Arbitration Clauses

Season 2, Episode 26 – You know your favorite sports athlete has gone through this, but it’s just as likely you will one day. It’s Arbitration - and it’s not just for high-profile sports heroes. It is often the method of resolution for most legal agreements. In fact, you probably agree to it every time you click “accept” when installing a new app on your smartphone. You know, the “terms of use” few to no one ever reads. Arbitration is a mainstay of legal dispute resolution. But is arbitration a good idea for you? Is this your best way to solve a legal dispute? And what exactly is binding arbitration? In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Clay Gatens - explains Arbitration Clauses – Advantages and Disadvantages.

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1031 Exchange - What’s the Benefit?

Season 2, Episode 24 – You can do this in business, but you can’t do it for personal gain. What part of the tax code is this? It’s the 1031 Exchange, or as you may know it, the Like Kind Exchange. For instance, when you need new equipment for your business, you can sell the old, and defer the taxes until a later date. Sounds great, doesn’t it? What if taxes go up? How long can you defer the taxes? And why can’t you do this with your personal taxes? The 1031 Exchange doesn't benefit every situation, although it might be right for your business. In this podcast, JDSA Attorney Lindsey Weidenbach explains the 1031 Exchange - What’s The Benefit?

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Consumer Class Actions - And How They Work (Part 2 of 2)

Season 2, Episode 23 –The conversation continues. Welcome to Part 2 in a discussion about Consumer Class Action Lawsuits. In this podcast, you’ll learn more about opting-in and opting-out; what you should do if you receive a notice of a Class Action; how you can find out more information; what your legal rights are; and what options you have regarding settlement. And are you going to receive “more than 99 cents”? Listen in as JDSA Attorney Clay Gatens continues on the topic Consumer Class Actions - And How They Work.

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Consumer Class Actions - And How They Work (Part 1 of 2)

Season 2, Episode 22 – You just received a letter in the mail stating you may be entitled to a cash payout in a Class Action Lawsuit. What is this? What should you do? And how did they even know to send this to you? Consumer Class Action Lawsuits are often long, drawn-out legal battles. But do they cost you anything to join? Should you opt-in or opt-out? And what if you have a consumer complaint that could trigger a new Class Action Lawsuit? This podcast is Part 1 in a two-part discussion with JDSA Attorney Clay Gatens who explains the finer details of Consumer Class Actions - And How They Work.

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Cannabis in Washington State – Changes Keep Growing

Season 2, Episode 21 – Cannabis production and sale in Washington State is growing rapidly as a legitimate industry. However, business owners and employees both have to navigate the guidelines, regulations, and restrictions that come with the production and sale of cannabis. The restrictions are considerable. What banks will take your money? Can you grow, sell or do both? How many licenses can you have? And how do you file all the regulatory paperwork? Cannabis is an emerging industry with constantly changing regulations. In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Lindsey Weidenbach discusses Cannabis in Washington State – Changes Keep Growing.

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Cannabis – State V. Federal Laws

Season 2, Episode 19 – Did you know cannabis is legal in all 50 states? It is - but each state has different regulations. Even though it is legalized for recreational use in Washington State, it is not an easy industry to do business. Banking can be challenging. Getting a loan to buy property may be even harder. And paying your taxes? You may have to pay a penalty! There’s nothing easy about this, but JDSA Law attorneys are working on ways to make it a friendlier place to do business. In this episode, JDSA Attorney Lindsey Weidenbach discusses The Cannabis Industry - State v. Federal Laws.

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Debt Collection – What's Legal?

Season 2, Episode 18 – You’ve just received a call from a debt collector. What is the first thing you do? Do you hang up and block the number? Or do you ask for identification? Should you immediately negotiate a repayment plan? Or should you ask for proof of the debt owed? What are your rights? What are the debt collector’s rights? It’s important to know what to do, and what not to do if you get a call - or a letter - claiming you owe someone money. In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Devon Gray talks about Debt Collection - What’s Legal, And What’s Not.

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Divorce – Who Gets What, And How is That Determined?

Season 2, Episode 16 – Ever heard anyone say discussing divorce is easy? Likely, not. Divorce is never an easy conversation. And the division of assets and liabilities can make that discussion even harder. In fact, do you know what assets and liabilities you jointly share? Who gets what? The house. The car. The money. The bills. Is it fair to all parties – and the kids? Can you go back to court to revisit the decisions later? What you think you know about who gets what in a divorce may surprise you. In this episode, JDSA Attorney Jordan Miller discusses Divorce – Who Gets What, And How is That Determined?

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Tips for Avoiding Litigation – In Agreements and Contracts

Season 2, Episode 15 – A contract. An agreement. Is there a difference? Chances are you never thought about it. So what makes a contract or an agreement a good idea? When should you have one? What should be included? There’s so much more to consider than what the good ol' handshake can cover. And knowing how to properly lay out your expectations can help you avoid litigation down the road. In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Matthew Hitchcock presents Tips for Avoiding Litigation – In Agreements and Contracts.

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Legal Tips for Cohabiting Non-married Couples

Season 2, Episode 13 – You live together, but you’re not married. You intend to remain committed, but marriage is just not your thing. On that, you both agree. But what if, one day, you went your separate ways? What if one of you becomes ill? You’re not legally family, so can you visit in the hospital? Do you have a say in your partner’s medical treatment and care? A co-habitation agreement is about more than who gets the flatware! In this episode, JDSA Attorney Jordan Miller discusses Legal Tips for Cohabiting Non-married Couples.

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Should I Sue? What to Consider BEFORE Filing a Lawsuit.

Season 2, Episode 12 – Has anyone ever threatened to sue you? Have you ever been told you should sue someone? In either scenario, there is a lot to consider. And most importantly, you need to clearly understand what is involved. Do you have a good case? Would you ever collect if you win? Is there an alternative to suing? In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Matthew Hitchcock addresses Should I Sue? What to Consider BEFORE Filing a Lawsuit.

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Types of Restraining Orders

Season 2, Episode 10 – Being harassed? Feel threatened? In an abusive relationship? A restraining order could be key in keeping you safe. But how do you get a restraining order? And what kind? There are four types of restraining orders in Washington State. Each has a specific purpose and benefit. All are important pieces of the law and the courts. So what does an experienced attorney think about this? In this podcast episode, JDSA Attorney Jordan Miller discusses Restraining Orders – Different Types for Different Reasons.

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Common Questions About Water Rights

Season 2, Episode 9 – Can you own water? What if it is on your land? Does that make it private water? Fact is, water is a public resource. No one owns water, itself. However, the legal right to use water is abundant, and sensibly referred to as a water right. It’s something we hear about all the time, but what does it mean to “have” water rights? And, how should this affect your decision to purchase a piece of land? In this episode, Caitlyn Evans discusses Common Questions About Water Rights.

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5 Tips for Licensing Intellectual Property

Season 2, Episode 8 – You’ve created the Next Big Thing. And, naturally, you want as many people as possible to use or experience it. But you don’t have time to promote and sell it, because you want to move on to create the next Next Big Thing. What do you do? You license your intellectual property to let others sell it for you. Now you have to sort out license scope, revenues, timelines, enforcement, and more. And that’s when you discover, licensing intellectual property is exactly as complex as it sounds. Fortunately, in this episode, Laraine Burrell discusses Five Tips for Licensing Intellectual Property.

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Common Questions About Commercial Litigation

Season 2, Episode 7 – Being sued? You’re not alone. It happens to businesses every day. And it comes with a lot of questions. Is this a serious matter that is going to be decided by a jury, or a judge? Can you settle out of court? And who is paying for this lawsuit? Commercial Litigation involves virtually every type of dispute that can arise in business such as breach of contracts, partnership disputes, class actions, and other corporate disputes. In this episode, Lee Lewis discusses Common Questions About Commercial Litigation.

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Encumbrances and the Issues They May Cause

Season 2, Episode 6 – Ever had a shared driveway with your neighbor? How about a situation where the utility company wanted unrestricted access to your property? And most likely, you’ve had a mortgage. Whether you knew it or not, these are all types of encumbrances. It can be an easement, a lien, or even a first right of refusal on a future sale. Some are voluntary such as your mortgage, and some are involuntary such as a utility easement. All are perfectly legal. And some may deter you from purchasing a property. Do you have all the information you need to make an informed decision? In this episode, Caitlyn Evans discusses Encumbrances and the Issues They May Cause.

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Cybersquatting: What’s That? And What You Can Do About It

Season 2, Episode 5 – Cyber Law is frequently in the news. Perhaps, you’ve considered it within your own business. One of many potential threats, cybersquatting, is registering, selling or using a domain name with the intent of profiting from someone else's trademark. This practice is illegal. And it has become a concern for many commercial businesses. In this episode, Laraine Burrell discusses Cybersquatting: What’s that? And What You Can Do About It.  

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When to Hire an Appellate Lawyer

Season 2, Episode 4 – We’ve all heard someone say, “We plan to appeal the decision.” That’s where the Appellate Lawyers come in. Appellate Law is another stage in the litigation process. After a trial has reached a resolution or ruling, the appellate courts can be a “second look” to determine whether a decision was supported by facts, or legally correct. So, how do you know what decisions can be appealed – and what considerations should be made before considering an appeal? Is an appeal worth the money? Described as “the litigation after the litigation”, in this episode, Lee Lewis discusses When to Hire an Appellate Lawyer.

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Property Boundaries And The Importance of Surveying

Season 2, Episode 3 – Everything inside your fence is your property…right? Are you sure? Or what about the garage you neighbor is starting to build? Is it entirely on his land, or just slightly on your land? Are you certain your survey is correct? Did you even get a survey before you bought your property? And what if you have a dispute with your neighbor? Property boundaries can be clear cut, or highly complex. Either way, you should not leave things to chance. After all, you’ve invested a lot to own that property! In this podcast episode, Caitlyn Evans discusses Property Boundaries And The Importance of Surveying.

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Trademarks: Standing Out in a Crowd

Season 2, Episode 2 – What is the little “R” you see circled at the end of some words or slogans? And what does it mean? A Registered Trademark is a word or series of words, sometimes with a logo, utilized to distinguish a product or service. It has to be distinctively different. Not only to make you notice it, but also to ensure you do not get the mark confused with another brand, and unintentionally purchase the other brand’s product. So, how do you create a prominent trademark? And, how do you protect it?  In this episode, Laraine Burrell discusses Trademarks: Standing Out in A Crowd.

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