November 2014 Archive

Happy Thanksgiving from DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC!

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Firm News on November 26, 2014

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The endowment effect: How psychology may affect property division

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Divorce on November 19, 2014

There are many difficult aspects of the property division process, but human psychology may be one of the biggest obstacles to resolving asset disputes. New research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln examines the role psychology often plays in property division.

One example is the “endowment effect,” which describes how a person tends to value objects more when he or she owns them. This can further complicate the valuation and division process. An outsider might see a particular asset-division proposal as equitable, but one or both parties might see it as unfair because of the endowment effect. The parties assign more value to one or more objects simply because of their ownership.

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Arizona divorces don’t have to affect parenting

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Child Custody on November 7, 2014

We know that all divorces are not cordial. Some couples going through a divorce are very emotional. Parents may be angry, spiteful, guilt-laden or even clingy. But those feelings don’t have to spill over onto your children and your parenting time.

Arizona parents should keep in mind that if they want their children to be healthy and happy, they need to prevent their own emotional feelings from taking over their children’s lives. Here are some tips that parents should remember when going through a controversial divorce.

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Congrats to Our Own Sara Swiren for Her Pro Bono Service

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Firm News on November 4, 2014

The rules of professional responsibility state that lawyers should aspire to provide at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services every year. “Every lawyer, regardless of professional prominence or professional workload, should find time to participate in or otherwise support the provision of legal services to the disadvantaged” (comment to Arizona’s Rule 6.1). This is not a mandatory rule – lawyers volunteer their own time and resources to provide pro bono representation to those who really need it.

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