Business

 

We stand ready to help individuals and businesses with legal counseling in a broad spectrum of areas, including but not limited to contract, employment and litigation matters. We believe your legal questions deserve prompt and cost-effective attention.

 

We work with individuals, closely-held local and regional businesses, new and established, as well as Fortune 500 companies, in a wide variety of industries, such as property management, retail, real estate development, construction, and medical.

 

We provide the following types of legal services:

  • Start-up and organizational services
  • General counsel services
  • Employment law advice
  • Business purchase and sale and merger
  • Succession planning
  • Regulatory compliance

 

Our mission is to provide you with practical legal advice as your needs change to act as your counselor to help successfully achieve your business goals.

Litigation

 

Carson & Noel’s trial and appellate attorneys have represented large, medium, and small-sized businesses, as well as individuals, in a wide variety of disputes in federal and state courts throughout Washington. Our attorneys are seasoned advocates and work quickly and cost-effectively to not only represent clients in litigation, but more importantly, to devise strategies for successful outcomes.  We frequently represent businesses and individuals in litigation concerning:

  • Business control and ownership disputes
  • Banking law
  • Real estate, land use, and environmental claims
  • Securities act violations and claims
  • Personal injury
  • Employment disputes
  • Breach of contract
  • Consumer Protect Act issues
  • Other business and commercial claims

Real Estate

 

Our attorneys have the experience and skill to guide clients through any type of real estate matter — large or small, simple or complex.

 

Whether it’s assisting a family with the sale of their home, advising the developer of a complex commercial project, or helping business owners with questions about their office space, we have the know-how to help our clients reach their goals.

 

Our work involves all kinds of real estate legal matters – purchases, sales, leases, development, 1031 exchanges, title issues, condominium formation and maintenance, financing, formation of LLCs and other entities, CC&Rs, easements and covenants, construction, boundary questions, and many other real estate matters.

Employment

 

The attorneys of Carson & Noel have decades of experience representing and advising both employers and employees concerning employment issues. From best practices for high-risk employees, reviewing non-compete agreements, and drafting employment handbooks, to representing employers and employees in disputes concerning wages, discrimination, or breaches of contract, we know the best outcomes are often achieved when disputes are resolved both quickly and discretely. If litigation is unavoidable, our team of trial attorneys can provide representation in a wide-variety of claims that arise from the employment relationship.

Estate Planning

 

Perhaps you have already prepared your estate plan. Or maybe you haven’t yet given it much thought.

 

Either way, passing away without a will or an outdated one could leave your loved ones with a tremendous burden. Without proper planning, the court will make all decisions for you, such as who will settle your final affairs, how your property is distributed and who is named guardian of your children. Similarly, in the event you become incapacitated and haven’t planned for it, the court will decide who makes decisions for you by naming a guardian. It is tremendously expensive to have the court make those decisions.

 

The attorneys at Carson & Noel know you have questions about how to properly prepare for incapacity and declare your final wishes regarding property distribution, money, business affairs, and caring for your children. Our attorneys work closely with clients to create individualized estate plans detailing some of the most important and personal decisions. We prepare documents that preserve as much flexibility as possible and provide the opportunity for later tax planning by use of such devices as QTIP elections and disclaimers of interests in property. Our estate plans also typically involve powers of attorney, health directives (the living will), and trusts.

 

Our estate-planning attorneys also can assist you with probate (the legal process of settling the estate), other post-death administration, or incapacity, even if you are already involved in court proceedings.

Land Use

 

The attorneys of Carson & Noel have the experience and knowledge necessary to help individuals, developers, and businesses address land-use problems, be they simple or complex. We are able to guide our clients through the various phases of land-use permitting, subdivision approvals, zoning, and environmental law. These include assistance with the permit issuance process, including legislative and adjudicative zoning and comprehensive planning matters, and appellate litigation related to development feasibility (see attached development checklist provided in this website); application filing, review, and processing; concurrency and vesting determinations; imposition of impact fees; rezones and comprehensive plan amendments and appeals; and code compliance proceedings.

 

Click here to view the Development Feasibility Checklist