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Beware The Corporate Practice of Medicine

Washington State Business Law and Litigation Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 9/23/2021
Washington State provides that, generally, a business entity may not employ medical professionals to practice their licensed professions.  This Corporate Practice of Medicine (CPOM) doctrine protects the relationship between medical doctors and patients.  The doctrine dates back to 1943, when the Washington Supreme Court ruled in State ex rel. Standard Optical Co. v. Superior Court, that only a person,… Read More

When The Insurer Won’t Settle A Third Party Claim, Consider A Covenant Judgment

Washington State Litigation and Real Estate Law Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 9/1/2021
Sometimes a defendant in a lawsuit has insurance to cover some or all of the potential damages alleged.  Most of the time in those circumstances after the insurer agrees to defend on the insured’s behalf, the insurer hires counsel to represent the insured.  While this may provide some assurance to the insured, the insured can… Read More

Can I Assign My Commercial Lease? (Part 2- Assignments By Operation Of Law)

Washington State Litigation and Real Estate Law Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 8/16/2021
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about assigning commercial leases generally.  Sometimes, contractual rights or obligations get transferred without an express assignment.  This can happen, for example, where a party to the contract gets acquired by someone else, or where the party’s ownership or control changes hands.  An entity tenant under a commercial… Read More

Landlord’s Premises Liability To Third Parties

Washington State Litigation and Real Estate Law Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 8/5/2021
A possessor of real property can be liable for dangerous conditions on land which cause injury to people who enter the land.  However, the legal standard of care owed by the possessor is tied to the status of the visitor.  The law classifies visitors as either trespassers, licensees, or invitees.  As to trespassers and licensees,… Read More

Will Contests: Who, When, Why, And How

Washington State Litigation Lawyer J Patrick Diener | 8/3/2021
A person close to you passed away and you are devastated.  Sometime after, someone files a last will and testament for your loved one in the court and begins the probate process.  You review the will and realize there is something terribly wrong.  Maybe the will doesn’t appear genuine, maybe it gives a giant chunk… Read More

Community Living: Board Members Take Care To Exercise Your Duties

Washington State Real Estate Law Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 7/27/2021
Recently, the tragic and shocking collapse of the Surfside condominium in Florida has made national headlines. This truly devastating event left many questions unanswered regarding the causes of the collapse. News reports have indicated that in the years leading up to the collapse, the Board of Directors for the condominium had become frustrated by internal… Read More

How To Investigate A Judgment Debtor’s Assets

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 6/29/2021
In the world of litigation, parties can sometimes get so wrapped up in the process of trying to win, that they forget to plan out what they ought to do after they win.  Depending on the nature of the case, victory in litigation may result in the entry of a monetary judgment. Once a court… Read More

A Tale Of Two Tails: Lingering Claims Under Statutory Warranty Deeds Copy

Washington State Business and Real Estate Law, and Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 6/21/2021
Not all deeds are created equal.  For example, in the case of a quit claim deed, the grantor makes no warranty that they even own the property being conveyed.  Rather, the grantor merely transfers whatever the transferor actually owns.  But in the case of a statutory warranty deed, the grantor makes certain promises which give… Read More

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