‘Rare and Exotic’ Shop Opens in Maricopa

by John Stapleton, Contributing Editor For Ruben Rivera, it has been a lifelong goal to have a place where he could share his knowledge and love for all things that slither, creep and crawl in the shadows. He and his family opened Desert Grown Reptiles March 26. “I’ve been into bugs and reptiles since I … Read More…

DIY Estate Plan: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

by Patricia Glover, Advanced Certified Paralegal, Notary Signing Agent, Certified Legal Document Preparer If an estate plan is not set up correctly, it isn’t worth the piece of paper it’s written on. In Arizona, the basic requirements of a written last will and testament include: Must be in writing. Must be signed by the testator … Read More…

Involved in a Small Financial Dispute? Consider Filing a Small Claims Lawsuit

  Small claims lawsuits offer an inexpensive, speedy and relatively informal option for resolving many financial disputes where the disputed amount is up to $3,500. by Ed van Vianen People sometimes find themselves in disputes over a “small” contractual debt or a “minor” property damage or personal injury claim. Where the amount of the claim … Read More…

Living Trust vs. Last Will & Testament

Contrary to popular belief, a last will and testament does not avoid probate. The powers vested by a will are only effective after the person dies and the will is filed with probate court. A trust, on the other hand, becomes effective as soon as it is properly executed and assets are transferred into it. … Read More…

Best New Business Ideas for 2022

by Blake Herzog With more people rethinking their work lives and priorities than ever before, entrepreneurialism could be huge this year as more “dreamers” become “doers.” Launching a new business is never a cakewalk, especially when there might be even more competition than usual exactly because of this trend. Below, you can check out six … Read More…

There’s An Alternative to Rising Attorney’s Fees

by Patricia Glover, Advanced Certified Paralegal, Notary Signing Agent, Certified Legal Document Preparer For too long, the scales of justice have tilted heavily in favor of those who can “pay to play.” Quality legal services have become increasingly difficult to come by, especially for people with limited financial means. Attorneys typically charge clients anywhere from … Read More…

Financial To-Dos for Year-Round Healthy Wealth

by Blake Herzog If you’re looking at the bottom line of your bank accounts and investments and feel as if things are going pretty well, first of all, let yourself be thankful for that feeling. Second, dig into the numbers you have and make sure your financial present and future really are as secure as … Read More…

Business Owners Share Daily Habits for Success

by John Stapleton, Contributing Editor Most successful business owners know it can take years of night and day work, often without pay to make their company what it is. That first nonrelated employee for a startup is a major milestone. That first company vehicle or the first commercial lease agreement are giant leaps. Costs and … Read More…

Tonya Thompson, Providing the Cool in Business Leadership

by John Stapleton, Contributing Editor It is known as “the coolest place in town,” not just for the Thrifty’s ice-cream and the blocks of ice in the back of the store, but because there is so much cool all in one spot — not to mention, ownership and staff set a positive vibe as you … Read More…

Shared Struggles: A Casa Grande Attorney’s Deeply Personal Book

Shared Struggles: Stories from Parents and Pediatricians Caring for Children with Serious Illnesses, by Ann Schrooten, tells 46 true stories from both sides of the physician-patient/parent relationship from families throughout the U.S. and doctors from many of the best children’s hospitals. Writing the book was a natural extension of Ann’s more than 15 years of experience … Read More…