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What is a Health Care Durable Power of Attorney?

In Washington State, a Health Care Durable Power of Attorney (HCDPOA) is a document that allows the principal (the person for whom the document is prepared) to give a trusted individual the authority to make health care decisions on the principal’s behalf when the principal is unable to due to incapacity (See State of Washington […]

Is Your Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable?

In Washington State, Non-Compete Agreements (NCAs) are enforceable, but the Courts often frown upon them. Lately I have received an increase in inquiries regarding the enforceability of NCAs. These calls come from a variety of sources: individuals leaving a position for greener-pastures; concerned business owners dealing with a messy separation; and former employees opening their […]

What is a General Durable Power of Attorney?

In Washington State a General Durable Power of Attorney (GDPOA) is a document that allows the principal to provide authority to an individual, known as an agent or attorney-in-fact, to manage personal finances and assets in the event that the principal is unable to do so due to incapacity (See State of Washington Statue RCW […]

Employment Law FAQs: Is My Severance Package Fair?

I receive plenty of phone calls and e-mails from employees and executives asking if their severance packages are fair. These individuals tend to have the same general questions involving provisions of their severance agreement, the amount of compensation they may or may not be receiving, and if they need an attorney. In most situations, an attorney […]

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will, also known as a Health Care Directive, is a document which allows you to tell your loved ones your preferences regarding difficult end of life decisions. Imagine if you had a medical condition or injury that was so severe that you were not able to communicate, and your loved ones were placed […]

Questions of Liability in Car-for-Hire and Rideshare Services

Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other non-traditional car-for-hire services are growing quickly in the Seattle and other major metropolitan areas. I have used Uber several times and find the service fantastic, the system easy to navigate, and the rides affordable. I haven’t used Lyft yet as the large pink mustaches frighten me. The ongoing news stories […]

Was I Wrongfully Terminated? Common Questions Posed to an Employment Attorney

I receive a lot of phone calls and e-mails from frustrated or embarrassed employees, former employees, managers, and small business owners. These individuals tend to have the same general questions, and though a lawsuit is rarely warranted I try to provide some general wisdom when answering those questions. This series of posts identifies some of […]

Why Every Parent of Minor Children Needs a Personal and Estate Plan

If you are a parent of young children, you undoubtedly have a to-do list a mile long. Your personal and estate planning is likely pretty low on the list given the extraordinary juggling of tasks raising a family requires.  Estate planning also might not seem like a priority when you are young and you feel […]

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