Q: I'm starting a law firm. Do I need to open a trust account?

A: If you intend on holding the funds of clients or third parties, you will need a trust account. Read ER 1.15.




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Schools Can Order Uniforms for Kids, Court Rules
Public schools can impose uniform requirement on students, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. Read more.

Justice's Adobe Home Slated for Preservation
The 50-year-old adobe home where Sandra Day O'Connor once lived will reign supreme once more as an arena for civic discourse. Read more.

New Worries for 401(k) Plans
Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that an investor in a 401(k) plan can sue to recover losses from the plan's breach of fiduciary duty. How do companies need to respond? Read more.


State Bar Convention
Celebrate the Bar's 75th Anniversary at this year's convention at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson. Register by June 6th to receive the early bird discount. Read more.

Bar President Hosts Web Chat on May 21
Dan McAuliffe, State Bar President, concludes his series of Web chats with a discussion on Bar services on Wednesday, May 21 from 11:30-1:30 p.m. Read more.

May 27 Event to Benefit the O'Connor House
"A Supreme Evening of Music" will feature classical pianist Dr. Indrek Laul and eight acclaimed jazz musicians on Tuesday, May 27, at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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May 6, 2008 – 1 CA-SA 08-0042 – State v. Duncan/Prince
In the retrial before a new jury of the penalty phase in a capital case, are the parties entitled to present the new jury with factual information relevant to the underlying crime and the aggravating circumstances? Read opinion.

May 5, 2008 – 2 CA-JV 2007-0096 – Marco C. v. Sean C. & Colleen C.
Did the juvenile court abuse its discretion when it concluded that the consent of the appellant was not required for the appellees' adoption of appellant's purported biological child because appellant had failed to register timely with the putative father registry in accordance with A.R.S. � 8-106.01 and had not established circumstances set forth in that statute excusing a putative father from registering within thirty days of the child's birth? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

May 8, 2008 – No. 06-35850 – Reusser v. Wachovia Bank, N.A.
In an action against a bank involving allegations that plaintiffs' were wrongfully evicted and their property improperly foreclosed upon, dismissal of plaintiffs' claims is affirmed where: 1) plaintiffs' section 1983 claims constituted a de facto appeal of a state court decision and were therefore barred by the Rooker-Feldman doctrine; and 2) plaintiffs' collateral attack on a bankruptcy court's jurisdiction was unavailing, and thus, defendant-bank did not violate 11 U.S.C. section 362 in foreclosing on plaintiffs' property. Read opinion.

May 2, 2008 – No. 05-56439 – Doran v. 7-Eleven, Inc.
In a suit against 7-Eleven under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), summary judgment for 7-Eleven is affirmed in part, but vacated in part and remanded where: 1) the district court properly granted summary judgment to 7-Eleven on the issues of whether the store's aisle width and the store's refusal to allow him to access the employees-only restroom violated the ADA; but 2) contrary to the ruling below, plaintiff had standing to challenge the barriers to his wheelchair access in the 7-Eleven store that he learned about through his expert's site inspections. Read opinion.





2008 Land Use Update
National speakers, topics frame our annual Land Use seminar that takes place Friday, June 6th. Read more.


The Complete Lawyer
A Sound Mind in a Sound Body
Are you as stressed as other attorneys? Read more.


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