News from the Desk: October 2016

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We hope you are having a wonderful autumn, and are enjoying the cool nights and beautiful colors of the season.

As many of you know, I proudly serve on the Board of Directors for Tennis Outreach Programs (TOPs), a non-profit that serves Seattle-area youth “through tennis, education, fitness and character development regardless of economic circumstance.” Our annual TOPspin auction will be held on November 5. I’ll be there with our office team, and I’d love to see you there!

In July of this year, Sherry edited a chapter on Estate Administration for the forthcoming Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust/Administration in Washington Deskbook published by the Washington State Bar Association. The Deskbooks are a series of reference books for legal practitioners in Washington. She has been asked to edit another chapter, this time on unmarried couples. Sherry is again honored to contribute to this volume as an editor, and looks forward to the publication of the final product!

I’m excited to announce some great changes at our firm! First, Lisa Vargo has transitioned to a Senior Counsel position with our firm. Lisa has been with us since 2005. Lisa will now be on a reduced work schedule, continuing her great work with our probate, estate planning and business clients.

And, I’m also pleased to announce that we have a new attorney joining our firm! Vi Duong has joined us in an Of Counsel position, also working with our probate, estate planning and business clients. Vi graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2009, and has worked since then as a business attorney, most recently as a contract attorney for various Seattle area companies. Vi speaks fluent Vietnamese, enjoys shellfishing and ping pong, and has a large family throughout the Seattle area, with whom she spends much of her free time. We are thrilled to have Vi on our team! You can check out her full bio here, and her social media links are at the bottom of this newsletter.

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 me or visit our website at

Recent Updates from Our Blog

andy-arthur-on-flickrNo Will? Part XI: “We’ve Got This Covered.”

Have you decided you don’t need a Will because you’ve “got things covered”? In other words, your family gets along just fine and they know your wishes, so why would you need to incur the expense of an attorney-drafted Will? Read Stacey’s 11th post in her “No Will” series to find out why this line of thinking can be fatally flawed, causing great stress, expense and wasted time for those you love.

bootbearwdc-on-flickrHow Does a Bankruptcy Impact an LLC?

In this post, Sherry discusses how the bankruptcy of an LLC member can affect that LLC as a whole, and explains how a recent court case defines how state bankruptcy laws preempt federal bankruptcy laws.

401k-2012-2-on-flickrHow to Fund a Startup: Is it a $20,000 – or $20 million – question?

In the first of two posts about startup funding and business structures, Sherry delves into how startups obtain capital, referencing a recent New Yorker article about Silicon Valley wunderkind Sam Altman, new president and an alumni of startup accelerator Y Combinator.

Photo credits:  Andy Arthur on Flickr, bootbearwdc on Flickr, 401(k) 2012 on Flickr


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