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

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

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

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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. ...Read More

It’s a New Year, a New Decade, Protect What’s Yours and Watch Out for What Isn’t by Sue Chetlin

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"Protecting What's Yours...and What Isn't" by Sue Chetlin ...Read More

Why you may need an Equine Attorney by B&C attorney Sharon J. Oscar

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More than Horses; Bits of Insight ...Read More

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

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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.  ...Read More

Building Bridges and Protecting Contractors and their Lien Rights

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Protecting Contractors ...Read More

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

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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. ...Read More

Early Navigation of Opportunity Zone Waters Leaves Many Open Questions

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Opportunity Zones ...Read More

Score a Home Run for Women-Owned Small Businesses by Sarah O’Keefe

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Women-Owned Small Businesses ...Read More

Landowner’s Liability for a Tenant’s Nuisance by Ralph Harris

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Little known information for landowners ...Read More

Should 2018 be the Year of Your Divorce? by Tonya K. MacBeth

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tax changes can affect spousal support status ...Read More

Non-Compete Agreements-Enforceable or Not?  by Sarah O’Keefe

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employers need to be protected ...Read More

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

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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. ...Read More

Preventing FMLA Interference Claims by Sarah O’Keefe

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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. ...Read More

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

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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. ...Read More

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

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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. ...Read More

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

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The Emergence of Beneficicary-Controlled Trusts ...Read More

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

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

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

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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 ...Read More

The Perils of Misclassifying Workers by Jake Curtis

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As seen in The Arizona Republic, Sunday, July 26, 2015 ...Read More

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

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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. ...Read More

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

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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. ...Read More

Wendi Sorensen on Alcohol and Holiday Parties-Phoenix Business Journal “Ask the Legal Professionals”

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Does a signed waiver protect you as an employer? ...Read More

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

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Moments immediately following your accident may save your life and a lot of money ...Read More

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

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

Susie Ingold on “Covenants Not to Compete”-Phoenix Business Journal “Ask the Legal Professionals”

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Hiring practice can avoid future problems ...Read More

Steve Lippman on Contracts: Terms, Time and Negotiation-inBusiness Magazine September 2014

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Careful review is time well-spent ...Read More

Arizona Criminal Statutes of Limitations

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Deadline awareness is in the best interest of clients ...Read More

B&C’s Wendi Sorensen on Worker’s Comp Insurance-Phoenix Business Journal-Ask the Legal Professionals

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Exceptions to the rule valuable knowledge for business owners ...Read More

Susie Ingold on 3rd Party Vendor Liability-Phoenix Business Journal “Ask the Legal Professionals”

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Vendor Contract Should Clearly Address Liability ...Read More

B&C’s Wendi Sorensen on General Liability-Ask the Legal Professionals

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How long do you need to retain documents? ...Read More

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

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from the MCBA's Maricopa Lawyer May 2014 ...Read More

B&C’s Susie Ingold on General Liability-Ask the Legal Professionals

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Phoenix Business Journal April 25.2014 ...Read More

Phoenix Business Journal-Ask the Legal Professionals-Premises Liability

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Premises Liability ...Read More

TRIBAL LAW:  Litigation in Indian Country by Todd Julian of Burch & Cracchiolo

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“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.” ...Read More

Ask the Legal Professionals-Phoenix Business Journal-February 2014

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General Liability ...Read More

Ask the Legal Professionals-Phoenix Business Journal-January 2014

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Product Liability ...Read More

Preventing Employer Liability

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

The Brain Eating Amoeba and the Outer Limits of Tort Liability

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The Brain Eating Amoeba and the Outer Limits of Tort Liability ...Read More

Avoid the Pitfalls of Doing Business with Tribal Government and Entities

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