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Addressing Support For College Tuition And Expenses

By: Washington State Family Law Lawyer Dimitra Scott

Many high school seniors are looking ahead to college, university, or technical school later this year. Faced with rising tuition costs, most of their parents wonder how they will help pay tuition in the Fall. If you have an Order of Child Support, post-secondary support can be ordered to contribute to the cost of tuition, books, housing, and other related expenses. However, you must be careful to ensure the issue is addressed timely or risk waiving the opportunity to seek ongoing support after high school graduation. In most cases, the issue of post-secondary support is reserved in the Order of...Read More

Avoid Bad Behavior When You’re Not Getting Along With Your Co-Parent

By: Washington State Family Law Lawyer Anne Bennette

When you and a partner have a child (or children) together and then terminate your romantic relationship, it can be extremely difficult to maintain some semblance of amicability while co-parenting. It is certainly commendable for those who are able to do so throughout, but seldom will this be the case for the duration of your child’s life or children’s lives. Differences in opinions on child rearing, one party’s inability to conform to a schedule, and disagreements regarding extracurricular activities are just some of the issues that may frustrate you to the point you want to take action. WHAT NOT TO...Read More

Beth Van Moppes Presents “Ethics In Investigations” 12-6-16

By: BeresfordBooth

On December 6, 2016 Beth will be presenting on Ethics in Investigations at the KCBA 13th Annual Ethics Workout at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. For more information, please visit: https://www.kcba.org/secure/cleRegistration.aspx#312

Gifting Or Transferring Interest In A Family LLC Or Family LP In Washington State – New Proposed IRS Rules

By: Washington State Estate Planning & Probate Lawyer William O. Kessler

If and when they are adopted, new proposed IRS regulations would reduce the ability to use valuation discounts when valuing transfers of interest between family members in some family LLCs or family limited partnerships. The proposed regulations also expand the instances in which the lapse of certain voting and liquidation rights attached to an interest in a family LLC / family LP will be treated as a taxable gift or bequest. For more information about the formation of family entities, or gifting or selling interest in family entities, call one of the estate planning attorneys at Beresford Booth PLLC. Beresford...Read More

Do It Right Or Don’t Do It At All! Validly Executed Will In Washington State

By: Washington State Estate Planning & Probate Lawyer Dick Beresford

Stated differently, “a job worth doing is a job worth doing right”. The Washington Statute, RCW 11.12.020, requires that a will to be validly executed, must, among other requirements, be attested by two or more competent witnesses  while in the presence of the testator (person signing their will). In light of these statutory requirements, our office policy is to require the testator to physically come into the office to execute their will. Why are we so particular?  A look at a recent Washington Court of Appeals Division I case in the Estate of Hook, 193 Wn. App. 862 answers this...Read More

Do You Qualify For Chapter 13 Bankruptcy In Washington State?

By: Washington State Business and Bankruptcy Lawyer Jonathan McQuade

Typically, a person files for Chapter 13 if he or she has too much equity in their home, or if his or her monthly income is too high to qualify for a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy.  Further, and unlike a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy, a person can stop a home foreclosure and cure delinquent mortgage payments over time.  Only individuals may file for Chapter 13 protection; corporations, LLCs, and other entities may not file for Chapter 13 protection. When you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you set forth a plan to repay all or part of your debts.  If your current...Read More

Deadlock In LLCs

By: Washington State Business and Real Estate Lawyer David Tingstad

The IRS estimates that 25% of all LLCs consist of two members. Care should be taken to draft an LLC Agreement to avoid a deadlock between the members or managers. In Washington, our new default rule for voting of members is on a per member basis regardless of how much capital a member contributes. As a result, in the absence of an agreement to the contrary, a deadlock can arise in any situation where there is an even number of members. A deadlock between the members usually results in significant damage to the business of the LLC and can lead...Read More

Beth Van Moppes Presents “Critical Skills For First-Time Supervisors And Managers” 9-21-16

By: BeresfordBooth

On September 21, 2016 Beth will be sharing “Critical Skills for First-Time Supervisors and Managers” for the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. For more information, please see: http://www.nwrpca.org/events/event_details.asp?legacy=1&id=825660

Beth Van Moppes Presents “The Danger Zones In Hiring And Interviewing” 9-15-2016

By: BeresfordBooth

On September 15, 2016 Beth will be giving a presentation on “The Danger Zones in Hiring and Interviewing” for the Western Washington Chapter of Institute of Real Estate Management. For more information, you can visit: http://www.irem27.org/ev_calendar_day.asp?date=9/14/2016&eventid=24

Why You Should Not Put Your Primary Residence In An LLC In Washington State

By: Washington State Business and Real Estate Lawyer David Tingstad

In my earlier blog posting, titled “Should you put your primary residence in an LLC?”, I discussed my opinion that one of the rationales for not transferring your principal residence into an LLC was a likelihood that the homestead exemption would not apply.  By statute, a “homestead” provides an exemption from creditors for up to $125,000 of equity in a property. On August 15, 2016, Division One of Washington's Court of Appeals, for the first time, the court ruled that a homestead exemption does not apply to property owned by an LLC. In Performance Construction, LLC v. Glenn, the Court...Read More