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Phoenix, AZ

Complexities of estate planning 

Most people should consider making an estate plan. In the legal environment following the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling, estate planning has become more important and more complex for same-sex couples. Join us for an educational session with attorney Kathie J. Gummere and learn: Read more »

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Eric Holder To State AGs: You Don't Have To Defend Gay Marriage Bans

Eric Holder To State AGs: You Don't Have To Defend Gay Marriage Bans

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged his state-level counterparts to recognize that they're not required to defend any state ban on same-sex marriage, speaking to The New York Times on Monday.

Holder argued that attorneys general should apply significant scrutiny to laws -- like gay marriage bans -- that raise constitutional issues before deciding to defend them.

“Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” he told the Times. Read more »

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Financial Considerations for Gay Families in Light of DOMA Demise

Financial Considerations for Gay Families in Light of DOMA Demise

On June 26, the Supreme Court repealed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA essentially said that even gay couples who were legally married at the state level, weren’t recognized as such at the federal level (and weren’t entitled to its marriage benefits). With DOMA since being repealed, gay couples now have additional financial rights.

Which issues does this ruling affect in particular?

The ruling affects a multitude of issues. Read more »

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N.M. Attorney General to Court: Let Gay Couples Marry

N.M. Attorney General to Court: Let Gay Couples Marry

New Mexico's attorney general said he will not legally defend the state's statute that prevents same-sex couples from marrying.

Gary King told the New Mexico Supreme Court that he would not argue on his state's behalf in a lawsuit filed by a gay couple in Santa Fe who were denied wedding licenses, the Associated Press reports. Currently the state does not have a law that explicitly bans gay and lesbian couples from marrying. Instead, "female" and "male" designations on marriage license application forms have indicated a so-called ban on marriages for same-sex couples. Read more »

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Attorney Marc Victor Criticizes The War On Drugs In Court

Attorney Marc Victor Criticizes The War On Drugs In Court

Attorney Marc J. Victor blasts the drug war and the “Justice System” in open court on a case involving Marijuana possession and sales.

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In defending two men facing prison time for growing and transporting marijuana, Marc Victor openly blasts America's war on drugs in court. In this, he dubbed the case a "failure to get a license" case, not something that deserves any prison time. He also likens the case to the prohibition days, reasoning that it's like him representing a Budweiser truck driver during that time. Read more »

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Beware of the Dragon Slayer

Beware of the Dragon Slayer

I should have known better. Having previously defended a woman whose dog barked at a cow; a man who, without a permit, built a shed in his backyard; a woman whose dog stepped on the grass of a no-dog park; a girl who entered a state park without paying the three dollar entrance fee - despite the broken fee collection machine; and a man who hung a sign over his business in violation of the city zoning ordinance, I should have expected a struggle. Sadly, I had been told so many times, "The law is the law."

My client was a wife and middle-aged mother of two young children who she drove to school Monday through Friday. She also worked a full time job located a substantial distance from her home. She had no prior contacts with the law; until now. Read more »

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