Make Room for Fun
JW Way Fundamental #27: Don't take yourself too seriously "Maintain a healthy perspective on your work and professional life. There are more important things going on in the world than your daily challenges. And remember to have fun. Fun renews our spirit, keeps us energized, and helps us think more clearly. "
We work in a serious profession, and we are often doing very serious work. We exist to … Read More
The Impossible Choice
Selecting a Guardian for Your Children
You put so much thought into caring for your children - finding the best doctors, the healthiest foods, and the schools that best suit their personalities. But if you are like many parents with young children, you have not thought about what would happen if you were unable to care for your children. Who would step in and make sure your children are cared for, loved, and … Read More
Do I Need an Estate Plan?
When You Hear the Term “Estate Planning”, Do You Think:
“I don’t need an estate plan because I don’t have very much,”
“My wishes are simple, I can just jot down what I need,”
“I know someone who said they used a Will template off the Internet and said it was great,”
“Why should I care about estate planning since I’m going to be dead … Read More
The Potential Cost of Being Right
JW Way Fundamental #9: Leave your ego at the door. "At all times, stay focused on serving the needs of the client, and our firm, rather than on serving your ego. Remember – it’s about the client and our firm, not you!"
All humans have ego. It is an essential ingredient in all successful people. The challenge is when one’s own ego needs are undermining their goals and … Read More
To Understand a Client's Needs Requires Exploration
JW Way Fundamental #4: Walk in your client’s shoes. See the world from their perspective. Empathize by understanding their fears and concerns and showing you care. Ask, “If I were in their shoes, what would I want to know and how would I want to be treated?"
When clients come to us for estate planning, they have to address difficult questions including end of life questions, life- … Read More
5 Things Every New Parent Needs to Know About Wills
As a new parent, you naturally want to ensure your new baby’s future in every way. For many new parents, infancy is a time for celebrating new life, and making a will is the last thing on their minds. For others, the process of bringing new life into the world sparks intense feelings of wanting control and needing organization. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, you might be struggling to figure … Read More
Medical Marijuana Can be a Tricky Issue for Arizona Employers
In 2010, Arizona voters approved a medical marijuana law that applies to most employers. Generally, the law states that it is unlawful for an Arizona employer to refuse to hire (or terminate) an employee simply because they have a medical marijuana card. There are, however, some important limitations or things to know.
When Arizona employers are conducting a drug screen for new hires or a random drug test of all … Read More
Intellectual Property 101 for Business Owners
Although many business owners have a general idea of what intellectual property is, most are not as familiar with the different types of intellectual property and what may be protected. This can be an expensive learning curve given that intellectual property often represents one of the largest asset classes a business owns.
Intellectual property is generally defined as "creations of the mind." The law protects … Read More
Why Estate Planning is not Just for the Wealthy and Elderly
In a youth-focused society, it is difficult to contemplate aging, let alone dying. Many young people assume, incorrectly, that estate planning is just for the elderly or the very wealthy. There are four reasons why everyone - regardless of their age - should consider having at least some estate planning documents prepared.
Powers of Attorney
Estate planning is not just death planning. Powers of attorney are … Read More
Are Performance Improvement Plans the Best Practice?
I often get asked – what is the best way to terminate an employee? Often, the discussion centers around whether the employer should issue a written warning and/or performance improvement plan ("PIP")?
Many attorneys feel that employers should give the employee at least one written warning and then put them on a PIP. That way, there is a good paper trail. It also gives the employee a chance to correct the … Read More