Cheers, and happy August! Our team was able to “get together” for a summer happy hour via Zoom last month, as you can see. We enjoyed taking a break and catching up, in the only way we can given the new normal.
We thought you might enjoy a few photos of our team’s newest family members! Erin and her family adopted two kittens last month, Bowie and his sister Neko (joining big brother Moe), from Friends of the Animals Foundation. Megan and her boyfriend adopted Kiowa, a border collie/mini Aussie mix puppy in May of last year, joining big brother Kodiak. Welcome to the team, little ones!
As mentioned in our July newsletter, Sherry and I are presenting with Jeanne Marie Clavere as a part of the Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Washington Law & Practice Refresher CLE on August 26. Ms. Clavere and I will be co-presenting on ethics and social media. Attorneys need to exercise care in their use of social media, especially when discussing client-related work. I will be reviewing a recent case in Massachusetts in which an attorney was reprimanded for posting details of a guardianship case on Facebook. The Massachusetts disciplinary authority found that the attorney’s actions violated the ethical rules regarding protecting the confidentiality of client-related information. And, significantly, they rejected the argument that many attorneys make, which is “that the only people who would have recognized the case from the information posted were the parties themselves.” Sherry will also be co-presenting with Ms. Clavere. Their presentation will focus on best practices for effective communication strategies and ethical duties for attorneys in relation to their communications with clients, former clients, and incapacitated persons.
Our website got an upgrade! Please check out our new business page, featuring helpful dropdown links to various business law topics such as starting a business, contracts and commercial leases, as well as a video testimonial from one of our awesome business clients: https://staceyromberg.com/business-law-seattle-washington/
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 recently updated website.
Do you need to address tenant improvements as a component of your commercial lease? What about a tenant improvement allowance? Find out more in Sherry’s next post in her series on commercial leases.
Are you concerned about your estate tax liability? Are you looking for ways to avoid our Washington state estate tax? Check out Sherry’s latest post explaining why a revocable living trust may not be the best option in achieving the results you want.
Does your commercial lease require you to pay a portion of the building’s operating expenses? If so, what really goes into that? How can you tell if the operating expenses that you’re paying are truly reasonable? Stacey’s blog post provides some insights.