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  Often businesses are concerned about the loss of revenue from the occasional shoplifter or burglary. Although both situations can cause financial damage to a business, most losses due to this type of theft comprise a small percentage of losses a business will incur. Instead, theft by employees often causes significantly greater financial damage to […] The post Revisiting Employee Theft appeared first on Harrison Law.…
  If you have obtained an IRA, 401(k), or life insurance policy, you may think that naming a beneficiary would be a simple trouble-free exercise. Unfortunately, you may also find out the hard way about hidden traps and complications involved in this straightforward step. I would like to examine some of the innocent errors that […] The post Naming a Retirement Account or Life Insurance Beneficiary? Avoid These Painful Errors appeared first on Harrison Law.…
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant worry and confusion for a variety of commercial markets, including retail and other commercial real estate. As individuals and organizations brace themselves for continuing developments and try to figure out their short-term and long-term critical strategies, I would like to voice my own thoughts, impressions, and expectations regarding the pandemic and post-pandemic commercial real estate challenges. Changes in the Retail Environment Of course, the biggest and most obvious change in the commercial retail landscape involves the partial shuttering of many businesses in industries such as food service and hospitality. Each state sets its own…
  This article was first published in November, 2015.  Now is a perfect time to revisit it. From my experience representing companies and business owners, I often observe general themes that all successful businesses possess.    It does not matter the type of business, whether is started in a garage or with investors, or the actual […] The post Why Not? A Thanksgiving Story appeared first on Harrison Law.…
During this time of the year, I often have business clients ask what should and should not occur at work.  Specifically, what should happen at work-sponsored social events to celebrate the Holidays and a successful end of the year. These concerns have increased in light of recent news headlines where parties and out-of-work interactions have been a source of allegations of improper conduct and claims of harassment.  I can understand a business leader’s concern. It is often a balancing act between a company wanting to reward their employees and increase morale, but (at the same time) avoiding a situation where…
  The worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 that shut down countless schools and businesses obviously has people wondering about the impact of the pandemic on various professional services, including legal services. Any crisis on this scale calls for equally large-scale crisis management strategies and tactics. Fortunately, today’s remote communication options have enabled many law firms across […] The post COVID-19 and Legal Services: Challenges, Trends, and Safeguards appeared first on Harrison Law.…
In my experience as an Arizona estate planning attorney, I have seen clients choose their Agents, Successor Trustees or Personal Representatives for a variety of reasons — including the wrong ones. It’s only natural to select a beloved friend or family member who genuinely wants and expects to receive such an assignment, if only to avoid hurting their feelings. However, your estate plan (and its execution after your death) should be based on what you want for your beneficiaries, not on what a potential  Successor Trustee or Personal Representative might want. The selection of this important individual(s) should be based…
  In my client consultations as an estate planning attorney, I often work with people who want to name their son or daughter as the Successor Trustee of their family trust. This is all well and good, at least in principle — except for the fact that the son or daughter in question is currently […] The post Create Your Estate Plan for Now — Not for Five Years From Now appeared first on Harrison Law.…
  As mentioned in previous articles, if you want to spare your loved ones the headaches of the probate court process after your death, you may wish to consider creating and funding an Arizona Living Trust. A Living Trust can spare key assets of an estate from inclusion in the probate process. However, a living […] The post Utilize a Financial Advisor When Funding Your Living Trust appeared first on Harrison Law.…
The launch of a new business can be an exhilarating period. Allowing that rush of enthusiasm to push you into a hasty, ill-organized launch, however, could all but ensure your new enterprise’s failure before it has even opened for business. I usually recommend that business owners begin discussions with our Arizona-based law firm from four to six months before their anticipated launch date. This schedule gives everyone the time needed to sort out such important issues as: Business Formation Organizing your business entity is one of the most crucial actions in the startup pre-launch process. Whether you decide on a…
  A sudden, unexpected legal crisis can afflict a business at any time. Theft by an employee, a sudden health-related event such as the world experienced this year, a discrimination or harassment claim, issues with contractors or landlords, intellectual property infringement, and other serious matters can place you in urgent need of skilled, experienced legal […] The post Don’t Wait Until Legal Problems Strike — Get to Know an Attorney Now appeared first on Harrison Law.…
  Our Arizona-based law firm continues to bring added value to our clients by introducing them to the latest information, insights, news and advice from leading media sources and authorities about today’s business world. Our Harrison Law LinkedIn business page gives us the opportunity to post links to articles from these informative sources. We also […] The post LinkedIn Spotlight Series: “Wave of New Laws to Take Effect in 2020: Electric Cars, Data Privacy, Taxes & More” appeared first on Harrison Law.…
  Harrison Law makes a point of providing current articles, news, guidance, and other helpful input from authoritative sources spanning the Internet. In addition to maintaining this blog, our Arizona-based law firm also posts regularly to our LinkedIn business page, with certain posts singled out for attention and summarization here. Today we would like to […] The post LinkedIn Spotlight Series: “Construction Tech Will not Replace Humans” appeared first on Harrison Law.…
  Our Arizona-based law firm strives to provide added value for our clients, not only through the quality of our legal services, but also through our sharing of knowledge, insights, and ideas from the world’s great business minds. We commonly do this by posting links to valuable articles on our Harrison Law LinkedIn page. To […] The post LinkedIn Spotlight Series: “How to Rethink Environmental Policies From ‘No’ to ‘Go’” appeared first on Harrison Law.…