Q: My client has requested that I hold money in my trust account for him for an extended period of time. May I do so ethically?

A: No. ER 1.15 requires that a lawyer promptly deliver to the client any funds or other property that the client is entitled to receive. Read more.




Law Practice in 2008
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Legislators Mourn Flake; Seat May be Filled This Week
The state Senate seat vacated by the unexpected death of state Sen. Jake Flake could be filled by week's end under a plan announced late Monday. Read more.

Bush orders wider use of E-Verify
President Bush signed an executive order requiring contractors that do business with the government to use an electronic system to ensure their employees are eligible to work here. Read more.

High Court Rules Against Multiple Patent Royalties
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday to limit the ability of companies to collect multiple royalties on their patents. Read more.


Nine Attorneys Elected to Serve on State Bar Board
Members of the State Bar of Arizona have elected nine attorneys to serve as their representatives on the Bar's Board of Governors. Read more.

Save Time and Money with Digital Recording
Recording documents digitally with the Maricopa County Recorder's Office offers substantial savings on time and money. Read more.

Professional Volunteer Opportunity
The State Bar is accepting applications from active members in good standing to fill a vacancy on the ABA House of Delegates. Apply by August 1st. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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June 3, 2008 – CV 07-0275 – Pettit v. Pettit
Does a dissolution decree that determines child custody and requires husband to pay child support necessarily resolve the question of husband's paternity and, if so, is husband thereby barred by the doctrine of claim preclusion from relitigating his paternity by filing a second action requesting paternity testing? Read opinion.

May 30, 2008 – CA CV-2007-0131 – Sanchez v. Old Pueblo Anesthesia, P.C.
When a plaintiff invokes the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur in a medical malpractice action alleging negligence by either a surgeon or anesthesiologist or both, must the plaintiff comply with A.R.S. �� 12-2603 and 12-2604 by obtaining a preliminary expert opinion affidavit on the relevant standards of care from both an anesthesiologist and a surgeon, or does the res ipsa doctrine create an exception to the requirements of those statutes? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

June 3, 2008 – No. 06-35867 – Ferguson v. Coregis Insurance Co.
When an insurance company includes a policy endorsement meant to reduce the dollar limits to which it will respond for its policyholder's liability, but does so by reference to a non-existent standard, the endorsement is ineffective to reduce those limits. Read opinion.

May 30, 2008 – No. 05-30303 – US v. Hinkson
A conviction for soliciting the murder of three federal officials is reversed where the conviction substantially rested upon the testimony of a witness who had been conclusively shown, by the time defendant moved for a new trial, to be a forger and a liar, and thus, the district court abused its discretion in denying the motion for a new trial. Read opinion.





More Ins and Outs of Foreclosure
Learn the ins and outs of foreclosures at this all-day seminar on Thursday, June 26. Read more.


The Complete Lawyer
A Sound Mind in a Sound Body
Get the sleep you need. Read more.


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