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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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Don’t Forget to Give Big this Wednesday!

Every year, the Seattle Foundation markets and supplies the platform for a day of giving called “GiveBIG.” Using its own powerful donor base as a foundation, the Seattle Foundation encourages many donors to give $1 for $1 matching gifts to local nonprofit organizations. This matching system inspires  philanthropy, and in many cases ensures that the minimum …

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How to Legally Fly Your Drone in The Bahamas: A Filmmaker’s Guide

PLEASE NOTE: The information presented in this article may be outdated following the August 2017 revisions to the drone laws in the US. If you require assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us. Those of you flying drones in the US may be interested in taking a trip down to one of the most beautiful …

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Important Provisions for LLC Operating Agreements

In our day-to-day practice, we see a lot of Limited Liability Companies that have been formed online or through the purchase of a package of documents. It is understandable as these outlets often provide a cheaper and faster road to incorporation than using the more traditional law firm approach. The primary issue that I have …

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