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Lessons from the Super Bowl

Most of us watched the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. If you didn’t watch it, you most likely heard about the largest comeback in Super Bowl history (25 points) and that it was the first Super Bowl overtime game ever. I am not writing this letter because I am a Tom Brady or Patriots fan. In fact, I am a die-hard Giants fan and will let you know that Tom Brady and the Patriots are now 5-2 in Super Bowls, both loses inflicted by my Giants (but I digress). I believe there is a great lesson to be learned by the Super Bowl outcome.

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Ripples of Kindness

With the Start of the New Year – secular that is – I want to share a true story of another new year.

On the Second day of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year, in an Orthodox Synagogue, five men are called up to offer a blessing on the Torah reading for the day from the book of Genesis. In Hebrew this is called an “Aliyah,” related to the word for going up.

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My Bucket List

As I approach a milestone birthday in the coming year, I feel more compelled to accomplish what I perceive as my “Bucket List” in life. One of my “list” items was attending a home football game of my favorite team – the New York Giants. Something I have always wanted to do.

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Copycats and Copyrights

“Don’t believe me just watch! Don’t believe me just watch!” lyrics to Bruno Mars’ wildly popular hit “Uptown Funk” song could not be any more appropriate for what he is going through right now. Recently, surviving members of an 80’s funk band, Collage, sued Bruno Mars for copyright infringement.

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Click and You’re Sued?

In today’s electronic world of websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., sharing one’s feelings with others is as easy as clicking a mouse or hitting “post” on a smart phone. The author can even remain anonymous if s/he chooses. But, what if the statements that are shared online aren’t true? Defamation – a false statement made to a third party about a public or private person – is no laughing matter.

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New Laws That May Affect You

For several months my wife Carol and I were members of the wine club sponsored by the Baron Herzog wineries, one of the largest kosher wineries in the United States. Every quarter the winery would send us one of their choicer reserve wines plus a featured wine of another winery, such as a wonderful chardonnay from the Goose Bay Winery in New Zealand. Then suddenly the shipments stopped.

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Complimentary T-Shirt

Last week, I was fortunate to be able to coach my son David’s 13-14 year old basketball team for Team Phoenix at the JCC Maccabi Games in St. Louis. I have coached my kids mostly in basketball, but also flag football and baseball, for over 13 years, totaling approximately 50 different teams and hundreds of games. But, this was my first Maccabi Tournament experience.

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What a Difference 226 Years Makes

A patent is a license granted to an inventor by the government, giving the inventor the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling his or her invention for a set period. In exchange for sharing the details of your invention with the world, you are allowed to monopolize your invention for up to 20 years. (This, by the way, is one reason prescription medicines are so expensive before generics can be sold.)

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The Not So Legal Holidays

Holidays are bookends to the summer. For many, Memorial Day starts the season of barbecues and beaches, vacations and road trips, and Labor Day ends it. The upcoming July 4th holiday punctuates the middle with fireworks and red, white and blue.

Looking for a way to define “Business Days” in a contract I was preparing for a client, I referenced Section 1-301 of the Arizona Revised Statutes to exclude from the definition all legal holidays under Arizona law. While doing so, I serendipitously found a listing of some not so legal holidays grouped together in the same chapter of Arizona Revised Statues that establishes the legal ones.

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No One Likes a Family Feud (If It’s Not a TV Show)

Prince could have minimized the chances of ugly scenes, lies and explosions by preparing and executing a well thought-out estate plan. And a well thought-out estate plan is not only for the rich and for those who need to minimize their estate-tax burden.

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Rental Property Registration

Rental properties can be a great investment but sometimes they can give you a headache. One way to eliminate potential headaches is to know the laws governing rental properties in Arizona. Many landlords are not aware of an Arizona statute which requires landlords to register their rental property with the assessor in the county where the property is located.

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Find Your Passion and Go For It!

It is hard to believe that I have been an attorney for over 22 years! When I first started practicing I was often asked “why did you decide to become a lawyer?” It seems like years since I have been asked that question. Maybe that is why I asked it of myself lately when reading two recent news stories.

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Maricopa County Property Taxes – 2017 Notice of Value

Attention Maricopa County property owners! Be on the lookout for the Maricopa County Assessor’s 2017 Notice of Value. Most were mailed on February 19, 2016. You have 60 days to file a direct appeal to the Assessor from the date the Notice of Value was mailed. In Maricopa County, April 19 is the deadline to appeal the Maricopa County Assessor’s assignment of property value to your home for 2017 directly to the Assessor.

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Texting and Driving: A Triple Threat

The odds are that, at some point, most of us will be involved in a motor vehicle crash. There is also the likelihood that the cause will be a driver whose attention was distracted from the road because they were using a cell phone. In fact, the National Safety Council has reported that a quarter of all car accidents involve cell phone use. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 3,145 people were killed and approximately 424,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. Texting while driving is particularly distracting because it involves taking your hands off of the steering wheel, diverting your eyes from the road and turning your mind to something other than the task of driving – a triple threat.

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Giving Thanks

In just a few weeks, on the last Thursday in November, family and friends will gather around tables brimming with golden roasted turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Between bites of pumpkin pie, sips of hot apple cider, conversation and laughter, many of us will take pause to express appreciation for all of the positive things in our lives and to reflect on what’s really important to us.

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Intellectual Property

Having a strong internet presence is crucial in today’s digital world. But, differentiating yourself or your business from the multitude of social media sites, websites, and blogs can be quite a challenge. One technique is to capture your audience’s attention with visual images or sounds. Using search engines, the possibilities are endless and simply a click away.

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Life Lessons

Five years ago a distinguished gentleman knocked on our door at home. He said that he worked for an orphanage in Israel and asked if he could speak to me about a possible donation. My oldest son Ari was turning 13 at the time and it was his Bar Mitzvah week.

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Assessor Letter

Attention Homeowners!! Just a reminder that April 21 is the deadline to appeal the Maricopa County Assessor’s assignment of property value to your home for 2016 directly to the Assessor.

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Avoiding Litigation

Spring has sprung! Each of us has our own way of greeting the season of rebirth. As one of the firm’s trial attorneys, I look at Spring as a way to measure my New Year’s resolutions to see if I am on track.

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The Importance Of Written Release Agreements

A well drafted written release agreement can protect your company from a lawsuit. A release is a written agreement where one party releases the other party from potential liability usually in exchange for a payment of money or some other form of consideration. That consideration can take the form of a release by the other party of the first party.

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