Arizona bans use of cell phones while driving.

In April, Arizona became the 48th state to ban the use of handheld cell phones and other portable wireless communication devices while operating a motor vehicle. Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2318 into law on April 22, 2019. The law will take effect on January 1, 2021. Arizona has been trying and failing to pass […]

What is the Legal Working Age in Arizona

The Industrial Commission of Arizona is charged with setting and enforcing the rules regarding child labor.  Children that are 14 and 15 years old may be employed with restrictions on time and type of job.  There are no time restrictions on minors that are age 16 and older; however, there are restrictions on what type […]

Your Divorce Consultation Checklist – Get the Most From Your Meeting

If you’re considering getting a divorce and seeking guidance from a family law attorney, you’re likely wondering what to expect from your initial divorce consultation. We’d like to help ensure you’re prepared. Our divorce consultation checklist will help you get the most out of your time – and ensure you hire the best divorce lawyer […]

Grandparent’s Rights in Arizona

In Arizona, grandparents (and other third-parties with a close relationship to the children) have legal rights. Arizona Revised Statutes, § 25-409 is the Grandparent Visitation and Third-Party Visitation / Custody statute. However, these rights tend to be limited as parents’ rights usually take priority. If you want to establish grandparent’s rights or you wish to learn […]

Tax Changes End Spousal Support Deductions After 2018

In December of 2017, Congress approved major tax reform as part of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  One of the major changes that will take effect on January 1, 2019 as part of the TCJA is a change in how spousal maintenance (alimony) will be taxed. Under the old tax laws concerning spousal maintenance […]

Waiver of Spousal Maintenance Arrearage in Arizona

The recent case of Morrow v. Morrow, decided on June 19, 2018 (No. 1 CA-CV 17—658 FC), has established that spousal maintenance arrearages may be waved by certain actions of the obligee that constitute equitable estoppel and waiver. In December of 2013, the Husband in Morrow was awarded spousal maintenance of $4,000 per month for […]

Should Your LLC be Member-Managed or Manager-Managed?

We often assist clients with forming new corporations and limited liability companies. One of the most common questions asked when discussing a new limited liability company with our clients is whether their LLC should be member-managed or manager-managed. So, what is the difference? When you form an LLC, you have members, not shareholders. The members […]

Things to consider when drafting non-compete agreements in Arizona

Under Arizona law, restrictive covenants are disfavored and are construed narrowly by courts. Arizona courts have long held that covenants not to compete are disfavored because they restrain trade and thus are strictly construed against employers. Companies should draft non-competition restrictions narrowly and any restraints upon competition should be designed to protect a legitimate business […]

Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

After a divorce, it’s hard to get along with your ex-spouse. However, it is important to remember that you got divorced – your kids did not. How you choose to handle your co-parenting responsibilities can have a long-term effect on your mental health and your children’s well being. It’s important to talk to one another […]

Easily Transfer Vehicles Upon Death

Avoiding Probate: At our firm we help a lot of clients create living trusts, which is the best way to leave your estate to your loved ones without going through probate. Avoiding probate involves holding your assets in the name of the trust, or naming your beneficiaries in a document with your investment firm or, […]

Different Routes in Divorce Cases

Sometimes you hear terrible stories about divorce cases. Other times you hear the process went rather smoothly. Usually, the difference depends upon the mindset of the parties. The following are three routes that divorce cases typically follow. Collaborative Divorce: Divorce is rarely a pleasant experience for clients. However, a lot can be done to reduce […]

An Ounce of Prevention

Seek Legal Advice First: Benjamin Franklin said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As attorneys, it always amazes us how often people seek our help after a problem arises, when they could have avoided the problem if they had consulted us first. This happens in business disputes, divorces, real estate […]

Litigation Should Be a Last Resort

Dealing With Disputes: It is not uncommon to find ourselves in disputes with others in this modern world. If you have a business, you might be in a dispute with a customer or another business. If you are involved in an accident, you may be in a dispute as to who caused it or the […]

What Are Statutes of Limitations?

Statutes of Limitations: You have probably heard of this funny phrase, “Statute of Limitations”, but chances are you don’t know what it means. However, it is an important legal concept to understand, especially if you are ever involved in a legal matter. Basically, a statute of limitation refers to a law (a “statute”) that says […]

The Care and Feeding of Your LLC

Setting Up Your Business: At Anthem Law we have helped thousands set up their business in the form of a limited liability company or a corporation. The reason one should operate a business as an LLC or corporation is to protect your personal assets from the liabilities of the business. If you don’t form a […]

Managing Your Living Trust

Funding Your Trust: We often see articles written about living trusts and why they are a good idea. While this is true, because a living trust is the best way to avoid probate when you die, we also see many cases where people get a living trust but then fail to properly manage it. The […]

What You Need to Know About Divorce

What is Dissolution When one or both married persons want to end their marriage they need to begin the process of dissolution. This involves filing documents with the court to address details of their finances, children, and other obligations. How Does the Process Start? To begin the process of dissolution in Arizona, one of the parties must […]

Boat Accidents

A boat is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors. People often save money for years to purchase the boat of their dreams. When they purchase the boat, they need to consider more than the purchase. It’s important to think about liability in case of a boat accident. Accidents are always a possibility and if […]

The Cost of Underage Drinking and Driving

When a driver who is underage for drinking then drinks and drives, that driver will end up with more than just the ticket and the DWI on the driving record. Also, there are different penalties in each state which deal with underage drinking and driving. In most of the states if the underaged driver has […]

What Does Intellectual Property Mean?

Intellectual property is a term that is used a lot in business law but what does it really mean? How does it apply to your company and what issues do you need to be concerned about? There are a wide variety of examples of intellectual property, which are products that are created by the mind […]

Child Support: Why You Need an Attorney

Child support can be both an emotional issue as well as a financial one. Now many people going through a divorce feel that the money paid for child support is really going to the custodial parent. However, in the eyes of the law, it isn’t considered to be a right for the parent, but a […]

The Benefits of a Business Contract Between Two Parties

One of the most import parts of business law is having a strong contract. The business law contract formalizes the agreement between two parties to prevent misunderstanding about key terms in the agreement. Why are contracts so important? It’s key for both parties to have a valid and enforceable contract in case the contract needs […]

Estate Planning for Unmarried Co-parents

Everyone should plan for the future when it comes to distributing their assets. Estate planning involves many complex family law issues including wills, designation of beneficiaries, ownership of property and power of attorney. Some estate law issues are particularly important for parents to address such designating guardians for minor children and providing for children in […]

What is the Difference Between a Divorce and an Annulment?

When it comes to divorce, many people have questions about the difference between a divorce and an annulment. These terms are often confused and people tend to wonder which solution is best for their situation. Both are legal ways to end a marriage in a court of family law. The difference is in how the […]

What are the Elements of a Strong Non-compete Agreement?

A non-compete agreement is a contract in which an employee agrees not to compete against the employer by starting a similar business or compete against the employer in another setting. It’s important that the non-compete agreement is well-written in case the former employee brings a civil litigation suit against your company. Your goal should be […]

Grandparent’s Rights and Family Law

Grandparents typically become very attached to their grandchildren. When there are conflicts among family members, grandparents often get lost in the shuffle. What rights do grandparents have under family law? It’s important to consult with a family law attorney so that you can understand your rights and how to enforce them. It’s always best if […]