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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 28, 2016

Knowing your rights as a tenant can help in any landlord disputes you may have. They can also help you be the best possible tenant and avoid any possible drama or disagreements.

Communicate with your landlord in writing

All communications with your landlord should be in writing. This is so you can both keep record of everything. If your landlord reaches out verbally kindly ask to continue all communications in writing. If you ever do need to go to court for any reason, you will have written records of everything said between the two parties.

What to do when paying rent

Pay your rent in person or electronically so there’s also proof that your payment was sent. If you use a check it’s a good idea to write the month the rent is for on the memo line. It’s also smart to get a receipt back after making your payment. Never pay rent with cash.

Your landlord’s access to the property

You don’t have to let your landlord onto your property unless sufficient notice has been given. If your landlord continues to come on your property or to bother you, you have the right to call the police. Calling the police will also provide documentation of the harassment. Your landlord can access the property to repair something but must give proper notice beforehand. If your landlord requests to come by at an unreasonable hour you can suggest a different time but create record of this.

Do the right thing as a tenant

In any disputes try communicating with your landlord before taking any extreme measures. Its important to know your rights as a tenant and to keep record of everything if problems ever do result in legal action.

Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 13, 2016

Divorce can be hard, especially during the holidays. Traditions are changed and family members seem to be missing. Easing the stress of the holidays can be difficult, especially when children are involved. If you’re struggling to cope with a divorce during the holiday season, here are some ways you can ease the pain.

Tips for Surviving the Holidays During a Divorce

To get through the holiday season, here are some tips that may help:

Don’t make any big decisions
With the already added stress of the holidays, now may not be the time to hire a new divorce attorney or to see a mediator. Take a break from all of your divorce negotiations and spend that extra time with family and friends. Divorce negotiations can be resumed after the holiday season.

Reduce the tension with your ex
Since you’ve paused your divorce negotiations for the holidays, now is the time to try to also get along with your ex as well. This will not only make your children happy but it will also make you happier. Being pleasant with your ex can go a long way over the holidays.

Take care of yourself
Do something every day that makes you happy. Take a bubble bath, hang out with friends or binge watch a TV show. Investing in your mental health and happiness will make your life more enjoyable and make you more enjoyable to be around.

Start a new tradition
Divorce means change. It’s time to start your own traditions for the holidays. Cut down your own tree, bake cookies for a cookie exchange or volunteer your time. This is the perfect time to start something new.

Spend time with your family
Spend more time with your family. Reconnect with family you may not have seen in a while. Being with family is a great place to be nurtured, have fun and be yourself.

Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 8, 2016

A child custody agreement should be one of the biggest priorities for a couple who is seeking a divorce. Getting an early start on a child custody plan is an easy way to start the negotiation process with your preferences. This article explains the things you can do to avoid conflict when negotiating a child custody plan.

Negotiating a Child Custody Agreement

When discussing child custody, there are several factors you should address. The more specific your plans are, the less disagreement there will be in the future. Your child custody agreement should include the following:

  • The regular custody schedule
  • Which parent will have custody during holidays and vacations
  • How you should communicate about your children
  • Religious upbringing
  • Medical care
  • Schooling and activities
  • How to adapt and change the agreement if future events change

Discussing these plans will help avoid future conflict between you and your ex-spouse. In order to reach an agreement on the above factors, you should do the following:

Talk to your spouse
Before rushing into anything, speak to your spouse to see if you can agree upon custody plans. Consider what is in the best interest of your child and try to plan accordingly.  If you can come to an agreement together you will save a lot of time and money.

Speak to a third party
A mediator or a third party can help you resolve issues with your spouse while breaking through emotions you may be having. A mediator will provide a neutral environment and an outsider’s perspective on your situation without counseling or giving legal advice to either of you.

Write a child custody agreement
After you and your spouse have come to an  agreement on your child custody plan, develop a written agreement. Be specific. Consider as many situations as you can and put them in writing. Your written agreement can serve as a reference in the future and can be presented to judge for approval.

Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 5, 2016

Filing for bankruptcy can seem scary and overwhelming, and tends to be something most people try to avoid. But in some situations bankruptcy can save you from a never ending stream of financial stress. If you’re feeling hopeless about your financial situation, bankruptcy might be the right choice for you.

Signs You Should File For Bankruptcy

If you’re at a crossroads and considering bankruptcy, these five warning signs will help you come to a decision.

You’re living paycheck to paycheck and only making minimum payments

If you have to spend every penny from your paychecks on bills and other necessities, how will you get out from under your debt? If you have extra money each month, then putting it towards your high-interest balances may help you avoid bankruptcy. But if you have nothing extra at the end of each month and your interest keeps piling up, bankruptcy will help you get rid of your never ending debt.

You’re behind on your mortgage 

If you’ve gotten too far behind on your mortgage payments you may not have any hope for a solution. If there’s a possibility that you could lose your home, then filing for bankruptcy might be the only way to save it.

You use credit cards every month for the same bills

You’re just adding interest to your bills by paying them with credit cards. This can become a vicious cycle that’s difficult to get out of. When this is happening with no resolution in sight, you may benefit from bankruptcy.

Bill collectors are calling you

Debt never disappears. You may be able to avoid collector calls for a while, but it will always be there. You’re debt may even be higher than you realize. When you have so much debt that you can’t make your payments, bankruptcy can actually help you get a handle on it.

Your finances cause anxiety, loss of sleep or physical sickness

When you feel so weighed down by your financial problems that it’s weighing on your mental health it’s time to consider your options. Bankruptcy can help you find a way to pay off your debts or even wipe it out completely. Don’t let your debt control your life.

Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 2, 2016

Car accidents are scary, especially when they occur in an intersection. While it is typically assumed that it is always the person who turned left’s fault, there are actually a few exceptions. If you are being blamed for an accident in which you were turing left, here are steps you can take and points you can prove in order to show that the other driver was at fault.

Finding Fault in a Left Hand Turn Accident

The liability for left hand turn accidents almost always automatically goes to the turning driver. The following are exceptions that are likely to make the driver going straight liable:

  • the car going straight was going too fast (usually difficult to prove)
  • the car going straight went through a red light
  • the left-turn car began its turn when it was safe but something unexpected happened which made it have to slow down or stop its turn.

If one of the above scenarios happened to you, you must now be able to prove it to your insurance company.

Research Local Traffic Laws

Speeding and red light running is always illegal. If the driver you collided with was doing either or both of these, the blame can be shifted onto them.

Get a Police Report

A police report can always be used as evidence. Call the police after the accident and give them your statement on what happened. Be sure to include whether the other driver was speeding or running a red light.

Gather Evidence

Get witness statements from anyone who may have seen the accident. Get their contact information in case you or your insurance company have any other questions for them.

Take photos of the area where the accident occurred, nearby traffic signs, the damage to the vehicles and anything else that may help your case.


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