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Changing Your Residency to Avoid Washington Estate Tax

For Washington residents facing the possibility of a sizable estate tax bill, establishing residency in a different state may be worth considering, particularly for those who already have a second residence in another state. Establishing residency in another state may provide a tax advantage for some, but for others, the burdens of moving to a new home state ultimately override … Continue reading »

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Important Issues to Consider Before Entering into a Commercial Sublease

A properly structured sublease can be a prudent strategy in a commercial lease transaction. However, if poorly drafted, a sublease can unnecessarily expose all three parties (the landlord, tenant and subtenant) to unforeseen liabilities and risks. Continue reading »

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As of April 1, 2017, All Employees Have a Private Cause of Action for Violations of Seattle’s Safe and Sick Leave Ordinance

As of April 1, 2017, failure to update employee handbooks and sick leave policies will carry drastic consequences for all Seattle employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees. Continue reading »

Washington Supreme Court Insulates Insurance Companies from IFCA Lawsuits Based on Regulatory Violations

The Washington Supreme Court issued a recent decision that significantly limits the scope of claims an insured can make against its insurer under the Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA).  In Perez-Crisantos v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., No. 92267-5, WL 448991 (February 2, 2017), the Court insulated insurers that violate insurance regulations by ruling that the insured could … Continue reading »

Possible Expansion of Responsible Parties Under the MTCA

Washington State’s Model Toxics Control Act Washington State’s Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”), the state’s counterpart to the federal Superfund law, also known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), provides that current and former property owners or operators of contaminated property are potentially liable persons for the release or disposal of hazardous substances. An “owner or … Continue reading »

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