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Agriculture Law

We advise clients regarding all aspects of the agriculture industry, from small growers to major packing sheds, agricultural supply firms and warehouses. Our work spans issues such as regulatory compliance, choice of entity and entity formation, contracts, real estate, employee relations, mergers and acquisitions, tax optimization and business litigation. We work hard to ensure that your farm, orchard or company runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We focus on the law so you can focus on your business.

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Bankruptcy

Steve Zimmerman is our resident bankruptcy expert. He has been advising clients with personal and business bankruptcies for almost forty years. Steve represents both creditors and debtors in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcies and related proceedings. 

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Business Law

We advise clients on a wide variety of business issues, including choice of entity and entity formation, contracts, real estate, employee relations, mergers and acquisitions, tax optimization and business litigation. We have experience in a diverse group of industries ranging from agriculture, medicine and technology to real estate development and 502 businesses. We also serve as corporate counsel to several local companies and municipal entities. We focus on the law so you can focus on your business.


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Employment & Labor

We advise both businesses and workers on all aspects of the employment relationship, from hiring to firing and everything in between. We have experience representing both employers and employees in wrongful termination cases, labor and industries claims, contract drafting, contract disputes and general employment litigation.


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Estate Planning & Probate

We assist clients with a wide range of estate planning needs, offering everything from simple wills, healthcare directives and powers of attorney for young people just starting out to complex estate plans that optimize tax savings and intergenerational transitions for small business owners and high net worth individuals. We also handle the probate process from start to finish for estates of all sizes, and offer experienced support when conflict arises in the administration of an estate and litigation ensues.

Allison Foreman discusses Estate Planning with NCWLife's as part of the "Let's Learn" series


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Insurance Law

Tyler Hotchkiss is our resident insurance expert. He assists clients with disputes regarding all types of insurance, including claims for failure to pay benefits, failure to act in good faith and failure to promptly respond to inquiries. Dealing with insurance during a difficult time can be a daunting task. Tyler helps guide you through the legal process so that you can focus on putting things back together.


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Litigation

We have extensive experience with civil litigation in both state and federal courts, ranging from business litigation to personal injury, employment litigation, contract disputes, medical malpractice suits, estate litigation and more. We assist clients with their claims from beginning to end, managing the initial investigation of a claim, filing the complaint, discovery, motions practice, settlement negotiations and, if necessary, trial. We also have experience with appellate litigation in the event that your case is appealed to a higher court.


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Personal Injury

We achieve justice for both individuals who have suffered injury and their families. The firm has nearly 100 years of experience handling personal injury matters, including wrongful death, nursing home and assisted living abuse and negligence, motor vehicle collision, medical malpractice, premises liability cases and other personal injury matters. Our track record of getting great results for clients who have suffered due to the fault of another speaks for itself. When you have been wronged, we make things right.


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Real Estate Law

We advise clients with real estate transactions of all sizes, ranging from simple covenants and leases to complex real estate acquisitions and tax-exempt exchanges. We have extensive experience drafting purchase and sale agreements, options, long-term leases and real estate excise tax documentation and assisting small businesses in North Central Washington with all of their real estate needs. Our firm also handles landlord-tenant issues such as unlawful detainers and residential lease drafting.


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Tax Law

Allison Foreman is our resident tax lawyer. She advises clients on several different types of tax law, focusing on tax issues relevant to trusts, estates and businesses as well as individual tax planning and advice. Allison has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the California Franchise Tax Board, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and other taxing authorities. She is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.


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Trusts & Estate Administration

We assist clients with all aspects of trust formation and administration, from the selection of an appropriate trust and initial drafting considerations to funding, taxes and ongoing management. Our attorneys have also served as neutral trustees and trust protectors for numerous clients. Likewise, we advise clients on estate administration issues from start to finish for estates of all sizes, assisting them with initial probate filings, inventories, estate management, taxes, distributions and ultimately closure. We also offer experienced support when conflict arises in the administration of an estate and litigation ensues.