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DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy Announces Tyler H. Stanton as their Newest Shareholder

December 25, 2023

by Veronica Reese

DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, PC is honored to announce attorney Tyler H. Stanton as their newest shareholder, effective January 1, 2024.  Attorney Stanton joined the DMYL Tucson law office in 2018. Tyler is a 2022 Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education Top Pro Bono Attorney in Arizona award recipient.   His primary practice […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: November 2023
The Beauty of Dinosaur Statues is in the Eye of the Beholder

November 11, 2023

by Nathan Hannah

Compliance with zoning codes, building codes, and design guidelines is an evergreen topic for the real estate lawyer, and for this newsletter.  A situation that illustrates how those types of rules are enforced recently came to my attention. It involves a house in California that is, to put it bluntly, gaudy.  It looks like it’s […]

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Tax Law Special Report: September 2023
“Emails Claiming ‘Your Account Has Been Put on Hold’ Are Scams”

September 28, 2023

by Nathan Hannah

The above headline is quoted from a news release by the IRS last year (IR 2022-36). That news release discussed a spear phishing scam targeting tax preparers. It warned tax preparers to be on the lookout for bogus emails attempting to steal their tax preparation software credentials. The fallout from even one such theft could […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: June 2023:
How Will the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Apply To Your Estate?

July 2, 2023

by Nathan Hannah

Forty-five states in the United States have now adopted the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (the RUFADAA). As adopted in Arizona, the RUFADAA defines a “digital asset” as “an electronic record in which an individual has a right or interest.” What does that mean, and how is it going to be applied […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: February 2023:
Do You Want To Give Your Decision Maker Control Over Who Can Visit You?

March 1, 2023

by Nathan Hannah

Do you want to give your decision maker in your health care power of attorney, or your durable power of attorney that includes health care decisions, the authority to limit, restrict or prohibit contact between you and any other person, without prior court approval? Well, now you can! I’m told that this new addition to […]

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Tax Law Special Report: November 2022
If You Own a Corporation, A Limited Liability Company, or a Limited Partnership,You Need To Know About This New Reporting Requirement

November 22, 2022

by Nathan Hannah

Rules to implement federal legislation called the Corporate Transparency Act were announced by the federal government on September 29, 2022. Those rules require all corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), and limited partnerships formed in the United States to report the personal information of every individual who owns at least 25% of, or exercises “substantial control” […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: August 2022
Be Careful About Buying Property In Co-Ownership

August 19, 2022

by Nathan Hannah

by Nathan B. Hannah When two or more people buy real estate together, they usually do it in such a way thatthere is a prearranged method for un-doing the ownership, at least in some circumstances.The most common example is when two people buy real estate as joint tenants with rightof survivorship. If one of the […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: May 2022:
Ways To Leave Things to People Outside of a Will

May 23, 2022

by Nathan Hannah

by Nathan Hannah, Attorney Some of you have heard me say that probate is the process of changing the ownership of assets that are owned by someone who has died. More broadly speaking, that’s really what estate planning is all about.  It’s setting up mechanisms to pass ownership of your assets to your beneficiaries.  There are […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: October 2021
What Is The Homestead Exemption, How Does It Work, and What Has Changed

October 22, 2021

by Nathan Hannah

Nathan B. Hannah is a Shareholder in the Tucson office, and practices in the areas of estate planning and administration, real estate, and commercial transactions.  He is also a noted blogger, and you can find more of his articles on his private blog, Contact Attorney Hannah:   nhannah@dmyl.com  or  520/ 322-5000 This communication is designed to bring legal […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: June 2021
Do You Need A Property Assessment Profile? Probably Not

July 2, 2021

by Nathan Hannah

I know I have written about this before, but since I can’t remember when that was, and I can’t find it in my archives, I decided it’s time to address the subject again. Shortly after I recorded a deed for a client a few months ago, the client reported receiving a notice in the mail […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: March 2021
More Frequently Asked Questions About Wills

March 30, 2021

by Nathan Hannah

After I pass away, will there be a formal reading of my will? In Arizona, the answer is no, there will not be a formal reading of your will. In most cases, a will is admitted to probate through what’s called an informal probate proceeding. The will is submitted to the clerk of the court […]

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Tax Law Special Report: December 2020
If Someone Calls You and Says They Are From The Government, Then Makes Demands Or Threats, They Are Trying To Rob You

January 8, 2021

by Nathan Hannah

I can say without hesitation that no government agency will do any of the following: (1) ask you to pay a debt to a government agency with a prepaid debit card or a gift card. (2) demand payment of a debt to a government agency without having told you first, in writing, how much they […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: October 2020
Technology Is Causing Changes In Real Estate Sales and Purchases

November 3, 2020

by Veronica Reese

With lots of people now working remotely, I can’t help wondering: is this going to have an impact on real estate?   I was already noticing advertising for new houses touting the inclusion of home office space.  Then I saw this headline: “Nearly 12 Million Square Feet of Vacant Office Space in S.F.” So yes, I […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: September 2020
Virtual Notarization Is Now A Thing In Arizona

September 30, 2020

by Nathan Hannah

In November of last year, I wrote about new laws that make it possible to have an electronic will.  Statutes that authorize the use of electronic wills are now in effect in Arizona and a few other states.  In my newsletter on this topic, I predicted that the idea wasn’t likely to catch on until the required […]

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ESTATE PLANNING LAW REPORT: August 2020
What Is “Funding” A Trust?

August 30, 2020

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.  When you establish a trust, the objective is to facilitate the management, and eventual distribution, of your assets. To make that work, there must be assets that are owned […]

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REAL ESTATE LAW UPDATE: July 2020
Does The Government Seize Your Property If You Underpay Your Property Taxes?

August 1, 2020

by Nathan Hannah

You may have heard about a recent decision by the Michigan Supreme Court that said the government could not seize a home because the owner underpaid the property taxes by $8.41. The court’s reasoning was that the outcome amounted to the government taking the property without just compensation, in violation of the constitutional guarantee that […]

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