Understanding Your Right to Remain Silent

One of the most fundamental and important rights that American citizens possess is the right to remain silent when facing criminal charges. You have probably seen plenty of TV and movie scenes where a police officer tells a suspect about this right, but you might not thoroughly understand how it affects criminal proceedings in real […]

Liquor Liability for Allowing Minors to Drink Alcohol

The holiday season is upon us, and the parties will soon begin.  If you are planning to have guests under the age of 21 to your home for the holiday season, it is important to be aware of the possible consequences if you allow minors to consume alcohol. Over the years, I have occasionally heard […]

Updating Your Estate Plan After a Divorce

When going through a divorce, you are probably experiencing many changes as you end a chapter in your life. Though this can be an emotionally trying and stressful time, it is important remember there are some important changes you must make to reflect your new circumstances. Among the most important of these is your estate […]

Parental Visitation Rights After a Criminal Conviction

  Visitation Rights After a Criminal Conviction When an individual has gone through trial for a crime and is convicted, their visitation rights will most likely be affected. Courts decide this on a case by case basis; they will review the conviction, what crime was committed, and if you are fit to retain your original […]

Causes of Death: Wrongful Death vs Manslaughter

  At the most basic level, death is death.  It will happen to all living creatures.  The question is only when rather than if.  Of the myriad ways people die, the legal system usually does not take an interest beyond facilitating the probate of the estate of the deceased.  When a death is caused by […]

Restraining Orders in Divorce and Family Law

  In many divorce and family law courts, the judge will issue a standing restraining order with common language, at the beginning of all new cases. These orders are known by different names in different places but are similarly used to preserve the status quo and not cause harm to any person or property. Parties […]

Public Defender Vs. Private Attorney

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, need assistance in defending your case in a court of law and cannot afford a private attorney, you may seek legal representation from a state appointed public defender.  However, hiring a public defender in lieu of a private attorney, like a criminal defense lawyer Phoenix AZ […]

Drug and Alcohol Tests for DUI: Just How Accurate Are They?

  If you are stopped by a police officer and suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will be asked to take tests. The first would be a standard field sobriety test, after which you may be required to take one that is more extensive to detect the presence of alcohol […]

Reasons Why Families Have To Go Through Probate

  When a loved one dies, it may be necessary for the family to go through probate. While probate is often portrayed as a long process that costs a lot of money, it is generally completed in a timely manner and without having to spend a lot of money. But why exactly do some families […]

Does a Spouse Commit Civil Theft by Taking Funds From a Corporation Jointly Owned With Her Spouse?

  Incorporating a business offers shareholders a number of key protections by creating a legal separation between the business’ assets and the shareholders’ personal assets. Yet when a corporation is jointly–and solely–owned by two spouses, it can be tempting to see the business’ assets as part of the marital estate. However, the fact that the […]