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What the IRS 2017 Tax Act Means for Estate Planning & Wealth Transfer

The Revenue Reconciliation Act of 20171 (the “2017 Tax Act ”) is revolutionary legislation that drastically changes many areas of federal tax law, and for the most part brings tax reduction. And yes, as is often the case with new tax legislation, there are matters that will need further refinement over time as interpretation and application …

What Should You Do After a Car Accident in Arizona?

There are two types of laws related to car accidents: Fault and no fault. Arizona is a “fault” state. What is the difference and what does this mean for drivers? Difference Between Fault and No-Fault Car Accident Laws In a no-fault state, a driver or occupant of a vehicle involved in a car accident can …

The Impartial Arbitrator: When Relationships Must Be Disclosed and Objected To

In its recent opinion, Fisher v. USAA Casualty Insurance Company, 1 CA-CV 17-0589, ___ P.3d ___, 2018 WL 3804114, at *1 (App. Aug. 7, 2018), the Arizona Court of Appeals examined arbitrator partiality under Arizona Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, A.R.S. § 12-3001 et seq., including: What constitutes a “substantial relationship” with a party, triggering an …

Can Someone Subpoena My Gmail Account, Facebook Postings and Text Messages?

E-mail and text messages are undoubtedly the preferred method of communication in today’s business and social environment. Thus, in litigation, clients often ask the following subpoena questions: Can someone subpoena my e-mail records? Can someone subpoena my cell phone text messages? Can someone subpoena private Facebook messages or postings? If I delete messages, can someone …

Advantages and Disadvantages of Irrevocable Trusts

One of the most common questions when considering trusts is whether to make them irrevocable.  The most common type of trusts, however, are “revocable living trusts,” which can become irrevocable upon the death of its creator (i.e., “grantor” or “trustor”) and often leads to confusion about revocable versus irrevocable trusts. The following is a brief …

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