Use of a Jointly Engaged Valuation Expert in a Divorce: How to Make the Process Work
In recent years it has become more common for divorcing spouses to agree to jointly engage one expert to value the marital interest in a business or professional practice. While choosing one expert is not suitable for all situations, the potential benefits of using one expert include saving time in the process, reducing the cost of the valuation and increasing the possibility of negotiating a resolution … Read More
Does It Matter Who Files First in a Divorce Proceeding?
As far as the outcome is concerned, it should make no difference which party chooses to file the petition for divorce. However, one of the parties is able to control the process, the person filing (known as the Petitioner) is ultimately able to control the initial portion of their dissolution case.
Advantages of Being the Petitioner
Firstly, at any proceeding before the court, the Petitioner has the first … Read More
Can I Handle My Own Divorce Without a Lawyer?
The simple answer is yes. The better question is whether or not it is advisable to handle your own divorce. In short, the answer is no - it is not advisable.
If your case involves any of the items listed below, it is highly recommended that you retain (or at least consult) competent counsel:
Legal Decision Making issues (custody)
Child Support … Read More
How do I know if an asset is really my sole and separate property?
In the State of Arizona, any and all property is presumed to be community property. However, property is characterized at the time of its acquisition and therefore, if you owned property prior to your marriage, it is and remains your separate property – unless you gifted same to your spouse, entered an agreement to transfer same to your spouse, or commingled same with property of your spouse AND it is … Read More
Financial Issues in Divorce - Dissipation or "Waste" Claims
In Arizona, it is not uncommon for a spouse in a dissolution proceeding to assert a "waste" claim against the other spouse. The term "waste" does not appear in the Arizona statutes that define community property or relate to the dissolution of marriage.
The concept generally derives from the fact that both spouses in a marriage have a fiduciary relationship to each other that extends to the community … Read More
How to Prepare for Mediation
Mediation is a voluntary process in which the parties jointly select a neutral third party facilitator to help reach resolution of all or some of the issues in their divorce proceeding.
Mediation as we prefer to conduct it involves the lawyers at all times, including all meetings between the clients and the mediator. The mediator is a private person who is engaged and will typically be compensated based on … Read More
What Are Requests For Admission And How Can They Help My Divorce Case?
Requests for Admission are written statements of fact which are submitted to an adverse party in a divorce proceeding which that party is required to admit or deny. They can be an effective and efficient way to establish facts and limit the amount of unresolved issues for trial. Any party to a divorce action has the right to serve on a written Request for Admission on the other party. For example, such a request … Read More
Top Tips About Binding Arbitration Clauses
When faced with a contract dispute, parties frequently hire attorneys and use the court system to resolve their dispute. However, there is an alternative dispute mechanism - Binding Arbitration - which is available to resolve disputes if the parties have already agreed to use that method of dispute resolution. In boilerplate contract language, binding arbitration provisions may exist. Such … Read More
Letter of Intent
In a typical residential sales transaction, the first formal document usually exchanged is an offer, usually by the buyer to the seller. The seller then either accepts or submits a counter-offer, and back and forth it goes until one side either accepts the other's counter-offer or calls off the negotiations. Upon the acceptance being communicated the two sides have successfully entered into a legally binding … Read More
Confirm Your Easement Access
Have you purchased or handled a sale of rural land with a winding, dusty private driveway that crossed neighboring property once or twice before reaching the public road? Did you compare that driveway with the property deed, to see if the deed included an "easement" for the driveway? Did the legal description of the easement actually match the driveway's layout? When you are buying unimproved land, it is essential … Read More