On this 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, I was already pondering the place of the LBTGQ community in our society when the news broke of CNBC “outing” Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc. It was a painful reminder that, despite significant gains in recent years, there is still a perception problem regarding people’s sexual orientation or self-identification.
Federal officials on Thursday gave the Tohono O'odham Nation final permission to make land it owns near Glendale part of the reservation, a crucial step toward the tribe's plans to build a casino there.
Three of Arizona’s five Democrat members of Congress recently joined all four of their Republican colleagues from the state to accomplish what a similar bipartisan majority in the Arizona Legislature did earlier this year: It loaded a badly needed shot in the arm for the small-business owners who generate almost every new job in the state and nation.
I have been a business, real estate and employment litigation attorney in Arizona for over 27 years. Based on my extensive trial experience, I can tell you that it is almost always a poor idea to ignore a threat of litigation or demand for payment. I am not suggesting that you always need to consult with an attorney. In fact, if that matter in dispute is not important it will not set a precedent that may hurt you going forward or involves an insignificant amount of money, you may not need to consult with an attorney. Regardless of whether or not you speak with an attorney you should quickly thoroughly analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your position as well as the potential damages and counterclaims that may exist. My view is typically that you should always consider asserting a counterclaim since “the best defense is a good offense.”
Millions of Americans choose to “give back” to their communities by making donations to their favorite charities each year. In fact, according to the Giving USA Foundation and Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, charitable contributions totaled more than $316 billion in 2012. Qualifying organizations are those that have been granted tax-exempt charity status by the IRS, and include churches, religious organizations, and various organizations that promote education, health and other social services to benefit the general public.
If you’re like most people, you think estate planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate planning, along with the answers that may help you better understand why estate planning is something you may want to consider.
Concluding some testimony to a hearing officer was “not credible,” Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk decided Wednesday to pursue Attorney General Tom Horne on charges he illegally coordinated his 2010 election campaign with an independent committee.
When Randall Presley began to develop Ahwatukee south of Warner Road, his engineers confronted a network of washes that ran into an unnamed stream. City of Phoenix Floodplain Management records designate that unnamed stream a “thalweg” — the lowest point in a Valley, prone to flooding.
Recently filed in Silicon Valley, a class-action lawsuit alleges price-fixing by Google, Apple, Intel and other big tech companies that preach phony “free-market” economic philosophy. This lawsuit charges these companies with mutual agreements not to hire their competitors’ engineers. Such agreements constitute blatant price-fixing, not for products or services, but for labor. Price fixing of any sort obviously violates the basic principle of free-market economics.
Dealing with your grief when a loved one dies is hard enough. But often you may find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with financial and investment matters as well. The feelings of uncertainty about what to do next and who to consult can be overwhelming. The following suggestions may help guide you through the process.
More types of companies will be able to get state tax credits for donations to organizations that help children attend private and parochial schools under the terms of legislation given preliminary House approval Thursday.
Businesses should compete based on the quality of their products and services, not on the cleverness of their tax attorneys. Yet many large corporations abuse off-shore loopholes to shrink their tax bill, forcing small businesses — like the manufacturing equipment business firm my husband and I run — to pick up the tab through paying higher taxes or dealing with a decline in the public infrastructure and services that help businesses thrive.
An Irish relative sent me some packages of her favorite tea. On the package of the Thompson Family Teas Company it states: “We Trade only with tea farmers who share our ideals. Treating their workers Fairly with proper wages, healthcare & education.”
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was holding a series of private meetings Wednesday with opponents and proponents of legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, a proposal that has focused national attention on the state as business groups, gay rights supporters and even many fellow Republicans urged her to use her veto power.