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January 6, 2014

Some General Guidelines for Determining Child Support

Arizona courts follow the Arizona Child Support Guidelines (the “Guidelines”). The information below, from the Guidelines, only addresses a few of the issues that can arise when determining a parent’s child support obligation.

The Guidelines estimate the total amount of child support that a child’s parents would have spent if they were living together, with each parent contributing his or her proportionate share of the total amount of support. Child support obligations take priority over all other financial obligations. In certain circumstances (such as the parties’ agreement), courts can deviate from the Guidelines when ordering a parent to pay child support.

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October 24, 2013

Differences Between a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will (Advanced Directive)

When considering major decisions in your life, one important decision to make is how your healthcare should be handled. There are documents to dictate how your life should be carried out should you become incapable of speaking for yourself. The two main documents to do so are the Living Will (also called an Advanced Directive) and Healthcare Power of Attorney. The two may appear to be quite similar, yet one gives you the right to decide certain end of life measures beforehand, while the other is used to appoint a healthcare provider to speak on your behalf.

A Living Will is the statement written beforehand providing details on the type of care you would like to have, or care you wish not to have, for life prolonging treatments should you become debilitated. The Living Will gives you the power to make decisions on procedures such as blood transfusions, CPR/DNR orders, artificial administration of food and water, as well as palliative care (also known as “comfort care” if you wish to let death naturally occur).

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October 21, 2013

Necessary Estate Planning for Parents with Minor Children

Are you a new parent or parents without an estate plan?  This applies to you!

From that special moment you find out you are going to be a parent, there are decisions you have to make to prepare for the arrival of your child. It’s understandable that, in the midst of all of those choices, the last thing that may enter your mind is estate planning.

You may think of estate planning documents as being just for the elderly, but that is not the case. If you are a new parent, or parents without an estate plan, you should consider getting documents prepared that will establish your estate plan. Unfortunate circumstances happen every day; therefore, making sure your wishes are in place for your children is essential. Too often people put off getting estate planning documents because they think they don’t need them, and that it can wait. Young parents often think they won’t be able to afford setting up an estate plan, or they simply don’t want to think about the prospect of dying. Though these are common thoughts, no matter your age, or the value of your assets, making sure your children and family are taken care of, should something happen to you, is a priority. As a parent, tackling your estate planning early on will give you a sense of relief knowing that you have done everything possible to ensure that your family is going to be provided for should you become incapacitated.

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October 18, 2013

Anthem’s Sixth Annual Autumnfest

The Carroll Law Firm is happy to be one of the sponsors for the sixth annual Autumnfest celebration, which will be held at the Anthem Community Park on Saturday, October 26th 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Sunday, October 27th from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

This year’s Autumnfest offers several activities the whole family can enjoy. There will be a Kid’s Zone offering fun hay rides, inflatables, and a racing track for toy cars, along with other activities such as pumpkin picking, carnival rides and games, arts and crafts booths, and much more. What better way to celebrate the beautiful weather and the start of the fall season than at Autumnfest with family and friends!

For more information, please visit The Official Anthem Arizona Community Website at

October 10, 2013

Government Shutdown Affecting Federal Courts

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona has posted the following notice regarding the Government Shutdown: 

“In the event of a general federal government shutdown due to a lapse in funding appropriations from Congress, the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona will remain open for business and all case related activity will remain as scheduled in all district locations through Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The respective Courthouses will remain open to the public during normal business hours during this time. Should the federal government shutdown exceed 10 business days, new information regarding Courthouse operations will be posted in advance of October 15, 2013.”

A majority of the cases we handle, with the exception of bankruptcy, are filed in Maricopa County Superior Courts and therefore will not be affected by the Shutdown at this time. Federal Courts, however, are affected by the Shutdown as you see from this notice. We sincerely hope this Government Shutdown is resolved in short order. If you have any questions or concerns regarding how this shutdown may affect your case, please contact us at (623)551-9366 or by our contact form at