Author Archives: Philip E. Sharpe

Examining the Legal Aspect of Prevailing Wage in Washington State

Most people know what minimum wage is because it’s mandated by law and affects so many people. But not everyone has heard of prevailing wage — and it’s important to understand, whether you’re an employer or employee. Prevailing wage is defined as the “hourly wage, usually benefits, and overtime paid in the largest city in… Read More »

Succession Planning: The Key to Keeping the Family Business Going

If you own and operate a family-owned business, you probably already know that mixing family and business can be tricky. Working with those whom you love can be wonderful and difficult at the same time, because family issues often interfere with business issues. One critical business issue that also affects the family is succession planning…. Read More »

A Checklist for Planning Your Business

Being an entrepreneur and owning your own business is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. For your business to have the best chance of succeeding, it is important to be strategic and deliberate in developing your business plan. A Bellingham business lawyer can help ensure that your business thrives by helping you draft such… Read More »

How to Know When Your Business Contract Is Materially Breached in Washington State

Business contracts can be complicated. If you have a contract that is not being completely fulfilled by the other party, does that constitute a breach? Is your contract materially breached, allowing you to pursue compensation for damages suffered? If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, it’s time to seek the advice of a Bellingham attorney… Read More »

Employment Law Report:

Employment Law Newsletter June 2012

Why Do You Need a Corporate Lawyer Involved in Business Planning?

A corporate lawyer and an accountant provide vital guidance for any new business. While most business owners see the necessity of using an accountant for tax reporting and filling out returns, it may not be as apparent why you need legal help from a skilled corporate lawyer. However, the service a Bellingham, WA corporate lawyer… Read More »

Why Use an Attorney for Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements?

A real estate purchase and sale agreement covers many aspects of the transaction. If any aspect of the agreement is unclear and the other party breaches the agreement, you can have a difficult time protecting your rights. Bellingham real estate attorneys can make sure your contract covers all important factors. For example, suppose a purchase… Read More »

Can Non-Compete or Confidentiality Agreements Protect My Business?

Businesses have proprietary information that competitors can use to their advantage and to the detriment of the business. One way to safeguard trade secrets is to have employees sign a non-compete agreement (NCA) or confidentiality agreement. Bellingham employment lawyers can review and help you draft agreements that meet Washington legal requirements. A non-compete agreement restricts… Read More »

What are the Advantages of a Limited Liability Company?

Just as with forming a corporation, one of the main reasons people form a limited liability company (LLC) is for asset protection. There are a number of factors to weigh when selecting a business entity and a Bellingham business lawyer can help you make the right decisions. While there are exceptions, for the most part,… Read More »