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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: November, 2018
Is The Way Houses Are Bought And Sold
Going To Change?

November 16, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

An article that appeared recently in the Arizona Republic newspaper reminded me that it is time for an update on a subject that I wrote about a few months ago. The newspaper article was about a residential real estate brokerage operating on what has been loosely described as a “peer-to-peer” platform. If you don’t know […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: October, 2018
What Is The Homestead Exemption, and How Does It Work?

October 30, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

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 […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: September 2018
Will My Trust Shield My Assets From The Claims Of My Creditors?

October 1, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

The main purpose of a revocable living trust is to hold your assets in an entity that is separate from you personally, so that if you die or become incapacitated, the assets can be controlled and managed by someone else (your successor trustee) without the need for a legal proceeding to appoint either a personal […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: August 2018
What Is “Funding” A Trust and What Are Other Ways To Leave Things To People Without Using A Will?

August 23, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

I have written at various times in the past about re-titling your assets after you have established a trust, and emphasized the importance of this process. Nevertheless, I still get more questions about it than just about any other topic. So, at the risk of redundancy, I decided that it’s time for a quick review. […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: July, 2018
Is There A New Trend In Residential Real Estate Transactions?

July 23, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

I’m reluctant to pick anything out of the news to write about these days because I find so much of what’s in the news to be neither entertaining nor enlightening. Maybe I’m just starting to get tired of summer already. Real estate prices seem to be on the rise again. I’m hopeful that the problems […]

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Tax Law Special Report: June 2018
Why Can’t There Be More Opportunities for Tax-Advantaged Savings?

June 25, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

I have previously presented the following question to you, my loyal readers: should the income earned on savings be exempt from income tax regardless of the purpose of the savings? I think so, and I’m not alone, but the idea doesn’t seem to have gained much traction, yet. Under the federal tax code, there are […]

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Shareholder James Susa Article Published in Current Edition of Journal of State Taxation

June 18, 2018

by Veronica Reese

DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, PLC is pleased to announce the publication of Shareholder James M. Susa’s article entitled “Taxation On The Reservation – Post Script.”  The article, co-authored by Tucson Attorney, Elise S. Pecchenino, provides an overview of the taxation of Native American tribes on reservation land.   The article is featured in the […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: May, 2018
A Primer On How To Make A Will, Including A Holographic Will

May 21, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

Arizona law requires that a will be in writing, signed by the testator and by two witnesses. A will that does not comply with those requirements can nevertheless be valid if the signature and the material provisions are in the handwriting of the person making the will (that’s the “testator”). A will that is handwritten […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: April, 2018
If A Rescue Organization Presents You With An Adoption Contract For A Pet, I Suggest You Read It Carefully

April 28, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

Reading a blog post about pet rescuers, I came across a link to an adoption contract. It’s a contract that is intended for use between a pet rescue organization and individuals adopting pets from the organization. The contract includes this provision (the typos are in the original as I found it): It is agreed that […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: March, 2018
Should You Have A DNR ?

March 14, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

I have written in the past about the prehospital medical care directive, also known as a “do-not-resuscitate” instruction or “DNR.” I am asked about it frequently, but not many people actually sign one after I explain it to them. The law on the DNR is actually relatively straightforward, although it seems that few people have […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: February, 2018
Rules of the Road For Your HOA’s Design Review Committee

February 16, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

A faithful reader, appraiser Steve Cole, suggested that in my next Update on the subject of homeowners’ associations, I should discuss the ins and outs of architectural review, also known as design review. If you have ever lived in a neighborhood governed by, or otherwise had to deal with, a homeowners’ association, you have probably […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: January, 2018
How Do You Make An Organ Donation As Part Of Your Estate Plan?

January 23, 2018

by Nathan Hannah

I have written in the past about Donate Life Arizona, also known as the Donor Network of Arizona. It’s part of a larger organization called Donate Life that calls itself an organ procurement organization. It facilitates organ and tissue donation in Arizona and other states. Arizona law contains specific directions for how to make an […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: December 2017
What’s Wrong With Tiny Houses?

December 16, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

A recent item in the Arizona Daily Star told about plans to install (“build” isn’t really the right term, for reasons that will be clear in a minute) tiny houses in the Vail school district for teachers to live in. I’m staying completely away from the debate about whether or not this is the right […]

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Tax Law Special Report: November 2017
All The Hullaballoo Over The Home Mortgage Interest Deduction Comes Down To Changing One Amount

November 30, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

I usually don’t bother writing about, or even spend too much time thinking about, proposed tax legislation. I figure I can’t do anything about it except to try to understand it after it is enacted. I’m going to make an exception for the proposed change to the dollar limit on the home mortgage interest deduction because […]

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Tax Law Special Report
If Someone Calls You And Says They Are From The IRS, Then Says Any Of These Things, They Are Trying To Rob You

November 3, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

The IRS will not do any of the following: (1) ask you to pay a tax debt with a prepaid debit card or a gift card. (2) demand payment of a tax debt without having told you first, in writing, how much they think you owe them. (3) threaten to have the local police arrest […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: September 2017
It Is Possible For Your Homeowners’ Association To Take Your House, But Only If You Don’t Follow The Rules And They Do

September 28, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

The Arizona Republic recently published an investigative series about homeowners who have lost their houses as the result of foreclosures by their homeowners’ associations. As happens periodically, some people have pointed to these events as demonstrating the need for closer government regulation of homeowners’ associations. My own view is that the process by which homeowners’ […]

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