Our Services

Passion is what drives us to understand our client’s businesses and future needs. It wins cases, but passion also wins confidence and trust. We have a well-earned reputation as one of the premier municipal law firms in the tri-cities area of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco in Southeastern Washington because we pride ourselves on crafting creative and efficient solutions customized to your needs.

Areas of Expertise

We mind your business from the start

When you start a business, you have big dreams and even bigger goals. You also have a lot of questions. That’s why Kerr Law Group helps your businesses start up, grow, overcome challenges, and seize opportunities. Your business is best served by counsel who addresses legal issues and helps further business objectives, so we help you navigate the complex nature of starting a business and nurture your business formation every step of the way.    

We are experts in representing new businesses with choice of entity and business formation issues, including:

  • Business formations
  • Business transactions
  • Business succession planning
  • Creation of joint ventures
  • Corporate governance
  • Contract review
  • Dispute resolution
  • Taxation
  • Employee benefits
  • Private and tax-exempt business status

We assist existing businesses work smarter and better with business checkups, stock plans, voting trusts, incentive stock plans, preferred stock plans, contracts, employee handbooks and employment agreements, buy-sell agreements, warranty matters, sales documents and answering day to day questions and providing timely advice.

We can effectively prepare and execute strategies to exit your business

At some point, every business owner is faced with the decision to exit the business – whether it’s succession to the next generation, selling the business, combining with another company, or through a public offering. Unfortunately, devising an exit strategy is something many business owners put off indefinitely.

Kerr Law believes in the value of planning an exit strategy for your business long before you intend to sell. Early planning enables business owners and investors to fully understand what they hope to achieve, the best options to reach those objectives, and who might best serve as the right partner for this highly complex transaction. In some cases, it could take several years to prepare a business for sale at the highest optimum price. Our business succession planning can help you develop and execute an effective business-exit strategy. 

We are the legal champions of municipalities

We have been actively involved in municipal issues since 1974 and currently represent the Cities of Pasco, Mesa, Sunnyside and Benton City, the Personnel Board of the City of Richland, Kennewick Public Facility District, Pasco Public Facility District, Tourism Promotion Area, and Hearing Examiner for the City of Walla Walla, as well as serves a special counsel of other public entities.  

Some of our municipal practice specialties include:

  • Ordinance drafting and enforcement
  • Land use, zoning, and land division
  • Election law issues, millage elections, and ballot language
  • Annexation defense and detachment representation
  • Property taxes and Tax Tribunal proceedings
  • Development and extension of municipal sewer and water systems
  • Municipal finance, special assessments, installment purchases and bond issuer’s counsel
  • First Amendment questions and privacy issues
  • Municipal litigation
  • Appeals
  • Labor relations and employment law
  • Condemnation
  • Environmental regulations and compliance
  • Utility franchises and telecommunications
  • Contracts, licensing issues, and operating policies
  • Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act issues
  • Creation and representation of municipal authorities

We assist in the development of residential and commercial neighborhoods serving both land developers and business and homeowner associations with permitting, developer contracts, subcontract negotiation, bidding as well as covenant preparation and developer transition.

Our office assists both buyers and seller in preparing earnest money agreements, real estate contracts, deeds, mortgages, deeds of trust, easements, purchase options, leases, and rental agreements.

What We Do

  • Certificate of Formation
  • Operating Agreement
  • Organization Meeting
  • PLLC/PLLC Organization
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • By-Laws
  • Organization Meeting
  • Organizational documents
  • Charitable
  • Civic/business/trade associations
  • Clubs
  • Homeowner associations
  • Buy-sell Agreements
  • Stock plans
  • Voting trusts
  • Incentive Plans
  • Stock Option Plans
  • Preferred Stock Plans
  • Business Plans
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Business Forms and Procedures
  • Covenant Not to Compete Agreements/Confidentiality
  • UCC transactions/forms
  • Security Agreements
  • Stock Issuance
  • Corporate Dissolutions
  • Stock/Membership Unit Sale
  • Asset Sale
  • Merger
  • Conversions
  • Closings
  • PSA
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Note and Deed of Trust/Mortgage
  • Purchase Options
  • Easements and Licenses
  • REK Forfeitures/mortgage foreclosures
  • Covenants
  • Homeowner transitions
  • Leases Residential and Commercial