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AZ Court of Appeals Broadly Interprets Persons Entitled to Compensation From Arizona Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund

It’s not just for homeowners anymore – Arizona Court of Appeals decides a resident of property owned by his trust may still receive compensation from the Arizona Residential Contractors’ Recovery Fund. A recent Arizona...more

New York Appellate Division Summaries; Real Estate.

Deed/Acknowledgment Trumps Parties Clause/Intent of Grantor: Owner, an individual, transferred property..... POA/Conveyance by Agent to Self/Will/Executor vs. Agent/Bank of America/Encumbrancer for Value/Deed Set Aside:...more

Damon Key's Legal Alert - Spring/Summer 2013

The Spring/Summer edition of Damon Key's Legal Alert, with articles on the Hawaii Supreme Court's latest construction law decision, Estate Planning, the duty to defend claims arising from faulty workmanship, and the...more

The Owner Occupant Exception – When is a Trust a Natural Person?

A critical question for residential contractors in Arizona is whether a homeowner is an "owner occupant." When a homeowner is an "owner occupant," contractors may only record a lien on the property if they have a direct...more

Sharing the Family Business Without Giving Up Control

A useful strategy for protecting assets during a down economy and minimizing estate tax liability is starting a family investment company (FIC). Who can use this plan? Families who want to lessen their estate tax burden,...more

Changes to Maryland MBE Law: Contractors Be Wary

The State of Maryland has always been aggressive in providing opportunities for minorities to do business with the State. For example, in 2008 its Minority Business Enterprise program (MBE) was instrumental in generating...more

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