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Don’t Let Your Former Employer “Blacklist” You

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Shannon L. Trivett

The Washington Law Against Discrimination makes it unlawful for an employer to “discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate” against a job applicant or employee on the basis of that person’s protected characteristic such as race, age, or sex. Likewise, the WLAD also makes it unlawful for an employer to do the same because he or she Read more >

The Disappearing Maintenance Benefit

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Miriam Gordon

In a divorce, there are generally three types of payments that can be made between the divorcing parties. The first is considered an equalizing property transfer payment. For example, if, after the allocation of all real property, bank accounts, retirement accounts, and investment accounts, there is a disparate value between the parties, one party usually Read more >

Complexity for Employers in New Washington State Sick Leave Law

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Andrew Goodrich

Beginning on January 1, 2018, all employers in the State of Washington are required to provide paid sick leave to certain employees. This new law implements Initiative 1433, passed by Washington voters in 2016. While employers may be compliant in theory, the new law and regulations include a number of requirements and obligations that employers Read more >

Estate Planning Alert: New Tax Law Doubles the Federal Estate Tax Exemption Amount … For Now

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Eberson

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, is the most significant U.S. tax reform to be enacted in over thirty years. One of its many components is the near doubling of the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer-tax exemption amount applicable to individuals. The Act raised Read more >

Real Estate Excise Tax Developments

Posted on October 13, 2017 by Andrew Goodrich

Several recently released cases from the Washington Department of Revenue Administrative Review and Hearings Division provide a good reminder about the reach of the department to collect real estate excise tax (REET) on the transfer of real property. In the first case (Det. No. 16-0350), the petitioner limited liability company transferred a controlling interest in Read more >

Tangible Personal Property: Planning for the “Small Stuff” in Your Will

Posted on September 25, 2017 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Eberson

Heirs battling over seemingly “small” personal property items after a loved one has died is a heartbreaking yet familiar scenario in the probate world. While such disputes might seem petty to outsiders, the issue of who gets mom’s favorite purse, dad’s music collection, or even grandmother’s little blue ceramic bowl is often a deeply personal process that can Read more >