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Congratulations To Our 2017 Super Lawyer Timothy Steen

By: BeresfordBooth

Timothy Steen has been named to the Washington Super Lawyers list as one of the top business litigation attorneys in Washington for 2017.  No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. This is Tim’s fifth consecutive year to be selected to the list as a Super Lawyer.

Protect Your View With A View Easement / View Covenant

By: Washington Real Estate Lawyer William O. Kessler

If you own real estate in the greater Seattle area, you may have view of Puget Sound, Lake Washington, another lake, or even a valley view. Either way, if you have a view, you likely want to protect it for your own enjoyment, and to preserve your property’s market value. Whether or not your view is already blocked, you may find yourself asking two main questions: 1. Can I make my neighbor cut his trees? 2. Can I prevent my neighbor from building higher? Unless you have a recorded View Easement (aka View Covenant), your neighbor has no obligation to...Read More

David Tingstad Spoke At Webinar About Washington State’s LLC Act

By: Wa

The webinar covered the following: Understand the recent changes and additions to Washington’s LLC Act.LLCs are far and away, the most used legal entity in Washington and across the country. In 2016, Washington adopted a new limited liability company act (the 'Act'). The Act made substantial changes to existing Washington law such that any practitioner forming LLCs, reviewing LLC agreements or involved in disputes between LLC members must be fully informed. This topic helps practitioners understand the Act, identify the provisions of LLC agreements affected by the Act and assist practitioners counseling LLC members. Without an understanding of the Act,...Read More

Fair Scheduling Ordinance For Seattle Retail & Food Service Employers

By: Washington State Employment Law Lawyer Elizabeth Van Moppes

Seattle became the second major U.S. city to pass an ordinance addressing schedule predictability and flexibility for workers and employers. The “Secure Scheduling Ordinance” calls for better estimates and notification of hours, ensures workers have the right to rest between shifts, ensures workers receive predictability pay for erratic scheduling, and creates guidelines for employers looking to offer additional hours. Before this ordinance became law, large retail and food service establishments face inconsistent staffing needs on a daily basis, resulting in workers bearing the burden of irregular scheduling practices. A study commissioned by the City of Seattle found that such scheduling...Read More

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