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“Final Rule” increases minimum salary required for many overtime exemptions to $47,476 annually

On December 1st of this year, more than an estimated four million workers that were once exempt from overtime pay will become eligible to receive overtime.  See Final Rule: Overtime, U.S. Dept. of Labor Wage & Hour Division, (Dept of Labor Link) (last viewed 8/2/16). This extension of overtime pay will be a result of […]

What is Title Insurance?

In most real estate transactions, the purchaser desires property with “good and marketable title.” Marketable title is generally understood as title to property that allows a purchaser to be reasonably certain that he or she will not be subject to a dispute or lawsuit that would deprive the purchaser of his or her investment. See […]

What is a Limited Liability Company Certificate of Dissolution? Why is it Important?

Business owners contemplating shutting their doors may have many questions regarding the appropriate manner to dissolve and wind-up a business entity. While it is vital for an entity to maintain appropriate records when the business is operation[1], it is equally important to take appropriate steps to discontinue business. Methods of Dissolving an LLC In Washington, […]

What is Trademark Law and Why is it Important for Your Business?

 By: BRANDON DOCKINS, Legal Intern The purpose of Trademark protection Producers of “Rolex”, “Mercedes Benz”, and “Louis Vuitton” have put significant effort into creating a name consumers associate with luxury, quality, and reliability. If an inferior product is released in the market with a confusingly similar mark consumers may be duped into buying what they […]

Can I Change My Last Will and Testament Myself?

In a world where do-it-yourself (“DIY”) projects are all the rage and the internet provides guides to everything from DIY home improvement to DIY tattoos, a person may be tempted to try his or her hand at revising/changing an existing Last Will and Testament. The unfortunate reality is that some matters- including estate planning- are […]

What are Advance Directives and Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment?

By: BRANDON DOCKINS, Legal Intern A tragic lesson – why having an Advance Directive or POLST is important: In 1990, then 27 year old Terri Schiavo unexpectantly collapsed, went into cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness.  102 Am. Jur. Proof of Facts 3d 95.  Terri was subsequently put on life support with no hope of […]

Washington Homeowner’s Associations and Legal Marijuana

A recent article in the Spokesman Review, Homeowner Groups Cope with Legal Pot, highlights a budding issue for many Washington homeowner’s associations. Although I-502 decriminalizes certain cultivation, sale, possession, and use of marijuana in Washington state, can a homeowner’s association adopt rules to limit marijuana use in planned communities? Washington statute authorizes a homeowner’s association […]

A Landlord’s Guide to Screening Tenants

Many first-time landlords overlook the importance of evaluating prospective tenants to determine the likelihood the tenant will comply with the terms of the lease and maintain the rental property. Leasing to an unreliable tenant can have significant consequences for a landlord, including but not limited to: unpaid rent, legal fees and costs, and property damage. […]

What is a Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Agreement? How is it used in Washington?

By: BRANDON DOCKINS, Legal Intern When a loved one passes away, disputes over the distribution of assets often arise. Such disputes can lead to a drawn out battle in court. This adds to an already stressful event, strains relationships, and can incur significant costs for all those involved, including the estate or trust. Fortunately, the […]

How is a Community Property Agreement used in Estate Planning?

By BRANDON DOCKINS, Legal Intern What is Community Property? Community property is property owned by a marital community or a domestic partnership whereby each spouse or partner has a present, undivided, one-half interest in the property. RCW 26.16.030; Olver v. Fowler, 161 Wn.2d 655, 670, 168 P.3d 348, 356 (2007). This means each spouse or […]