Outlining what is to be done with your digital assets can save frustration, heartache and lots of red tape for family, friends and representatives who need to handle your affairs. Otherwise, your family or executor may spend countless hours and still not be able to
Completing DIY legal forms/kits can save you thousands of dollars in attorney fees. We offer do-it-yourself legal forms for filing documents in the State of Washington. But we also offer a long list of attorneys in Washington state who can handle your legal matters. Why
A lawsuit filed by the Rental Housing Association against capping move-in fees in Seattle is just the latest to cause friction between tenant rights and landlord rights. No matter which side of the law you fall on regarding the new requirement that landlords must offer
Tis the season for weddings, and thus, strange prenups! If you’re about to tie the knot or know someone who is, check out these strange-but-true prenups. They read like a book of tales! Once you read these, you’re either bound to feel better about your
Tis the season for spring cleaning! No, we’re not talking about washing your windows or scouring the floors. We’re suggesting you do a spring cleaning of all things legal. We think spring cleaning is the perfect time to review your paperwork and find ways to
Have you heard of Neighborhood Legal Clinics? If not, you may be missing out on a great resource if you live in King County, Washington.
These free clinics, sponsored by the King County Bar Association, provide limited legal advice as well as referrals for residents of the county. If you have a legal issue in King County but do NOT live in the county, you can still participate in one of the free clinics.
The clinics consist of 30-minute sessions during which time you meet with an attorney for legal advice on civil legal issues. You can get help with papers you’ve received from the court. Referrals and additional resources are also provided, if needed.
According to their website, the clinics do NOT provide advice on criminal legal issues, just civil issues.
Clinics are also offered on a variety of specialized topics, such as bankruptcy, elder law, family law, cross cultural family law and domestic violence. You can also sign up for clinics in various languages, including Spanish, Korean, etc.
Visit this link to make an appointment and to find out when the next Neighborhood Legal Clinic will be held near you.
Going through a divorce or dissolution of marriage is no one’s idea of fun. The good news is that you can keep costs down by completing and filing your own documents in an uncontested divorce. Plus, we found a great resource for learning how to serve the opposing party in your divorce.
First, our Washington State Divorce with Children Forms Kit (also known as Dissolution Forms Kit with Children) is a do it yourself divorce legal form kit containing all of the Washington state divorce documents you need, with instructions, to guide you through the divorce procedures, including development of a Parenting Plan and Child Support Orders, in an uncontested divorce.
Our Washington State Divorce Forms without Children (also known as Dissolution Kit with Children) is a do it yourself divorce legal form kit that contains all of the divorce forms in Washington state you need, with instructions, to guide you through each step in dissolution of marriage procedures in an uncontested divorce.
Now, there’s one more thing you must do. When you file family law court documents, you must also serve the opposing party the proper way. Otherwise, judgment in your case may be delayed.
We found a very helpful resource from WashingtonLawHelp.org that explains exactly how to serve documents. Download their free PDF How to Serve the Opposing Party in Your Family Law Case to learn why you must serve the opposing party via personal service, mail or publication. The page also explains what to do if you cannot find the opposing party and provides links to a self-help packet you can use to ask court permission to serve the other party by mail or publication.
Do you know someone who is having trouble with his/her landlord? Whether the issue is about a problem with a rental unit, getting a deposit back or simply learning about you rights before you rent, Northwest Justice Project offers a thorough resource with all of the information you need to educate yourself about tenant rights. This thorough online resource – “Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington” – gives you all of the information you need to understand what you can and cannot do when renting.
For instance, topics such as eviction notices, utility shut-offs and when your landlord is allowed to enter your rental, are all described in easy-to-understand language. You’ll also find information on making deposits before you move in and getting them back once you leave your rental. Look at the section on what you need to do to give notice to move out to be sure you’re doing everything legal.
This resource also covers what to do if your unit needs repairs. The responsibilities of you as the tenant vs. your landlord’s responbilities while you’re in the rental are also covered.
“Your Rights as a Tenant in Washington” is available for free at http://sites.lawhelp.org/documents/1593216300EN.pdf?stateabbrev=%2FWA%2F.
If you need a lawyer to help protect your rights as a tenant, visit our Find An Attorney page at http://aibinc.net/findalawyer.
As required by law, DoItYourselfLegalKits recently updated a handful of legal kits and forms that underwent substantial changes.
The Access to Justice Board’s Pro Se Project converted WA state’s domestic relations forms into plain language to make it easier for non-lawyers to complete and file documents. These new family law forms MUST be used in any domestic relations cases filed after July 1, 2016.
If you started legal proceedings before this date, you still need to use these new forms, or the judge may request corrected paperwork, resulting in a delay in your case. DoItYourselfLegalKits has these new forms/kits available on our website at http://doityourselflegalkits.com./kits.html
Finding an attorney doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow these tips from Attorneys’ Information Bureau
When you need an attorney, how do you go about finding one? Most people wait until they’re in crisis mode to start searching. But a frantic search just adds to an already stressful situation.
“The key to finding a great attorney is to start looking right now, before you need one,” says Grant Harken, Operations Manager, Attorneys’ Information Bureau. AIB is a Seattle-based company that provides legal services to lawyers as well as resources to people who need legal help.
“Look at the process of finding a qualified lawyer the same way you do your primary physician. You need someone you can trust and call when needed,” says Harken. “Otherwise, scrambling at the last minute means you might end up with someone with less experience than you need or who is more expensive than your budget allows.”
AIB recommends searching for a law firm that offers a free initial consultation. This gives you a chance to meet in a relaxed environment and see if the chemistry is right.
“Use the free consultation to ask questions about the lawyer’s experience and background,” recommends Harken. “Ask how the attorney’s fee structure works so you know what to expect when the need arises.”
Identifying firms that offer free initial consultations can be very time-consuming. To make it easier, AIB has set up at website at aibinc.net where you can search by specialty and geographical area, then review listings to see which law firms offer free consultations. The site is sponsored by AIB as a way to promote the attorneys for whom it provides services and to foster the Washington State Bar Association’s initiative to promote Equal Access to Justice.
AIB offers one last bit of advice. “Before you make an appointment for your free consultation, do your homework. Confirm the law firm is in good standing by going to the Washington State Bar Association’s website at www.wsba.org. If you have doubts about one firm, find another one.”