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Happy 12 year anniversary at Reed Longyear to Attorney Christina Corwin! Christina, a skilled mediator and acclaimed family law attorney, handles issues such as divorce, parenting plans, child support and family contracts. We feel fortunate to have such a kindhearted and respected member on our team. Find out more about Christina and her practice here.

The Washington State House of Representatives recently proposed new legislation regarding non-compete agreements. This legislation would change the way Non-Compete Agreements operate in Washington State by making them unenforceable by default. Non-complete clauses are sometimes enforced arbitrarily without any real connection to business needs. As Washington courts allow, but do not favor non-compete agreements this has the tendency to lead to unnecessary attempts at enforcement or costly litigation. The new legislation is a move towards an approach more in line with California where non-competes are not allowed outside of a couple of narrow exceptions.

GeekWire interviewed Rep. Derek Sanford, one of the authors of the proposed legislation, who said “Taking away a person’s right to go find a new job – whether to take on more responsibility, or to get out of a bad situation, or whatever – is a tremendous demand which should never be regarded as just a standard contract clause.”​ When NCAs start to comprise a person’s right to find another job for the sake of corporate advantage, we must question our current legislation. Hopefully this bill will lead to a change in the way non-competes are structured, so that there is less uncertainty in how these agreements are enforced.

Read GeekWire’s entire article here. For a comprehensive overview about the of non-compete agreements, read Attorney Noah William’s blog post Is Your Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable?.

Finally, please note this is only PROPOSED legislation, it remains to be seen if this bill becomes a law.

Blue Friday at Reed Longyear

Blue Friday at Reed Longyear

12th Man spirit on the last Blue Friday of the season from the Reed Longyear Team! Go Hawks!

Michael Longyear will present at Photo Center Northwest’s panel “Conversations on Mortality” next Tuesday January 27th. Reed Longyear is proud to be a corporate sponsor of their exhibition “Terminal: On Mortality and Beauty.”

Event details:

Tuesday, January 27 | 6:30pm at PCNW Auditorium

Five professionals including Trudy James, End of Life Planning Counselor, and Dr. Andrew Beckstrom, Neonatologist at Swedish Cancer Institute, and Michael Longyear, Elder Law Attorney, discuss how they navigate conversations with their constituencies around topics often shrouded in mystery and fear.

FREE | Please RSVP at or call 206.720.7222

Exhibition details here.

Yesterday’s New York Times article titled Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia speaks about the complexities of mortality and varying opinions on end of life decisions. This is a good read in preparation for the “Conversations on Mortality” Panel next week.



Happy 3 year anniversary at Reed Longyear to Attorney Larissa Chan! Larissa focuses her practice on personal and estate planning, trust administration and probate. We are thrilled to say she is part of our team! Find out more about Larissa and her practice here.

Attorneys Mike Longyear and Jason Burnett will be presenting at a CLE course on Probate Administration this Thursday, November 13th.  Mike Longyear is also co-chairing this program! This comprehensive course covers what you need to know from opening a probate to closing a probate and everything in between. Click this link for registration information and further event details!

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Reed Longyear Malnati & Ahrens, PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Carla Calogero as an Associate Attorney to our team of knowledgeable and professional attorneys. Ms. Calogero concentrates her practice in elder and special needs law; guardianships, probates and trusts; vulnerable adult protective actions; litigation and TEDRA (Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution Act) proceedings, and; advance care and estate planning. Find out more about Carla Calogero and her law practice by visiting her attorney bio page.

Reed Longyear proudly congratulates Noah Williams, who was named as a 2014 Washington Super Lawyers Rising Star in the areas of Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation: Defense, and  Workers’ Compensation.




Congratulations to Michael Longyear, who was named as a 2014 Washington Super Lawyers honoree in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate, Closely Held Business, and Elder Law.



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