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Rosario A. on ContractsCounsel
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Rosario A.

Trademark Attorney
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Seattle, WA
4 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
University of Washington

I'm a Washington-licensed lawyer specializing in trademark practice and with an extensive trademark education and academic background. I currently work with domestic and international businesses seeking trademark protection in the U.S. by conducting trademark searches, providing legal advice, submitting USPTO applications, and preparing responses to office actions. I'm passionate about trademark law and always looking forward to helping small and medium businesses promote their value by having a registered federal trademark. If you have questions or concerns about trademark/copyright/IP licensing and require legal advice, feel free to contact me and we can have a first chat.

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Justin A.

Partner
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Seattle, WA
7 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY, WA
The University of Chicago Law School

I am an entrepreneurial lawyer in the Seattle area dedicated to helping clients build and plan for the future. I earned my law degree from the University of Chicago and worked in a top global law firm. But I found advising real people on legal issues far more rewarding. Reach out to discuss how we can work together!

Jason P. on ContractsCounsel
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Jason P.

Business Lawyer
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Portland, OR
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in OR, WA
Lewis & Clark Law School

Jason is a self-starting, go-getting lawyer who takes a pragmatic approach to helping his clients. He co-founded Fortify Law because he was not satisfied with the traditional approach to providing legal services. He firmly believes that legal costs should be predictable, transparent and value-driven. Jason’s entrepreneurial mindset enables him to better understand his clients’ needs. His first taste of entrepreneurship came from an early age when he helped manage his family’s small free range cattle farm. Every morning, before school, he would deliver hay to a herd of 50 hungry cows. In addition, he was responsible for sweeping "the shop" at his parent's 40-employee HVAC business. Before becoming a lawyer, he clerked at the Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic where he handled a diverse range of legal issues including establishing new businesses, registering trademarks, and drafting contracts. He also spent time working with the in-house team at adidas® where, among other things, he reviewed and negotiated complex agreements and created training materials for employees. He also previously worked with Meriwether Group, a Portland-based business consulting firm focused on accelerating the growth of disruptive consumer brands and facilitating founder exits. These experiences have enabled Jason to not only understand the unique legal hurdles that can threaten a business, but also help position them for growth. Jason's practice focuses on Business and Intellectual Property Law, including: ​ -Reviewing and negotiating contracts -Resolving internal corporate disputes -Creating employment and HR policies -Registering and protecting intellectual property -Forming new businesses and subsidiaries -Facilitating Business mergers, acquisitions, and exit strategies -Conducting international business transactions ​​ In his free time, Jason is an adventure junkie and gear-head. He especially enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and snowboarding. He is also a technology enthusiast, craft beer connoisseur, and avid soccer player.

James M. on ContractsCounsel
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James M.

Owner/Founder
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Boise, Idaho
6 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, ID, NV, OR, WA
Stanford Law School

Reproductive law attorney focused on reviewing surrogacy contracts and sperm/egg/embryo donation contracts.

Curt B. on ContractsCounsel
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Curt B.

Managing Partner
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Los Angeles, California
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, DC, FL, IL, MI
UCLA School of Law

Curt Brown has experience advising clients on a variety of franchising, business litigation, transactional, and securities law matters. Mr. Brown's accolades include: - Super Lawyers Rising Star - California Lawyer of the Year by The Daily Journal - Pro Bono Attorney of the Year the USC Public Interest Law Fund Curt started his legal career in the Los Angeles office of the prestigious firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of complex civil litigation matters, including securities litigation, antitrust, trademark, bankruptcy, and class action defense. Mr. Brown also has experience advising mergers and acquisitions and international companies concerning cyber liability and class action defense. He is admitted in California, Florida, D.C., Washington, Illinois, Colorado, and Michigan.

Merry A. on ContractsCounsel
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Merry A.

Attorney
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Lakebay, WA
38 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
Seattle University School of Law (formerly UPS School of Law) Juris Doctorate

Merry Kogut is a licensed attorney based in Washington State who has been a legal expert on JustAnswer since 2008 specializing in employment law, consumer protection and discrimination issues. She has been an attorney handling WA State phone consultations for Arag Legal Insurance since April, 2023. She has also been an attorney in private practice since 1986, and was in-house legal counsel for multiple WA State government agencies. She brings nearly 50 years combined legal and professional writing experience. Earlier in her career, Merry served as a law clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals, and as a discrimination specialist, investigator and legislative liaison. She also helped establish the “Legal Writing Institute,” a national association of legal writing instructors and administrators. Merry earned her law degree from the Seattle University (formerly University of Puget Sound) School of Law.

Joon H. on ContractsCounsel
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Joon H.

Managing Attorney
Free Consultation
Washington State
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

I work with private tech companies on entity formation, corporate governance, and commercial agreements. I was an in-house counsel for a unicorn fintech startup and am currently associated with a startup boutique while operating my solo practice. I received my JD from Berkeley Law, and served in the US Navy for 5 years as a combat linguist. I am fluent in Korean.

Reuben O. on ContractsCounsel
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October 21, 2021

Reuben O.

Senior Managing Attorney
Free Consultation
Seattle/Boise
15 Yrs Experience
Licensed in ID, WA
The University of Iowa

As an entrepreneur at heart, I enjoy working with business owners and executives on a variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing, corporate governance, public and private securities offerings, privacy regulation and early-stage corporate matters including formation. As a lawyer and business professional, I understand the value of providing personal service and focused legal answers to clients navigating a rapidly changing regulatory environment. Whether in Aerospace, Consumer Goods, or Technology, I find great success in work collaboratively with clients to strategical structure their business or implementing strategic growth-oriented financing opportunities.

Amy P. on ContractsCounsel
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February 9, 2022

Amy P.

Principal Attorney
Free Consultation
Edmonds, WA
20 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
The University of Montana School of Law

Amy has served as outside general counsel and litigator to established businesses throughout western Washington since 2010. Her passion and focus is providing the best possible representation for clients in the construction, transportation and hospitality industries.

Eleanor W. on ContractsCounsel
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July 3, 2023

Eleanor W.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Bellevue, WA
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
Seattle University School of Law

I have been working as a document review attorney since 2011. I have also done some business and estate planning work. I am fluent in English, Chinese, French, and Japanese.

Diamond R. on ContractsCounsel
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July 30, 2023

Diamond R.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Houston, Texas
1 Yr Experience
Licensed in DC, NY, WA
Wayne State University

July 29, 2023 My name is Diamond Simpson Roberts, ESQ, MSPH and I am convinced that I can be a value added asset to most any company. As the first in my family to graduate a four-year university, I graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2000 but could not afford a bar prep course upon completion. After over 20 years, I sat for the July 2022 UBE, successfully passed and am currently licensed in three states! This is an example of my self-motivation, internal drive and passion. I offer over 28 years of diverse experience in healthcare, strategy, sales/marketing, legal/policy and business savvy. I have many years building, leveraging, and sustaining long term relations to drive revenue as an entrepreneur and for corporations. My analytical strengths provide me with an innate ability to think through tough situations/topics while viewing both vantage points (which is excellent for law and life). I have been appointed to serve on numerous committees due to my heightened ability to identify client issues and priorities and provide solutions based upon relevant products, services and needs. I have led teams with and without authority; specifically, I have managed teams for an Adult Foster Care Facility called Etonne Cares, during my post-graduate fellowship with the largest Catholic Healthcare System in the U.S. and during my two-year executive order appointment with the Federal Government (Presidential Management Fellowship). Most importantly, I am a collaborative team player who knows how to improvise, overcome and adapt! I offer numerous years of being a pharmaceutical trainer and being an adjunct using the online platform. I welcome the opportunity to continue in the interview so that I may further highlight the skills I can (and will) contribute to my success in the role. Respectfully, Diamond Simpson Roberts, ESQ, MSPH DQSSIMPSON@GMAIL.COM M: 313-942-6747

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Real Estate Legal Questions and Answers

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Purchase Agreement

Washington

Asked on Oct 31, 2023

Can I back out of a purchase agreement?

I recently signed a purchase agreement for a house. I was unaware of some major repairs that need to be done and now I am worried that I won't be able to afford them. I am trying to figure out if there is any way I can back out of the purchase agreement and if so, what steps would I need to take.

Merry A.

Answered Nov 10, 2023

A well-written purchase offer usually includes several ways for a buyer to back out of the purchase without any penalty - for example, if the buyer doesn't like the inspector's report, one can usually back out on that basis - another typical one is failing to obtain a loan. I hope your buyer's agent wrote up the offer in a way that gave you 2 or 3 "escape clauses" - you should talk with your agent, but if there are problems, I would recommend that you have a real estate attorney review your offer and help you get out of the offer - if possible - with minimal or no cost to you.

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Real Estate

Purchase And Sale Agreement

Washington

Asked on Sep 9, 2023

Earnest money in a purchase and sale agreement?

I am in the process of buying a house and have been presented with a purchase and sale agreement. I am confused about the earnest money portion of the agreement and would like to understand what it means and how it will affect the transaction. I am particularly interested in knowing what happens to the earnest money if either party decides to back out of the agreement.

Merry A.

Answered Sep 12, 2023

Good morning. I am a WA State attorney, and I have reviewed numerous purchase and sale agreements (PSA), and have bought and sold numerous pieces of property in WA and CO. You are wise to ask this question. Since you are the buyer, normally your buyer's real estate agent would prepare the PSA for you to use, after discussing with you. Since you said a PSA "was presented to you" I"m wondering whether you are buying a new home from a building contractor. In any event, the purpose to an earnest money payment is to hold the home for you and let the seller know you are interested. In most cases, however, the seller can keep your whole earnest money payment if you back out of a purchase for reasons that are not protected in the PSA. For example, if you write your offer contingent on your subjective approval of an inspection report, or write your offer contingent on obtaining financing at terms you approve of, either one of these terms can get you out of the contract and also have your earnest money returned to you. There should be language in the PSA that clearly states what happens to the earnest money and how much earnest money you are providing. I hope that that is helpful. If you continue to have questions, I urge you to have an attorney review any and all documents, including those for loans, prior to signing anything.

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Real Estate

Lien

Virginia

Asked on Jun 24, 2022

Lien on house

Trying to sell home. My title company having issue settling the debt. Title company contact loan to payoff, but no record of my property was found. Only past owner current home is on the loan. Quit Deed was done 2012. In 2015 past owner loan was passed to a different company who record in Florida my parcel number. So basically I can't pay loan off because my home is not attached to her loan. I still can't clear title because lien was recorded 2015 in Fl court house, but The past owner was no longer on deed. Looking to hire a lawyer to clear title, so I can sell my home.

Michael T.

Answered Jul 19, 2022

This sounds complicated enough that you need a lawyer to get involved. Do you have a title insurance "owner's policy"? If so, that might get you a free lawyer (I can't tell from the facts you presented whether that will work). Also, you've tagged this question as a Virginia question, but you mention the lien being recorded in Florida. You need an experienced lawyer in the jurisdiction in which the property is located. If the house is in Virginia, you need a Virginia lawyer; if in Florida, you need a Florida lawyer. If it's a lien on Virginia property from a Florida judgment, then you need a Virginia lawyer, because that's where the property is located.

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Building Lease

New York

Asked on Nov 22, 2023

What about taxes in a building lease?

I am in the process of signing a lease for a building for my business. I am looking to understand the tax implications of the lease and what I need to be aware of. I want to make sure I am in compliance with all relevant tax regulations and I am looking for advice on how to best handle taxes in the context of this lease.

Craig C.

Answered Nov 24, 2023

There are several different ways this can be handled: one situation is that you have a base tax year and as tenant are responsible for any and all amounts over that base amount. Another scenario that the Tenant is liable for all of the taxes and associated costs. Finally, and unlikely, the tenant could have zero exposure for taxes, but that’s rare. To sum it up it is whatever you negotiate with the Landlord prior to signing any lease.

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Real Estate

Purchase And Sale Agreement

Florida

Asked on Sep 5, 2023

Who drafts the purchase and sale agreement?

I am in the process of purchasing a property and am in need of a Purchase and Sale Agreement. I am unclear on who typically drafts the agreement and am looking for advice from a lawyer. I understand that the agreement should be tailored to my specific needs and am looking for guidance on how to best proceed.

Linda W.

Answered Oct 10, 2023

Either the seller or the buyer can prepare a purchase agreement. Like any contract, it can be a standard document that one party uses in the normal course of business or it can be the end result of back-and-forth negotiations. Most often, the buyer's real estate agent will write up and prepare the purchase agreement for a house. Note that agents (not being practicing attorneys themselves) can't create their own contracts. In Florida commonly the parties utilize the Florida Realtors/FloridaBar-ASIS-6 Rev. 10/21/2021. That is an example of a approved form.

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