Category: Business



It has come to our attention that there are misleading and potentially fraudulent mailings that look to be an official bill related to business registration requirements from the Washington Secretary of State’s office. Although the Washington secretary of state is working with the attorney general’s office to see what actions need to be taken in…

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Certain Washington Businesses and Professional Services Now Subject to Oregon Income Tax

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Certain Southwest Washington businesses and professionals who provide services to clients located in Oregon may be subject to reporting and paying Oregon income tax. Previously, payment for services provided at the professional’s Washington office or over the phone or internet were merely subject to Washington business and occupation (B&O) tax. As of January 1, 2018,…

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A Book Review – The Thief in your Company by Tiffany Couch

Book Cover: The Thief in Your Company

Employee theft and financial fraud in businesses is not something that business owners readily talk about. It’s emotional and embarrassing. And, it happens a lot more than business owners expect it to. As business lawyers, we deal with the legal aspects of these issues when they arise. The Thief in your Company written by Tiffany Couch…

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Why Every Business Needs A Buy-Sell Agreement

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Every limited liability company or closely held corporation with multiple members or shareholders should have a Restrictive Stock Transfer Agreement (Buy-Sell Agreement). These agreements protect both the owners and the company, and provide for a smooth transition upon the happening of several contingencies, including the death, disability, termination of employment, retirement, voluntary desire to sell…

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Welcome to our New Blog!

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We’re particularly excited about relaunching this blog as it coincides with our updated website. In our Blog, we’ll share with you information about what we love to talk about most:  Business, Real Estate, Land-Use, Government Relations and our Southwest Washington community. This Blog is for you if: You are a business owner, own, develop, lease…

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Small Business Tax Incentives from New Year’s Tax Deal

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The tax bill passed by Congress on New Year’s day, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, provides some meaningful tax incentives for small businesses. The goal of these tax incentives is to continue economic growth by spurring innovation, encouraging capital investments, and getting small businesses to hire more new employees. Here are a few…

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Business Alert – Misleading Annual Report and Compliance Solicitations

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Business entities should be on the lookout for misleading mailings from COMPLIANCE SERVICES and CORPORATE RECORD SERVICE. These mailing may give the impression they are from some division of the Washington Secretary of State Corporations Division – they are not. The Washington Secretary of State has issued a warning about these notices. Several of our…

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