Happy December! We hope you are enjoying this holiday season, and have plans for much merriment, joy and celebration as we move into the new year.
The holidays are a busy time, and there’s no exception for our firm! Sherry enjoyed some holiday cheer during the December 4 Estate Planning Council of Seattle (EPC) meeting, where the theme was year end planning. And on December 5, Sherry attended the King County Bar Association (KCBA) Solo and Small Firm Section’s holiday lunch at the Seattle Tennis Club. Sherry had a great time catching up with colleagues, and even snagged an awesome White Elephant gift – a certificate for a weekend at a cabin near Leavenworth!
Once again, I will be the Master of Ceremonies for this year’s Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Best of CLE (continuing legal education) webcast series on December 18 and 19. We’ll have some great CLE programs on hand including how to advise businesses on employment law and intellectual property matters, tips for counseling businesses engaged in non-traditional industries, and the latest updates on how law firms can leverage artificial intelligence. If you’re an attorney needing a few more credits before the year ends, this is the event for you! Click here to register for this informative webcast.
I was recently interviewed by Alex Collins of Quantified Financial Partners for their Holistic Finance podcast! We discussed legal issues related to setting up a new business including entity selection, the relationship between business owners, contracts and commercial leases. Check it out here!
To make you smile, here’s Roger, our Office Morale Leader, enjoying the colors of the season . . .
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 contact us or visit our website.
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