You Waited Until the Last Minute?

Let me give you some free advice…are you ready? Have a pen and paper to write this down? Okay, here you go: DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE BEFORE YOU CALL AN ATTORNEY! I received a call the other day at about 10:00 a.m. from someone who had court at 1:30 p.m. that same … Read more

Nothing Good Happens After Midnight – Ask Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez, who was released by the New England Patriots, was arrested today for murder of his finacee’s sister’s boyfriend. Did you follow that? Ah, the tangled web we weave. Over the next several months we will hear about the witnesses, the evidence and why he was arrested. We will also see, hear and read … Read more

Did She Say Enough? Jodi Arias Pleads For Her Life

Today was Jodi’s last chance to plead for her life to the jury that convicted her of first degree, premeditated murder.  Although the day started slow, it picked up just over an hour after it was supposed to start.  In front of a packed courtroom filled with Travis Alexander family members and supporters, her own … Read more

Jury Instructions in State v. Jodi Arias

I am sitting outside the courtroom in Maricopa County waiting for the verdict in State v. Jodi Arias.  Will it be First Degree Murder? Or Manslaughter?  The world outside the jury room seems to believe it will the the former; and, we all know what happened in the Casey Anthony case. Here are the jury … Read more

Fire? Burglary? You Need to Videotape Your Home!

Have you ever videotaped the inside of your house? How about your garage? If not, you should DO IT NOW!  I am Of Counsel with Merlin Law Group and have been involved with several insurance cases.  I have come to the big realization that insurance companies will do anything and everything they can to pay you nothing or as … Read more

My Mediation Practice

Mediation is the best option for people who want to make decisions about their own lives and not leave those decisions up to someone who knows nothing about them or their life. Mediation is less expensive, takes less time and is often more satisfying than proceeding with a trial. My philosophy is Empower, Dignity and … Read more

Teaching And Speaking

Monica currently teaches Mediation and Advocacy as an Ad Junct Professor at Arizona Summit Law School. She teaches law students the basics of, and theory behind, mediation. This includes how to be an effective mediator and how to represent a client in a mediation. In a litigious society such as our own, mediation is a … Read more

I Cannot Afford My House, Now What?

If you were like many in the past five years or so you probably jumped on the “investment” bandwagon and now find yourself with a piece of property, or two or three or four that you cannot pay for. Many of my clients find themselves in this situation and confess that they are simply overwhelmed … Read more

Do You Really Know Who Touches Your Books?

Do you really know who touches your books? Do you really know the people that work for you?  Too often I have had clients come to me for advice when a trusted employee has taken advantage of them.  At times it has been money, other times it has been equipment or clients.  You can never … Read more