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A federal law that goes into effect in January requires most legal entities to report specific information about the business and its owners.

  • updating stale contact and other important information; and

  • addressing any “phantom” owners or managers, people who wanted to be part of your company, but who do not want to be found by creditors, former spouses, etc. Failure to disclose owners can subject you to civil and criminal penalties, so be careful and thorough.


Sole proprietorships do not have file, nor do


general partnerships (check with your attorney).

Continue Reading Corporate Transparency Act places new reporting requirements on most businesses

In 2021, the Arizona Legislature revised the statutes that govern appeals from Registrar of Contractors (ROC) hearings, with the result that an appeal of an administrative agency’s decision can lead to a fresh trial in Superior Court, where the agency’s decision is disregarded.

The hearing process is fair, and Arizona ALJs are consistently intelligent, honest, and professional. Nevertheless, at the hearing the contractor faces an uphill battle: The contractor will be accused of violating workmanship standards, the ROC’s investigator will offer evidence substantiating the alleged violation, and the ALJ will likely view the investor’s testimony as credible.

It is not
Continue Reading ROC hearings and Arizona's "new trial" statute: two years later, the impact for contractors

In its September 2023 issue,


magazine listed Lang Thal King & Hanson attorneys

Kent Lang


Mike Thal

Jamie Hanson


Erika Johnsen

(Rising Star) and

Rick Friedlander

among its “Top Lawyer” selectees for 2023.

The magazine made its selections from voting conducted among Phoenix-area attorneys.
Continue Reading Phoenix magazine Top Lawyer list includes five Lang Thal King & Hanson attorneys

In its September 2023 issue,


magazine listed Lang & Klain attorneys

Kent Lang


Bill Klain


Mike Thal

Jamie Hanson


Rick Friedlander

among its “Top Lawyer” selectees for 2023.

The magazine made its selections from voting conducted among Phoenix-area attorneys.
Continue Reading Phoenix magazine Top Lawyer list includes five Lang & Klain attorneys

In an effort to reduce heat-related illnesses and injuries for workers, the State of Arizona is stepping up the rate of workplace inspections for employers in high-exposure industries.

On July 17, 2023, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH)


the launch of a “

state emphasis program

” (SEP) focused on “high heat” industries such as construction and agriculture. One provision of the SEP calls for inspections on any day that the National Weather Service has announced a heat warning or advisory for the local area.

Arizona employers in any industry that involves outdoor work (or work
Continue Reading ADOSH inspection program focuses on heat-related illness, injury

A new federal law requires many employers to make reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of pregnant employees.

Reasonable Accommodations.

The PWFA requires covered employers to provide to pregnant employees “reasonable accommodations,” which the

EEOC broadly describes

as “changes to the work environment or the way things are usually done at work.” Example include:

  • allowing more frequent breaks;

  • modifying work schedules;

  • providing seating;

  • allowing temporary transfers to less physically demanding positions;

  • modifying workplace policies regarding food or drink consumption; and

  • providing or modifying necessary equipment.

Your company may be excused from providing an accommodation if doing so would impose an
Continue Reading Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: What employers should know

Despite last week’s news that the state is pausing the approval of future Phoenix-area single-family development that over-relies on groundwater, don’t expect residential construction to dry up in your lifetime.


Kent Lang


Mike Thal

On June 1, Governor Katie Hobbs released the Arizona Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) updated study of the

Phoenix area’s groundwater conditions

. The study projects that, 100 years from now, the demand for groundwater in the region will have fallen short of supply by about 4% (or 4.86 million acre-feet).

That is a significant projection, because Arizona’s groundwater laws bar the DWR from
Continue Reading Groundwater restrictions: The sky is not falling, and residential contractors can stay the course

Legal doctrines called “piercing the corporate veil” and “alter ego” allow liability to reach individuals and entities outside a corporation or LLC. Attention to a few important details can help keep you protected..

Alter ego and veil piercing problems can arise when the interests of the entity and its owner(s) are so unified that they are essentially indistinguishable from each other.

The applicability of this legal theory will always depend on the facts of a case, but personal liability can be imposed if another party can prove that:

  • there was a “unity of control” between the corporation/LLC and another individual

Continue Reading LLCs and Corporations: How to preserve your liability protection

At the beginning, everyone is friendly with each other and excited for the upcoming project. Your enthusiasm might cause you to shortcut your normal procedures and to dive into the project before you have executed a comprehensive contract. After all, this is a friend of a friend – what could go wrong?



go wrong is what


could go wrong when you aren’t protected by contractual safeguards. Starting work without executing a comprehensive contract beforehand can lead to costly (and avoidable) problems down the road, such as arguments over:

  • what is or is not included within the scope

Continue Reading Contractors: Don’t let “friend of a friend” projects cause you to take costly shortcuts