Areas of Practice

Business Law in Vancouver, WA

Business Law

Entity formation for sole proprietorships, limited or general partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations and non-profit entities.

Drafting and review of business organization documents including operating agreements, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, bylaws, and meeting minutes.

Drafting and review of business contracts and transactions including buy/sell agreements, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, trade secret agreements, and employment contracts.

Mediation, arbitration and litigation of all business-related claims including breach of contract, interference with business relations, breach of fiduciary duty, enforcement of non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, trade secret infringement, trade name issues and shareholder or partner disputes.

Estate Planning & Probate Law in Vancouver, WA

Estate Planning & Probate Law

We can help you will all aspects of estate planning. The most common instrument is a will. We can advise you on what a will can and should include and how best to draft the will to reflect your wishes. This information includes appointment of your personal representatives and beneficiaries.

We can also draft trusts. A trust has the added benefit of not having to go through the courts to probate a will. A trust also offers a level of asset protection during your lifetime. In addition, we can draft trusts that provides for the special needs of a loved one. After the trust document is drafted, we can assist with transferring assets to the trust. For real property, this includes quit claiming the property to be titled in the name of the trust.

We can help probate a will in Oregon or Washington. This includes filing a petition with the court, appoint a personal representative, notifying creditors, transferring assets and closing the estate.

If the estate is under a certain amount and does not include real property you may qualify for a small estate affidavit which is more cost-effective and quicker than a full probate. If the decedent had a trust in place there is a possibly that you may not need to go to court for probate. Assets that transfer pursuant to a trust or that pass directly to a beneficiary (such as life insurance proceeds) are not subject to probate.

Construction Law in Vancouver, WA

Construction Law

We represent general contractors, engineers, owners, developers, subcontractors, and suppliers in all phases of construction projects.

Our representation includes contractor registration, contract drafting, contract disputes, contract terminations for cause and convenience, design and defect issues, bond and lien claims, and delay and impact claims.

Preparing and filing claims as well as handling all stages of negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. We deal with not only the private sector but government contracts and administrative claims.

We have represented clients from general contractors repairing bridges on Highway 101 to landscape maintenance companies working on the WSU Vancouver campus from welders, painters, roofers and everyone in between. We have helped clients working on both private and public works projects. In short, if you work in the construction industry, I can help!

Real Estate Law in Vancouver, WA

Real Estate Law

Representation of developers, investors, business owners and purchasers and sellers of real estate in the acquisition, development, financing, use and sale or lease of real estate.

Transfers of legal and equitable property interests including easements and licenses.

Filing and defending against property encumbrances, title claims and adverse possession or boundary issues.

Home loan modifications and foreclosure alternatives including interest rates or principal reductions, trial modification programs, deed-in-lieu of foreclosures, short-sales, forbearances, etc.