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Sole Proprietorship to LLC Conversion

An artist makes her first sale or agrees to his first performance. This goes well, sales start to increase, and the business begins to take off. While the artist may have already filed a business license and set up a sole proprietorship, he or she may now want to start thinking about setting up a business as a separate entity. …

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WLA Referral Service

Why do we need a referral program? We’re proud of our Arts Legal Clinic. It is a great resource, and is usually all the help an artist needs. But sometimes, a clinic appointment ends with the client deciding they can’t handle the issue pro se. Other times, clients contact us because they already know they need a lawyer, but need …

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Federal Tax Law for Artists – February 5, 2015

Depreciation, capital gains, deductions, W-2s, 1099s! Having trouble keeping track of it all? Neil Sussman’s popular tax workshop is back to guide artists and their attorneys through yet another season of gains, losses, formulas and forms. Learn all the basics you need, plus special tips and what’s new for your 2014 tax return. Designed specifically to address the arts and …

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Meet Our 2015 Board Officers

Washington Lawyers for the Arts is pleased to announce our new officers! Officers were unanimously elected at the November Board meeting, and begin their terms on January 1, 2015. The officers comprise the Board’s Executive Committee. Jeff Nelson will serve as Chair. An attorney with Graham & Dunn PC, Jeff joined the board in early 2014. He quickly stepped into …

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What You Can Expect at Trademark Year in Review at the Art Law Institute

Guest Post by Jordan Rood, Vice-Chair of Washington Lawyers for the Arts board and Art Law Institute planning committee chair. Can the Washington Redskins keep their trademark registration? When The Duke (John Wayne) dukes it out with Duke University, who wins? Can the taste of pizza be trademarked? Find out next Monday at the Art Law Institute! It goes without …

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October 2014 Workshops with Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council

The Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council is reprising two of our most popular workshops this fall! If you missed out earlier this year, here’s another chance to catch: Business Fundamentals for Artists with Tolis Dimopoulos, Tuesday, October 14 Washington State Taxes with Valerie Moseley, CPA, Tuesday, October 28 Please visit the Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council …

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Preserving a Legacy: Estate Planning for Artists | October 25, 2014

Are you uncertain about the proper management of your art and your estate beyond your lifetime? Do you know how to identify an appropriate person who can manage your artwork and related rights? Estate planning is a critical process that helps you and your loved ones protect your assets during your life and after your passing. Your creative property is …

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IP Fundamentals with Jim Vana, September 30, 2014

We’re pleased to present the Intellectual Property Fundamentals workshop with speaker Jim Vana of Perkins Coie LLP. Jim is a long-time volunteer in our Arts Legal Clinic and a former WLA Board member. His WLA clients always remark how much clarity they received from talking with him, and he’s a highly-reviewed speaker at WLA workshops. Whether you’re an artist, or …

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Crowdfunding 101: Funding Your Passion | September 19, 2014

Enabling artists and creative entrepreneurs to fully explore their work via community support has been a recent and exciting development locally, nationally and internationally. This program comprised of Lawyers, Artists, Legislative Experts and Academics will explore in two substantive panel sessions the methodology, challenges and opportunities in community sourced capital. Whether you are considering using crowd funding for your own …

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Calendar of Upcoming WLA Workshops

Below is a list of upcoming workshops sponsored by Washington Lawyers for the Arts. Final dates and information about each will be forthcoming — stay tuned!   This post represents the views of the author identified above and does not necessarily reflect the views of Washington Lawyers for the Arts (“WLA”). WLA provides this content as a public resource of …

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