Karen Kalzer

Department of Labor Issues Families First Coronavirus Response Act Guidance

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

The Department of Labor has issued some limited guidance regarding the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Additional, more detailed, guidance will be forthcoming. Please take note of these vital clarifications. FFCRA will go into effect on April 1, 2020 NOT on April 2 as previously reported.  This is important to […]

Michael Spence

COVID-19 and Your Real Estate Transaction

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

The COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order have stopped your real estate transaction dead in its tracks.  The earnest money is in escrow, but Washington is shut down for all but “essential services”, which does not include real estate at this time.  What are your options? If your transaction involves Northwest […]

Emma Kazaryan

Wage Theft, Minimum Wage Violations: Most Costly Areas for Employers Investigated by the Seattle Office of Labor Standards


According to data reports published by the Seattle Office of Labor Standards – which enforces the City’s labor standards for minimum wage, Paid Sick and Safe Time, Fair Chance Employment, and other related laws – the costliest areas of enforcement for employers are violations of minimum wage and wage theft ordinances. In the first six […]

Michael Spence

Buyer Beware is Still the Law of the Land

Land Use, Real Estate

Washington’s Seller Disclosure Statute, RCW 64.06, originally passed in 1994, required Sellers of real property to disclose “material defects” on a Seller Disclosure Statement, which quickly became known as a “Form 17”.  A special provision of RCW 64.06 provides that the statutory obligation to disclose material defects is independent of the common law principle of […]

David Tran

New Legislation Reducing Liability for Condominium Defects Takes Effect

Land Use, Real Estate

With concerns over affordable housing being a driving force, Senate Bill 5334 was passed earlier this year and just recently took effect. This new legislation has been celebrated by affordable housing proponents, developers, and homebuyers alike as it is expected to spur increased infill development, consistent with the Growth Management Act and local Comprehensive Plans. […]

Samuel Winninghoff

Federal Antitrust Lawsuit Driving Changes to Increase Transparency and Flexibility of Real Estate Broker Commissions

Consumer, Real Estate

A class action lawsuit filed in March of this year has spurred significant changes in the way real estate brokerages are setting and disclosing commissions for listing and selling brokers. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, names the National Association of Realtors and the four largest […]

Kevin Khong

The Effect of Lost or Destroyed Wills

Elder Law, Trust and Estate Litigation

A lost or destroyed original will can unravel the best laid plans of a person trying to specifically avoid ambiguity when it comes to his/her testamentary intent. Washington State adopts the common-law presumption of animo revocandi (latin for “with intent to revoke”) that a lost or destroyed will was purposefully revoked. Probating a will when […]