Publications Archive

REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: March 2016
A Large Portion Of Tucson Is Officially Designated “Territory In The Vicinity Of A Military Airport”

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I admit up front that I know almost nothing about the substantive law behind a lawsuit filed recently against the Air Force in federal court in Tucson. The lawsuit is founded on the claim that airport noise can detract from children’s mental development and education, and therefore the environmental review that was done in conjunction with a plan for more “visiting” aircraft […]

TAX LAW SPECIAL REPORT
What Is That Notice I Receive From The County Assessor Every February, and What Am I Supposed To Do About It?

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Sometime soon, meaning before March 1, the County Assessor of each county in Arizona will be mailing to all property owners the annual notice of the valuation of property for purposes of property tax assessment. It’s that letter you get every year that says “NOTICE OF VALUATION” at the top.  It used to be a […]

TAX LAW SPECIAL REPORT
File Your 2015 Individual Federal Income Tax Return Between January 19 & April 18, 2016

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The IRS announced last month that it will begin accepting 2015 individual income tax returns via electronic filing, and will start processing paper returns, on January 19, 2016.  The same announcement says that the deadline for filing 2015 returns is April 18, 2016. Yes, the filing deadline this year is April 18, not April 15. Why? […]

Estate Planning Law Report: December 2015
Lawmakers Propose To Pay Medicare Beneficiaries $75 For Creating Electronic Advance Directives

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An advance directive is a document that deals with a person’s future health care decisions.  The term used in Arizona law is health care directive.  The health care directives provided for under Arizona law include health care power of attorney, mental health power of attorney, living will, and prehospital medical care directive. I have written […]

REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: November 2015
If You Are In The Market For Real Estate, The Arizona Buyer Advisory Is A Good Source Of Information

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The Buyer Advisory provided by the Arizona Department of Real Estate and the Arizona Association of Realtors® has been updated as of September, 2015.  It can be viewed and printed from the Association’s web site. The Buyer Advisory is a thirteen-page document full of information for a prospective buyer of any type of real estate, […]

REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE/TAX LAW SPECIAL REPORT: October 2015
A Story That Combines Tax and Land Use Law- The “Cash For Grass Rebate Program”

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A story combining two of my favorite subjects, tax and land use law, doesn’t come up very often, so I’m not going to pass it up when one comes along.  In Los Angeles County, local water districts were offering “rebates” to homeowners who replace turf with low-water-use landscaping. I say “were” because apparently the funding […]

Estate Planning Law Report: September 2015
If You Want To Make Sure That Your Tangible Personal Property Goes Where You Want It To Go, Make A List

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In last month’s Report I said I would go into more detail on the subject of making a tangible personal property list. It’s a list you can make to go with your will. Arizona law says that a will may refer to a written statement to dispose of tangible personal property other than money. That’s the tangible […]

Estate Planning Law Report: August 2015
Designating A Beneficiary On the Title and Other Ways to Plan for Gifts of Your Vehicle and Other Things

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Several years ago, legislation was adopted in Arizona to create the Beneficiary Designation For Vehicle Title Transfer Upon Death. It’s Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division Form 96-0561, and is available on the Motor Vehicle Division’s web site (www.azdot.gov/mvd). As its name implies, the form allows you to designate one or more individuals to receive […]

Estate Planning Law Report: JULY 2015
What Will Happen to Your Business Without You?

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Do you own a business? If so, is it a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a limited liability company, or a corporation? If you don’t know, then it’s probably a sole proprietorship, unless it has more than one owner, in which case it’s probably a (informal) partnership. Now for some slightly more complicated questions. Do others have an ownership […]

REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: June 2015
How Does the Homestead Exemption Work, and
Should It Allow You to Not Pay Your Homeowners’ Association Assessments?

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Most homeowners have probably at least heard of the homestead exemption. Many probably don’t fully understand how it works, however. The homestead exemption protects up to $150,000 of equity in your home from the claims of creditors (with some important exceptions that I will discuss in a moment). What do I mean when I say that […]

Estate Planning Law Report: MAY 2015
A Sensitive, But Important, Subject

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I have in the past touched on the subject of burial instructions, but probably not in as much detail as I should have. Maybe that’s because it’s a sensitive subject. There isn’t as much law on the subject as you might expect. There is an Arizona statute that says a legally competent adult may prepare […]