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Estate Planning Law Report: June 2013
What is a Prehospital Medical Care Directive?

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I have written in the past about the prehospital medical care directive, also known as a “do-not-resuscitate” instruction or “DNR.” I have been asked about it a number of times recently, perhaps indicating greater awareness of, and interest in, this particular creature of Arizona law.  The law on it is actually quite clear, although it […]

When Do Rules To Limit Choices (Control Behavior) Go Too Far?

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I mentioned briefly at the end of my June newsletter the proposal by Mayor Bloomberg of New York City to restrict the size of soft drink servings. As you probably have heard, the New York City Board of Health has approved the mayor’s proposal. As I said then, I know this seems off topic for […]

THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION’S “INVESTIGATIONS HIGHLIGHTS”

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Wasting time on a Friday afternoon, I stumbled onto a page labeled “investigations highlights” on the web site of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (“TIGTA,” one of my favorite government acronyms). I usually look at the TIGTA’s publications for information and commentary on tax legislation, IRS operations, and such. The “investigations highlights” page, […]

You Can’t Outlaw Ugly

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A recent item in the Arizona Daily Star describes a situation that provides a great example of the purposes of zoning and building codes, and the extent to which those codes should be used to limit what a property owner may choose to build. Here’s the story. A property owner in Tucson recently constructed a […]

PROPERTY TAX REPORTING FOR SECOND HOMES IS LOOSEND UP, A LITTLE

In February I wrote about a change in the Arizona property tax rules applicable to houses. Along with tightening up the requirements for a house to qualify for the residential property tax rebate, new reporting rules were adopted. Under those rules, all county assessors in Arizona were required to send a declaration form to each […]

YOUTUBE NOW OFFICIALLY HAS EVERTHING, OR THE IRS IS NOW EVERYWHERE

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Did you know that the IRS has videos on You Tube? Go to http://www.youtube.com/IRSVideos on the internet, where you will find video channels that provide short, informative videos on various tax-related topics in English, American Sign Language (ASL) and a variety of foreign languages. This means that either YouTube officially has everything, or the IRS […]

YOU CAN NOW DESIGNATE A BENEFICIARY FOR THE TITLE TO YOUR VEHICLE

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This is the silly season, when the newspaper has stories almost every day about the latest bill introduced in the Arizona legislature, presenting someone’s brilliant idea for solving this or that monumental societal problem. I don’t worry about it too much because most of them never become law anyway. Once in a while, however, a […]