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Sole Proprietor to LLC Conversion by Madhu K. Singh — March 9, 2015

Are you a sole proprietor? Wondering if it’s the right option for you? Being a sole proprietor has probably served you well over the years and it seems easy enough to set up and manage, but you have heard people talk about converting to an LLC or other legal entity? Should you do it? What should you be thinking about? …

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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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The Check is in the Mail

It’s a common tale. An artist agrees to perform or produce work. The artist fulfills her side of the bargain, but the party responsible for providing payment delays or refuses to pay altogether. The artist is then left in a difficult situation. On November 19th, Jeff Nelson and Claire Molesworth, attorneys with Graham & Dunn, conducted a workshop for artists …

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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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Ten Questions with Mark Wittow, Intellectual Property Attorney

Mark Wittow is partner at K&L Gates, and presents Copyright Year in Review at this year’s Art Law Institute. He’s an active volunteer with our Arts Legal Clinic, advising artists and mentoring students in legal issues faced in art. I recently talked with him about his experience with Washington Lawyers for the Arts and what we can expect from his …

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Thanks to Our Members & Supporters

Sure, the numbers are impressive – in 2014, Washington Lawyers for the Arts: helped twice as many people than the year before more than doubled our membership increased financial support from individuals by 70% so far We’ve helped more people like J-Knee January negotiate rights for their music. And people like photographer Dan Driscoll, who we helped tackle legal paperwork …

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Preserving a Legacy: Estate Planning for Artists

What will happen to your artwork when you pass away? Who will take care of the works you created and collected during your lifetime? Would you like your family to keep your artwork, or donate it to a museum, or sell the works to interested buyers? While every responsible person should have an estate plan to distribute their belongings upon …

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Fund and Done: Avoiding the IP Legal Risks of Crowdfunding Campaigns

Co-authored by Lucas S. Michels, Attorney at Ironmark Law Group, PLLC and founder and author of The IP Exporter blog, and Mackenzie Stout, recent law school graduate and new member to the Washington State Bar. A few weeks ago, Crowdfund Insider reported that San Francisco based start-up GeneHub (now Catlin Genomics) launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $125,000 in order …

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Jim Vana to Receive 2014 Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award

We’re thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2014 Robert C. Cumbow Brio Award is Jim Vana, a partner in the Seattle law firm Perkins Coie LLP. The award will be presented at Washington Lawyers for the Arts annual Member Appreciation Reception on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 5-7 pm, at Graham & Dunn PC in Seattle. The Brio Award celebrates …

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