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Opening a Business? Don’t Forget a Lawyer! Part 1: Licenses and Leases

Congratulations, you have decided to go into business for yourself! Tired of working for others, and you are ready to take the leap. If you are opening a business in Washington State, there are many things to keep in mind, … Continue reading

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Independent Contractors: What’s the Difference Between an Independent Contractor and an Employee?

Many small business owners would like to know when they can hire an “Independent Contractor” vs. an “Employee.” This article is a modest effort to help clear things up a bit. What IS an “Independent Contractor”? First and foremost, and … Continue reading

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Affordable Care Act Basics (“Obamacare”) for Washington State Residents

Understand the basics of the new “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (“Obamacare”), and information for Washington State residents. Continue reading

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Got Employees or Thinking of Hiring? Here are Some Basics You Need to Know- Part 1

Interviews and New Hire Paperwork: Most employers are aware that there are some things they cannot ask in an interview.  For example, generally speaking, interviewers cannot ask about an applicant’s medical history.  Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) 29 U.S.C. § … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Business Healthy With Legal Checkups

What is a “legal checkup”? It’s an annual checkup for your business.  Just as with your personal health, things change and checkups catch issues before they turn into serious problems.  A legal checkup is important in keeping your business healthy. … Continue reading

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Why Your Small Business Needs A Lawyer On Retainer

You’ve owned a business for the last few years.   Things are going reasonably well; the company took a bit of a hit during the last couple of years, but things are stable. Nonetheless, there are a few things keeping you … Continue reading

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If You Sell Things, You Need To Know About the Uniform Commercial Code

What is the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)? It’s a statute which governs sales of goods (and a few other things).  Every state has a version, and Washington’s is RCW 62A. So what kind of stuff does the UCC apply to? … Continue reading

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Architect or Designer — What are the Rules?

Homeowners and owners of commercial properties alike are concerned about the costs of building and/or renovating their properties, and are keen to make sure they stay within the rules and comply.  After all, nobody wants to build or repair a … Continue reading

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How to Get Your Customer To Pay — Without A Lawsuit

Every business owner has customers who refuse to pay for work done.  Nine times out of ten, you can solve it on your own.  But for those few, discussing it rationally does not work.  Trying to negotiate a solution does … Continue reading

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Uh-Oh, My Company Has Been Sued – What Do I Do Now?

You just received a “Summons and Complaint”.  After recovering from the surprise, you see your company is being sued by a customer complaining your product did not work, or that they were harmed by the product, or that they slipped … Continue reading

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