Q: How long do I need to maintain trust account records?

A: You need to keep trust account records for a period of 5 years after termination of the representation. Read Rule 43(a).

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



Lawyers Who Serve
Until recently, an Arizona attorney held the senior Marines Corps lawyer position in Iraq. Colonel John Weil shares his story about his tour in Fallujah. Read more.



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Fees: A Road Map Around the Quicksands of Malpractice
Learn how to write a fee agreement, what makes a good contingency contract and more at this 3-hour seminar in Tucson on August 12, 2005. Read more.

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Name Discrimination Ruling
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that when a CEO insisted on calling employee Mamdouh El-Hakem "Manny," that amounted to workplace discrimination. Read more.

E-mails Could Break Open Meetings Law
Attorney General Terry Goddard says e-mails that create virtual meetings of public bodies are no more legal than those held behind closed doors. Read more. Read the opinion.

Sentencing Laws Not Retroactive
The 9th Circuit ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court's Blakely decision on criminal sentencing is not retroactive to cases that were finalized before it was issued. Read more.

Bar Report Evaluates Courthouse Accessibility
The State Bar's Committee on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession has issued a report that evaluates 39 courthouses statewide. Read more.

Bar Makes Changes to Display of
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The State Bar has changed the way it displays attorney e-mail addresses on its Web sites, www.myazbar.org and www.azbar.org. Read more.

Supreme Court Seeks Volunteers
The July 29th deadline looms to apply to serve on the Supreme Court's Character and Fitness and Examinations Committees. Read more.


Arizona Court of Appeals
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July 25, 2005 - 2 CA-CV 2004-0160 - Pinal County v. Employee Merit System Commission
Did the Pinal County Employee Merit System Commission abuse its discretion by overturning the Pinal County Sheriff Department's firing of a detention officer and reinstating him with full back pay and benefits, when the officer had engaged in inappropriate behavior? Read opinion.

July 5, 2005 - CV 04-0523 - Fillmore v. Maricopa Water Processing
Did the plaintiff sufficiently allege colorable theories of injurious falsehood, tortious business interference and defamation? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals
July 19, 2005 - No. 03-16979 - AMB Prop. V. Official Creditors
A landlord is required to deduct the amount of security held under a lease with a debtor from the allowable claim for damages as a result of the debtor's bankruptcy. Read opinion.

July 19, 2005 - No. 04-15477 - Doe v. Mann
In a custody proceeding involving an Indian child, the federal court has jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. section 1331 and, in conjunction with the Indian Child Welfare Act, may use that jurisdiction to review the state court judgment terminating plaintiff's parental rights. Read opinion.