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Two Kinds Of Adverse Possession In Washington: Statutory Vs. Common Law

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 9/6/2023
Most people when discussing adverse possession claims in Washington are unwittingly referring only to one kind- common law adverse possession.  Technically, there are two basic species of adverse possession in Washington- claims based upon statute, and claims based on the common law. Common Law Elements: To establish a common law claim of adverse possession, the… Read More

What are the Practical Effects of the New Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act?

Washington State Divorce & Family Law Lawyer Mackenzie O. Bretz | 9/5/2023
This year, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 1088, which adopted the Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act (UFLAA), a statutory scheme for the arbitration of family law disputes. The new arbitration laws allow for greater flexibility and efficiency in family law cases. And, since all awards are confirmed by the Court, there is a… Read More

Common Grantor Doctrine 

Washington State Business and Real Estate Law Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 9/5/2023
In Washington State, owners commonly find themselves in situations where they have long possessed land, only to find out – typically through a survey – that some of the land they think they own sits outside of their record legal boundaries. This creates a conundrum in which a property owner has exercised longstanding ownership rights… Read More

Am I a De Facto Parent?

Washington State Divorce & Family Law Lawyer Susan O’Toole | 8/31/2023
Parentage appears in numerous forms. Biological parentage and legal adoption tend to be more commonplace; however, an often-overlooked form is that of “de facto parentage.” Conceptually, a de facto parentage legally recognizes the relationship between a child and a person who has acted as a parent, even if they are not the biological or adoptive… Read More

Andrew McKenzie presents on Washington Land and Water Law

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 8/29/2023
Beresford Booth partner Andrew McKenzie recently served on the faculty of “Washington Land and Water Law: Ownership and Access 2023,” a continuing legal education seminar presented by HalfMoon Education, Inc. Andrew is a seasoned commercial litigator with significant experience in real estate related disputes. He also handles complex real estate transactions. The seminar is available… Read More

Community Spotlight – Let’s Sack Cancer Foundation

The Lawyers at Beresford Booth | 8/23/2023
Beresford Booth is a proud sponsor of the Snohomish County Bar Association charity golf tournament this Friday.  The event takes place at the Nile Shrine Golf Course in Mountlake Terrace.  Following the golf tournament, there will be a live auction and barbecue.  If interested, there may still be space available.  Funds raised will benefit the… Read More

Beresford Booth Announces the Election of Two Additional Partners

The Lawyers at Beresford Booth | 8/23/2023
Please join us in congratulating Anne B. Bennette and J Patrick Diener, Beresford Booth’s newest partners. Anne Bennette joined the firm in 2016 after practicing nearly six years in Boston. She practices in our family law group. She will continue to bring compassion and clarity to her clients as she helps them work through parenting… Read More