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Father of dead child sues Arizona over life-support decision

If parents disagree about child custody and other vital issues surrounding a separation or divorce, children notice one thing right away. They are rarely in control of much of their lives, but now it may seem like they are being swept along by decisions beyond their understanding.

Parents sometimes find themselves in the unenviable position of fighting for their rights to see or guide their children. This can be especially important if a child may be in danger because of their home life or an adult in their lives who cannot tend to him or her.


In its recent Opinion in Sky Harbor Hotel Properties, LLC v. Patel Properties, LLC, the Supreme Court of Arizona stated that, under agency law, members and managers of an Arizona limited liability company owe fiduciary duties[1], subject to limitations eventually established in the operating agreement.

No limits for compensation for Arizona accident victims

Arizona streets can get very busy, and for that reason all motorists who drive on them need to keep safety at the front of their minds at all times. Filing to do so can result in motor vehicle accidents and personal injuries. When injuries occur, the people injured and those acting on their behalf can seek compensation from the person who caused the accident.

According to a new ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona state lawmakers can't limit the amount of money that drivers who are at fault for a crash have to pay when people get hurt or killed in a crash. That ruling applies to relatives who are seeking money on behalf of a victim, e.g., for a deceased victim's children, widow or widower.

When do you need to create a last will or estate plan?

There is no official guidebook to help you navigate the requirements of being a successful and productive adult. Many people will struggle to manage some of the more complex requirements of adulthood, potentially because they never received any formal education about certain important needs.

Estate planning is a consideration that far too many people put off indefinitely. Maybe their parents never talked about it at home, or perhaps they didn't have any practical education that outlined the importance of creating a last will. Regardless of why people overlook it, it's important that if you are someone who doesn't have a last will, you take steps to correct that as soon as possible.

Many things can impact your blood alcohol content

Most everyone knows that it's illegal for adults to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. If you're trying to guess at what point you need to stop drinking if you're going to be driving home -- or anywhere else -- you're taking a big risk.

A number of factors impact how much alcohol it takes to reach the .08 mark. Many charts provide estimates of how many drinks you can consume based on the type of alcohol (beer, wine or "hard liquor), gender, weight and even time elapsed. However, there are many other factors.

Expect these questions from your children during divorce

The divorce process is a whirlwind of emotions for you and your children. You're looking forward to the future, but you can't get ahead of yourself. Doing so will cause you to overlook important details, such as appropriately preparing your children for their new life.

Your children will have many questions about your divorce, all of which you should answer in a clear, concise and timely manner. Here are five that you should expect:

  • Why is this happening? This is a difficult question to answer, as you may not want to share too many details with your children. Stick to the basics and let your children know that divorce is what's best for you, their other parent and them.
  • Where will everyone live? Depending on the age of your children, they may have a difficult time comprehending that living arrangements will change. You may not know the answer to this question before the divorce process, so explain in the simplest terms possible that they'll now have two homes.
  • Will you make up in the future? Without understanding the details of your divorce, your children may assume that you'll get back together with your spouse in the future. It's possible this could happen, but don't give them false hope.
  • What happens next? The divorce timeline can vary based on a variety of factors. Share as much as you know with your children and keep them up to date as you learn more.
  • Was it my fault? Younger children in particular may assume that your divorce has something to do with them. This is particularly true if they've heard you arguing about them in the past. It's critical that you clear the air by letting your children know that they didn't do anything wrong. Letting them think they did can have an emotional impact on them for the rest of their life.

How can toxic substance exposure harm your health?

Individuals don't have to work in the industrial sector to come into contact with hazardous chemicals. From exposure to motor vehicle exhausts to manufacturing or household waste; these are just some of the many different methods by which individuals may become exposed to toxic chemicals and other substances throughout their regular day.

Toxic chemicals are often initiated at sources such as factories, incinerators and landfills. They're easily transported from one location to the next via the water, soil or air. Animals and plants that we interact with or consume can expose us to toxic chemicals as well.

Use a property division checklist to prepare for divorce

Once you're 100 percent sure that you're divorcing your spouse, it's time to turn your attention to your legal rights in Arizona and the steps you can take to protect them. While this means many things, matters of property division typically move to the forefront.

It's important that you receive all the assets that you're entitled to, as neglecting to fight for them could cause you financial stress in the future.

Divorce can be financially devastating

Getting divorced can be emotionally devastating, as a couple who swore to love each other forever find themselves in court to dissolve the union that one or both of them had hoped would last forever. Additionally, family law can be very tough to navigate, and often the husband or wife finds themselves in the midst of financial problems. One example is an Arizona woman who also owned property in another state.

The woman estimates that she and her former husband spent about $200,000 in legal fees during the process of their divorce. That process was long and arduous. One of the things that she got in the divorce was her individual retirement account (IRA), which included separate and marital assets. She kept that in return for waiving spousal support payments from her former husband. However, the formal divorce settlement did not reflect that understanding.

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