Proud to have served her country (and we are proud of her)

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I joined the United States Army out of stubbornness and to prove a point. (Kids, do not follow my example on this.)

One of my favorite cousins had previously joined the Army.  I overheard my mother and aunt laughing at the idea of “Miss Ann” joining the force. Until that point I had never had any desire to join the military. But I tell you—that laughter struck a chord, and I became determined to have the last laugh.

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When Neighbors Cross The Line: Injunctions Against Harassment and Short-Term Rentals

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On May 21, 2019, Governor Ducey signed new provisions regulating short-term rentals.  The new laws aim to curb issues where short-term rentals are perceived as increasing noise and traffic in residential neighborhoods or are operated as “party houses.”   Among other things, these new laws return control to municipalities, require permits for special events (such as weddings or banquets), and mandate that a person be designated for handling complaints.  Due to prompting by Sedona and Paradise Valley officials, other regulations may be in the works as well….

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How Long Can A Lender Wait Before Foreclosing

New Rules for Evictions

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The Arizona Supreme Court recently promulgated new rules for eviction actions. Per the new rules, before proceeding with an eviction action, landlords must serve tenants with not only the Complaint and Summons, but also with a copy of the controlling lease, any addenda to the lease, plus a written accounting of all rent payments for the prior six months. If the above documents are not properly served on the tenant, the tenant will have grounds to dismiss the Complaint for failing to comply with Rule 5, Arizona Rules of Procedure for Eviction Actions. The new law hopes to streamline evictions and help the parties understand early in the process what contract controls the dispute and what monies are owing. Read More

Upcoming Seminar! Learn More About Short-Term Leases

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Join us Friday, September 27th from 9:00am – 12:30pm for our Short-Term Leases Seminar


At this seminar, attendees will gain an understanding of the landlord-tenant act, Arizona innkeeper statutes, homeowner association regulations and how they affect the short-term lease. Local industry experts will discuss important contract terms unique to vacation rental agreements and key differences between standard residential lease agreements and vacation rental agreements.

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Federal Court: Women’s Homeless Shelter is not a Public Accommodation

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Late last week, the federal court in Alaska granted a homeless shelter’s request to stop the City of Anchorage from designating is as a public accommodation under the Anchorage Municipal Code. My friends and former colleagues at Alliance Defending Freedom have been litigating this case. The issues in this case may sound technical, but what is at stake has profound ministry implications for nonprofit ministries. Read More

What Disclosure Obligations Do REALTORS® Owe to Buyers?

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“To whom much is given, much is required.” This principal applies to REALTORS® who, under Article 26 of the Arizona Constitution, may “draft any and all instruments, including contracts, incident to the sale, exchange, trade, or leasing of property.”  See Article 26 §1, Arizona Constitution. Because of this authority, REALTORS® bear the responsibility of explaining to their clients what the real estate transaction documents actually mean. Morley v. J. Pagel Realty & Ins., 27 Ariz. App. 62, 66, 550 P.2d 1104 (1976). Put another way, to meet their standard of care, REALTORS® must have the real estate drafting skills and real estate knowledge of an attorney. Read More

7th Circuit says church organist cannot sue for employment discrimination

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Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided an important case under the ministerial exception to employment discrimination laws. The case was Sterlinski v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago and it involved a lawsuit brought by Stanislaw Sterlinski who claimed he was fired from his position as a church organist because of his Polish heritage. Mr. Sterlinski used to hold the position as Director of Music but was then demoted to the job of organist and subsequently terminated from employment. The Court stated that, while Sterlinski was Director of Music, he was a “minister” for purposes of the ministerial exception to Title VII and could have been fired for any reason. But the question the Court wrestled with was whether Sterlinski could be considered a “minister” after he was demoted to the position of organist and, more importantly, who gets to decide the answer to that question? Read More

Considerations For Dividing Assets In A Divorce

Congress Passes New Law Regulating Short Term Rentals

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Vacation Rentals Update:

Congress Passes New Law Regulating

Short Term Rentals

 Our state legislature and Governor have spoken, and short-term rentals are here to stay. Since the inception of online platforms like VRBO and Airbnb nearly a decade ago, short term rentals have steadily grown in popularity, in terms of demand and availability. The opportunity to rent a home or condo for a short duration provides new income opportunity to owners, and new lodging options for travelers and local residents alike. But not everyone is thrilled about short-term rentals in their neighborhoods. Stories abound about wild bachelor parties, wedding venues, and other large groups. Read More