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Estate Planning in the 21st Century

On January 1, 2022, the Washington Uniform Electronic Wills Act (“Act”) took effect and in so doing brought estate planning documents into the 21st century.  The Act modifies existing requirements in order to enable people to execute a valid Electronic Will.  The changes allow clients, witnesses, and attorneys to overcome challenges such as lack of

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson Announces New Additions to Business Litigation and Employment Law Practice Groups

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson is pleased to announce that attorneys James Blankenship and Joseph Evans have joined the firm as of January 18, 2022. James Blankenship joins the firm’s Employment Law and Business Litigation practice groups.  James represents and advises employers and employees in disputes involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, wage and hour claims, and

Buying a New Home? What To Know Before Making An Offer

Buying a home remains one of the largest financial commitments and personal goals in an individual’s life. However, in the current market buyers are moving quickly, making large cash offers above-asking value and waiving contingencies in a rush to snap up a new home. Unfortunately, a decision to waive the inspection contingency can cause a

UPDATED: Two Major Changes Address Living-With-COVID Concerns

TWO MAJOR CHANGES ADDRESS LIVING-WITH-COVID CONCERNS: A national vaccination mandate directed at employers with more than 100 employees became effective 1/10/2022.  Although the U.S. Supreme Court expedited oral arguments regarding judicial stays facing the mandate, the Court’s failure to do so to date means that covered employers should be prepared to comply.  Under the mandate,

Lasher Welcomes Brent Beecher, Of Counsel, to the Firm

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson is pleased to announce that Brent W. Beecher, formerly of Hackett Beecher, has joined the firm, Of Counsel, to practice with our Business Litigation and Real Estate Law groups. Brent concentrates on insurance policy and bad faith disputes. His practice is unusual in that he represents both insurance policy holders

Lasher & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

LHSE is embracing the wisdom of former US secretary of Labor, Alexis Herman, as we learn about and implement changes to our firm.  We understand that inclusion and fairness in the workplace is not simply the smart thing to do; it’s the right thing to do. Led by the Chairs of our DE&I Committee, Lasher

Not Married, Not a Problem: Washington State’s “Committed Intimate Relationship” Doctrine Provides a Means for Some Unmarried Couples to Have Their Property Divided Just Like in a Regular Divorce

In a divorce, the judge will have to divide your marital property and debts between the spouses.  The division must be “just and equitable” under the circumstances of the relationship.  But can an unmarried couples receive a just and equitable division of property after breaking up?  Under the right circumstances, the answer in Washington is

Seven Things to Consider about Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements (prenups) are no longer the sole domain of the rich and famous.  There are many reasons why more couples consider one as they enter into marriage.  Each prenup is tailored to the needs, desires, and circumstances of the parties involved.  What follows are some common factors to help you determine whether you would