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The Art of Personal and Estate Planning : An Overview for Artists

While Personal and Estate Planning can be complex and difficult for anyone to do, artists have the added burden and complexity of making specific provisions for their art to ensure their legacy. This blog post addresses some important items for an artist to consider while doing their estate planning, as well as provides some insight […]

Tipping in Washington State: FAQ for the Employer and Employee

I frequently receive questions about tipping from small business or restaurant owners and employees. The purpose of this article is to provide initial answers to a couple of common questions. As always, this is not intended to be legal advice and context is everything. If you have questions specific to your situation you should consult with […]

Guardianship Pt. 2: How to Start a Guardianship

This is part two of a series on guardianship.  The introduction to the series can be viewed here. How is a guardianship started? Anyone who is interested in the well-being of an alleged incapacitated person’s (AIP) can petition the court for the appointment of a guardian of the person and/or estate.  A guardianship petition contains allegations […]

What an Employer Needs to Know When Creating an Employee Manual

What is an Employee Manual? In Washington State it almost certainly is not a contract or agreement to change the at-will nature of your employment. It is a guide for Employees to understand Company policies. It is a guide for Employers to understand their obligations under the law, and to establish policies and goals in […]

Guardianship Pt. 1: An Introduction to Guardianship

Clients often come to Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens, PLLC with questions about guardianship and what it means.  While a guardianship proceeding can be stressful and complicated, it can be mitigated with the help of an experienced guardianship attorney, as well as taking a proactive approach to gain an understanding of the process and the […]

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 […]

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