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Estate Planning

For years, the biggest stumbling block to your family members to avoid a probate action in court after you pass was the family home. Or any real estate for that matter.

 However, since the relatively recent invention of a beneficiary deed, also ominously known as a transfer on death deed, there is now a legal and clever way to pass on your real estate to loved ones after death. And the best part, it allows your loved ones to skip the ugly process of probate.

 Probate court can be a drawn out and costly affair where the court
Continue Reading LOOKING FOR A SIMPLE WAY TO PASS ON YOUR REAL ESATE TO LOVED ONES AFTER YOU ARE GONE?

Dog Breeds vs Homeowners Insurance

One of the most common home insurance liability claims comes from dog bites and other pet-related injuries. Insurance companies paid $854 million for nearly 17,000 dog bite and injury claims in 2020, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III).

Depending on the type of dog you have, you may have a harder time finding homeowners insurance that covers you in the event of a dog bite, according to Janet Ruiz, spokesperson

for the III.

Common homeowners insurance dog breed restrictions include:

  • Pit bulls
  • Rottweilers
  • German shepherds
  • Doberman pinschers
  • Alaskan malamutes
  • Siberian huskies
  • Chow chows
  • Akitas


Continue Reading Dog breeds that may be restricted by your homeowners insurance company

You have insurance, but for some reason your insurance company is refusing to pay up. Here are three common reasons why this happens.

One is you’re doing something illegal. In some policies, if you are driving intoxicated or driving without a license, your policy will not cover you, even if you’ve paid for your insurance.

The next most common reason is that your policy has exclusions on it. There are a number of types of exclusions. For example:

  • Some homeowners insurance will exclude certain dogs, like pit bulls or Rottweilers. If you have an exclusion on your policy, and you


Continue Reading WHEN YOUR INSURANCE COMPANIES REFUSES TO PAY: COMMON ERRORS AND EXCLUSIONS

Some people, to save a few bucks, go online to get documents like wills, powers of attorney, and even trusts, and print them out themselves. This could be a very expensive mistake: Saving yourself a few hundred dollars now, in paying a lawyer to do the documents right, may cost your family thousands in probate and legal fees if things are done wrong.

Online forms oftentimes might be fine for whatever state they are written, but they might not fit for Arizona. Online forms also get outdated very quickly, so you really should see an attorney for your estate planning
Continue Reading BEWARE OF ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS DOWNLOADED FROM THE INTERNET

Making sure you have your affairs in order

 Like you, all of us at Brown Family Law Group are deeply concerned about the impact

of COVID-19 on the well-being of our family and friends, our clients, fellow members of the

legal community and other associates. We also recognize the unique challenges we are facing

to keep moving forward during these unprecedented time.

Brown Family Law Group is fully operational and ready to help you now. We

have implemented internal practices to mitigate threats to our employee’s health. Over 95% of

our support requests are being handled remotely over the telephone
Continue Reading Estate Planning for 2021 and During A Pandemic

Making sure you have your affairs in order

Like you, all of us at Brown Family Law Group are deeply concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on the well-being of our family and friends, our clients, fellow members of the legal community and other associates. We also recognize the unique challenges we are facing to keep moving forward during these unprecedented time.

Brown Family Law Group is fully operational and ready to help you now. We have implemented internal practices to mitigate threats to our employee’s health. Over 95% of our support requests are being handled remotely over the telephone
Continue Reading ESTATE PLANNING FOR 2021 AND DURING A PANDEMIC

Unfortunately, Arizona is one of the worst states in the Union regarding pedestrian accidents per capita every year, year in year out.

In pedestrian accidents, a lot of times people don’t think about hiring a lawyer. But if you’re not at fault, you can certainly talk to a lawyer and find out what your rights are.

If you’re involved in an accident involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, make sure that you:

  • call the police,

  • take photographs,

  • get the names of witnesses, and

  • get medical treatment.

And by all means, call Brown Personal Injury Law. We can discuss with
Continue Reading ARIZONA PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS INVOLVING A MOTOR VEHICLE

Under Arizona law, if you are attacked or bitten by a dog, the law says that the dog owner is held strictly liable for the attack.

That means that they can’t have an excuse or say that they didn’t know that their dog was violent, or they didn’t know their dog bit people.

If you’re attacked by a dog, Arizona law requires the dog owner to take care of your injuries, which sometimes can be just a little bite, or it could be a serious accident where someone actually gets seriously hurt, scarred, or even killed.

I’ve handled cases in
Continue Reading DOG-BITE INJURIES IN ARIZONA: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Over the last several years, the number of accidents involving a motor vehicle striking a bicycle has been on the rise, and in Arizona especially so.

If you’re involved in a bicycle-motor vehicle accident, there are certain things you need to remember.

  • First, you want to call the police, if you can, so that a report is taken.

  • Take lots of photographs of the accident scene, the vehicle, the bike.

  • Seek medical care.

  • And call our office for a free consultation.

Bicycle accidents sometimes can be under-investigated by the police. I’ve had two this year alone where the police officer
Continue Reading ARIZONA BICYCLE ACCIDENTS INVOLVING A MOTOR VEHICLE

Referrals are the lifeblood of any small business, especially small law offices. Frankly, we could not survive without referrals as we do not advertise. We succeed by doing good work for people at reasonable prices and hopefully our firm name gets out by word of mouth.

Having practiced law for thirty years now, I have had referrals from a wide variety of sources. These sources include: current clients, former clients, family members, other lawyers in and out of town, members from my Church, other parents from my son’s Boy Scout Troop, childhood friends, educators from my kids’ schools and business
Continue Reading MOST UNUSUAL, BUT COMPLIMENTARY, REFERRALS

Complimentary Referrals

MOST UNUSUAL, BUT COMPLIMENTARY, REFERRALS

Referrals are the lifeblood of any small business, especially small law offices. Frankly, we could not survive without referrals as we do not advertise. We survive, by doing good work for people at reasonable prices and hopefully our firm name gets out by word of mouth.

 Having practiced law for thirty years now, I have had referrals from a wide variety of sources. These sources include: current clients, former clients, family members, other lawyers in and out of town, members from my Church, other parents from my son’s Boy Scout Troop, childhood friends,
Continue Reading MOST UNUSUAL, BUT COMPLIMENTARY, REFERRALS

Doing business in the midst of a pandemic is unchartered territory.

Despite the difficulties and concerns brought on by Covid-19, it remains each attorney’s primary ethical duty to protect the interests of their client. This essentially means to stay in regular and frequent contact with your clients and not let anything fall through the cracks.

Under the current circumstances, we at Brown Personal Injury Law as well as Brown Family Law Group recognize this duty includes an obligation that attorneys be “technologically competent” such that they can effectively communicate with our clients to achieve our clients’ objectives.

For these reasons,
Continue Reading COMMUNICATION IS ALWAYS KEY, ESPECIALLY DURING A PANDEMIC

Doing business in the midst of a pandemic is unchartered territory

 Despite the difficulties and concerns brought on by Covid-19, it remains each attorney’s primary ethical duty to protect the interests of their client. This essentially means to stay in regular and frequent contact with your clients and not let anything fall through the cracks.

 Under the current circumstances, we at Brown Personal Injury Law as well as Brown Family Law Group recognize this duty includes an obligation that attorneys be “technologically competent” such that they can effectively communicate with our clients to achieve our clients’ objectives.

 For these reasons,
Continue Reading COMMUNICATION IS ALWAYS KEY, ESPECIALLY DURING A PANDEMIC

Adult Children and Legal Documents

Here’s a question that most parents don’t often consider: With adult children heading off to college and/or into the workplace, what legal documents do I need?

 Upon reaching his or her 18th birthday, your child is legally an adult in Arizona and in most states. This means that you no longer have the right to make certain decisions that you always have made before and obtain information on your child’s condition. Yes, this means that as soon as your child turns 18, you no longer have dominion over them.

 So let’s say – heaven forbid
Continue Reading What legal documents do my adult children need?

Adult Children and Legal Documents

Here’s a question that most parents don’t often consider: With adult children heading off to college and/or into the workplace, what legal documents do I need?

Upon reaching his or her 18th birthday, your child is legally an adult in Arizona and in most states. This means that you no longer have the right to make certain decisions that you always have made before and obtain information on your child’s condition. Yes, this means that as soon as your child turns 18, you no longer have dominion over them.

So let’s say – heaven forbid
Continue Reading WHAT LEGAL DOCUMENTS DO MY ADULT CHILDREN NEED?

Arizona’s minimum limit for auto insurance liability increased effective July 1, 2020. Senate Bill 1087 was passed by the Arizona legislature on May 27, 2019 and then signed into law by Governor Ducey on Friday, June 7th, 2019.

Prior to July 1, 2020, Arizona’s minimum limits of liability required by the state of Arizona was $15,000/$30,000/$10,000. 



The new limits that will take effect on July 1st, 2020 will be $25,000/$50,000/$15,000. This means the minimum amount of coverage that a person is required to carry will increase and this is a good thing.



The first two numbers represent your
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