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Don’t Neglect To Address Affirmative Defenses: What Plaintiffs Moving For Summary Judgment in Washington Need To Know

As most familiar with the litigation process know, litigation in real life bears faint resemblance to its portrayal in film, literature, or television. Unlike the prototypical legal drama (which culminates in suspense-filled verdict from the jury), the majority of lawsuits end in settlement or through a pre-trial motion, sometimes even before the attorneys ever set foot in a court room.

MARCH 30, 2022

Current Estate Planning Environment – Planning for the Unknown

President Biden has now been in office for six months, and there is still great uncertainty whether new tax laws will be enacted this year. This article discusses some of the proposed tax changes and potential planning opportunities for individuals with various levels of wealth.

AUGUST 16, 2021

A Review Of Yim I And Yim Ii

Though each challenged different theories of Washington property rights in connection with different ordinances, both Yim I and Yim II will have a lasting and consequential impact on landowners who seek to challenge government regulations that they believe overstep into private property rights.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

Colleen M. Frei

Technology + Agriculture = Success

Everywhere we look, technology is at our fingertips. For most, it is the method that we use to consume our news, plan vacations, and communicate with friends and family. But when you enjoy ….

JULY 2, 2019

When Fences Don’t Make Good Neighbors

Whether you own a house, an orchard or a shopping mall, you have neighbors. If you’re like the rest of us, you want to have good neighbors and you want to be a good neighbor. But, even with the best of intentions, conflicts…

MARCH 14, 2018

Evan M. McCauley

All About Transfer-on-Death Deeds

This article discusses the TOD deed features and limitations, and helps to explain why—more than three years after passing of the new law—the TOD deed has not been widely adopted as a planning tool…

OCTOBER 26, 2017

Avoiding County and City Subdivision Rules Through Testamentary Divisions

The subdivision of land (plats, subdivisions and dedications) in Washington is governed by Chapter 58.17 RCW and by…

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Trademark 101: Choose it, own it, protect it, police it

You’ve probably heard the word “trademark” before, or seen the ™ symbol. But do you really understand its significance or importance to your…

JULY 4, 2016

Evan M. McCauley

How to make sure your family business is left in the right hands

Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy, but when it’s time to pass the business to the next generation, thorny issues can arise, such as sibling rivalries and tax implications…

APRIL 20, 2016

Construction Contract Dispute Resolution: One Size Does Not Fit All

As standard form construction contracts become more accessible and less expensive to obtain, contractors are naturally turning to those commercially available contracts as the foundational …

MARCH 22, 2016

Sally W. Harmeling

Employers Beware: Asking a Job Applicant About His or Her Criminal History May Result in Civil Liability

It may seem run-of-the mill to inquire about a job applicant’s criminal history during the hiring process, and there may be very legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for doing so. For example …

OCTOBER 28, 2015