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Demand Letters: What Are They and How Can They Help?

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Kelsey L. Affronte | 6/9/2022
If you have found yourself in a pickle and are looking for a plan to get out of it, a demand letter is a simple and cost-effective means of communicating your desires. What Is a Demand Letter? A demand letter is intended for the person or company that wronged you. A good demand letter will… Read More

Trust and Estate Litigation: Forcing the Removal of a Personal Representative or Trustee

Washington State Litigation Lawyer J Patrick Diener | 5/25/2022
A personal representative or administrator of an estate stands in the shoes of the deceased person for the express purpose of wrapping up their worldly affairs.  The trustee of a trust is responsible for maintaining the property in the trust in a way that maximizes the benefit received by the beneficiaries of that trust.  In… Read More

Insurance Coverage in Litigation

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 5/24/2022
Consider a very stressful, but not uncommon, scenario: a process server has just knocked on your door and served you with a lawsuit.  Perhaps a disgruntled homeowner has sued you as a member of the association’s board of directors.  Perhaps a neighbor has sued you for adverse possession of a portion of your property.  Perhaps… Read More

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