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Recent News and Educational Resources from Reed Longyear

Domestic Violence Resources – Advocates and Online Tools

For families affected by domestic violence, the challenges of the family law process – which can be overwhelming even in the average case – can seem insurmountable. Before the legal process even begins, a domestic violence victim leaving an abusive situation is often dealing with being afraid for his or her safety, being afraid for […]

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Separate and Community Property Considerations for Personal and Estate Planning What’s yours, what’s mine, and what’s ours? In Washington State, it depends. Property interests become blurred once two people enter into a committed intimate relationship (aka “CIR”) or get married. Our laws provide guidelines that determine what is separate property and what is community property. […]

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.

What is the “Dead Man’s Statute” and Why You Should Create an Estate Plan

You might think it is enough to tell your loved ones what you would like them to inherit from you, but your statements alone are not enough, and here is why: The Dead Man’s Statute, RCW 5.60.030, is designed to prevent interested parties from testifying against the decedent’s estate about interactions they had with the […]

Proactive Planning: A Quick Guide to Purchasing Insurance

An important variable in determining whether my clients will receive full value on their injury claim is their selection of insurance coverage and certain contract clauses buried in their insurance policy. Often a personal injury client believes they have “full” or “comprehensive” coverage; only to discover, at the most important time, they have not purchased […]

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:

CONVERSATIONS ON MORTALITY
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 rsvp@pcnw.org 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.

 

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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.

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 […]

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