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December 2016 Archives

Appeals court says state law supersedes federal drug law

The Arizona State Court of Appeals handed down a ruling recently, instructing Phoenix officials that they could not refuse to grant marijuana dispensaries the necessary zoning to begin construction. While some attention was pointed to the fact that the dispensary in question for this particular case would be located in an unincorporated part of Sun City, the majority of the decision established that officials are not allowed to override state law that legalizes the medical use of marijuana with federal law that maintains that marijuana is illegal to distribute, possess or imbibe.

New years' resolutions to protect yourself and those you love

For almost everyone in the America, 2016 was a year that held many surprises, some positive, and some heartbreaking. If nothing else, this year was an extended reminder that in big ways and small, life can take unexpected turns. As we look forward to the advent of a new year, there will be many New Years' resolutions made, in an effort to learn from the past and create a better future. Now is the perfect time to review your estate plan and resolve to address any of these key areas that may still be neglected.

Why is building so complex on the Reservation?

Arizona is a unique and special place in many ways, representing one of the most complex intersections of long-standing regional cultures in the entire country. One of the most fascinating and complicated facets of the state is the vast areas within our state lines that are designated as the Navajo Reservation. When it comes to land usage and building in particular, the Reservation presents some very specific challenges.

Four Methods of Correcting Construction Defects in Arizona

The purchase of a newly constructed home should be a joyful experience in which you realize the dream of a house you planned and saved for. In most instance, this results in an excited move-in, and a happy ending where you and your family live comfortably in your home for many years to come. But sadly, for some, this is not the case. Instead, these homeowners find that their home has defects, issues and/or dangerous construction problems. When this happens, it's time to turn to the law to help you reclaim your dream.

Qualities of a good executor

Choosing an executor should be done very careful when creating and executing a will. While there are very few restrictions on who specifically can serve as one's executor, it is not an appointment to be taken lightly. If you are considering naming an executor, please carefully consider some standards that every executor should meet in order to truly be not only eligible but also worthy of the position.

Border wall faces land use problems

When it comes to land use laws, Arizona may soon be the site of a very complicated conflict. Roughly 75 miles of Arizona's southern border extends through the middle of the Tohono O'odham Nation, a reservation that dips down into Mexico. The already features relatively low-grade fencing to delineate the border, but many members of the O'odham people venture down to Sonora, Mexico to meet with family and tribe members. Of course, one of the most publicized stories of the last couple of years in Donald Trump's plan to build a wall across the whole southern border of the country as it meet with Mexico. This could, however, prove a difficult legal task without approval from the Tohono O'odham Nation.

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