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Medical Malpractice: Do I Have a Case?

As patients, we must trust our healthcare providers.  We must believe that they have our best interests at heart and will do everything in their power to provide the best care possible. Unfortunately, sometimes that just isn’t the case. Sometimes a doctor simply makes the wrong decision at a critical time. The aftermath can leave […]

Dog Bite Lawsuits: What You Need to Know

According to the ASPCA, 44 percent of American households own pets. This adds up to 78 million dogs in US homes today. With the joy of owning a dog comes considerable responsibility for its care. Understanding your legal responsibility for maintaining safety for others around your family pets can save a dog owner heartache and […]

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Arbitration?

Arbitration Definition If you have a dispute that you need legal assistance settling, is arbitration the answer?  Arbitration at its best can help you swiftly and peacefully settle disagreements in a private and less expensive forum.  This does not mean it is a one size fits all solution.  Read on to learn more about the pros, cons […]

Arizona Bicycles and Traffic Rules

Did you know bicycles are required to follow traffic rules? Did you know you can get a ticket for speeding, running a stop sign, failing to yield and riding on the sidewalk? Most people do not know that these are some things one should not do on a bicycle. Now logic requires a 6 year […]

What is Mediation?

The best approach to winning cases and settling disputes is not always going to court. There are instances where the best approach is to avoid court through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which can avoid long delays and high costs. You can either mediate or arbitrate. But, contrary to popular belief, the two most important ADR methods, mediation […]

Relocate Without Notifying Other Parent

Simply put, NO, you should never relocate without notifying the child’s other parent. Under Arizona Law, Arizona Revised Statute 25-408, under almost all factual circumstances a parent must provide written notice at least 45 days prior to relocating with the minor child(ren).

Sole Custody

Since January of 2013, Arizona has “joint legal decision making authority” and “parenting time.” No custody, either legal or physical. What this means is that the default rule in Arizona is that parents share joint legal decision making authority for their kids, and some variation of parenting time.

Under-Insurance Coverage

Why of course you have automobile insurance that covers you if you are in an accident. The state requires a very minimum policy so at least you have what is called a 15/30 minimum policy ($15,000 per person/$30,000 maximum per accident). And, if you are like most people, you have a lot more insurance if you have any assets.

Wills for Recent Grads

For most people in their 20’s and 30’s, the aging process and their own mortality are not exactly matters of pressing concern. Perhaps, if they are married or have children, the concept of what will happen when they are gone has at least crossed their mind.

Sending Emails During Divorce

One of the most difficult things about divorce, even divorces that are relatively amicable, is learning a new way to communicate with your former partner, especially when children are involved. While I am sure that some (saintly) people are able to continue to treat their ex-spouse in the same loving and compassionate manner that they did while they were married, most of the rest of us would occasionally like to take a two-by-four to the other person’s head.

Estate and Gift Tax Laws

After years of uncertainty, the Congress and President in 2013 enacted permanent legislation that now provides definitive rules to estate planners and their clients on estate and gift taxes (at least until Congress and the President decide to change the rules at some time in the future).

Lien Against Insurance Proceeds

Did you know that a hospital or health care provider can file a lien against the proceeds of any settlement or judgment you may get against the person who ran the red light and hit you. Even though your insurance paid the bill, the medical provider may claim a balanced bill lien.