2015

Blog Posts in 2015

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Say Goodbye to 2015 and Hello to 2016!

2015 was a roller coaster ride of fetes and tragedies. Advocates of marriage equality around the world celebrated landmark victories in 2015. In May, Ireland became the first country in the world to ...
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New Year's Resolutions to Make After Divorce

2015 may have been your worst year ever, particularly if you are in the process of or have just signed divorce papers. Now that a new year is upon you, this is the time to think positively and set new ...
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Traveling this holiday season? What you need to know about your Arizona driver's license.

With the holidays upon us, many Arizonans are preparing to visit family across the country or take a vacation over winter break. There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the Transportation ...
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Is there anything that you did not accomplish this year but wanted to?

As the year comes to an end, we often find ourselves looking back over what we accomplished and what we intended to accomplish but didn’t. You promised yourself that this would be the year you ...
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Getting a divorce and need to sell your home?

If you’re going through a divorce and neither spouse wants to stay in the marital home, or neither can afford to buy the other out, selling it is the best, and sometimes the only option. But ...
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Newly Divorced? Four Ways Thanksgiving Can Help You Move Forward

Don't let divorce get you down; find things to be thankful for this holiday season. The holidays can be a stressful and emotional time for a lot of people, but for anyone who's recently ...
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Prenuptial vs. Post-nuptial agreements: what is the difference?

Arizona law recognizes the applicability of both prenuptial agreements done prior to and in contemplation of marriage, as well as post-nuptial agreements between spouses that are entered during the ...
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Are you getting married and own a business?

If either party is bringing assets into a marriage, a prenuptial agreement to protect those assets is a must. In these circumstances, it should not be thought of as a blueprint for your divorce, but a ...
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AZ Humane Society Clothing Drive

During the week of September 14 th – 18 th, Owens & Perkins had their first clothing drive to benefit the Arizona Humane Society. All employees were asked to bring in clothing and household ...
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Supreme Court Decision to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Losing Support

In light of all the controversy surrounding the United States Supreme Court’s decision in late June 2015 to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, the Associated Press conducted an online survey ...
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Wills for Heroes

On Saturday June 27, 2015, Attorney Brian Winter, was fortunate enough to participate in the Wills for Heroes program and work with local firefighters and prepare their estate planning documents. The ...
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Yarnell Hill Fire

Today marks two years since 19 firefighters were killed as they battled the Yarnell Hill Fire. The courageous 19 died on June 30, 2013, after fast-moving flames shifted and trapped the crew. This was ...
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Spousal Maintenance

Alimony, or spousal maintenance as it is referred to in Arizona, is the monthly amount of money that one spouse may have to pay to support the other both during and/or after the divorce. In order for ...
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How Is Sole and Separate Property Determined in a Divorce?

Arizona is a community property state. When it comes to property distribution, most assets acquired during the marriage will be equally divided. This usually includes earnings, income, and ...
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What Matters Will Be Resolved During the Divorce Process?

Every divorce is different; however, during the divorce process the same issues will be resolved. During a divorce, the following issues will be addressed: Spousal maintenance Division of property ...
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Adoption

Any adult resident of the state of Arizona, whether married, unmarried or legally separated is eligible to qualify to adopt children. An Adoption Certification is a certification that a prospective ...
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Termination of Parental Rights

Any person or agency that has a legitimate interest in the welfare of a child, including, but not limited to, a relative, a foster parent, a physician, the department or a private licensed child ...
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Guardianship

A guardian may be appointed when someone other than the parent wants to be appointed by the court to take over parental responsibilities, such as decisions regarding housing, medical care, and ...
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Dependency

A “dependent child” is one who is in need of proper and effective parental care and control and has no parent or guardian, or the parent or guardian is not willing to exercise or is ...
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Which tests do you need to agree to?

If the police request that you provide a blood, breath, or urine sample when you were stopped and you refuse to provide the same, you will be subject to additional penalties from the Department of ...
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Know what NOT to say when you get pulled over

You're not required to answer any questions, beyond the basic identification questions concerning your name, address, date of birth, etc. and production of your license, registration and insurance ...
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Know what to say when you get pulled over

When you get pulled over it is always nerve-racking even when you are not driving under the influence. Being prepared and knowing what to ask and say to law enforcement officials when you have been ...
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What is the legal BAC limit?

Your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is evidence of how impaired you were at the time you were driving, or in “actual physical control” of the vehicle. The legal limit to drive in Arizona is ...
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Part 4 - How to Choose A Family Law Lawyer

At our firm, we require clients to pay a retainer against which all legal fees and costs will be deducted. The next inquiry then is how often you will be invoice for the legal services rendered in ...
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Part 3 - How to Choose A Family Law Lawyer

Once you are educated as to the legal process, you will be in a better position to discuss litigation tactics and trial strategies. This is your case, your children, and your life - it is important to ...
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