Q: I charge flat fees. Do I still have to keep time records?

A: If the client questions the reasonableness of your fee, you will need to provide a statement containing sufficient itemization or detail, possibly including the time spent on the case. Read Ethics Opinion 99-02.

Living Wills After Schiavo
Post-Schiavo living wills must address a broad array of challenges and possibilities. Here are some suggestions to improve your drafting. Read more.


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AZ Supreme Court Releases Some Control to Justice Courts
The Arizona Supreme Court has returned some day-to-day control to Maricopa County Justice Courts. Read more.

Law School to Move to Downtown Phoenix
A private law school is moving to the Central Corridor in Phoenix this fall, with plans to expand enrollment to 500 students in three years. Read more.

Justice Details Death Threat
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks about a specific death threat against her and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, blaming lawmakers for fueling "the irrational fringe." Read more.

Meet the Board of Governors Candidates
Bar Members in Maricopa County will elect one individual to serve on the State Bar Board of Governors. Meet the Candidates.

Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to March 27
Give a deserving colleague the recognition he or she deserves. You have any extra week to submit nominations. Read more.

More Lawyer Information on Web Sites
Both lawyers and consumers will have more access than ever before to information about attorneys. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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March 14, 2006 – CR 04-0770 – State v. Freitag
Does Lawrence v. Texas extend constitutional protection to Defendant's solicitation of an act of prostitution in violation of Phoenix City Ordinance? Read opinion.

March 15, 2006 – 2 CA-CV 2005-0159 – Cornman Tweedy LLC v. City of Casa Grande
Did the territory in the City of Casa Grande's proposed annexation comply with the contiguity requirements of A.R.S. � 9-471(H)? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

March 17, 2006 – No. 04-10226 – US v. Aukai
A prospective commercial airline passenger, who presents no identification at check-in, and who voluntarily walks through a metal detector without setting off an alarm, cannot then prevent a government-ordered secondary screening search by stating he has decided not to fly and wants to leave the terminal. Read opinion.

March 16, 2006 – No. 05-50299 – US v. Griffin
An order requiring delivery to the government of redacted letters written by defendant to his wife, who was also his attorney, while defendant was incarcerated is affirmed where: 1) the order was immediately appealable under either the collateral order doctrine or the Perlman rule; and 2) under the circumstances, defendant could not claim the marital communications privilege as to certain letters. Read opinion.

Update Your Family Law Practice
Learn about family law rule changes, child support guidelines, changes in family court and much more at this all-day seminar on March 23, 2006. Read more.

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