The Americans with Disabilities Act and Working in the Age of COVID-19

Posted on June 4, 2020 by Shannon L. Trivett

As parts of the country begin to re-open following closures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, employers will face many issues regarding the best way to bring their employees back to work. Throughout the pandemic, federal agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, have provided guidance for employers regarding the application of federal laws to Read more >

Can Relaxed Retirement Plan Withdrawal Rules Help Settle Your Divorce?

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Lisa Sharpe

The new CARES Act has relaxed retirement account withdrawal rules for some retirement plans due to COVID-19 related reasons. These relaxed withdrawal rules apply to IRA, 401(k), and other “eligible retirement plans” as defined by the CARES Act. COVID-19 has disrupted life for all of us, with tens of millions of Americans losing jobs because Read more >

Overtime Gets an Overhaul

Posted on May 6, 2020 by Shannon L. Trivett

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries announced sweeping changes, effective July 1, 2020, to the rules determining whether an employee in Washington State is entitled to receive overtime compensation. In Washington State, the default rule is that all employees are entitled to overtime compensation. There are exceptions, however, when the employee meets three important Read more >

Pro Tips for Virtual Mediation in Divorce

Posted on by James Stensel

In the shadow of COVID-19, change in the way that lawyers resolve cases has become a necessity. In the area of Family Law, and in divorce cases, social distancing and quarantine have altered the tools used to assist parties with their disputes. Pre-pandemic, more than 90 percent of divorce cases settled prior to trial. With Read more >

Lasher Family Law in the Time of the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on April 20, 2020 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson

The Family Law Practice Group of LHS&E is virtual!  Thanks to remote access, electronic files, secure document sharing, and meetings via Zoom as well as conference calls we are able to near seamlessly continue to serve our clients.   We are closely monitoring State, County, and Court issued Emergency Orders directly and via information exchanges on Read more >

Creating a ‘Bridge’ Estate Plan – Why Spouses should Update their Estate Plan During a Divorce or Separation

Posted on February 11, 2020 by Eric C. Reutter

While many people consider updating their estate planning documents following a divorce, it is best to update these documents when planning for a divorce or separation process, or risk potentially disastrous results. Washington law automatically overrides some, but not all, existing estate planning documents upon the filing of a marriage dissolution or legal separation action. Read more >

Congratulations to Smeraldo Restaurant!

Posted on December 31, 2019 by Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson

In 1984, Carmine Smeraldo opened Il Terrazzo Carmine becoming a staple of Pioneer Square in Seattle. After his sudden passing in 2012, no one was sure what would happen to this main stay, but his sons, Carmine Jr. and Phillip along with their mother stepped up to keep the doors open. Since 2012, the family Read more >

Think Twice Before Reimbursing Your Employees

Posted on December 4, 2019 by Konrad Miernowski

Under the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”), as of January 1, 2018, employees are no longer able to deduct unreimbursed employee business expenses on their individual tax returns for tax years 2018- 2025. Previously, any qualified expenses that employees incurred while on the job could be deducted on their individual tax return subject Read more >

The Keys to Blended Family Estate Planning

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Eric C. Reutter

More and more often, families define themselves as “a blended family” when one or both of the parents have children from a prior marriage. This creates unique issues in the area of estate planning, as one of the most common goals in blended family estate planning is to provide for both the current spouse of Read more >