Isabella Kim

COVID-19 and the Public Charge Rule

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Immigration

I have been getting numerous inquiries from clients regarding whether their receiving government benefits through CARES Act will affect their current or impending immigration statuses. USCIS started its expansive public charge rules as of February 24, 2020. What used to be not considered as public benefits triggering inadmissibility in the past got included such as […]

Victoria Wei

Washington Reinstates Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Trust and Estate Litigation

On May 15, 2020, Washington State Legislature renewed Proclamation 20-45 which waives certain statutory requirements for domestic abuse victims seeking emergency protection during COVID quarantine.  Our prior coverage on Proclamation 20-45 details the ways in which victims can seek emergency protection through electronic filing.  On May 9, Senate Republicans denied the extension of these protective […]

Scott Collins

Mask Up, King County!

Business, Coronavirus / COVID-19

Starting Monday, May 18, 2020, everyone in King County, Washington must wear cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths while at (a) “indoor public settings,” and (b) “outdoor public locations” where six feet of physical distancing from another person cannot be maintained.  This is the written directive of Dr. Jeff Duchin by virtue of […]

Tyler Jones

Understanding the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

Business, Coronavirus / COVID-19, Taxation

On a May 15, 2020, the Small Business Association (“SBA”) provided its first draft of the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application (“Loan Forgiveness Application”). Although there will be a great deal of work to do in order to unpack everything in the application from a legal and accounting perspective, it is helpful to take […]

Victoria Wei

Update on Proclamation 20-45 and Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Elder Law, Trust and Estate Litigation

On Saturday, May 9th, Senate Republicans blocked the extension of Governor Inslee’s Emergency Proclamation 20-45 Protection Orders and Personal Service.  This Proclamation, issued on April 10th, provided protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking by easing the process by which victims can seek emergency protection orders and waiving in-person proceedings.  This includes […]

Tyler Jones

Additional Cash Flow Relief for Businesses under the CARES ACT: Deferral of Social Security Tax Payments

Business, Coronavirus / COVID-19

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) gives the opportunity for (1) employers to potentially defer the deposit and payment of the employer’s share of Social Security taxes; and (2) self-employed individuals to potentially defer payment of certain self-employment taxes. This is a welcome relief to many businesses struggling to cover operating costs […]