Four Tips Learned from Pitt/Jolie Divorce that May Apply to Your Divorce
While most divorcing couples do not have details about their divorce speculated on, discussed and photographed in both print and on-line media, there are lessons from high profile divorces that are applicable to many.
On Tuesday April 14 2018, there was a media report in which Angelina Jolie accused Brad Pitt of not paying “meaningful” child support. (https://www.etonline.com/angelina-jolie- … Read More
The Ninth Circuit Helps Copyright Owners Battle Widespread Infringement in Glacier Films v. Turchin
On July 24, 2018, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision that can be an important tool to help copyright owners enforce their rights. It’s not unusual for copyright owners to believe that it’s just not worth going after some infringers because the cost of attorney fees can quickly exceed the amount of the damages caused by the infringement. Glacier Films recently won a case that will … Read More
Why Beneficiary Designations Should be Updated After Divorce
While in the process of divorcing, your attorney will remind you that you cannot change beneficiary designations on your accounts until the divorce is finalized. It is not uncommon to want to put the divorce out of your mind, especially if your divorce has lasted a long time. However, while you may want to not think about it, remember that you need to change your beneficiary designations immediately.
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Supervised Parenting Time – What it is and What it is Not
In Arizona, parents who are no longer married or not living together share parenting of their minor children. Sometimes they share equally and sometimes disproportionately with one of the parents possibly due to work schedules or maybe, because one parent is not as involved with the minor children as the other parent. Typically, each parent makes day-to-day decisions while he or she is exercising … Read More
SCOTUS Says States Can Charge Sales Tax on Online Purchases
Taxes and the internet are not two things typically lumped together. However, last week, the Supreme Court addressed those two issues in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, when it re-evaluated the question from a 1992 Supreme Court case as to whether state taxes must be collected if the seller isn’t physically located within the state. Twenty-six years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Quill Corp. v. … Read More
Four Points Every Arizona Subcontractor Must Know About Construction Defect Claims
Residential Construction Defect (“CD”) litigation begins when unsatisfied homeowners file claims against the developer/general contractor (“GC”) for alleged construction defects. A common misconception amongst subcontractors is that CD claims and lawsuits are matters to be dealt with by the subcontractor’s insurer, and are not the concern of the individual subcontractor. This could … Read More
Born in the USA: When Can Products Be Marketed as “Made in the USA”?
Marketing a product as “Made in the USA” or “Made in America” can provide a competitive advantage to companies using the designation. Some view the designation as signifying a safer or higher-quality product. Many consider the act of purchasing such products patriotic—supporting jobs and industry at home rather than overseas. Because of these potential competitive benefits, there are … Read More
Everyone is Doing Business Online, and Most People are Doing it Wrong - 5 Practical Steps to Protect Your Customer Data
Data breaches are inevitable. 2017 was the “year of the data breach,” with more exposure of personally identifiable information (“PII”) than ever before. If you were one of the 30% of US-based consumers who were notified of a data breach, it isn’t comforting to know that you aren’t alone in your plight. As a business owner, the feeling is even worse when you identify the … Read More
Five Tips to Not Let Your Marijuana Trademarks Get Vaporized
Whether operating in states that allow medical marijuana like Arizona or in states that allow it both medically and recreationally like Colorado, business owners in the marijuana industry want to protect their brands just like any other business. Unlike other industries though, the marijuana industry still exists in a legal gray area due to conflicting state and federal laws. As such, protecting marijuana related … Read More
How to Avoid Summer Parenting Time Vacation Conflicts
Frequently I am asked by parents whether or not they need to disclose where they are going for vacation to the other parent. In Arizona, most divorce decrees include a provision that requires a traveling parent to disclose an itinerary if he/she is traveling more than 100 miles or out of state. Some decrees will require more specific information such as the mode of travel (including flight … Read More