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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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Good News from Congress? Really? Tax Relief for some

For those who have had mortgage debt forgiven in 2014 either by agreement with the lender or pursuant to the provisions of the Arizona anti-deficiency statutes there were worries that there may be income tax consequences on the forgiven debt because the Mortgage Debt Reduction Act

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”)

Alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”). Those three words may sound great to people who have spent a lot of money in court litigation. But not all ADR proceedings are the same. Depending on the nature of the dispute, one particular method of ADR – arbitration may not be the best method to resolve a claim.

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The Joy of Hearing a Book

I have always had a love of reading. Our house was filled with books when I was a child and my mother was always reading. I have continued that tradition and now I am the one my own children see reading all the time. I would choose a book over a movie any day of the week. Most recently I began listening to audio books.

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Where There is a Will There is a Way (To Pass on Our Values)

We are privileged to help many of our friends and clients prepare their last will and testament, testamentary and living trusts and associated paperwork regarding the disposition of their money and assets according to their wishes and law. We spend a lot of time to suggest lawful methods for significant planning and savings

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OMG AT 2:00 A.M.

At some time or another, most business owners have awakened in a panic – or similar emotion – in the middle of the night thinking about:

• What might happen if I am unable to continue to run my business?

• What might happen if a key employee leaves my business?

• Is my business really saleable?

• What if I lose a key customer?

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NFL

The recent actions of the NFL regarding a horrendous domestic abuse incident have come under widespread critical scrutiny and condemnation. Domestic abuse is too nice a phrase for what was a criminal assault and battery of a woman by an NFL player who was her fiancee.

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Online Sales Tax

Saying that the internet has changed the way we live is an obvious statement. The internet has transformed our forms of communication and our use of language as well as the way we conduct business.

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Fun Facts

As many of us return from summer vacation and students return to school our lives begin to develop a new routine. We drag ourselves out of the summer slump and back to the grind. To keep things lighthearted, I thought it would be entertaining to send you a list of fun facts. Enjoy!

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Go Paperless – Do Good

A few years ago our firm made the decision to go paperless. (Yes we are lawyers and we have a fondness for paper and cannot completely eliminate it, but the advantages of going paperless were simply too compelling, so we have digitized all our files and systematized our access to them.)

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Snapchat vs. the FTC

Do you or a teen you know use Snapchat? If so, you should know that it may not be as private or temporary as you think. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Snapchat agreed to settle charges that the company was deceiving users about “temporary” usage of photo messaging as well as the collection of user information.

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If You “like” Us, Don’t Sue Us

General Mills the maker Betty Crocker, Nature Valley and Pillsbury brands has announced that if you choose to follow their company page, subscribe to their newsletter, or benefit in any way, including coupons, from their company you may be waiving your right to future lawsuits.

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GOLF LAW ?? – YES GOLF LAW !!

Yes, there is a topic in the law known as “Golf Law”. In fact the American Bar Association has published the second edition of “The Little Book of Golf Law” authored by John H. Minan, a lawyer, professor of law at the University of San Diego and an avid golfer.

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Top 10 Tips for Small Businesses

An important list we’ve created with the Top 10 Tips for those who own, or want to own, a small business. Naturally, we feel that the success of a company includes its preparation for any legal ramification.

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Some Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages

Over the last few years a reverse mortgage has come back into focus, for seniors and those who plan with them. In general, a reverse mortgage converts home equity into cash in several different ways, ranging from monthly payments to an equity line to one-time payouts — or a combination.

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Rolling Stone Trademark

Take a quick look at these images of tongues. Are they confusingly similar? Do they leave you with the same commercial impression?

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Small Business Tip: Beware of Personal Guarantees

I have represented several individuals in the last year who signed personal guarantees and then were sued on that guarantee. If you sign a personal guarantee, you have to be willing to pay on the debt if the main borrower, whether it’s your business or your child, fails to pay.

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Small Business Tip: Trademarks

Business owners routinely ask questions about the names, logos and phrases they use to sell, advertise, and promote their goods and services. This brings up the issue of what is a trademark/service mark and what can be trademarked. A name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or any combination thereof that a business associates with its goods and/or services can be projected as a trademark.

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