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Dec 19, 2023
Many business owners use the holiday season to express their gratitude to their employees with gifts. Of course, cash gifts and monetary bonuses will always be taxable to an employee and fully deductible as a business expense to the employer, but there are other items which may not be taxable to an employee.
Nov 11, 2023
Have you ever had a nasty neighbor who polluted the air that you breathe or whose dog barked incessantly at all hours of the day and night? Did you call the police but they would not do anything about the annoying neighbor? Maybe the police issued a citation for a city ordinance violation but the problem persisted. If all else fails, there are civil causes of action available to potentially remedy the issue.
Sep 15, 2023
Does your business name or logo have any value to you? Do you want to protect your business name from third parties using either the exact name or logo or a confusingly similar name or logo in their business? If so, you should consider registering your business name or logo as a trademark and/or service mark with either the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) and/or the Arizona Secretary of State to protect them.
Jul 14, 2023
Many of our clients operate their businesses through small, closely held entities in the forms of corporations or limited liability companies. The Federal Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”), a federal statute designed to prevent smaller companies from being used as vehicles to hide the spoils of illegal activities, launder money, evade taxes, fund terrorism, undermine the US democracy and influence its elections, will become effective January 1, 2024.
Apr 10, 2023
Recently, a client spent considerable time and money to improve the road on a property acquired through a tax lien foreclosure in Arizona. A neighbor then blocked his access to the property through an existing road, claiming that there was no access easement across his land. An easement is a right that is created to permit one person to use the land of another for a specific purpose not inconsistent with a general property in the owner. Fortunately, our client investigated the chain of title prior to making the road improvements and knew that they had an express easement across the land.
Nov 14, 2022
When a person uses an unlicensed contractor as opposed to a licensed contractor, their options to resolve construction defects or the contractor’s breach are severely limited. However, multiple avenues of remedies are available to resolve the construction dispute with a licensed contractor and potentially to make the homeowner whole.
Oct 18, 2022
Many people buy investment homes in Arizona wanting to utilize them as a long-term and even short-term vacation rental and offer them for rent through AIRBNB, Tripping.com, FlipkKey, HomeToGo and many other websites. However, before one buys a home to be utilized as a short-term vacation rental, one should investigate to see what restrictions may exist that could prevent them from utilizing the home as a vacation short-term rental.
Aug 1, 2022
Often owners of real estate park their holdings, especially commercial and investment real estate, in limited liability companies. One of the main reasons people form LLCs is to avoid personal liability for contracts and contractual debts related to their business.
Jun 3, 2022
Frequently, realtors contact me because they have a property under contract and are set to close escrow but one of the owners or the owner passed away. The realtor may be in panic mode as they do not want to lose the deal and they ask me what can be done.
May 3, 2022
Because of the ubiquity of the internet, websites have become an increasingly important marketing tool for any businessperson. The website can advise a potential customer of the goods or services offered and even serve as the means for the customer to buy those goods and services. But the digital nature of the internet facilitates copying and unauthorized use by competitors.
Feb 9, 2022
Valentine’s Day is approaching and it’s easy to get caught up in the romance of a relationship. However, one of the most dangerous things an unmarried couple can do is buy a home together without any type of written agreement for its disposition if the relationship sours.
Aug 23, 2021
The pervasive use of the internet for business and personal matters and the proliferation of hacking, emphasizes the importance for everyone to be careful in protecting their business and personal data. You may not give your search history much thought, but by practicing good browser hygiene, you can help maintain your privacy online.
Jul 2, 2021
Your home is a valuable asset. You most likely invested a great deal of money into your home. For most people, their homes are in fact their biggest investments. But did you know that if you became in trouble financially and judgment creditors record a judgment that it operates as a lien on your home? Arizona does offer some protection in your home through what is called a homestead exemption.
Apr 23, 2021
Most business owners are familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, and the requirements that Act imposes. The ADA ensures that goods, services or other activities provided by places of “public accommodation” are equally accessible to persons with disabilities.
Feb 10, 2021
Many people celebrated the recent passing of the voter proposition that made recreational marijuana legal in Arizona. However, if you are a gun owner, you may want to hold off on taking that first drag. Federal law still prohibits gun ownership if you are a marijuana user.
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