Lauer, Keillor, Moore, Spacey, and Rose! Harassment Terminations: Where They Stop Nobody Knows!

Daily, the news brings us word of another celebrity termination for allegations of workplace harassment. We’re hearing of politicians, actors, and coaches terminated. It seems no male superstar is safe (we’ve yet to see a woman accused but I feel certain it is coming). We are living in what is being called the “Weinstein Era” or the “#MeToo Movement.” Social commentary aside, we’re witnessing a sudden consciousness that is going to have both short term and long term impacts on the workplace. Harassment in the workplace will never again be viewed the same. I’m receiving calls from clients concerned that...Read More

Washington State’s New Power Of Attorney Act

A power of attorney gives powers to another party (commonly known as an agent or attorney in fact) to act on his or her behalf. A power of attorney essentially allows the agent to step into the shoes of the principal, and perform all acts a principal could perform in his or her own right. The scope of the power of attorney may include dealing with financial matters as well as health care decisions. It can be a useful tool when the principal is unable to manage his or her own affairs for any reason, such as travelling, hospitalization, or...Read More

When Should A Creditor File A Bankruptcy Adversary Action?

Typically, creditors have little to no recourse when a debtor files for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Unless the debtor has sufficient non-exempt assets to pay all of his creditors, or the debts are secured by homes, cars, or other tangible items, the debts will likely be discharged – i.e., wiped out – leaving creditors with little to no recovery on their debt. In certain instances, however, debtors cannot discharge debts because of how debtors incurred the debt. If   The debt was obtained by false pretenses, false representation, or actual fraud; or The debt arose from fraud or...Read More

An Update To The Relocation Statute

A Washington Court of Appeals recently differentiated 50/50 shared parenting plans from plans in which there is a named primary residential parent with respect to the intent to move with the child. “A proposed relocation that would modify a joint parenting plan’s equal residential time to something less than equal residential time is in effect a change in residential placement. Such a change in residential placement requires an adequate cause finding under the modification statute. We therefore conclude that the CRA does not apply to a proposed relocation that would modify the joint parenting plan’s joint and equal residential time...Read More

Beresford Booth Event Sponsor For Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center Fundraiser Nov. 9 2017

Beresford Booth was a proud Silver Sponsor for the Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center's 5th Annual Fundraiser on November 9, 2017. Dawson Place is the primary provider of services for abused children in Snohomish County. Elizabeth Smart was the keynote speaker at the luncheon, attended by David C. Tingstad and Dimitra S. Scott, lawyers at Beresford Booth PLLC.

Criminal Background Checks: Controlling Risks For Employee Related Litigation

Employers face increasing litigation risks from the wrongful acts of their employees as the law of negligent hiring and retention expands. Employers are potentially liable for negligent hiring when employing an unfit applicant who poses an unreasonable risk of harm to others. If an employer should have known of an employee’s unfitness at the time of hiring and the employment leads to the harm of a third person, employers may face substantial liability. Additionally, if the employer learns of the employee’s unfitness during the course of employment, an employer may be liable to a later injured party for retaining that...Read More

Van Moppes Earns Accredited Investigator Certification

In March of this year (2017), Elizabeth Van Moppes became an accredited Investigator Certification Holder. She attended the Association of Workplace Investigators week-long Training Institute and then sat for, and passed, the half-day examination. This is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited certificate under Certificate Accreditation Program (CAP). Obtaining a certificate means that the student has demonstrated success in achieving the stated learning outcomes of the training program. This particular program’s purpose and scope are to teach the core knowledge and skills necessary to successfully perform impartial workplace investigations. The core knowledge taught at the AWI Training Institute includes...Read More

Primerus Member Newsletter – The Globe (PBLI) Features David C. Tingstad

Beresford Booth PLLC Edmonds, WA Primerus Business Law Institute Key Contact: David C. Tingstad Member since: 2009       1. What are your top 5-10 practice areas? For over seventy years Beresford Booth has provided first-class legal services in the areas of business & real estate, commercial litigation, employment, estate planning & probate and divorce & family law. Our clients are operating businesses, banks, families and real estate investors. We are proud to serve clients across Washington State and throughout the Pacific Northwest. 2. Tell us one thing that is unique about your firm, or something that you'd like...Read More

David Tingstad To Present “Advanced LLC Issues” At The NBI Seminar On September 25, 2017

Advanced LLC Issues is presented by the National Business Institute on Monday, September 25, 2017, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Are you prepared to handle the advanced questions and issues your clients may have regarding LLCs? This information packed program goes beyond the basics of establishing and operating an LLC, and digs deeper into some of the more complex scenarios arising from LLC ownership and management. After attending, you'll be able to help clients make intelligent tax planning choices. As a trusted advisor to your clients, you need to be able to guide them with spot-on,...Read More

Congratulations To Our 2017 Super Lawyer Timothy E. Steen

Timothy E. 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.