Deliver Outstanding Legal Advice - Gary Jaburg
JW Way Fundamental #1: Deliver outstanding legal advice. "Find the smartest and most efficient way for clients to achieve their goals, while maintaining a healthy respect for their budget and ability to pay."
Every successful business has to differentiate itself in some manner, and law firms are … Read More
Honor Your Commitments - Alden Thomas
JW Way Fundamental #7: Honor your commitments. "Do what you say you are going to do when you say you are going to do it. If a commitment can’t be fulfilled, tell others early and agree on a new commitment."
I vividly remember my first day of law school. All the 1Ls were gathered in an auditorium listening to professors talk about what was in store for us. What has stuck with me is one particular … Read More
Arizona Child Support Modification
In Arizona, child support is determined by using a formula. Several factors are considered – income of each party, how many other children each parent supports, cost of daycare and health insurance, as well as how much time each parent spends with the child or children.
There are some changed circumstances that justify changing the amount of child support from the amount originally ordered. However, the … Read More
Reasonable Reliance in Connection with Fraud in the Inducement
If you ask most people what it means to be “fraudulently induced” to enter into a contract, they will likely respond that it means that they were lied to. But while it's true that being told something that is not true is one of the elements of fraud, each of the four following elements must be present, for the non-truthful party to be legally liable for “fraud in the inducement”: (1) … Read More
Guiding Parents in a High-Conflict Divorce
Family law attorneys may have many “high-conflict” divorces in which parents cannot resolve their differences in either a business-like or amicable manner. Typically, there is on-going, unrelenting hostility between the parents. Frequently, there are allegations of domestic violence, physical abuse, and/or sexual abuse. The parents lack the ability to communicate about their … Read More
Copyright Update: Copyright Owners MUST Obtain Copyright Registration Before Filing Infringement Lawsuits
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled copyright owners must register their copyrights before filing a lawsuit for copyright infringement. The decision resolves a conflict between certain federal appeals courts that held copyright owners merely need apply for copyright registration before filing suit and others that required actual registration to issue.
In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall- … Read More
Mental Health Issues and Divorce
In many divorce cases, mental health issues are raised. Their impact ranges from very mild to very severe. In this series, we will first begin by focusing on general issues that arise within a person’s life when the nuclear, scorched earth option of divorce is initiated.
When a person files a divorce action, usually it significantly changes both of their lives. The relationship dynamics … Read More
The #1 Mistake Arizona Employers Make When Responding to Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment
It is important that Arizona employers know how to properly respond to complaints of unlawful discrimination or harassment, particularly in light of the MeToo movement. Each year, I consult with employees seeking legal advice about a possible discrimination claim against their employer. I also represent employers addressing discrimination complaints. This gives me a unique vantage point to see where there was a … Read More
Top 6 Relocation Factors that an Arizona Family Law Judge Considers
It is common that divorced parents remarry or become involved in other relationships. It is also common that divorced parents (or parents in the midst of a divorce) may want to leave Arizona – to “relocate” to another state along with their minor children. There is a litany of reasons why a parent may seek relocation of minor children. However, the question … Read More
What Is a “Wrongful Termination” in Arizona?
Arizona is an “at-will” employment state. This means an employer can terminate you for any reason or no reason, except an unlawful reason. If you are terminated for an unlawful reason, then you may have a claim for wrongful termination. If, on the other hand, you are terminated for no reason or a lawful reason, you do not have a claim for wrongful termination.
So, what are … Read More