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CREDITOR CLAIMS AGAINST A DECEDENT

One of the most common questions asked regarding an estate is “Am I liable for the decedent’s debts?” The short answer is No. Normally, a person is not responsible for a deceased individual’s debts. Below is an overview of how debts of a decedent are to be paid under Arizona law and when a person …

Attorney’s Fees

Attorney’s fees in commercial litigation can get incredibly expensive, incredibly quickly. In a moderately complex commercial litigation case, it can easily approach $150-200 thousand in fees and costs to get through a full jury trial and post-trial motions. These fees can often exceed the amounts sought in the lawsuit and can become a significant barrier …

Construction Law – Classifying Employees as Owners

In an effort to reduce employee-related costs (e.g., payroll taxes, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation), some companies in the construction industry have devised a new classification of worker as an alternative to employee and independent contractor. The new “other than” employee classification: owner. While the notion of misclassifying workers as owners – who would receive …

Organization of the Arizona Court System

Sometimes people are confused by the different types of courts available in our state. Following is a brief explanation of each court’s purpose. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Small Claims Court: This is the lowest court and is a part of the JP (Justice of the Peace) court.  It …

Myths About Personal Injury Cases, Part I

“A Jag for a Jag” I’ve had numerous clients over the years who have had their super-expensive or rather large vehicles damaged as a result of another driver’s negligence. They want to obtain a similar Mercedes or passenger van as a rental replacement until their vehicle is repaired. The adverse insurance carrier usually will not …

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