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Parentheticals are all over legal writing. But rarely do folks talk about why (or whether that’s a good thing). Adding a tidbit of insight or explanation in a parenthetical can do wonders for readers. You can amplify a critical point, provide illuminating examples, and more. But too many thoughtless parentheticals make this tool worthless. And many legal writers fall into the trap of replacing their own explanation and reasoning about the law with a list of parentheticals. Let’s start with when legal writers use parentheticals the wrong way. First, parentheticals are not the right place to include critical points for…
A lane change is a relatively routine procedure. Most people change lanes at least once each time they get out on the roadway. However, lane changes can lead to severe accidents. Here, we want to discuss who could be at fault in the aftermath of a lane change accident in Arizona. In some cases, only one driver will be at fault for these incidents, but it is entirely possible for more than one driver to be at fault for a lane change crash. Fault in an Arizona Lane Change Accident When a vehicle accident occurs, a police report will…
Five Dirty Tricks Insurance Companies Use to Keep Your Money From You As Arizona personal injury attorneys, we have long heard the phrases “ambulance chaser” and “frivolous lawsuits.” These terms often lead to an accident victim’s reluctance in hiring a personal injury attorney.  Understandably, these stereotypes and myths often stem from annoying advertisements such as flashy billboards or corny commercials. However, the misleading negative connotations associated with personal injury attorneys and victims are driven by insurance companies who exaggerate and misrepresent the truth to avoid fully compensating accident victims. It is vital that you remain aware of the strategies…
In the aftermath of being involved in a car accident in Arizona, individuals will be faced with a multitude of decisions surrounding the incident. If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a car accident caused by the actions of someone else, you will very quickly have to decide whether or not to accept an injury settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. Often, you will also be asked to sign various types of release forms leading up to a settlement. Here, we want to discuss whether or not you should sign release forms when asked…
Since July 12th, 2021, Arizona residents can clean some marijuana-related convictions, thanks to the passage of Proposition 207. This proposition is called the Smart and Safe Arizona Act. Arizona voters passed prop 207 last November 2020. The proposition decriminalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. In addition, this allows the expungement of past records for certain low-level offenses. We already blogged about this issue some months ago. Follow this link for more info. WHAT TYPE OF MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS QUALIFY? Not all marijuana-related convictions will qualify. The convictions are limited to these: ⦁ Transporting, consuming 2.5 ounces or less…
If you get injured in an accident in Arizona, you may hear one or both of the following phrases: personal injury and bodily injury. Although these terms may seem the same on the surface, they have two very different legal meanings. Understanding the differences between the two can help you file the correct type of claim and adequately protect your legal rights as a plaintiff. What Is Bodily Injury Coverage? One difference between personal injury and bodily injury lies within the insurance system. These two phrases refer to two different types of insurance coverage: personal injury protection (PIP) and bodily…
The majority of Americans are plagued by debt. Whether it’s a mortgage on a home or a string of luxury purchases on a credit card, many American couples are experts at racking up debt. While this debt may seem inconsequential when you are enjoying a blissful marriage, if things do go wrong, someone is going to be left with the bills. Working with a skilled debt lawyer is the best way to ensure you are financially protected during the divorce process. If you are going through a divorce and are worried about accumulating debt from your marriage, here are the…
Accidents involving larger trucks are often devastating for those inside traditional passenger vehicles. The size and weight of commercial trucks often mean that traditional passenger cars stand no chance when it comes to the impact. It is crucial for victims in these cases to be able to secure compensation for their losses. This includes coverage of their injury expenses as well as property damage losses. Here, we want to discuss the importance of preserving evidence in a truck accident claim as well as how crash victims can preserve this evidence. This is a crucial part in determining liability and ensuring…
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI. A TBI stems from a traumatic impact to the head or skull that damages the brain. A concussion is the most common type of TBI. It can result in a wide range of symptoms. Post-concussion syndrome is a separate condition that refers to persistent or lingering symptoms following a concussion or mild brain injury. In Arizona, you may be able to file an injury claim to recover compensation for both a concussion and post-concussion syndrome. What Is Post-Concussion Syndrome? Post-concussion syndrome, otherwise known as PCS, is a condition…
Using law firm schema, also known as structured data markup, can greatly improve your law firm’s visibility for potential clients. Schema markup incorporates structured data into web pages “behind the scenes,” facilitating search engines in reading, classifying, and displaying your content. This extra information helps the search engine “read” your page, making your site much more visible to anyone searching on the Internet for a law firm like yours. One great benefit for using structured data markup for lawyers is an increased opportunity to have your law firm appear as a search engine results page (SERP) feature. Notice how some…
An organism’s genome controls its destiny.  This is as true for the human genome as it is for the genome of the Covid-2 coronavirus.  It was less than 20 years ago that scientists first sequenced the human genome.  The project took nearly 15 years and cost over $2 billion.  Today, due to tremendous strides in computing power and other technical advancement, genomes can be sequenced in a matter of hours and for only $100.00. The Covid-2 pandemic has been both a curse and a blessing.  The curse part is obvious.  The blessing part is less obvious to the general public. …
Winning an argument depends in substantial part on effectively using strategies to maximize your argument’s persuasive and logical force, expose weaknesses in your adversary’s argument, and convince the audience to adopt your position. Below are tips that will enhance your chances of winning an argument in many contexts, such as in court, at a debate, or in a negotiation. 1.    Require that your adversary define relevant terms with specificity. You should always require your adversary to define important terms that are essential to proving or disproving an argument. And you should never engage in or respond to arguments that consist…
The Arizona Supreme Court has rejected the Attorney Ethics Advisory Committee’s attempt to upend this state’s decades-long position that surreptitious recording by lawyers is per se unethical. The Court denied the AEAC’s proposed EO-20-0002 on April 13, directing that it not be posted or distributed. This is the first time since the Rule 42.1, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., procedure for issuing ethics opinions went into effect on January 1, 2019, that the Court flat-out rejected a proposed AEAC opinion. The Court once earlier directed the AEAC to revise a proposed opinion (proposed EO-19-0002, remanded to the AEAC for further work)…
Taking on debt to launch your business can be a good thing—it can help you finance your company, buy more items, or expand your offerings. Things might be running smoothly for a few months or even years, but at a moment’s notice, sales can quickly decline, increasing your debt. You must remember that debt can cause a significant financial impact if it keeps growing, and if your business isn’t meeting sales projections, you may have to shut down. However, there are a few tips you should follow to help reduce your financial problems. You may also want to consider reaching…
People and relationships provide opportunities. Ignoring this in the course of business and life is at your own peril. The saying “everything is who you know” is true. These people make up your world, which is expanded by people one person knows, but another doesn’t. Connecting with your connection’s connections is a learnable skill with the possibility to expand your network, world and possibilities. Sometimes it works to ask people you know to introduce you to someone they know who has a specific expertise, whether an accountant or a plumber. I regularly ask people I know well who they know…
Over at the Forbes blog, Kwame Christian at the American Negotiation Institute asks this question in a recent post before listing 115 such books, some classics are on the list (Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide for example) as well as some fairly recent books (Ask for More: 10 Questions to Negotiate Anything – which I believe to be the best negotiation book to come out in some time).  This is a good question.  Why don’t negotiation books by women get more recognition?  Could it be that it doesn’t fit the narrative that women don’t or…