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Health Care Power of Attorney

What is Power of Attorney?   You may have heard the phrase “power of attorney” before, but do you know what it means? Understanding this key legal document is important, since most people could benefit from one at some point in their lives.   A power of attorney is a legal document that you can...
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Establishing Paternity in Arizona

Establishing Paternity in Arizona Paternity is the legal identification of a child’s father. It is used to decide issues of legal decision-making (what used to be called custody), parenting time, and child support, as well as other issues such as inheritance rights.   Under Arizona Revised Statutes 25-814, a man is presumed to be a...
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Living Trust: Avoiding Arizona’s Probate Process

Living Trust: Avoiding Arizona’s Probate Process   We have written elsewhere about Arizona’s probate process. Probate is a legal process in which the court appoints a personal representative of the estate of a person who has died. That personal representative is responsible for making an inventory of all of the deceased’s assets whose ownership did...
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Common Law Marriage and Covenant Marriage

Arizona Divorce: Marriage, Common Law Marriage, and Covenant Marriage   Marriage in Arizona Marriage is a contractual relationship. The laws for marriage vary from one state to another. Arizona law, for example, prohibits marriage between certain blood relations (between parents and children, including grandparents and grandchildren of every degree; between half- or whole-blood brothers and...
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Establishing Child Support in Arizona

Establishing Child Support in Arizona   Arizona law states that “every person has the duty to provide all reasonable support for that person’s natural and adopted minor, unemancipated children” (ARS 25-501). Parents who are divorced or who have never been married still have an obligation to support their biological or adopted children.   In 2005...
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Community Property and Separate Property

Property in Arizona Divorce: Who Gets What?   Arizona is a community property state. This means that spouses generally share equal ownership of anything earned, purchased, acquired, or paid for during the marriage. It does not matter if only one spouse uses the property, or which spouse paid for the property, or whose name a...
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Divorce and Name Changes

Divorce and Name Change   Often, one or both spouses will want to change their name as part of the divorce process. If a spouse is returning to the name she or he used prior to the marriage (sometimes called a “maiden name”), the name change can be included as part of the divorce process....
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CIVIL LAWSUIT PROCESS IN ARIZONA

CIVIL LAWSUIT PROCESS -BREACH OF CONTRACT COMPLAINTS Civil Lawsuit Complaints Civil law cases deal with legal disagreements between individuals, businesses, corporations and partnerships. Some examples include but are not limited to evictions, small claims, civil lawsuits, and covenant marriage. When two parties have a disagreement about property damage, personal injuries, a contract/breach of a contract,...
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