … Read More

    Categories: Other

  • How Important is Communicating to be Understood?

    Can the misunderstanding of a few words literally mean the difference between life and death? 

    In 1977 at foggy Tenerife in the Canary islands, the captain of a KLM flight thought that the air traffic controller had cleared him to take-off. But in fact, the controller intended only to give departure instructions, not clearance for take-off. Although the language spoken between the Dutch KLM captain and the … Read More

    Categories: Other

  • Leave Your Ego at the Door

    Ego is defined a number of ways by psychologists, but in general terms, ego is an individuals sense of self-esteem or self-importance. However, being egotistical is generally considered negative, while having a high level of self-esteem is considered positive. What is the difference? An egotistical person derives his or her self-worth from external factors (feedback from others).  A person with high self- … Read More

    Categories: Other

  • The Defaulting Seller and a Notice of Lis Pendens

    By David Allen

    After months of searching, you have finally found the house of your dreams, and much to your delight the Seller has accepted your offer of $500,000. You deposit your $15,000 "earnest money" with the escrow company, and an escrow is opened. As part of your "due diligence" you spend $1,000 on inspections, and in anticipation of moving, you pay a moving company a $1,500 non-refundable deposit. The … Read More

    Categories: Real Estate, Article