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Jury Instructions – New Mexico Supreme Court Case Update

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

A recent murder case from New Mexico’s Supreme Court addresses a topic often seen in appeals – jury instructions. The case stems from an incident where Defendant Marcos Suazo’s “roughhousing” with his friend Matthew Vigil escalated to Suazo pointing a gun at Vigil. Vigil then grabbed the shotgun and placed the barrel into his own mouth. Suazo pulled the trigger, killing Vigil and seriously injuring a friend who was standing behind Vigil. A major disputed issue in this case was whether Suazo knew the shotgun was loaded when he pulled the trigger. Suazo was convicted of second-degree murder...

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Why Baby Boomers Are Not Retiring

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Baby boomers, those folks born between 1946 and 1964, are retiring at increasingly later ages because they simply can’t afford to stop working. More than 25% plan to work until age 70, which is a much higher proportion than in recent years. The statistics seem to indicate not having money for their retirement is a major factor for delaying it. A recent GOBankingRates survey found that more than 24% of people 55 years and older have no retirement savings at all, and less than 50% have more than $50,000 saved for retirement. A 2016 study from the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) had an even...

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Same-Sex Divorce in New Mexico

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Same-sex divorce in New Mexico is somewhat the same as it is for heterosexual couples – so it can be just as stressful. Here are the basics on what you need to know: Legal separation – This is not a prerequisite to divorce in New Mexico. Residency – To file for divorce (or Dissolution of Marriage) in New Mexico either you or your spouse must reside in the state for at least six months prior to filing. You can file in the county where either party lives. Grounds for Divorce – The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage must state the grounds for divorce. In New Mexico it can be...

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New Mexico’s Reaction to Trump’s Travel Ban

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

While the ultimate fate of President Trump’s travel ban remains in limbo, most of New Mexico has come out vocally against it. When the ban first went into effect, New Mexico Democrat U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich took aim at the President in his address to a joint session of New Mexico’s Legislature criticizing the President’s actions as an effort to change American values. Sen. Heinrich spoke about how his father came to America as boy from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, even implying that his life would be starkly different had his father been turned away. Despite a federal judge’s emergency...

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The Best Home Security System Companies in Albuquerque

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Thinking about getting a home security system? This is one debate that has more pros than cons – by far. A security system in your residence not only protects you and your loved ones, it can actually deter crime. Rutgers University did a study in 2009 and found that, as the number of home security systems increased in particular area, the number of home robberies decreased in that area. That included the neighbors who don’t even have security systems. So you end up making the neighborhood safer for everyone. Such systems protect your valuables, notify you of gas or fire issues, give you...

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Collaborative Divorce in New Mexico

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Collaborative divorce can be as civilized as it sounds. It is basically a way to get a divorce and stay out of court at the same time. The spouses come to a resolution on the issues surrounding divorce, such as custody, division of assets, alimony, and child support. The process begins with the spouses entering into a “participation agreement” where they pledge to negotiate with one another in a neutral setting. The participation agreement contains clauses such as: The parties will entrust their respective attorneys to negotiating a settlement; Experts may be retained to assist with certain...

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