How to Maximize Value for Your Attorney Fee Dollars: Tips to Decrease your Legal Bill
If you are faced with needing the services of an attorney either for a personal matter or a business matter, the cost of quality legal services may seem expensive The more educated you are about purchasing legal services, the more value you will receive. The following are 10 important considerations when hiring an attorney.
Know when to use a lawyer
The old cliché of "an ounce of prevention is … Read More
Answers to Top Business Issues
As a business owner, you are under pressure to either maintain your existing base or expand your business. Increased sales, good employee relations, firm financial footing are all important components to your business' continued success and may take the majority of your time. Critical tasks, such as handling important legal matters may fall by the wayside. Building a strong legal foundation now will potentially … Read More
Forced Buyouts in a Business Divorce - Valuable Weapon or Trap for the Unwary?
Many part-owners of a business are not aware that, as shareholder of an Arizona corporation, they gain the right to seek to dissolve the corporation under certain circumstances, but at the same time subject themselves to mandatory buyout procedures which do not apply to other types of business organizations.
Judicially Dissolving an AZ Corporation
Under the Arizona Corporation Statute, A.R.S. § 10-1430(C), … Read More
Privacy During a Divorce: Illusion
The National Security Agency (NSA) was recently in the news when Edward Snowden disclosed that the United States have been spying on U.S. Citizens and foreign diplomats visiting the United States. American citizens were outraged as well as understanding, which is a balance between the desire to be safe and the desire to retain privacy. This news lead me to the consideration of the privacy of parties … Read More
How Long Will My Divorce Take in Maricopa County?
The length of a divorce proceeding in Maricopa County is dependent on several factors.
The first factor is dependent on the spouses. The increased conflict and animosity between spouses, along with attachment to certain outcomes create more controversy. The more controversy or issues there are, the longer it takes to resolve the matter. The Court's calendar will also impact how long it takes to … Read More
5 things to do when you are stopped for a DUI
DUI is one of the most common criminal offenses in Arizona. Knowing your rights could make the difference of whether you end up with a conviction or a valuable lesson to remind you not to drink and drive. The below list explains what to do if caught in such predicament:
When asked if you have been drinking, your response should be "no".
When asked for your license and registration, provide … Read More
Marijuana and DUI: The Rules Changed
Arizona has historically taken a zero tolerance approach to individuals consuming marijuana and driving; if you are driving a vehicle and have any trace of marijuana in your system you were prosecuted and convicted. There have been several cases whereby the defense argued and proved that not all chemicals released in the body upon ingestion of marijuana have impairing properties. Courts and juries have almost … Read More
The "Nine Commandments" for Getting Paid; Thou Shalt . . .
1. If the Registrar of Contractors requires you to have a contractor's license, obtain the applicable license and do not enter into contract until the license is in good standing (in Arizona, failure to have such a license may prevent you from suing for amounts owed);
2. Have a written contract sufficient to addresses reasonably anticipated complexities of the project. At a minimum, the contract should … Read More
What is the Difference Between Mediation and Arbitration?
Many people use the terms "mediation" and "arbitration" interchangeably, mistakenly believing they are two different words that mean the same thing. While the English language is curiously replete with examples of different words with the same meaning (i.e. "car" and "automobile"), the words "mediation" and "arbitration" are not such a pair.
The confusion is possibly caused by the concepts of the two … Read More
When The Left Hand Is Not The Same As The Right
It is commonplace for an owner of real estate to convey their property from one entity that they own or control to another that they also own or control. There are many reasons for such transfers, including, most commonly, the desire to hold a particular property in a "single purpose entity" in order to satisfy a lender's requirement, or to attempt to shield the asset from potential creditors of the … Read More