Signing a commercial lease is probably one of the most important things business owners do when they acquire or start a company. One main reason why the lease is so important is because they often come with a “right to relocate” clause, and business setup in Seattle and throughout the Northwest can become complicated when…

With certain exceptions, Oregon and Washington law both generally recognize and enforce contracts, even if they are not rendered in writing. The most critical issue that arises is one of proof. While you may be able to get to trial on a jury issue of whether there was in fact a verbal agreement (based on…

There’s a debate raging on about how fair non-competition agreements are and how to find the right balance between protecting employers’ valuable information and fostering entrepreneurship. The basic issue is the fact that employees are exposed to valuable data while working for an employer, including client lists, processes, marketing strategies, financials, and more. This is…

Many small business owners, negotiate services without writing contracts. They go into business deals as sole proprietors or freelancers, and don’t often consider what they would do if a client wanted their money back after delivered services, or even worse, if they sued. It’s not wise to ignore this possibility, because somewhere along the way,…

Very often, early in the course of representing clients, the same question comes up: “What do you think about sending a demand letter to the other side?“ A demand letter (frequently in the form of a cease-and-desist letter) is just what it sounds like: a written demand that the party that has caused harm tender…

Most health and fitness businesses know about liability waivers. The weights, treadmills, and other equipment almost guarantee someone will be injured. Whether it is due to poor stretching, misuse of the machine, or simply tripping, the waiver saves you time and money. Most Seattle business attorneys, however, will tell you that the businesses are not…

Every business owner needs to have insurance to protect themselves if something happens on the premises. Along with this, certain professions need liability waivers if an injury, physical or mental, may occur. This includes gyms, doctors’ offices, and individuals like life coaches. The waiver serves many purposes, which you can discuss in depth with your…

As a business owner, you know that your trade secrets are the lifeblood of your company. It is vital that you not permit your employees and independent contractors to copy them, run off with them, and undermine your business based on the very intellectual property that you’ve built. “Great,” you say, “but how do I…

You have spent years and enormous amounts of money to build your company. Along the way, you’ve hired many people, some better than others. Now, without your blessing, one of your former employees or independent contractors has taken what you’ve taught him and is setting up a shop of his own, trying to do the…

The promise of work is enough to get most freelancers or independent contractors fired up. As any contract review attorney Seattle will tell you, before plunging ahead with a new project, smart freelancers take the time to draw up a contract. The contract will clarify the work to be done, who will be responsible for…