Stay Based on 5th Amendment

At times, actions that create potential civil liability, also create potential criminal liability. Continue reading


Submitted by attorney Wright Noel on April 30, 2014

New Regulations of Seller-Financed Residential Real Estate Sales

Individuals who offer seller financing in connection with residential real estate transactions are subject to new state and federal licensing and disclosure laws. Continue reading


Submitted by attorney Stuart Carson on April 30, 2014

Paradigm Shift

The landscape is changing once again with respect to estate planning. Some thought leaders are even calling it a “paradigm shift.” Up until now the goal has always been to keep assets out of the estate of the second spouse to die. This was done using credit shelter trusts. Continue reading


Submitted by attorney Sandy Cairns on November 7, 2013

Why Your Company Needs an Employee Handbook

For many small and medium sized companies, the costs and hassles of creating an employee handbook do not seem worth the trouble.  Who wants to bother paying some lawyer to create a handbook? If your company needed one, isn’t it better and cheaper to simply copy one off the Internet?  Will it really help your business to have one? Continue reading


Submitted by attorney Todd W. Wyatt on July 19, 2013

Electronic Meeting Notice is Here for Homeowners’ Associations

Starting at the end of July 2013, homeowners’ associations can now send meeting notices via electronic transmission.  Continue reading


Submitted by attorney Kellie Gronski on July 12, 2013

Avoiding Liability When Selling Your Real Estate

Summer has finally arrived in the northwest.  The re-emergence of the birds in the trees coincides with the reappearance of real estate “for sale” signs along the streets.  Like the birds, spring motivates many owners of real estate to migrate to new nesting grounds.

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Submitted by attorney Stuart Carson on June 11, 2013

Recovering Attorney Fees

In Washington the prevailing party’s ability to recover its attorney fees is much larger than what would normally apply under standard contract interpretation principals.  Continue reading


Submitted by attorney Wright Noel on March 5, 2013

More Estates Will Pay Federal Death Taxes in 2013 and later if the Fiscal Cliff Issues Are Not Resolved

We’re all becoming familiar with the term, “fiscal cliff,” and the news reporting on our politicians’ efforts to resolve the controversial issues related to the federal deficit and federal income taxes and deductions and spending. Continue reading


Submitted by attorney Nancy Whitten on November 29, 2012

Gifting

While much attention is paid to the lifetime gift tax exemption (currently about $5 million but scheduled to revert to $1 million in 2013 if Congress fails to act), there are other ways to transfer assets without incurring gift taxes. Continue reading


Submitted by attorney Sandy Cairns on October 17, 2012

But I Won! What Do You Mean I’m Not Entitled to Attorney’s Fees?

Nothing kills a good lawsuit like finding out that even if you win, you won’t receive attorneys’ fees.  Continue reading


Submitted by attorney Stacy Goodman on August 24, 2012