Blog Articles

  • Congratulations to Smelrado Restaurant!

    December 31, 2019
    Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson

    In 1984, Carmine Smeraldo opened Il Terazzo Carmine becoming a staple of Pioneer Square in Seattle. After his sudden passing in 2012, no one was sure what would happen to ...

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  • Think Twice Before Reimbursing Your Employees

    December 4, 2019
    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 ...

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  • The Keys to Blended Family Estate Planning

    October 9, 2019
    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 ...

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  • The Disappearing Non-Competition Clause

    August 2, 2019
    Shannon L. Trivett

    There are big changes on the horizon for non-competition agreements in Washington State. On May 8, 2019, Governor Inslee signed House Bill (“HB”) 1450 a new statewide law restricting the ...

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  • Why You Should Review Your Estate Planning Documents Every 3-5 Years

    May 28, 2019
    Eric C. Reutter

    Upon finishing the estate planning process, clients often ask the understandable question, “how often should I update my estate planning documents?” Best practice is to review and/or update your estate planning ...

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  • Opportunity is Knocking

    April 3, 2019
    Konrad Miernowski

    Many of us may already be aware that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has significantly cut corporate tax rates, slightly cut individual tax rates, provided a jump in ...

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  • Home Sweet Homestead

    January 10, 2019
    Paul Spadafora

    To most people, home ownership means more than just shelter and security. Home ownership is a major achievement on your path to self-sufficiency, and a place where some of the ...

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  • The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Interactive Process

    January 7, 2019
    Shannon L. Trivett

    Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship for the employer. Such ...

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  • ‘Tis the Season: A Gifting Opportunity

    November 26, 2018
    Jill Fairchild

    If you are in the holiday spirit this season, you may wish to make gifts using the 2018 annual federal gift tax exclusion amount. To qualify for the annual federal ...

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  • The Appealing Truths to a Second Bite at the Apple: Why a Civil Appeal Might be Right for You

    November 14, 2018
    Mark O. Morgan

    Our civil rules encourage settlement. Settlement prevents the “winner take all” scenario and encourages the efficient use of court resources–trials are time-consuming and expensive. Although avoiding the courtroom altogether may ...

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