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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 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

May 17, 2013

The Benefits of a Pre-Nuptial Agreement

Marriage is a big step in one’s life, full of decision-making and compromises. It is important that couples know the benefits of a prenuptial agreement (commonly referred to as “prenup” or “premarital agreement”). The Carroll Law Firm can provide you with legal advice prior to your marriage to ensure you understand your individual rights, and the rights and benefits couples share after marriage. The attorneys at The Carroll Law Firm can explain the benefits of a prenuptial agreement, and can help you create a prenuptial agreement specifically for your marriage.

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November 28, 2012

Major Changes in Patent Law

Patent laws in the United States recently received a major overhaul with significant changes for inventors.  One of the most important changes is from a “first to invent” system, where the first person to actually invent is granted a patent, to a “first inventor to file” system where the first filing date wins, regardless of who was the earliest inventor.

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September 6, 2011

Owning Investment Real Estate in a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Several clients have asked about owning investment Real Estate (usually a rental property) in a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”).  Usually, the main reason for clients are interested in placing property in a LLC is to provide additional liability to the owner.  To understand how this additional protection is provided, assume that you have purchased a residential property that you intend to rent out to tenants.  There are always risks associated with being a landlord, one of the worst being that a tenant loses their life while living at the property. (Look at the number of children that drown in swimming pools in the Phoenix area each year, some in residential rentals.)  Or what if someone breaks into the property injuring your tenants, and you are sued for failing to have provided adequate locks on the front doors or windows.   If you have insurance, (usually a Landlord’s policy on the rental and your own Homeowner’s policy), your insurance should cover most of the costs associated with defending such a claim and paying any damages.  However, there always is the chance that your policy may be insufficient to cover a large claim, particularly if a sympathetic jury were to award a claimant millions of dollars in damages.

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