Arizona Questions & Answers

Q: I have an idea but I don't have the money or the technical skill to build it and promote it. What can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Patents for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 23, 2017

It takes a lot of things to bring a new product to market. It takes recognition of an unmet need and a thought on a possible solution. It takes the technical skill necessary to produce a prototype. It takes the technical skill to figure out how to economically make the product and this often takes different skills from how to make a prototype. Then it takes skill to sort out marketing channels, pricing, and a wide range of business issues.

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Q: Both parties live in CA and were arrested in Arizona for domestic violence. Both parties want to dismiss case.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 21, 2017

At this point, the State is prosecuting the case. The State does not typically dismiss DV cases just because the parties do not want to aid in prosecution. The next move would be to hire an experienced Arizona attorney to handle the case, including appearing at the next court hearing, gathering the evidence and negotiating the best outcome with the prosecutor. Depending on the charges and the jurisdiction, an attorney may be able to appear on the parties' behalf.
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Q: Is workers' comp all state based or do the feds get into it?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 21, 2017

Workers' compensation (WC) plans are all state based. The state plan will not cover federal employees even in the state (they are covered by various federal WC plans depending on the agency), and most companies owned or operated by Native American nations are not covered by state plans unless the nation submits voluntarily to the state WC plan. There are also typically special rules for longshoremen [sic] and harbor workers
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Q: I ran a farmers market for 2 years. When it started to fail in 2015, I closed the business. Do I still owe its debts?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 20, 2017

In a general sense, one of the goals of forming a business entity is to limit the liability of the owners to only what they put into the business and what it earns. However, the success of this goal depends on a lot of factors. You don't mention whether or not you actually formed a business entity, such as a corporation, LLC or partnership. Whether or not you did, and what kind of entity you used if you did, make a huge difference in addressing your specific situation. Even if you formed an...
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Q: My 21 year old son was found dead in his car August 13th. I live in AR. There is a video. How do i get info and copy?

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death, Family Law and Civil Rights for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 18, 2017

Find out who has the video.

Ask the victim assitance coordinator at your DA's office.
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Q: How can I get a man who is in CA to be charged with what he did here in AZ. I'm the victim and I have physical damage

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 15, 2017

Call the police department and file a report.
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Q: Can I file bankruptcy on a house I own with my ex?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017

Hello. Understand that, if you file for bankruptcy, it would be as to ALL of your debts (or at least all of the dischargeable ones). A person cannot pick and choose which debts are included in a bankruptcy filing. You file for yourself, and you must list all of your debts. Any filer is then free to reaffirm certain debts, certain debts are not dischargeable, and other factors come into play that can leave existing debts in place, but a bankruptcy cannot be filed as to only a single debt....
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Q: Hello, I live in Arizona. In February, I purchased a new Honda Civic Coupe car that was stolen in August this year.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 11, 2017

Contact a member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Assn who handles bad faith claims.They give free consultations. Get one. Chances are you are stuck, but you can also make sure you have a copy of the entire policy document and the insurance commissioner regulations. Your state may have a crime victims compensation act which may cover things your insurance doesnt.If they catch the idiots you can ask for restitution, but that takes time

Focus on what matters. 3300 miles sounds big but in the...
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Q: Can a paver brick such as a brick used in walkway with names stamped in them be patented?

2 Answers | Asked in Patents for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 6, 2017

Yes, it could be patentable.

What I mean is that this is the type of thing for which patents are awarded (i.e., it is "patent eligible subject matter").

The problem is that it may be difficult to get a patent, because it may seem obvious to the patent office. Without looking into this in more detail, it is not easily determined if you will likely get a patent or not. You can see what your chances are by doing a patent search or an open literature search prior to spending money...
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Q: What kind of licensing do I need to use a song on a podcast if the artist has given permission and owns the rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 5, 2017

It sounds like you should ask for a written license/permission to use the work which states that the song writer does in fact own all of the rights and he is granting you x times to use the work under certain circumstances. You should consider all of the ways you might use the work going forward, not just in your actual podcast, but if you intend to replay it so that the license covers all. Also, what happens if your listeners make a copy of the podcast with the song included. I suggest you...
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Q: can I qualify for a divorce lawyer in Phoenix arzonia pro bono if I live in la county, california ?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 3, 2017

You may want to ask some pro bono/legal aid agencies in Phoenix if they can help you. However, I think a lot of the agencies require that you live in their jurisdiction, but it doesn't hurt to ask them. California lawyers who are not licensed in Arizona won't be able to comment, and it's a good idea to post this question in Arizona. However, the situation seems off especially if your mom didn't file a proof of service. It sounds like your mom served you, but there might be an issue of her...
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Q: What should I do if a creditor demands payment of a debt after I file my case?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 1, 2017

The first thing to do would be to send them a copy of your Notice of Filing, which you should have gotten from the court shortly after you filed. That SHOULD hold them off, because even if their debt is not dischargeable in bankruptcy, the creditor is subject to the automatic stay (assuming you are entitled to a stay--prior bankruptcy filings and other things might impact that). That usually gets them to back off. If they don't, then find out why they claim they are not subject to the...
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Q: Hired n told i was going to make 11.37 a hr, got it on paper n found out im getting only ten, is that against the law

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 21, 2017

Sounds like you've got a wage and hour claim. You should either contact an attorney who works in this area in your state or you may be able to call your state department of labor and see what they can do for you.
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Q: Do I have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 17, 2017

Yes, but every state has implied consent laws. These laws call for ADMINISTRATIVE SUSPENSION< or REVOCATION of your license. Plus, some states, like Hawaii, give you JAIL time, for a DUI refusal.

Contact a HIGHLY skilled AZ DUI lawyer, if you have a pending drunk driving case.
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Q: sign 60mth contract for security alarm. Moved out of state. Is it it voided now?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Consumer Law for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

When it comes to interpreting any contract, it always boils down to the terms of the specific contract that you signed. With some notable exceptions, the courts and the law tend to stay out of contractual relationships, allowing parties to enter into contracts on terms to which both sides agree. As such, the answer to your question will be found right there in the contract that you signed. A lot of contracts like these (gym memberships, etc), where location is a critical element to providing...
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Q: who can help me now that I disputed medical bill balance & they negotiated the check with pmt in full written on it?

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Products Liability and Collections for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 13, 2017

Your best bet, on such an insignificant claim, is to either sue in small claims court, or turn over the matter to your State consumer protection agency. Double billing can also be a crime, in certain circumstances.
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Q: My fiance just got hurt on the job and has had to go to the DR and physical therapy during regular working hours.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 11, 2017

This gets to be a complicated issue, and the first question is if the doctor has him on a light work or full work duty status. The law is not entirely clear, but once he has been on light duty for 30 days, he probably should get compensated if his actual earned wages are less than what he was earning before his injury. There is some question if he is also entitled to disability payments even if he is on full work status but misses time and earns less money because of the injury itself, which...
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Q: can my landlord ban me from using the storage room in my backyard just because the door was left open.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 11, 2017

Is this a one family house, or is this a common area (even if no one is presently using it now)? Have you been given use or possession of the room under your lease?

Can't give you an answer without knowing more. It's also important to see what's in the lease.

The provided information is for informational purposes only. This should not be construed as the providing of legal advice, since facts and circumstances of each matter can affect the correctness of this advice. An...
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Q: my mother died in Az. with a mortgage. My brother was to inherit the house. Does he automatically inherit the mortgage?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 10, 2017

The "mortgage" is probably actually a promissory note secured by a deed of trust (a traditional "mortgage" is actually a pretty rare thing these days, even though everybody calls all home loans "mortgages"). The deed of trust has the property securing payment of the note. Even if the party to the promissory note dies, the security interest in the property remains. So, yes, it is almost certain that the liability for the note remains on the house after it passes to your brother.

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Q: I have debt from before I was marrried. Can I file bankruptcy alone? And will it mess up my husbands credit

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 9, 2017

Any spouse is free to file a separate bankruptcy. However, keep in mind that your spouse's income will be included in the calculation as to whether or not you are eligible to file a Chapter 7 (vs. a Chapter 13) bankruptcy. That may end up disqualifying you from a Chapter 7, which is generally, but not always, the type of bankruptcy that individuals prefer to file. However, it would appear that the listed income of $29,000 would not be an issue.

As for his credit, in general, an...
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