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Take Board Meetings Seriously! Practical Learnings from the Dissolution of the Donald J. Trump Foundation

The Donald J. Trump Foundation, which was been mired in a 2016 lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General, will be dissolved pursuant to an agreement dated December 18, 2018 and court supervision.  This nonprofit’s dissolution has a general teaching for nonprofit board members: take board meetings seriously! One of the primary complaints brought …

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Top 5 Differences Between the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA)

Data use and data collection have become hot topics since the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018. Essentially, new privacy legislation like the GDPR views personal data as an individual’s property. In short, you wouldn’t let someone use your car unless they asked you, so someone shouldn’t …

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Top 5 Things to Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA)

  On June 28, 2018 California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). This legislation gives consumers rights to control how their personal data is collected and used. The CCPA goes into effect on January 1, 2020 Although the law doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2020 the CCPA requires companies to …

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Changes to the Washington Nonprofit Handbook

In July 2018, the Washington Nonprofit Handbook will be getting a much-needed update. The handbook, which was released in 2009, is an all-encompassing guide for nonprofits that covers everything from broad topics like formation and maintenance of a nonprofit corporate to more specific issues like employment guidelines and rules regarding intellectual property. Our very own …

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Updates to the 1023

In December 2017, the IRS released the new 1023 Application for Recognition of Exemption (often referred to as the “1023”): the form by which nonprofits can apply for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. The new 1023 application is substantially similar to the old December 2013 version, but there are still changes worth paying attention to—the update is …

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Time Off in Flu Season: Paid Sick Leave and Initiative 1433

In November 2016, Washington state voters passed Initiative 1433. As of January 1, 2018, Washington employers are required to offer paid sick leave to non-exempt employees. The paid sick leave requirement incorporates many different procedures including employer recording and notification, paid sick leave accrual and usage, etc. We encourage you to learn more about how …

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Trademark Policing: Your Trademark May Be At Risk

You’ve built your company and business around your name and logo. Your brand has a great reputation and you’ve decided to protect it by applying for a trademark. After investing financially in legal costs and a filing fee, you have received a valuable asset: your trademark registration. However, once you have received your trademark registration, …

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Benefit Entity Legislative Landscape as of August 2017

I was recently privileged with the opportunity to give a continuing legal education lecture with LawPro CLE on the topic of benefit entities, specifically the Benefit Corporation, the Social Purpose Corporation, and the L3C (or low profit limited liability company). A small portion of that lecture reviewed benefit entities across the 50 states, and there …

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Congratulations Peter Smith!

Apex Law Group’s Peter Smith has been named to the 2017 Washington Rising Stars list for the third year in a row! He was recognized for his work in business/corporate Law. Super Lawyers is a rating service which recognizes attorneys for their professional achievements. Every year, Super Lawyers releases the Rising Stars List following a …

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501(c)(3) Political Campaigns and President Trump’s Executive Order

On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty. He intended to target the Johnson Amendment and its regulations on tax-exempt organizations and its prohibition on participating in political campaigns. Trump referred to the Executive Order as “giving the churches their voices back.” However, the Executive Order’s …

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