Monthly Archives: June 2017

Deadly Motorcycle Accidents in the Valley Prompt Calls for Safety

Over the last month, there have been at least four motorcycle accidents in the Mesa area, according to a KSAZ news report. While we are reaching the tail end of the peak-riding season in Arizona, there are still a number of collisions. Motorcycle safety experts are saying that the reason for this is that motorcyclists don't take basic safety precautions such as wearing helmets and because drivers assume that just because motorcycles are smaller, they can quickly get [...]

By |2019-08-20T13:54:23+00:00June 29th, 2017|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Deadly Motorcycle Accidents in the Valley Prompt Calls for Safety

Arizona Governor Signs Limited Texting Ban into Law

Governor Doug Ducey has signed Arizona's first ban on texting while driving adding he would go further than what the bill proposes and bar all minors from using mobile devices while behind the wheel. According to a news report in The Republic, Gov. Ducey's signature on Senate Bill 1080 means that beginning July 1, 2018, any minor getting a driver's license must refrain from texting while driving for six months. Texting and driving will also be barred during [...]

By |2017-06-26T00:00:05+00:00June 26th, 2017|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Arizona Governor Signs Limited Texting Ban into Law

Federal Student Loan Interest Rates to Increase in the Fall

American families have been benefiting from historic lows on student loan interest rates for the last decade or so. But, that's all about to change this fall. According to a news report in The Washington Post, interest rates on federal student loans will increase by seven-tenths of a percentage point as a result of the Treasury Department's auction of 10-year notes. The new rates will take effect July 1 and are good only for loans taken out to [...]

By |2017-06-21T05:25:14+00:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Bankruptcy|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Federal Student Loan Interest Rates to Increase in the Fall

A Lower Tax Bill? Something Arizonans Can Look Forward to Next April

A Lower Tax Bill for Arizona Residents? Arizonans can expect to pay a little bit less in taxes, come April 2018. Or we may even expect to get a little bit more back in that tax refund check. According to a report in Capitol Times, Governor Doug Ducey has signed legislation, which immediately boosts by $50, the amount of money that Arizonans can subtract from their earnings before calculating their taxes. That will show up on the 2017 [...]

By |2019-07-24T22:06:26+00:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Tax Law, Tax Relief|Tags: , , |Comments Off on A Lower Tax Bill? Something Arizonans Can Look Forward to Next April

Tips to Stay Safe On the Road This Summer

Summer is almost here and AAA has already announced that it expects to rescue 7 million drivers nationwide this summer. That includes 169,000 calls for roadside assistance in Arizona, a 1.2 percent increase compared to 2016. In Arizona alone, AAA expects to jumpstart more than 57,000 car batteries, change more than 21,000 tires and unlock more than 16,000 vehicles. If you are not exactly for roadside emergencies as you hit the road for a long summer trip, you [...]

By |2017-06-19T00:00:43+00:00June 19th, 2017|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Tips to Stay Safe On the Road This Summer

Report States ACA Helped Bring Down Personal Bankruptcy Filings

A new analysis by Consumer Reports shows that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, was among the likely factors that helped with a big decrease – nearly 50 percent – in personal bankruptcy filings in the last six years. Other factors such as new bankruptcy laws, a rebounding economy and tighter credit requirements, also likely helped reduce personal bankruptcy filings, which dropped from 1.54 million in 2010 to 770,846 in 2016, the analysis states. There [...]

By |2019-07-24T06:58:02+00:00June 15th, 2017|Categories: Bankruptcy|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Report States ACA Helped Bring Down Personal Bankruptcy Filings

More Arizonans Are Complaining about Medical Debt Collectors

A new report shows that Arizonans have filed 439 complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) about medical debt collectors since the bureau started tracking such complaints in 2013. This is apparently the 11th highest rate of complaints in the nation, according to a Cronkite News report. The report issued by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund said the almost 18,000 medical debt-collection complaints submitted to the CFPB made it the leading complaint to the [...]

By |2017-06-08T04:22:39+00:00June 8th, 2017|Categories: Bankruptcy|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on More Arizonans Are Complaining about Medical Debt Collectors

Talking to Children about Money Troubles and Bankruptcy

When you are going through financial troubles, you don't often notice that your kids are watching. You cancel cable television. You are not going on vacations or eating out that often. Birthday parties or holiday gatherings are not as festive as they used to be. While you may think that children don't notice, the truth is that they feel your desperation and fear, even if they may not always figure out what is causing it. As parents, we [...]

By |2017-06-08T04:17:55+00:00June 8th, 2017|Categories: Bankruptcy, Money Matters|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Talking to Children about Money Troubles and Bankruptcy

Seven Wrong-Way Crashes Reported on Arizona's Freeways in 2017

An early morning crash on April 14 on the Interstate 17 near Greenway Road in Phoenix, which killed three people, was the seventh wrong-way car accident on Arizona's freeways in 2017. According to a Cronkite News report, in this particular accident, the wrong-way driver, a 22-year-old man drove southbound in the northbound lanes before crashing head on into another vehicle carrying two Grand Canyon University students. This was the seventh wrong-way collision involving serious injuries and/or fatalities just [...]

By |2017-06-07T00:00:58+00:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: Personal Injury|Comments Off on Seven Wrong-Way Crashes Reported on Arizona's Freeways in 2017