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Personal Injury Settlements for Minors: There’s More To It!

Minor children frequently have personal injury claims but they are legally incapable of agreeing to a settlement and unable to receive the funds. Therefore, under Rule 53 of the Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure, most settlements for plaintiffs under the age of 18 must be approved by the Court, who then authorizes the execution of […]

An update on the current state of legal affairs in Southern Arizona

Have We Turned a Corner? It has been a long fifteen months. We have all been impacted by this serious Public Health Threat. Some of you have been sick. Some of you have lost loved ones. Some of you are still experiencing the “long haul symptoms.” The Courthouse is opening up again. Trials are being […]

Arizona’s Top 10 Civil Verdicts in 2020

An overview of the top civil verdicts from Arizona in 2020 Every year we bring you news of the top ten Civil verdicts in the State of Arizona.  Twenty Twenty will go down as a very odd year as most of the State Court Houses were closed to trials for a majority of the year […]

Duty in Torts

Before there is negligence, there must be a duty. Personal injury lawyers frequently work within the realm of negligence-based tort laws. Torts can be defined as: “… an act or omission that gives rise to injury or harm to another and amounts to a civil wrong for which courts impose liability.” In order for tort liability […]

Is My Personal Injury Settlement Taxable or Not Taxable?

It is tax time once again.  The Rockafellow Law Firm is not in the business of giving tax advice, but there is one area of tax law that we are familiar with and give clients advice on in every case: That is: “Are personal injury settlements taxable as income?” The short answer is no, but […]

Devices That Help Determine Fault in a Car Crash: GPS, Dash Cameras and Black Boxes

GPS (Global Positioning Systems), dash cameras, and “Black Boxes” (Electronic Data Recorders) have become important tools in deciding fault for auto collisions Most commercial vehicles now have GPS to track the driver’s activity during the day and to make sure safe driving is being observed. This benefits the employer. It also helps in accident reconstruction. […]

The State Of Our Courts During COVID-19

Trials are still suspended. Hearings are remote. When will this end? Most court rooms throughout the country have been operating on a limited basis during the time of COVID-19. Our Pima County Superior Court is no different. Leighton Sr. and Leighton Jr. recently attended a video-conference seminar held by numerous Superior Court judges representing the […]

Leighton Rockafellow Announces Re-launch of His Novel of Legal Suspense: Diminished Capacity

Diminished Capacity: The Re-Launch of Leighton Rockafellow’s Novel Leighton Rockafellow has re-launched Diminished Capacity, a novel of Legal Suspense.  (Think John Grisham style prose.) This full-length legal novel is set in Tucson and features two exciting stories interwoven together. Story one is a murder trial.  The defense: Diminished Capacity.  Follow the story of this psychological […]

Amending a Lawsuit Complaint in Arizona

A lawsuit’s complaint can be amended even after trial has concluded When a Plaintiff files a lawsuit (a Complaint), he or she often has imperfect information. For example, he or she may have the wrong corporate entity, or perhaps the Defendant’s name is incorrect in the police report. Sometimes a Defendant will respond to a […]

Government Entity Immunity in Arizona

Statutory immunity can make claims against Arizona’s government entities difficult Thinking of suing the State of Arizona for a bad road? Thinking of suing the Sheriff’s Department for not making an arrest and letting someone go who later causes harm? Thinking of suing the City for a bad intersection? Think twice. It is not so […]

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