Spokane Journal of Business

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Competition intensifies in sales for distressed Spokane-area homes

Competition is heating up here for distressed sales of single-family homes, especially those priced at under $100,000, some market observers here say.Distressed homes include foreclosed, bank-owned, and short-sale properties, which are sold and...

Minimize risks when marketing through social media

Creating an effective social media advertising campaign is the holy grail of large and small businesses alike. And for good reason. According to a recent study conducted by The Nielsen Company, use of smart phones increased more than 400 during...

Large share of Americans don't have wills, study says

Only one in three Americans has a will, says a new survey by FindLaw.com, a legal information website.That means the vast majority of Americans potentially could be leaving legal problems for surviving family members if they should die, a for is...

Illinois bar group calls for sweeping law school reforms

The Illinois State Bar Association has released a 53-page report, supported with research and testimony from statewide hearings, that calls for dramatic changes in the way law schools deliver education."The current system of educating law is E....

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30-somethings meld experience, focus into new firm

While Piskel Yahne Kovarik PLLC, of Spokane, began as a law practice just under a year ago, its three principals joined forces after gaining eight years of experience at established legal firms here. The attorneys, who are all in their mid-30s,...

New ABA 'toolkit' promotes gender equity in profession

ABA President Laurel Bellows and the American Bar Association's Gender Equity Task Force have introduced what they describe as an innovative new tool in the fight for gender equity in the legal profession.The ABA's Toolkit for Gender Equity in a...

Change in law could cause race to the patent office

If you're an inventor, get your racing shoes on. You're going to need to be a lot quicker to get to the U.S. patent office now than you have been in the past. Nearly every country in the world has its own patent laws for protecting inventions on...

Cutting down on legalese with software

WordRake LLC, a Seattle-based company that claims to be the creator of the first editing software for lawyers, announced earlier this month that it has entered a strategic alliance with the Washington State Bar Association.WSBA employees have a...

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Cd'A-based Macomber Law rolls out e-payment option

Clients are looking for more convenient payment methods, such as online options, to pay for legal services, says at least one Inland Northwest attorney who is taking steps to accommodate that demand. Macomber Law PLLC, of Coeur d'Alene, has with...

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Managing Partner Jane Brown steers Paine Hamblen's legal course

Jane Brown, who took over last April as managing partner for Spokane-based Paine Hamblen LLP after working more than 20 years with the firm in various roles, says she hopes it continues its track record of bringing on attorneys."It's hard to set...

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