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What to Know if You’re Getting Divorced and Your Spouse Holds Power of Attorney

Worried about a financial power grab in divorce?   A power of attorney can be like writing a blank check to your spouse.  Many married couples will sign powers of attorney as part of their estate planning documents, which provide broad authority to act on the other spouse’s behalf.  Estranged spouses have used powers of attorney

Community or Separate Property? Beware of THE Mortgage Rule

What you don’t know about your mortgage could hurt you. In Washington State, we are not a “title state.” Accordingly, placing your spouse’s name on the title of a separate real estate does not automatically make it community property. However, beware; if your spouse signs off on the mortgage liability associated with your separate property

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Edition of “Best Law Firms” and Lawyers Acknowledged as “Lawyer of the Year,” “Best Lawyers” and “Ones to Watch”

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in the 13th Edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” publication.  Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson PLLC has been ranked in the 2023 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 7 practice areas,

A Primer on Community vs. Separate Property in Washington State

As a divorce lawyer in Washington State, it is common for new clients to come in to our first meeting with the understanding that Washington is a community property state and believing that this means all property and debts are split right down the middle, 50/50.  While this is often a good place to start

Breaking a Commercial Lease: Things to Consider Before Termination

The world is transforming in the post-covid era and business needs are evolving as consumer habits change.  These changes can directly impact the space where you conduct business and have you contemplating what to do about one of your business’ largest expenses.  Whether your company is growing and in need of a new space to

Valuing Real Estate in Divorce Cases

Washington State divorce laws provide that in every case the trial court must order a “just and equitable” distribution of the parties’ property and liabilities, whether community or separate. RCW 26.09.080. This includes real estate. Of course, before the court can decide how to divide and award property, it must first determine the value of