Why You Need An Estate Planning Attorney

If you think estate planning is something you can do yourself, you may want to think again. The inheritance tax relief legislation of December 2010 increased the property value that an individual could leave estate tax exempt to $ 5 million adjusted for inflation each year. Another crucial change involved lowering the highest federal tax rate to 40 percent. As […]

Hemangiosarcoma: a (usually) silent and deadly canine cancer

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Among the deadliest canine cancers is hemangiosarcoma, or cancer of the blood vessels. Hemangiosarcoma can present as skin cancer, which can be treated successfully if caught early, or as cancer of the internal organs, particularly the spleen or heart. The prognosis for splenic or cardiac hemangiosarcoma is extremely poor, even with aggressive treatment, as […]

Tenant Rights and Pets: Landlord vs. Cat

Too often I hear from people who are giving up their beloved family pet because the landlord enacted a new no-pet policy, or because they are moving into a rental property that has a no-pet policy. Less often, I also hear from owners who allow cats but require their nails to be trimmed. Before you agree to a rental policy […]

4 key seasons in Seattle Seahawks history

Were you excited when the Seattle Seahawks flew to Super Bowl XL? In 2005, the Seahawks achieved their greatest success in the NFL by playing in the NFL title game. However, the Seahawks’ tradition stretches across three decades, until 1976. From their birth in the NFL world to fighting the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL, the Seahawks have had […]

Stop an addictive habit and replace it with an inspiring one

Other than substance abuse, what is the most destructive habit or addiction? I would say that since mid-2015, the top destructive addictive habit for many Americans has been following national political news. And I’m not casually throwing the word addiction. According to the American Society for Addictive Medicine: “Addiction is characterized by the inability to consistently abstain (from a substance), […]

IRS payroll tax audits wreak havoc on an employer

Payroll tax audits are conducted at companies that have or had employees and did not file or pay payroll taxes on Form 941 of the employer’s quarterly federal tax returns, misclassifying workers as independent contractors when they are actually employees or there is a mismatch between the W-3 Transmission Wage and Tax Return, the W-2 Wage and Income Statement, and […]

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