Posts tagged ‘attorney’

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 28, 2013

Teen Drivers

Getting a learner’s permit and driver’s license are rites of passage for many teenagers.  Parents need to know the law as it pertains to their teen drivers.

Children generally can get their instruction permit when they’re 15 ½ years old.  If the child’s parents are married to each other, usually only one parent needs to sign their child’s permit application.  If the child’s parents are divorced and both parents have custody, both parents must sign their child’s permit application. The child must pass a written test and a vision exam to get their permit.  When the child is driving, a licensed driver at least 21 years old must sit in the front passenger seat.  Children generally can apply for their driver’s license when they turn 16, provided that they have had their permit for six months and completed at least 30 hours of supervised driving practice, with at least 10 of those hours occurring at night.

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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 19, 2013

Texting While Driving in Arizona

Though the dangers of texting and driving are now well known and firmly established, and despite the introduction of several bills geared towards formally banning texting while behind the wheel, Arizona remains one of nine states that has yet to adopt a formal texting while driving ban. While the issue of whether or not such a ban is appropriate continues to be debated, the lack of a formal ban on texting and driving does not necessarily absolve a driver of any liability should texting lead to an accident, thanks to Arizona’s statutes regarding reckless driving.

Current Arizona reckless driving statutes state that an individual is guilty of reckless driving if they operate a vehicle “in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Those convicted of reckless driving are guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor, and, if certain aggravating factors apply, a conviction could result in a jail sentence.

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