Building strong foundations for financial success.
Clients rely on the Law Offices of Richard D. Seward for important legal advice and services that have proven over the years to help clients build their wealth and protect it. Services are provided in the following areas:
Business Start-ups – Wealth enhancement starts with a well planned business entity structure in compliance with all state and federal regulatory requirements. Protection of personal and business assets is dependent upon sound entity planning. Maximizing business opportunities depends on a sound business plan that includes effective contracts and other legal documents so that the business plan can be executed.
Business Sales & Acquisitions – Whether buying or selling a business, qualified legal representation is critical in such complicated legal matters. Large savings are available by properly negotiating at the Letter of Intent stage to minimize income tax consequences. For small transactions under $200,000, Neutral Closing Agent escrow/document preparation services are provided for mutually consenting parties to help save on transactional costs.
Business Contracts / Employment Law – Contracts with clients, vendors, employees and other third parties present significant business opportunities and risks that must be drafted with careful legal review taking into consideration practical business goals as well. Proper legal advice can maximize these opportunities while minimizing the risks. Employee agreements and compensation arrangements are very important to the overall success of one’s business. Decisions involving accommodation of disabilities such as alcohol or drug abuse or termination must be carefully resolved to avoid expensive litigation.
Real Estate Law – Purchase and Sale Contracts, Leases, title documents, easement agreements, boundary and title disputes all present significant opportunities as well as risks that require proper legal review to maximize these opportunities and minimize the risks. Escrow services also available.
Real Estate Condemnation – Knowing how the internal processes of the Department of Transportation work as well as knowing which battles to engage in is critical to success for clients in these cases. Relationships with the best experts help to prepare strong cases for trial and leads to a very high settlement rate at amounts that are considerably higher than the initial offers received by clients.
Real Estate Trustee Services – trustee services are provided for non-judicial foreclosures, closings and other real estate matters.
Estate / Succession Planning – Once wealth is created and the business is stabilized, the wealth must be protected and transitioned either to the next generation, to key employees, or to a carefully targeted third party within the industry. This provides the maximum economic value for clients, providing much needed revenue for their retirement years. Estate and Gift Tax strategies play an important role in the overall strategy.
Wills / Trusts / Probate – Estate Documents and Estate Planning are key elements of Family Wealth Planning, both clients and their families for multiple generations. Special emphasis has been place on making sure every family has the three basic estate documents at a minimum: a simple will, a medical durable power of attorney, and a financial durable power of attorney.
Business Litigation and Consulting – There is no greater drain on family wealth than unnecessary litigation. The only true deterrent for trial is a thoroughly prepared case. The ability to properly select and prepare a case for trial is the key to wealth creation and protection, as settlement before the lawsuit is commenced is the best possible outcome for all parties involved.
Asset Protection / Bankruptcy / Small Business Reorganization – Taking full advantage of statutory exemptions and offshore jurisdictions is only a small part of an effective asset protection plan. It begins at the business start-up phase and continues during all phases of the business cycle and the life cycle. A review of one’s assets and liabilities can quickly provide someone with a risk assessment with recommendations to protect one’s wealth. This service provides peace of mind for our clients.
Personal Injury / Medical Malpractice – In association with a top Seattle firm, clients have recovered settlements totaling in excess of $3 million from various claims including personal injuries from car accidents and other traumas, wrongful death, negligence and medical malpractice. Clients have consistently been pleased with the process and the results.
Legal Defense for Traffic Infractions, Citations, Accidents, Negligent Driving and DUIs. – Whether you require legal representation to contest a traffic violation or a charge of driving under the influence, Richard D. Seward’s firm can help. We handle all court filings, appearances, discovery requests and preparation of evidence and witnesses.
The standard flat fees listed below may differ based on the complexity of the case, or the location of the hearing.
Traffic Infractions / Speeding Tickets – $300 – for most traffic infractions issued in the following counties: Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam, King, Pierce and Snohomish. Call or email to inquire about our fee for other locations. Examples of traffic infractions include: speeding tickets, failure to stop, failure to yield, speed too fast for conditions, failure to signal, unsafe lane change, H.O.V. lane violation, following too close, no vehicle insurance.
Traffic Accidents – An infraction involving an accident – $350 – for preparation of evidence and witnesses.
Negligent Driving – $400 – for preparation of evidence and witnesses. The fee to contest a charge of negligent driving can vary depending on the potential severity of the penalties.
DUI – Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense, but every case can be defended. First-time offenders with a DUI conviction can face mandatory jail time or home monitoring; hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines; and a driver’s license suspension. If you have been charged with drunk driving, it pays to get help from the Law Offices of Richard D. Seward. We defend clients throughout the Olympic Peninsula and the Seattle Area.