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Major Changes Coming to the law of “Common Interest Communities”

Beginning July 1, 2018, the law governing condominiums, co-ops, and planned communities of 12 or more units will change significantly. On that date, the Washington Uniform, and Interest Ownership Act (“WUCOIA”) will go into effect.  WUCOIA was passed at the 11th hour of the 2018 legislative session, and as of this date, it has not […]


Samuel Jacobs

The New Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act

Land Use / Real Estate

What is it, what does it do, and how does it affect you? What is WUCIOA?      Earlier this year, the state legislature passed the Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (“WUCIOA” or “Act”).  WUCIOA becomes effective July 1, 2018, and is Washington State’s first comprehensive set of regulations that apply across the board to condominiums, […]


Tyler Jones

IRS Collections for Individuals

From the Taxation Group What happens if I cannot pay my tax bill in full by the deadline? If you cannot pay your taxes in full by the deadline to file an extension for your tax return, you will receive a notice from the IRS reporting the amount you owe, plus penalties and interest. This […]


Laura Hoexter

Dynasty Trusts: Leaving Assets to Children

From the Estate Planning and Probate Group While many people prefer to leave an inheritance to their child or grandchild in a trust, they incorrectly assume that once a minor reaches maturity a trust is no longer needed or advantageous. On the contrary, significant benefits can be obtained by leaving the assets in trust for […]


Laura Hoexter

Gifting and Leveraged Gifting

From the Estate Planning and Probate Group Many individuals know that lifetime gifts to children and other loved ones can reduce or eliminate estate taxes otherwise due upon death. Yet many are not aware of the options to leverage their gifts to produce even greater tax savings. This FAQ will review the benefits of making gifts and […]


How Will the Changes to Insurance Impact Personal Injury Cases?

Health Care

From the Health Care Group The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) is the most sweeping healthcare law in decades. It has three overarching tenets: All persons will be required to obtain health insurance or pay a tax penalty; All health insurance policies must comply with certain minimum requirements regarding the scope of […]


Intellectual Property 101

Intellectual Property (IP) can be anything from a particular manufacturing process to a company’s logo, a trade secret like a formula, or song lyrics.


Selecting a Strong Trademark

It is time to select a trademark, what do you need to know? How do I select a strong trademark? What Is important when selecting a trademark?


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