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Squeezing Blood From The Turnip: Collecting From Debtors Who Fraudulently Transfer Assets

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 5/2/2022
Lawyers often speak of clients being “judgment proof.”  This phrase does not mean a defendant enjoys immunity from a judgment being entered against them; rather, it refers to a potential judgment being worthless in a practical sense because the potential debtor would not have assets available for collection by the creditor.  There are a host… Read More

Dispute Resolution: Litigation vs. Arbitration vs. Mediation

Washington State Litigation Lawyer J Patrick Diener | 4/29/2022
Conflict is a natural part of business.  If you need convincing, just watch the cable TV show Billions. Conflict can arise between neighbors, between family members, and even between perfect strangers.  When a dispute results in injury, it may be time to hire a litigation attorney.  The primary job of a litigation attorney is to… Read More

The Expanding Availability Of Attorneys Fees in Washington Civil Litigation: Consider Equitable Grounds and Bad Faith

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 4/1/2022
Background Since the 1700s, the American legal system has largely clung to a tradition of not automatically awarding attorneys fees to the party who prevails in court.  In Washington, the general rule has been that the prevailing party does not get their attorneys fees unless a statute or a contract with the losing party specifically… Read More

Construction Contracts: Why a Handshake Is Not Enough

Washington State Litigation Lawyer J Patrick Diener | 3/17/2022
One might think that the “handshake deal” is a thing of the past but it continues to thrive in the construction industry.  After representing many contractors in various lawsuits with owners and other contractors, I have concluded that almost everything comes down to the quality of the contract between parties.  Surprisingly, as often as not,… Read More

Protect Yourself While A Dispute Is Pending: Preliminary Injunctions And Temporary Restraining Orders

Washington State Litigation and Real Estate Law Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 3/1/2022
Real estate disputes frequently involve disagreements over rights of ownership, possession, and use of property.  However, the rigors of the litigation process and the ability of courts to process cases typically means it will take a year or more before the case gets resolved through a trial on the merits.  What do the parties do… Read More

Trust Establishment and Litigation

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 2/14/2022
The trust is one of the most popular tools in estate planning.  Generally speaking, a trustor (also sometimes known as a settlor or grantor) establishes a trust for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries (the parties benefitted by the trust).  A trustee (who controls the trust property) then administers the trust for the benefit of those… Read More