The Corporate Transparency Act & Its Impact on Small Business, by Adrian Ochoa

The CTA, which went into effect on January 1, 2024, requires otherwise unregulated companies to report information about “beneficial owners”. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment for up to two years.

Phoenix law firm promotes one of its own to be first female president

Phoenix law firm promotes one of its own to be first female president

Can employers require employees to return to the office?

Back to Work-Can employers require employees to return to the office?

What to Do if You are Involved in an Auto Accident, by B&C’s Todd Julian

The first thing to do is remain calm, and quickly determine if anyone is seriously hurt or in need of immediate medical attention.  Call 911 if there is any question and let the professionals provide the necessary medical care.  If you’ve been involved in a car accident, be careful of other vehicles, and move your car or get out of the way if it is safest to do so.

Burch & Cracchiolo instrumental in national Humane Society of the United States win in Puppy Mill case

B&C partner Susie Ingold instrumental in big win for Humane Society of the United States case against a Puppy Mill operator

What Can You Do When Your Boarder Won’t Pay the Bill?  by Alicia Bull

For anyone who boards horses on their property, there is a risk that one or more of their boarders will stop paying their bills. If it happened to you, you’d probably hope it was just an oversight. You’d think, “That boarder probably just forgot to send the payment.” So, you give him or her a chance to get caught up. You send reminders. You call. You provide opportunities to pay the missed bills; but you still don’t get paid—now what? One option is enforcing your agister’s lien.

The B&C Story of Weathering a Global Pandemic: One Law Firm’s Resilience Through Service and Integrity

The B&C Story of Weathering a Global Pandemic: One Law Firm's Resiliance Through Service and Integrity

What Employers Should Do to Prepare for the Impact of COVID-19 by Susie Ingold

What Employers Should Do to Prepare for the Impact of COVID-19 by Susie Ingold

B&C’s Daryl Manhart represents High Mountain Health in victory in AZ Federal Court

B&C's Daryl Manhart represents High Mountain Health in victory in AZ Federal Court

10 Tips for Maximizing Your First Meeting with Your Divorce Attorney by Tonya MacBeth

The idea of meeting with an attorney to discuss your marriage can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or a barrier to getting started. The good news is that your divorce attorney understands your situation, and is ready to help you navigate the storm. Being up front with your attorney will make your meeting efficient and productive. Don’t be overwhelmed. If you can’t gather documents before your meeting, spend some time thinking about these tips so you are ready.  Don’t delay your first meeting because you are missing a document.

Adaptive Reuse in Commercial Real Estate by B&C partner Casey S. Blais

You’ve heard it said: “The only thing constant is change.”  My parents would say that, and I have learned change can be a hard pill to swallow.  Many years later, I have also learned this saying applies to real estate, and perhaps more now than ever. 

Getting Your IP House in Order: 10 Tips for Protecting Intellectual Property by Sue Chetlin

All businesses have intellectual property (IP), whether they know it or not.  Be it a brand, an invention or website content, IP is an intangible asset that, when properly protected, can enhance the overall value of a business.  Here are 10 basic tips to help you get your IP house in order after the New Year.

Should this be the Year of Your Divorce? by Tonya K. MacBeth

tax changes can affect spousal support status

Three Ways to Prevent a Weinstein Scandal by Sarah O’Keefe

In one fell swoop, the company went from a thriving film studio to trying to figure out how to survive. It is a story that will keep entrepreneurs, business owners, and human resources employees up at night wondering if this could happen to their business. And with good reason. Employers can be held responsible if harassment occurs in the workplace, even if they are not made aware of it. Protecting your business from such a scandal can be done if you put in the effort to foster a solid culture.

Preventing FMLA Interference Claims by Sarah O’Keefe

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 is a federal law that requires employers to provide employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. Most notably, the FMLA covers parental leave and personal or family illness.

What is an Attorney-Client Relationship? by Sarah O’Keefe

Understanding the attorney-client relationship is vital to protecting yourself, especially in the corporate context. Certain communications during an attorney-client relationship are privileged and protected from disclosure. Understanding how this relationship forms, the benefits, and implications of attorney-client relationship is essential when engaging an attorney.

Joint Employment – Your Companies Might Not Be Separate in the Eyes of the Law by Sarah O’Keefe

Most businesses want to grow beyond their original founders. Sometimes this means that you expand your presence through acquisition or you start another company along side your current one. As you grow, you'll need to consider organizational structure and take a closer look at the risks of joint employment.

Rethinking the Way We Look at the Revocable Living Trust by Douglas L. Wood

The Emergence of Beneficicary-Controlled Trusts

Sweepstakes Offers:  Legal Promotion or Illegal Gambling? by Jim Stipe

There are legal restrictions, requirements and repercussions when businesses mix advertising with gambling

Are You Gambling With Your Business’ or Charity’s Future?

Gambling is generally illegal in Arizona. However, some businesses and charities conduct sweepstakes, raffles and poker tournaments unlawfully because they’re unaware that those events are a form of gambling. When conducted in accordance with Arizona law, sweepstakes, raffles and poker tournaments c

The Perils of Misclassifying Workers by Jake Curtis

As seen in The Arizona Republic, Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Primer For Accountants On The Basics Of Arizona Community Property Law

The underlying principles of community property and sole and separate property can be readily be stated as “black and white” rules. However, there are many nuances and exceptions which have been judicially developed which have had the effect of complicating any analysis which seeks to ascertain the dividing line between community property and sole and separate property.

Upper Crust Client Financial Restructuring: The Need To Educate Clients And Lawyers About The Essential Role Of The CPA

There is a large and lucrative market for financial restructuring services required by many of Arizona’s upper crust high profile CPA clients who have been struck with some form of financial malady as a result of the changes in the state and national financial climate since 2007. In order to capture their fair share of this market, CPAs practicing in Arizona need to engage in an education effort directed both at their clients and to the state’s legal community.

Wendi Sorensen on Mitigating Your Exposure-Phoenix Business Journal-“Ask the Legal Professionals”

Thinking ahead to protect your business can reduce stress and save dollars

Arizona Criminal Statutes of Limitations

Deadline awareness is in the best interest of clients

Arizona’s Homestead Exemption: Is it Creating a Safe Haven ...

from the MCBA's Maricopa Lawyer May 2014

Litigation in Indian Country by Todd Julian of Burch & Cracchiolo

“Indian country” is a legal term of art that generally refers to tribal reservations and federal trust lands which are situated within the territorial boundaries of one or more states.  Cases occurring in Indian country or which involve Native American tribes present a host of unique issues in both civil and criminal law.  Considering that it is not a matter of “if” but rather “when” you will have to face these issues, it is important to understand the basics of litigation in “Indian country.”

Preventing Employer Liability

Navigating the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Strategic Enforcement Compliance Policies

The Brain Eating Amoeba and the Outer Limits of Tort Liability

The Brain Eating Amoeba and the Outer Limits of Tort Liability

Avoid the Pitfalls of Doing Business with Tribal Government and Entities

Opportunities for private entities to do business with Indian nations and on reservation lands