Arizona’s New Construction Defect Law is Effective the Summer of 2015
On March 23, 2015, Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, signed into law House Bill 2578. This new legislation relates specifically to Arizona's construction defect claims and revises the Purchaser Dwelling Actions statute - ARS § 12-1361, et al. The new law is effective the summer of 2015.
The intent of this new law is to limit the number of construction defect lawsuits brought by homeowners. However, expansion of … Read More
Behavioral Health Billing Alert
Providers of behavioral health services should be aware that the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), released in May 2013 after more than ten years in preparation, contains references to International Classification of Diseases version 9 (ICD-9) codes, and not to the newer ICD-10 codes. No publication date for a sixth revision of this Manual has … Read More
Why it is Crucial to Designate a HSA Beneficiary
As high deductible health insurance plans are becoming more popular, an important component is health savings accounts (HSA). In addition to having current tax advantages, there is specific tax treatment of HSA accounts upon the death of the account holder. While not a requirement for HR departments, here is a quick tip that employees may find valuable.
All participants in a qualified … Read More
Options and the Right of First Refusal in Commercial Leases
In commercial leases, it is common for the tenant to be given the "option" to continue to lease their premises for a new term commencing immediately upon the expiration of the existing term. Although the option only favors the tenant, who has the sole right to either exercise or decline to exercise it, there is usually little reason for a landlord to refuse to give such right to the tenant, in that under … Read More
Frequently Asked Questions: Attorneys’ Fees and Costs in Divorce Cases
I don't want the divorce; why should I have to pay for it?
We all have expenses for things that we do not anticipate. We do not intend to get sick or hurt; however, if we need medical attention, we are required to pay the medical bills. If you are involved in a divorce and elect to be represented by counsel, you are expected to pay for those legal services even if you have no desire to be divorced.
Why do … Read More
Why is my Divorce Lawyer Friendly with the Opposing Lawyer?
You may be surprised that most divorce lawyers in Phoenix get along rather well. Many times clients have a difficult time understanding that two lawyers, with diametrically opposed positions and clients, can have a good laugh or conduct themselves in a professional manner. In spite of what you may hear, it is usually to your benefit when both lawyers are civil with one another. Stipulations, … Read More
9 Tips to Help Employers Avoid Violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act
Wage and hour law is complex. Compliance is challenging, and although a company may have both processes and policies in place, a manager or supervisor can put the company at risk for unpaid wages if they are not familiar with all of the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). There can be ambiguity as to what time is compensable. For example, when does a work day begin and end? & … Read More
Is That Job Right For You Or Are You Right For That Job?
Jobs are becoming more plentiful in our recovering economy. Potential employees may have the luxury of selecting between alternate jobs or may pass on a job with the expectation that a better one will come next. People may no longer have to take the first job that comes their way in order to put food on the table. And, if someone needs a job, sometimes that job offer may not be the right one.
Before accepting a … Read More
Guidelines to Dealing with Children During Your Divorce
Divorce is not just stressful on the parents, but can also create a great deal of uncertainty and confusion in your children. The behavior of parents before and after divorce has a critical impact on the emotional adjustment of their children. The following guidelines should be helpful:
Put your children's welfare first. Never use your children as a weapon against your spouse.
Be sure your … Read More
How do I 'Take Title' When Acquiring Real Estate?
While it is true that you most often cannot tell much about a book by its title, the same does not hold true when it comes to real estate, as how title is held to real estate, does tell you a lot. The question faced by a person acquiring real estate in Arizona concerning how they wish to take title is usually posed to them by their real estate agent or by the title company during the escrow process. & … Read More