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December 2022 Newsletter



High Asset Divorce - Dividing Your Retirement Accounts

What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)

If you are going through a divorce or legal separation and you or your spouse have retirement accounts contributed to during the marriage, you will need a Qualified Domestic Relations Order to divide the accounts. Check out the article below to review the steps for preparing and completing a QDRO.


Stay Safe This Holiday Season

Don't Drink and Drive


The Scottsdale and Phoenix police agencies will increase the number of traffic officers on patrol during the holidays, particularly on New Year's Eve.

In Arizona, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08%, however, a person can still be arrested for DUI even if their BAC is below the legal limit if their driving is impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol.

Play it safe this year and choose a reliable designated driver or choose to take a taxi or rideshare to get you home safely.

Coping with a Narcissist During the Holidays  

A narcissist has an exaggerated sense of importance and a deep need for admiration. They don't feel empathy for others. Add that to the stress and drama of the holidays and you have a recipe for disaster. Here are some tips for dealing with a narcissist during the holidays:

1. Don't expect sympathy or emotional support - they're not capable;

2. Don't get defensive and react poorly - it won't get you anywhere;

3. Set firm boundaries - don't let yourself be manipulated or mistreated;

4. Be prepared for resistance from them - narcissists believe they are unfairly blamed and will turn any blame back on you; and;

5. Look after your own mental and physical health - take time to yourself to re-charge your body, energy and mood.

Attorney Spotlight

Max N. Hanson, Esq.

For the 10th consecutive year, Attorney Hanson has received the 2023 Martindale-Hubbell Award, AV Preeminent rating, which is the highest possible rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.

Attorney Max N. Hanson practices in all aspects of family law including high-asset divorce, legal separation, post decree modifications, and prenuptial agreements. He also handles the preparation of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders. Max has practiced in Arizona for over 25 years and has handled hundreds of family law cases throughout his career. His experience and knowledge will guide you through the most complex of situations. To learn more about Attorney Hanson, click the link below to his biography.

Biography of Attorney Max N. Hanson

December/January Calendar Events

December 23-26, 2022 - Closed for Christmas Break

January 2, 2023 - Closed for New Year's Day Holiday

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Click the link below or call us today at 480.994.8824.

Divorce + Family Law

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)


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Prenuptial + Postnuptial Agreements

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7322 E. Thomas Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85251


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