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UPDATE – Arizona Supreme Court Rescinds 21-Nov-2012 Administrative Order 2012-85

10-Dec-2012, Guy W. Bluff, Esq.[1] 15 days after the Arizona Supreme Court issued its Emergency Order #2012-85 modifying Arizona’s Administrative Code relating to Certified Legal Document Preparers, the Court issued a new Order rescinding the same (see Administrative Order 2012-94).

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Effective 21-Nov-2012, Lien Service Companies Are Not Authorized to Sign 20 Day Preliminary Notices or Mechanic Liens in Arizona

30-Nov-2012, Guy W. Bluff, Esq.[1] Effective 21-Nov-2012, the Arizona Supreme Court issued an Emergency Order changing Arizona’s Administrative Code with regard to the execution of legal documents by CLDP’s (Certified Legal Document Preparers). Arizonahas a long history of regulating what it

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Changes to California’s Mechanics Lien Law and Release and Waiver Forms (Eff. 7/1/2012)

Significant Changes to California’s Mechanics Lien Law and Release and Waiver Forms. Guy W. Bluff, Esq. (02-Jun-2012) Effective July 1, 2012 all of the existing statutes governing mechanics liens, stop notices and payment bonds inCaliforniawill be repealed and replaced by

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Arizona Prompt Pay Statutes – Private and Public Works Projects

In Arizona, there are a number of different Prompt Payment statutes governing both public and private projects. A common misconception in the construction industry and even among legal practitioners is that ARS §32-1129.01 to §32-1129.06 apply to all Arizona projects–regardless

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Attorneys’ Fees ARS §12-341.01; Rule 68 Sanctions; Berry v. 352 E Virginia LLC, 1 CA-CV 09-0630 (06-Oct-2011)

Guy W. Bluff, Esq. Detailed analysis by the Court relating to discretionary award of attorneys fees pursuant to ARS §12-341.01 and analysis of award of Rule 68 Sanctions when considering “judgment finally obtained.” Determination of the prevailing party for purposes

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Mechanic Liens – Scope of Lien; 20 Day Preliminary Notices; Completion Date; Lis Pendens– Fagerlie v. Markham Contracting (31-May-2011)

Guy W. Bluff, Esq. 29-Oct-2011 In the case of Fagerlie v. Markham Contracting Co, (1 CA-CV-10-0051, 31-May-2011), Division 1 of the Arizona Court of Appeals held that (1) Markham could claim a lien on the lots for work done at

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Mechanic Liens – 20 Day Preliminary Notice Requirements – Allstate Utility v. Towne Bank (CA1, Ariz 25-Oct-2011)

Guy W. Bluff, Esq. 28-Oct-2011 In the case of Allstate Utility Construction, LLC v. Towne Bank of Arizona (1 CA-CV-10-0556; 0747, 25-Oct-2011), Division 1 of the Arizona Court of Appeals finally addressed several issues relating to alleged defect with the

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[Article] 20 Day Preliminary Notices – Your Best Protection of Payment

SW Contractor – 2008 Professional Services Guide

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Mechanic Liens – Homeowner Exception; Willamson v. Fountain Hills Door

Family Trust Qualifies for Owner-Occupant Exception under ARS §33-1002(A)(2) In the case of Williamson v. PVOrbit dba Fountain Hills Door & Supply, (1 CA-CV 10-0390, 01-Sep-2011), Division 1 of the Arizona Court of Appeals finally addressed the longstanding issue of

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Arizona Judgments – Expiration / Practice and Procedure for Renewal

I.   EXPIRATION OF ARIZONA JUDGMENTS. In Arizona, a judgment is initially effective for five (5) years from the date of its entry by the Clerk of the Court.  Arizona’s legislature has determined that the Judgment Debtor will be released

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