News from the Desk: February 2021

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February is always an interesting month in the Northwest. Spring buds are starting to push up from the chilly ground. The weather can be clear and sunny one day, and snow flurries can start falling the next. I hope you are staying healthy and warm as we head towards spring!

On January 12, Sherry presented a Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) virtual continuing legal education (CLE) seminar entitled “Trends in Representing the Business Client.” In addition to discussing ethical considerations for business attorneys, Sherry attended interesting sessions about commercial leasing, business succession planning, and forming a business entity in Washington.

Both Sherry and I will be co-presenting virtually with Jeanne Marie Clavere as a part of the WSBA’s Washington Law & Practice Refresher CLE on March 25. If an attorney is diligently working on a client’s file, is it ethically okay for her discuss that on Facebook if she doesn’t mention the client’s name? Stacey will be addressing questions of this nature in her presentation “Social Media & Your Law Practice.”  In Sherry’s presentation entitled “Professional Responsibility and Client Communications,” she will explain how legal ethics impact attorney communications with clients. She’ll also outline some helpful strategies for effective client communication and improving efficiency.

On February 18, our firm will be celebrating the 12th birthday of our beloved Office Mascot, Roger! As our office’s computer support guru aptly stated, “For cats, 12 is the new 5!” Roger looks forward to taking a cozy nap on his cat heating pad and perhaps scoring some extra chicken treats on his special day. 

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.  

Recent Updates from Our Blog

Be Careful with that Bank Account

If you are someone’s Attorney-in-Fact, you are authorized to pay their bills from their bank account even after they’ve died, right? Not so fast. Stacey delves into common misconceptions about accessing a deceased person’s bank account in this blog post.

Pride and Prejudice and Legal Ethics

Using a classic novel backdrop with a twist, Sherry explains how legal ethics can come into play when an attorney has an opportunity to represent various interconnected businesses.

An Estate Plan Can Help Avoid a Princely Sum in Attorneys’ Fees

When Prince died in 2016, he died without a will. As you can imagine, this oversight created an enormous and expensive mess. Stacey explains why this travesty should be an important warning to anyone who doesn’t have a will in place.

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