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Photo taken from NYT article.
(credit Cody James for the NYT)

Losing your spouse is devastating. It is important to reach out for professional advice on estate planning and financial management during this challenging time.

Check out this article from the New York Times regarding estate planning and management after the loss of a spouse.

Feel free to reach out to any of our Estate Planning attorneys if you need help, or have any questions.

Check out this article from the New York Times regarding the concept of pricing for funeral homes being available for consumers online.

Excerpt: Shoppers routinely use the internet to compare prices, whether for appliances, cars or hotel rooms. But online pricing remains scant for funeral services, putting bereaved and vulnerable people at a financial disadvantage because they’re unlikely to haggle over costs.”

Though it may be the last thing you want to do, do your research when it comes to funeral prices. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult enough without overpaying for funeral costs. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of our estate planning attorneys.

Happy RLMA anniversary to two of our wonderful attorneys, Christina Corwin and Anton Cauthorn! As of the 1st of this month, they are celebrating 16 years and 3 years, respectively.

Christina joined Reed Longyear 16 years ago in 2003. She is a skilled mediator and attorney in family law issues such as divorce, parenting plans, child support and family contracts. Christina can help you find the best legal process and solution for your particular needs, whether it be mediation, legal representation or a one-time consultation.

Anton has been with the firm for 3 years, having joined RLMA in 2016. He focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, tax law, and small business planning. Licensed to practice law in Washington and California, Anton works with clients in both states to create estate plans tailored to their specific needs.

The Dorchester, a condominium in Pelican Bay, a development in Naples, Fla.
(Picture taken from article)

Check out this article written by Paul Sullivan for the New York Times regarding condominium boards vs. residents.

Excerpt: “The internet is full of websites devoted to ridiculous stories about condo board fights. The tales are humorous, except when you think what it would be like to face a fine for having a tree that was too short, leaving a pumpkin on your porch the day after Halloween or wearing camouflage attire when you’re a soldier reporting for duty.”

When weighing your options regarding the purchase of a home, consider whether condo board rules are something you want to live by – if not, explore other options. Feel free to reach out to one of our real estate attorneys with any questions you may have.

Reed Longyear Malnati and Ahrens was again a proud supporter of the Breakfast of Champions fundraiser for the King County Bar Foundation (KCBF). KCBF funds the Housing Justice Project, 38 free neighborhood legal clinics and minority law student scholarships. The Breakfast is the largest gathering of attorneys in the State of Washington each year.

Attending are left to right (standing), Josh Reinertson, Mary Anne Vance, Calvontre White (featured poet in the Reed Longyear sponsored Seattle Arts and Lectures Program – Writers in the School), Michael Longyear, Carry Porter, Jennifer Song; (sitting) Elizabeth White and Ashley Wasden. (Elizabeth Hanley not present in the photo.)

Hopefully this new act and tax does not come as a surprise, as we’ve received many notices from Washington State explaining the new system.

In short, WA has enacted a program that will provide Paid Leave to employees–under broad conditions similar to FMLA leave. Employers and Employees should be aware that the taxing portion of this Act starts January 1, 2019, but the benefits are not provided until 2020.

See the following link for more details:

The tax is not large–employees should only see a small premium come out of each of their paychecks (similar to unemployment or other deductions). Employers should also approach payment of this tax similarly to other payroll deductions.

If there are concerns with implementation or taxation of this new program please reach out to your legal counsel, payroll specialist, or accountant to confirm that the appropriate deductions will be made.

Join us April 19, 2019 for a CLE regarding Personal Estate Planning for the 99%, including an interactive session on drafting wills for families.

The program is located at the Motif Hotel, 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, from 8:15am to 4:30pm.

Our attorneys Michael Longyear, Mary Anne Vance, and Anton Cauthorn will be speaking at this event! Michael will be the program chair for this event, Mary Anne is speaking on Ethical Considerations, and Anton will be discussing Tax Considerations.

Register for this event at
Please note that previous programs have sold out–be sure to register early!
There is a discount for LCBA, RPPT, and Guardianship & Elder Law Section Members.
This program also applies 6.75 CLE Credits: 6.00 Law & Legal and .75 Ethics 

View a full schedule of the day’s events below:

A standard provision in employment contracts for some time has been an “Arbitration Clause.” This clause sweeps almost all employment disputes into private arbitration.

New to Washington State from 2018 is RCW 49.44.085, which prohibits Arbitration Clauses in certain employment related claims (discrimination, harassment, etc.). Though this law will likely be tested against current Federal standards, it is currently the law of the land in Washington State.

Learn more at this link:

For our employer clients, we encourage using the beginning of each year to take stock of employee procedures. Perhaps the changing law (or maybe an over the top holiday party) has prompted a decision to update polices and procedures. In either event–we’re happy to help!

Employers and Employees alike should remember that the minimum wage has increased significantly in this new year to $12.00/HR state wide and $16.00/HR in Seattle.

Please check the following link for further details:

If either the Employer or the Employee believes there is an error or underpayment, acting quickly to correct such errors are key. Please consult with your legal counsel on the best ways to correct errors– whether inadvertent or otherwise.

Check out this informative article in the New York Times regarding the rise of ultra-wealthy familial disputes over unequal trust and estate disbursement. These costly and destructive courtroom battles are becoming increasingly common, and not just for the super rich. “It doesn’t matter the amount of wealth,” says Amanda K. DiChello, a trusts and estates lawyer at Cozen O’Connor’s, “There are plenty of cases where people will fight over $500,000 or $300,000.” If you wish to avoid such contentious litigation matters, please contact any of our trust and estate planning attorneys at Reed Longyear and they can help guide both you and your family through the process with ease.