Wolf Shot in Whitman County

On Sunday, October 12, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Officers received reports from Whitman County that a wolf had been shot southwest of Pullman. When our officers reached the scene, they determined that the wolf had been shot by a farmer who had pursued the animal for several miles in his vehicle after seeing it near his farm.

The incident occurred west of U.S. Highway 195. This area is in the Eastern Washington recovery zone, where wolves are delisted under federal law but remain listed as endangered under state rule.

WDFW Officers contacted the farmer, and a witness who believed a possible poaching incident had occurred. The shooting does not appear to have been associated with a defense-of-life action, nor did it take place under the statutory authority to shoot and kill a wolf that is caught in the act of attacking livestock in the Eastern Washington recovery zone.

We are actively investigating this incident and are in contact with Whitman County law enforcement officials and the county commissioners. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be sent to the Whitman County Prosecutor’s office for a charging decision.


Lawsuit against Yakima Valley dairies expands

A lawsuit alleging groundwater pollution by four Lower Valley dairies has expanded potential liability beyond the dairy corporations to related entities and individuals owning property used by the dairies. A federal judge Friday allowed environmentalists to add one individual and several companies as defendants in the case that accuses the dairies of allowing cow manure to contaminate groundwater with nitrates, phosphorus, heavy metals and pharmaceuticals.

The dairies’ attorneys argued that the environmental groups waited too long to add new defendants and risked delaying the trial, but the judge disagreed, according to court documents.

“It is a bit frustrating that plaintiffs – particularly at this late stage of the proceedings – are continuing to make procedural moves that unnecessarily cause delay and increase costs,” Debora Kristensen, the Boise, Idaho, attorney who represents the dairies, said in an emailed response to questions Monday afternoon.


What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is the process, undertaken before your death, of ensuring that your money and property are given away as you would like. Without estate planning, you have no say in who inherits your money, your family may have to pay taxes, and probate could be more complicated and time-consuming than is necessary. The most common tools used in estate planning are wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills. Other specialized tools may be used to avoid probate.

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Basics of a 1031 Continued

To meet the requirements of §1031, both Relinquished Property and Replacement Property must qualify. In other words, both the property you are selling and the property you are buying must be qualified property of like-kind. If not, your exchange will fail and be classified as a sale.
The Internal Revenue Code requires that you identify your potential replacement properties within 45 days of the closing on the sale of your relinquished property. The 45 days are calendar days, so if the 45th day is Sunday, Labor Day or the 4th of July, that day is still the deadline for identification of new properties. There are no extensions allowed.
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President of Advising Generations

I had the opportunity to meet with Dave Spetch, who is an advisor for generation based family businesses and President of Advising Generations, LLC. Dave has moved to the Columbia Basin and is a great asset for those family based businesses that need extra help in planning beyond the attorney and CPA. Dave has been published in Successful Farming magazine and has spoken at the NCBA meeting. For more on Dave go to davespecht.com


Wills and Estate Planning

Estate planning is for everyone. While most people do not like to think about death, it is a reality and typically unplanned. It is a lot easier on everyone, especially if you have a spouse, children and/or any relatives, if you draw up your own will and testament. Contact me if you need some assistance.




My services go way beyond the court room and settlements. I know that each area of the law is very different and each piece must be handled with care and expertise. I make it my point to support my clients from beginning to end with counseling, advise, follow-ups, paperwork, etc. I ensure every detail of the case is covered and every i is dotted. I am committed to providing the highest quality of legal services to my clients. Being a smaller firm I have the luxury of providing my clients with more personal attention than that of a larger firm. I will be happy to help you whether you have been charged with a crime or are seeking legal counsel for yourself, your company, etc. I give all my clients the best representation available.

I am also the executive director of the Washington Agriculture Legal Foundation. For more information on the Washington Agriculture Legal Foundation click on the link.

If you do not know what your options are or if you need legal advice I suggest you call and find out what your options are under the law.