Happy New Year!
January is one of my favorite months of the year, filled with new energy, and new dreams and goals for the future. It’s all about planning, renewal, growth, and course correction. I am in!
On January 30th, I will speak at a continuing legal education (“CLE”) course jointly sponsored by the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and Seattle University School of Law. I’ll discuss the economic efficiencies of our virtual law firm model. This CLE is the first one sponsored by the WSBA’s new “Low Bono” section. As many of you know, the term “pro bono” encompasses free legal services donated by attorneys to clients in need. The term “low bono” builds upon this concept to include attorneys who provide discounted legal services to clients who have fallen through the cracks because they need assistance, have some means to pay for counsel, but could not afford the services if they were fully billed. I’m looking forward to speaking at this event, and teaching lawyers how to reduce their overhead and, thereby, gain the financial stability needed to give back to the community by offering pro bono and low bono services. I’m quite supportive of this group’s efforts – their heart is in the right place!
As always, I would love to hear your questions and comments. From all of us, we wish you much success & happiness in 2015!
In this blog post, I provide two compelling reasons to include estate planning as part of your New Year’s Resolutions: (1) to be “emotionally responsible” to the people, causes, and pets that you care about; and (2) to establish a positive legacy, so that your values and wishes for the future will be well-remembered. Please read my January blog post and resolve to finally tackle and complete your estate planning in 2015.
In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, Sherry Bosse Lueders discusses Stephen Colbert’s decision to leave his current gig on Comedy Central, and then, on a more serious note, explores the issues many business owners face when they decide it’s time to either sell or to shut down their business. In Part 2, Sherry explains the legal issues inherent in shutting down, or “dissolving,” a limited liability company (“LLC”), and how those issues might impact the personal liability of the LLC’s members.