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Author: Attorney Robert Sewell

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The law impacts almost everything we do, several times a day. Sometimes we break the law and don't even know it! Attorney Bob Sewell explores what is legal in today's society by asking experts the age old question - Is That Even Legal? And getting the answers in plain language...while having a bit of fun.
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Lets talk about: COVID and the law - restrictionsthe toll on inmatesthe changing courtsCriminal Justice Reform - is real change going to happen?Marijuana Law…and what’s ahead for 2021 DON't miss this special episode with Lauren Castle, Criminal Justice Reporter for the Arizona Republic, a U.S.A. Today Affiliate.  She has her finger on the pulse of these issues where it counts...with the people impacted,  and the policy makers.
It's estimated that business and personal bankruptcies will be up close to 50 percent this year.  2021 could bring an even bigger wave, regardless of the election outcome or future stimulus from the government.Some restaurants and retailers are going under, commercial and residential mortgage defaults are up significantly, in many areas of the country. Chances are, you or someone you know is impacted.For many businesses and individuals who never considered it before, bankruptcy presents a way to survive financially.New rules can help your company or your household emerge stronger even in the wake of a global health and financial pandemic.  Bob interviews Certified Bankruptcy Specialist Pernell McGuire a lawyer and law firm Managing Partner who offers hope and insight for those caught in the wake of this financial storm.McGuire is helping companies continue to operate and families continue to function, even as they manage their debt.
How many times, on all sides of the political spectrum, do you hear someone say... "IS THAT EVEN LEGAL?" ... when it comes to immigration law?Is it simple? Is it complicated? Whatever you think of immigration law, it impacts real human beings in many ways throughout society.In this episode, Bob talks with immigration lawyer Joshua Deere about what he sees on the front lines of immigration law every day. Some of the stories will sadden you. Some will inspire you.
The TRICKS and TREATS of an "Incentive Trust"It's Halloween season. It is the perfect time to talk about hauntings, messages and control from beyond the grave!  OOOOOOOOH!One method of control by the unliving over we mortals can be found in the tricks and treats of an estate planning tool called an incentive trust. The use of incentive trusts became fashionable, according to experts, in the early 1990s. Today, they are as popular peanut butter cups in late October. What is an incentive trust all about? Simply put, an incentive trust makes it so beneficiaries only get an inheritance by following the orders of their dead relatives.Is That Even Legal?Meet our guest, trust guru Sarah Clifford (480-733-4800; sclifford@davismiles.com) as she tells the story of Tommy Manville, who tried to outsmart the dead. Did he succeed? Can you use estate planning to "build character?" Can the dead control the living?  Come with us to the great beyond...and find out. You can also watch this episode! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vA8H7icbqo
Dying can be enormously complicated. Not only can death bring sorrow, but it can also create years of confusion, cost and stress for surviving loved ones. The state controls what happens to your estate unless you take control while you can.Probate guru and  lovable host Bob Sewell becomes the guest in this episode, as attorney David Williams asks him what is EVEN LEGAL in probate.
You've been working from home...what's deductible?  You withdrew some or borrowed from your IRA...will that cost you and how much?Lets face it. There is a LOT we'd all like to "write off," about 2020. But with all the changing rules and orders and challenges, how should your tax filing change? It might seem a little early to be thinking about it, but Bob has done some digging and found out now is a very good time to ask Is That Even Legal? As you plan your tax strategy. Bob's guest is Kelly White, she's a lawyer and has a specialized law degree (LLM) in taxation. 
What you think about DUI law is probably wrong. Meet the guy who knows. Americans, after being cooped up for months are increasingly starting to take to the roads again, and with Labor Day weekend approaching, you need to listen to Bob's interview with criminal defense attorney Russ Richelsoph for some sobering truths about what's legal!
He's the lead lawyer for futuristic self-driving vehicle company Cruise. He was President Obama's lawyer BEFORE and after the 2008 election. He foresaw the access to justice crisis. He built technology to consensus check fake news. He directs a Centre in Australia (where he was the U.S. Ambassador by the way) helping create the legal framework for societies to cope with the technology revolution we are living through and which could engulf us.Come along for the ride as Bob and Jeff explore Will That Even be Legal in 100 years?As you venture into that future in a self-driving car...here's some reasons why you want to ride with Mr. Bleich:getcruise.commetafact.ioJeff-Bleich-CentreA2J
In one U.S. city, there is a 14 -point test to see if you violate the noise ordinance.  You might be doing so, just by having a conversation! You would literally need a decibel meter to know if you're noise compliant. What do you do if your neighbor WON'T Stop Making Noise?  Is that Even Legal? Bob gets the band together with attorneys Marshall Hunt, Sarah Clifford and Russell Richelsoph who share their thoughts on NOISE, and how the law applies.
The stories will shock you. Laws meant to get back ill-gotten goodies from the crimes of pirates and drug lords are now used to take property from common citizens, even from those who are not charged with crimes! To the tune of $4.5 billion annually. Through civil asset forfeiture, federal and state-level law enforcement seize private property from owners they merely suspect are related to some criminal activity and sometimes from owners who are not suspected of criminal activity. Examples of seized property include cash, vehicles, and even homes. No charges or convictions are required for police to confiscate this property - Is That Even Legal?  Bob Interviews Paul Avelar, Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Arizona Office about the crazy case of an elderly couple, their son...and their car. 
In this episode Bob puts on the tool belt to talk with attorney David Williams. Many of us have had the experience of hiring a contractor who didn't do the job right. Maybe they abandoned the job altogether. Is that EVEN LEGAL? On the other side of the equation, almost every contractor has had that one customer from HECK, who held them hostage in a sea of unfair and unwarranted complaints. When it comes to the law and contractors...don't DIY.! Listen in.
If there is one thing that has been brought into focus recently is that everyone needs and deserves access to justice. One of the biggest barriers to that access is cost. Some state bar associations are exploring expanded roles for non-lawyers to lower costs, and increase access, but it's unclear how and whether that will work. Jeff Bell's company, LegalShield has a different approach to bringing down costs and increasing access, and it is now is use by nearly two million people.
Divorce is messy, emotional and traumatic. Even more so when children - including future children are involved. Just ask Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, who faced a lawsuit from her own embryos. In an Arizona Supreme Court Case this year, Terrell v. Torres, the Supreme Court directed the donation of cryopreserved embryos to another couple following the parties' divorce per their contract with the fertility clinic. Is that even legal? What does it mean for future babies? Bob gets to the bottom of it with family law lawyer Spencer Schiefer.
There you are. You are worried about your bills already. Then comes the bill from the HOA. You are reminded that not paying that bill can bring a lot of trouble. You may also be reminded of all the benefits you get from belonging to a Homeowners Association. Or, you may be considering certain things your particular HOA does or doesn’t do and have always wondered...IS THAT EVEN LEGAL? Bob's guest is Allison Preston, who serves as general counsel to many Arizona Community Associations.
They quarantined Typhoid Mary back in the day because she, well, carried Typhoid. Many today are not sick, but are quarantined or sheltered in place by their governments. Bob's guest is constitutional lawyer and former Arizona Solicitor General Rob Ellman, here to discuss...Is That Even Legal?
There have been some shocking studies recently that MANY married folks are planning to get divorced as soon as COVID-19 calms down. The Great Quarantine of 2020 has proven to be a strain on even some of the best marriages. My guest is the number one divorce attorney in the country's fifth largest metropolitan area - Phoenix, Arizona. He says he's about to get really busy...BUT he has advice on how NOT to be his client. Meet Douglas Gardner, author of Amazing Intentions, the Divorce Attorney Who Wants to Save Your Marriage.
Financial programs to help businesses and consumers in the wake of the COVID-19 economic shutdown are underway.  Find out more in this interview with Pernell McGuire, managing partner of the law firm Davis Miles McGuire Gardner. Some businesses and individuals, despite theirs and the government's best efforts, may still need bankruptcy for a fresh start as a result of COVID-19's effects. Is that even legal?  What about student loans? Rent? Mortgages?  Download now.
Special Edition. The Family First Act - what's even legal now?We are all impacted by the Coronavirus in some way...and a new law that goes into effect April 2, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, will affect many listeners. Your host Bob Sewell explores with lawyer Scott Gibson how the act expands unemployment benefits, mandates job protected paid and unpaid leave for reasons related to coronavirus, and requires certain employers to pay emergency sick leave. You'll want to know...is that even legal?Video version here: https://vimeo.com/user107986343
According to a recent report, 27 percent of Americans have had an office romance...and a quarter of those romances were with their boss. This despite heightened public scrutiny following a litany of high-profile sexual misconduct cases. Is that even legal? Bob chats with a company workplace attorney Emma Chalverus to find out what's legal
These days you can be sued for almost anything. In order to protect their hard earned wealth, a lot of people use some kind of asset protection. What is it?  Who does it? Who should do it and how? Is it legal?Bob talks with attorney and entrepreneur John Skableund to get the deets.
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