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What to Do When You Can’t Find Your Client

What if you can’t contact your client and a deadline is near? Should you act to protect them, even if they can’t be reached? WSBA attorney Sandra Schilling explains the rules you need to know.
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Supreme Court Holds No Privilege for Communications with Former Employees

In a case of first impression in Washington, the Supreme Court held recently that communications between corporate or governmental counsel and former employees do not fall within the attorney-client privilege even if the communications concern matters that occurred during a former employee’s work for the corporation or government agency involved.
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What’s in the November 2016 NWLawyer?

We’re excited to present the November 2016 issue of NWLawyer — our first-ever criminal law issue! Check out a few of our favorite feature stories.
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Nov

How You Can Make a Difference this Veterans Day

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Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and we’d like to take a moment to thank our veterans for their service.

Military mom hugging with her child,Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and we’d like to take a moment to thank our veterans for their service. If you’d like to show your appreciation for those who served, there are many ways to provide legal assistance to Washington veterans. Read more »

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Nov

Highlights from the 2016 WSBA 50-Year Member Luncheon

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Congratulations to our 71 members who celebrate 50 years of WSBA membership in 2016!

50-year membersCongratulations to our 71 members who celebrate 50 years of WSBA membership in 2016! Read more »

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Nov

Takeaways from WSBA’s Diversity Panel Discussion on Women, Race and Age

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Read what we took away from WSBA’s panel discussion, “Women, Race and Age: Mitigating Misogyny and Bias in the Legal Profession.”

Smiling women from downward perspectiveIn September, the WSBA hosted a panel entitled “Women, Race and Age: Mitigating Misogyny and Bias in the Legal Profession.” We (Robin Haynes and Linda Fang) were panelists, along with Elaine Edralin Pascua and Onik’a Gilliam. In an effort to continue the conversation, we wanted to share our takeaways from the panel and encourage readers to share their stories in the comments. Read more »

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Nov

Social Security and the 10-Year Marriage Rule

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Social Security benefits may not be on clients’ minds when getting divorced, but one critical timing mistake could cost them a bundle.

divorceSocial Security retirement benefits may not be the first thing on your clients’ minds when they are getting divorced, especially if they are younger. The right to Social Security benefits is a federal entitlement not affected by state law, and rarely discussed much during divorce. But one critical timing mistake could cost your client a bundle down the road. Read more »

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Nov

Court of Appeals Discusses Arbitration of Legal Malpractice Claims

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Division I of the Court of Appeals recently discussed arbitration of legal malpractice claims in Butler v. Thomsen. The facts in Butler were unusual.

path to successDivision I of the Court of Appeals recently discussed arbitration of legal malpractice claims in Butler v. Thomsen, 2016 WL 4524244 (Wn. App. Aug. 29, 2016) (unpublished). The facts in Butler were unusual. A lawyer had negotiated the settlement of a minority shareholder “squeeze out” case involving a closely held high-tech company. The settlement agreement contained a broad release of claims and a companion provision selecting arbitration for “any dispute” arising from the agreement. Later, another shareholder raised a similar claim after allegedly being “squeezed out” of the company. None of the parties requested arbitration, but the trial court held that several claims in the second case fell within the release from the first. The shareholder in the second case then sued the lawyer who had drafted the release for malpractice — arguing that it was overly broad. Read more »