Q: What kind of records do I need to maintain on my trust account?

A: Bank statements, cancelled checks, duplicate deposit slips/equivalent, individual client ledgers/equivalent, trust account general ledger or check register, reports to clients and three-way reconciliation reports. See Rule 43(d)(2); 44(a) & (b).

Need ethics advice? Call the State Bar's Ethics Hotline at 602-340-7284.



Abolish the Rule
Prosecutor Don Taylor makes a rousing argument to abolish the corpus delicti rule, whose "continued existence undermines the very ideals it evolved to serve." Read more.



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9th Circuit Hears Debate on Judicial Power Issue
A panel of the 9th Circuit has reignited federal judges' frustration over a 1996 law that requires them to defer to state courts even in the face of constitutional errors. Read more.

State High Court Says Racial Profiling Can Get Cases Tossed
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that criminal charges can be dropped in cases where police officers stop motorists because of their race. Read more.

Text Messaging and Trials: A Volatile Mix
Wireless technology, such as cellular phones and BlackBerrys, has raised a new concern in the legal system: Is text messaging being used to tamper with trials? Read more.

Discipline on the Web Chat
Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 2 from 12-2pm. You can ask questions and learn more about what the State Bar Board is considering regarding lawyer discipline information on Bar Web sites. Read more.

Applications Being Accepted for Maricopa County Superior Court
The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is accepting applications for vacancies on the Maricopa County Superior Court. Read more.

Supreme Court Committee Vacancy
The State Bar is currently accepting applications from active members in good standing to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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May 12, 2005 - CV 04-0229 - FL Receivables v. AZ Mills
Is a U.C.C. security interest in a tenant's building and fixtures valid against the owner of the land if the owner has consented to the security interest and given the tenant the right to remove the property? Read opinion.

May 10, 2005 - 2 CA-SA 2005-0001 - Fragoso v. State of Arizona
Does a trial court's imposition of "cash-only" bail as a condition of a defendant's pretrial release violate Arizona's pertinent criminal rules or statute, Rules 7.1 and 7.3, Ariz. R. Crim. P.; A.R.S. � 13-3967; or the constitutional right to bail "by sufficient sureties," Ariz. Const. art. II, � 22(A)? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
May 12, 2005 - No. 04-15744 - Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co.
In an insurance coverage dispute stemming from an auto accident, the United States is not required to indemnify plaintiff-federal employee since he was not acting within the scope of his employment at the time of the accident. Read opinion.

May 13, 2005 - No. 05-35005 - Santiago v. Rumsfeld
Plaintiff's challenge to his enlistment contract is dismissed where the government's application of a "stop-loss" order to extend his enlistment was authorized by 10 U.S.C. section 12305(a). Read opinion.