News from the Desk: August 2015

We hope you have enjoyed this wonderful summer, and that you have plans for a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend. Our team has continued to enjoy the season – office administrators (and sisters) Katie and Erin took a trip with their families to Leavenworth and Idaho, and our paralegal Andrea and her husband traveled to beautiful Alaska.

Erin & Katie cooling off in the Wenatchee River

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Andrea enjoying the view in Alaska

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On August 21st, I look forward to teaming up again with Jeanne Marie Clavere, Professional Responsibility Counsel for the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA),  and Sumeer Singla of the Seattle law firm Impact Law Group, on a panel discussion for the WSBA’s Readmission continuing legal education program. We’ll be discussing ethics, specifically ethical considerations and limitations governing how attorneys may participate in social media. It’s important for lawyers to participate online in a way that fully respects the confidentiality of our clients, and shows professionalism towards other parties, attorneys and judges. I’m always proud to be teaching ethics – the most important subject for all lawyers to be well-versed in!

Also, on August 27, I’ll be presenting again on Business Law Essentials for the Seattle office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. I truly enjoy the interesting and creative questions that arise during these presentations. Interested in joining the conversation, either in person or via webinar? Click here to sign up!

Last month, the second article in my three-part series entitled “Attorney Rating Systems: Should You Play?” was published in the American Bar Association’s GP Solo eReport. In this article, I examined a recent Washington State Bar Association ethics opinion on social media/attorney rating websites. This opinion sets forth ethical guidance for attorneys’ participation in these websites as well as how to handle reciprocal online endorsement requests from attorneys. Although the public increasingly relies on these websites to select attorneys, as you can see, Washington attorneys have ethical limitations on participating. In short, many of these websites deceive the public because of their lack of transparency in failing to provide specific information as to how the purported rating is actually calculated.

As always, I would love to hear your questions and comments. If you have any questions about our firm and the work we do, please visit our website at www.staceyromberg.com.


Recent Updates from Our Blog

Getting it Right: Three Tips for Incorporating Your Business in Washington

3340589299_a8a6d3bfe5_zStacey discusses three important factors in incorporating your business – Creating a Proper Corporate Structure, Relationships and Maintenance.

 

When Is an Independent Contractor not an Independent Contractor?

Are you a small business owner who employs independent contractors, or are you an independent contractor yourself? Earlier this summer, the federal government issued new guidance regarding when workers should be classified as employees and when they qualify as independent contractors. In this post, Sherry explains how new federal guidelines could very well alter the way you classify your workers (or yourself).

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Decision Should Be Required Reading

Steven Damron on FlickrThe U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated June ruling on gay marriage continues to provide fodder for debate in the media. But have you read the Court’s opinion? In her blog post, Sherry discusses why the Court’s written opinion is summer reading at its finest – it includes a little romance, a bit of history, and a lively debate on the freedoms shared by all Americans.


Photo credits: Erin Cranston, Andrea Logan, David Wall on Flickr, Official GDC on Flickr, Steven Damron on Flickr

News from the Desk: July 2015

Hello!

I hope you are enjoying this fantastic summer!

Stacey and momOur office is embracing the warm temperatures and plethora of outdoor fun our area has to offer in the summer months. Sherry and her family embarked on a  camping expedition to San Juan Island in late June, Katie and Erin (who, besides being our co-office administrators, are also sisters) and their families headed to Idaho and Leavenworth in early July for summer fun, our paralegal Andrea and her husband will be taking an Alaskan cruise at the end of this month, and I enjoyed visiting my mother in Coeur d’Alene in early June while I attended the WSBA Real Property Probate and Trust midyear program in Spokane.  I hope all of you are enjoying the summer as well!

I have been invited to be a panelist for the Idea to Execution: Make or Break Your Business Panel at the 1st Annual Seattle Small Business Expo  on July 16th. I’ll be speaking on business law – always a favoriteSBE2015 topic! Please come to the Washington State Convention Center to hear me speak, and learn from experts in marketing, social media, advertising, accounting, SEO and more! Registration is free. The Expo gives new and potential small business owners the opportunity to ask questions, listen to presentations, attend Industry Workshops, Speed Networking sessions, and much more. The Expo runs from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (doors close at 4:00 p.m.). My panel presentation starts at noon. I am excited to support our area’s small businesses — and I hope to see you there!

As always, I would love to hear your questions and comments. If you have any questions about our firm and the work we do, please visit our website at www.staceyromberg.com.

Recent Updates from Our Blog

New Changes to Washington’s LLC Act

Washington’s law governing Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) was substantially revised in 2015.  In this post, Sherry summarizes these changes to the law and how they may impact existing businesses.

What’s Mine Is Yours, and What’s Yours Is Mine – Really?house photo

Community Property can be a confusing matter, what really is yours and mine? In this post, Stacey explains how a Community Property Agreement might be a solution to help with your estate planning.

June Newsletter

We heard from a few of you that the newsletter had a kink in it last month. We apologize for that! If you couldn’t view the newsletter here is a link. If you weren’t able to access the ABA GP Solo eReport article on attorney rating systems,  here it is.

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Photo credits: Stacey Romberg; Michael Kumm on Flickr

News from the Desk: June 2015

Happy June!

I hope you are all enjoying the great weather and gearing up for a fun summer!

On May 27, I was pleased to present again on Business Law Essentials for the Seattle office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  I always enjoy meeting local entrepreneurs, sharing information and answering questions related to business law.

This month I participated on a panel with Brady Peterson of the law firm Lukins & Annis, P.S. and Jeanne Marie Clavere, Professional Responsibility Counsel for the Washington State Bar Association. We had fun role playing various scenarios in which attorneys can encounter tricky ethical issues in estate planning and probate, including potential conflicts of interest and challenges in representing fiduciaries such as trustees and executors. I also had a great time visiting with my fellow attorneys, including Of Counsel attorney Sherry Lueders.

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In May, I published another article in the American Bar Association’s GP Solo eReport, this time discussing the recent ethical opinions governing online attorney rating systems such as Avvo and Super Lawyers. The public is often confused about these rating systems, wondering if the attorney ranked a “7” is truly better than the lawyer ranked a “6.” And, for attorneys, our ethical Rules of Professional Conduct govern whether we should participate in these rating schemes. My article discusses a recent Utah Bar ethical advisory opinion. Should attorneys participate in these ratings systems if the basis for the rating is not transparent?

As always, I would love to hear your questions and comments. If you have any questions about our firm and the work we do, please visit our website at www.staceyromberg.com.

Recent Updates from Our Blog

The Limitless Possibilities of a Limited Liability Company

In this post, Stacey discusses this popular business entity and why it might (or might not) be the right fit for your business.

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Why an Original Will Matters – Lessons from Napoleon

In this interesting post, Sherry discusses why the original will is the one that counts. Sherry shares her insights through the lens of Napoleon I, a fascinating historical figure.

Be Proud of Your Sole Proprietorship

Don’t downplay the importance of being a sole proprietor! In this post, Stacey discusses the decision points to consider when thinking about being a sole proprietor, far and away the most common type of business structure.

In Memoriam: Memorial Instructions Let Loved Ones Know Your Wishes

Many of us have probably thought about what we want to happen to our bodies after we die. But unless we share those thoughts with our loved ones, those thoughts may stay just that-wishes, rather than reality.

Photo credits: Jo Naylor on Flickr, Frederic Bisson on Flickr