Q: What do I do with unclaimed money left in my trust account?

A: Try to make contact with the client or third party who is entitled to the funds and document your efforts. If unsuccessful, dispose of the funds pursuant to applicable law (AZ Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, ��44-301-44-340, Ethics Opinion 97-03 & IRS Publication 601.) Rule 42 ER 1.15(d) & (e), ER 1.16(d), Rule 44(b)(4).

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



New State Bar President
Helen Perry Grimwood assumed the State Bar's top job in June. Read about her goals and her accomplishments. Read more.



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Bush Confers With Senators on Supreme Court Nomination
President Bush and his aides listened to suggestions from Democrats and Republicans Tuesday about candidates for filling a Supreme Court vacancy. Read more.

Missing: 957 Arizona Sex Offenders
The state unveiled a campaign to track down nearly 1,000 sex offenders, many of whom are considered a potential danger to Arizona's children. Read more.

Big Business Turns to Plaintiffs'
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Once considered a thorn in the side of corporate America, plaintiffs' attorneys say big businesses are hiring them with increasing frequency to help fight their legal battles. Read more.

Justice McGregor Receives National Award
The American Judicature Society has named Arizona Chief Justice Ruth McGregor the winner of a nationwide judicial excellence award. Read more.

State Bar Offers Software Training Series
The Bar's Law Office Management Assistance Program is sponsoring a legal-specific software training series for members and their staff. The first training takes place August 1st. Read more.

2005 MCLE Affidavit Form Now Online
Online filing for the 2004-2005 Mandatory Continuing Legal Education year is now available. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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July 5, 2005 - 1 CA-CR 03-0827-PRPC - State of Arizona v. Febles
Does Blakely apply retroactively to cases on collateral review whether such cases were final before or after Apprendi was decided? Read opinion.

June 17, 2005 - 2 CA-JV 04-0090 - In re: Ilono H.
Whether an officer may conduct an investigatory stop of a minor under Terry v. Ohio solely because the minor and other individuals in the group are wearing clothing associated with gang members and in the absence of any reasonable suspicion that the individuals had committed or were about to commit a crime. Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
July 6, 2005 - No. 04-15155 - Verizon v. Peevey
An incumbent local exchange carrier's challenge to nominally "interim" rates for access to its network by competitive local exchange carriers is ripe for judicial review when that carrier has claims that will not be compensated by the state utilities commission. Read opinion.

July 5, 2005 - No. 04-30131 - United States v. Romo
Defendant's conviction for threatening the President is affirmed over his claim that his confession to a licensed counselor was admitted in violation of the psychotherapist-patient privilege. Read opinion.