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How to Prepare for Your Divorce Consult

So, you have decided to pursue a divorce and you’ve chosen an attorney who you want to meet with. What do you do next? Your first consultation with a divorce attorney usually involves an explanation of your legal options, an overview of the divorce process, and discussion of any specific concerns you may have. The

Estate Planning for the Modern Global Family

Estate planning tends to be a topic that overwhelms most people.  It can be further complicated for modern-day global families whose lives include international nuances.  For example, when one spouse is not a U.S. citizen, certain legal considerations come into play that can impact your planning strategies.  Further, more and more families have international beneficiaries

Does My Child Have a Say in the Final Parenting Plan?

When a divorcing parent asks this question, their attorney might respond with the common saying, “Children have a voice, not a choice.” In Washington state, the extent to which a child’s voice is heard in establishing a final parenting plan depends on several factors. First, in determining the residential schedule, the wishes of a child

Estate Planning for Your Pets

When preparing your estate plan there are a number of things to consider including how to provide for your pets who are an important part of your life and ensuring that they are taken care of after your passing.  There are a couple of options for estate planning for pets that range from including a

Eight Things to Consider if You Want to Sell Your Business

Selling a business is a significant milestone. Whether you’re moving on to new ventures, retiring, or simply cashing in on your hard work, the process involves more than just finding a buyer and cashing a check. Selling your business is a complex process that requires careful planning, due diligence, and legal consideration. Here are a

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson Adds New Lawyers to Estate Planning Practice Group

Seattle – March 28, 2024 – Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson is pleased to announce that Teresa Tallarita and Patrick Carter have joined the firm’s Estate Planning Practice Group. Teresa Tallarita’s practice focuses on comprehensive estate planning as well as estate/probate administration.  She is also experienced in commercial/residential real estate and business transactions.  In addition,

Are You Protecting Your Workers From the Hazards of Wildfire Smoke?

With summer just around the corner, it is time for employers with outdoor employees to make sure they are complaint with Washington’s new wildfire smoke regulations.  This winter, Washington Labor and Industries promulgated new permanent regulations requiring employers to take a number of steps to protect workers from the hazards of wildfire smoke. The new

My Spouse Filed for Divorce: What Should I Do Next?

Don’t Panic Divorce often feels frightening and overwhelming, especially at the beginning if it came as a surprise. Even if you do not oppose the divorce and were expecting the paperwork, reading a divorce petition for the first time can invoke strong feelings and emotions. Take a deep breath. This is the time to take

2024 Estate Planning Opportunities

The start of a new year is a great time to review your current estate plan or consider creating one.  2024 brings a number of opportunities for creating an estate plan, pursuing gifting strategies, and considering philanthropic goals.  Here are a few estate planning opportunities for your consideration this year: Increased Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping

The Nuts and Bolts of Appeals: Preservation, Prejudice, and Presentation

Why Appeal at All? People appeal their case because they want a better outcome then what they received at trial.  Maybe that means that the appealing party lost a jury verdict, or felt that they didn’t “win” enough at trial.  Perhaps someone in a divorce trial receives 55% of the assets but no spousal support