Agricultural Law

Agriculture is Washington’s leading industry and carries with it many unique and specialized laws, rules, and regulations. Our lawyers advise and assist clients on agriculture’s unique issues …

Business Transition Planning

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Elder Law

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Entity Structure

Our attorneys advise their owner, investor, developer, builder and other real estate industry clients in selecting and forming the appropriate legal entities for their real estate needs. Choosing the right entity structure is critical to successfully managing liability, tax, financing, business succession and estate planning, as well as property transfer issues. Our role is to advise our clients of the risks, costs and benefits of owning and operating a particular real estate opportunity through ownership of the possible legal entities that may be available for such purposes. We stratagize with our clients in considering the type of acquisition (e.g., purchase of a business with a real estate component, purchase of a property currently leased by the buyer or seller, purchase of land for residential or commercial development etc.), the number and nature of the investors/owners, and the future use of the property in this analysis.

FSA/Government Programs

Understanding the legalities of the Farm Services of America regulations can be daunting. You may find that securing an attorney with expertise in FSA or Government programs can ensure you are compliant with the latest regulations, or to assist you in potential or ongoing litigation.

Transition Planning

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Administrative Law

Carpenter, McGuire & Dewulf counsels municipalities on the issues and operations that face city councils and administrative boards and commissions. Our attorneys represent developers, businesses and individuals in proceedings and disputes with counties and cities we do not represent …

Corporate & Business Law

Carpenter, McGuire & Dewulf counsels businesses in all facets of their commercial transactions, legal organization, and regulation. Our attorneys have served as in-house counsel to financial institutions, manufacturing companies, and services companies. Our lawyers understand that effective legal counsel requires an understanding of the business needs of the client. Our attorneys are here to offer their expertise when called upon by council or to act as “general counsel” for businesses that do not employ in-house counsel.

Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

Carpenter, McGuire & Dewulf provide legal services in developing wealth transfer plans that reflect our clients’ needs, goals, and desires, and protect the personal and business assets that our clients have accumulated. Our estate planning lawyers are involved in the probate of estates, the preparation of simple and complex wills and trusts, charitable giving, business succession planning and sophisticated tax planning. In addition, our lawyers have been involved in defending clients in IRS audits and both the prosecution and defense of will contests.

Real Estate

Carpenter, McGuire & Dewulf have a comprehensive real estate practice. The lawyers in our real estate group regularly advise clients regarding commercial and residential purchase and sale transactions, commercial and residential leases, farm transactions, title claims, easements, zoning and plating issues, developments, condemnation proceedings, tax-deferred like-kind exchanges, and property tax assessment disputes. Our clients include mortgage lenders, developers, real estate brokers, property managers, utility companies, landlord, tenants, title insurance companies, other businesses, cities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. Our attorneys work to protect their client’s interests in commercial and residential real estate transactions. Although a real estate agent can often provide sufficient assistance, more complex purchase agreements require a lawyer’s eye. Our attorneys can review or draft a sales contract to ensure that it protects your interests.

Water Law

We provide the unconventional thinking necessary to succeed in today’s challenging water resources regulatory environment.