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A Message Regarding Covid-19

A Message to Our Clients and Friends Regarding Covid-19 We are all aware of the concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus worldwide. Of course, we are all focused on taking care of our family, friends, employees and clients as this situation develops. At this time, our office remains open and functioning during regular business […]

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Center for Auto Safety v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

In the recent case of Center for Auto Safety v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the Arizona Court of Appeals explained the legal standard applicable when a court evaluates a request to terminate a protective order sealing documents.

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A Silver Lining to Foreclosures: Obtaining Excess Proceeds from Property Sales

Although the real estate market has been in an upswing for several years and we are far past the great recession, there are still circumstances that can arise and cause people to lose their homes to foreclosure.  The only silver lining is that a property can sell for more than what is owed to the creditor […]

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Supreme Court Says Prohibition Against Scandalous Trademarks Violates First Amendment

On June 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling holding that the Lanham’s Acts provisions preventing the registration of trademarks that are immoral or scandalous violates the First Amendment. In Iancu v. Brunetti, the Supreme Court specifically directed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to allow the registration of the term FUCT for […]

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Does Hashish Fall Outside of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act?

On March 19, 2019, the Arizona Supreme Court heard oral arguments on State of Arizona v. Jones.  The issue was whether the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) also includes hashish.  Rodney Jones was convicted and served 2.5 years for possessing 0.5 grams of hashish he purchased from a dispensary with his AMMA card.  Yavapai county […]

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For Arizona Medical Marijuana Users, Your Car is Not a Private Place

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) does not grant immunity to card holders smoking marijuana in a public place, including if you want to “toke up” inside your car before a concert.  The Arizona Court of Appeals Division One, Affirmed Judge Michael Gordon’s Superior Court Ruling in State v. Tagge.  After a bench trial, Judge Gordon […]

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What Do I Get to Keep from My Creditors?

            Many people end up owing more money than they can ever afford to repay.  There are many reasons why people have debt.  Sometimes it is bad luck.  Sometimes it is bad decision making.  For whatever reason, there may come a time when you are not able to pay back the debts that you owe.             When a creditor starts to […]

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Child Custody : Be Aware of the Consequences of Your Decisions

  On April 25, 2019, the Arizona State Supreme Court issued a ruling which will have a significant impact on future custody litigation in Arizona.   The Court issued its ruling in Paul E. v Courtney F, 22 Ariz. 46, __P3d __ (2019).    In particular, parties need to really consider all of the possible problems and issues before agreeing to […]

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Taxes and Bankruptcy

There are a lot of “urban legends” concerning the ability of a debtor to discharge tax debts in Bankruptcy.  The rules are complicated and it takes an experienced Bankruptcy attorney to help taxpayers navigate the rules on when a tax is dischargeable and what types of taxes are dischargeable. The most common question concerns the dischargeability […]

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AZ Homestead Exemption

Protect Your Equity with the Arizona Homestead Exemption

Arizona has a law which allows a homeowner to protect $150,000 in equity from general creditors.  It does not apply to mortgage companies or any creditor who has been given a consensual lien from the homeowner.  It is called a “homestead exemption”.  It applies to all people who have an “interest” in property in Arizona.  It applies whether someone […]

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