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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: August 2017
In Brand Dispute, Court Tells State That Law Means What It Says- No Identical Brands

August 26, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

In a case decision that will no doubt be of interest to my friends and clients in the cattle industry, the Arizona Supreme Court has just ruled that the Department of Agriculture can’t record a livestock brand that is identical … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: JULY 2017
IS AN INHERITANCE TAXABLE INCOME

July 29, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

I have addressed in previous reports the tax consequences of gifts and inheritances, but the subject is worth revisiting because I get asked about it frequently. There is a common misconception that inheritances are automatically taxable. Although the reasoning behind … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: June 2017
New Legislation Concerning End of Life Care Focuses On Health Care Providers, But the Likely Practical Effect Is Unclear

June 27, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

There has been some publicity recently about a piece of Arizona legislation concerning end of life care. The legislation says that a health care provider can’t be discriminated against (fired, demoted, have their wages cut, etc.) because the provider “does … Continue reading

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: May 2017
When Must a Seller of Land Provide an Affidavit of Disclosure
(Or, When Is Property “Unsubdivided”)?

May 18, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

On at least a couple of occasions in the past I have written about the Arizona statute that requires sellers of unsubdivided land in unincorporated areas to provide an affidavit of disclosure. A commenter recently pointed out an area of … Continue reading

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: April 2017
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Foreclosures

April 27, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

When I wrote a newsletter with that headline nearly ten years ago, foreclosures were probably not yet part of the general public consciousness. Things have sure changed since then. Even though many more people are at least aware of the … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: March 2017
Funding A Trust and Other Ways To Leave Things To People Without Using A Will

March 27, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

I know I have written at various times in the past about re-titling your assets after you have established a trust, but I still get more questions about it than just about any other topic. So, it’s time for quick … Continue reading

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: February 2017
How to Legally Change Your Name (In Arizona)

February 27, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

Sometimes I’m asked this question by someone I’m helping with estate planning: What is my legal name? The question is usually asked by someone who has, for generally non-legal reasons, used different names at different times in his or her … Continue reading

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Tax Law Special Report
Federal Individual Income Tax Filing Season Runs From January 23 Through April 18, 2017

January 28, 2017

by Nathan Hannah

The IRS announced in its first news release of the year that it will begin accepting 2016 individual income tax returns via electronic filing, and will start processing paper returns, on January 23, 2017. The same announcement says that the … Continue reading

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