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How can you reduce estate taxes?

Estate taxes, inheritance taxes, death taxes. There are many names for the estate taxes and many myths and misconceptions to go with those names. Regardless of what you call them, estate taxes are a tax imposed on the value of everything you own at the moment of your death. The portion of your estate lost […]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

How many movies have you seen in which a young man or woman pursues a relationship with an older individual in order to gain money, status, or just better their own well-being?  Conflicts occur. Problems are solved.  Hilarity ensues. While Hollywood often embellishes this exploitation with comedy, the reality of these situations is much darker. […]

Protecting Your Beneficiaries with an IRA Trust

IRAs and other retirement accounts can be some of the largest assets in an estate, often second only to a home.  If you have an IRA, you can decide who receives your IRA after your death by filling out a beneficiary designation form naming beneficiaries—children, spouse, or any other person—for your IRA. After your death, […]

Non-Compete Enforceability Being Questioned in WA State

A new year, and a new legislative season sees Non-Compete Agreement again addressed in the WA State Legislature. Two new bills were proposed and are working their way through the legislative process. It would be a game changer for Non-Compete Agreements in Washington State if either passed. HB 2406 http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2016&bill=2406 HB 2931 http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2016&bill=2931 Neither bill […]

Is it Time to Update your Personal and Estate Planning Documents?

As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to review your Personal and Estate Planning documents. Personal and Estate Planning documents are essential safeguards for you and your loved ones in case of incapacity or death. It is important to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances and events by having personal planning documents […]

Buyer Beware: Seller Misrepresentation Claims in Washington State

Buying a home is one of the largest financial transactions most people engage in during their lifetime. Despite its significance, many people make the decision to purchase prior to hiring a professional home inspector to examine the current condition of the structure and property. This has been particularly true in the Puget Sound Region’s hot […]

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.

Back in 2008, Samantha Elauf, a young Muslim woman, applied for a sales floor position at clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch. As part of her religious practice, she wore her headscarf to the interview. Throughout the interview process she performed well and received high remarks. However, her headscarf violated the clothing retailer’s “preppy” Look Policy, […]

Seattle Minimum Wage: What are Local Businesses Doing?

On April 1st, the initial stages of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage ordinance took effect. Large businesses have the next three years to implement this increase while smaller businesses have five years. Seattle businesses are already starting to test out different models in order to accommodate the increases in labor costs. What follows is a summary […]

Elder Law Month

Concluding “Elder Law Month” this May Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens PLLC acknowledges, the attorneys and organizations that make a difference in the lives of senior citizens, peoples with disabilities, and their family members. An important component of  Elder Law is proactive planning. Elder Law is a growing field of law due to the increasing […]

Prenup Season

Summertime is wedding season, which can make the early part of the year, for a family lawyer, “prenup season.” We encourage proactive planning for major life events, and a wedding is definitely a major life event.  Part of planning for a wedding should ideally include learning about the financial rules that change when two lives […]

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