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Washington State Lenders Beware! Is Your Mortgage Unenforceable?

Washington State Business & Real Estate Lawyer William O. Kessler | 6/5/2024
In its recent opinion in Wilmington Savings Fund v. Hopkins, the Washington Court of Appeals put lenders on notice: the Court might not run interference for your sloppy drafting. In Hopkins, Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins owned their home through a living trust. In the wild west lending days of 2007, Lender lent $250,000 to Mr.… Read More

Mental Health Advance Directives in Washington

Washington State Business and Real Estate Law Lawyer Per E. Oscarsson | 5/29/2024
Many people have heard of a health care directive, sometimes referred to as a living will.  It expresses an individual’s wishes for certain treatments if the person is in a terminal or permanent unconscious condition.  A different Washington law provides for the use of a mental health advance directive, which allows an individual to express… Read More

Does a Trust or Estate Owe Washington Capital Gains Tax

Washington State Estate Planning, Probate, & Guardianship Law Lawyer Sherry Bosse Lueders | 5/29/2024
In 2023, the Washington Department of Revenue began collecting a state capital gains tax, which is  separate from the federal capital gains tax, on capital gains occurring after January 1, 2022. The state did not collect the tax until after the Washington Supreme Court upheld the tax’s constitutionality in a March 2023 decision. It was… Read More

Recent Washington Legislative Update concerning Estate Planning and Probate – Part 4

Washington State Estate Planning, Probate, & Guardianship Law Lawyer Emily Tyson-Shu | 5/28/2024
As we are entering into June 2024, a number of new laws enacted this year will soon become effective, including SHB 2347 concerning adult family home information on the Department of Social and Health Services website. This bill was signed by the Governor on March 25, 2024, and will become effective on June 6, 2024.… Read More

Liquor litigation: Suppliers vs. Distributors

Washington State Litigation Lawyer J Patrick Diener | 5/28/2024
The world of beer, wine and liquor regulation is complex, to say the least.  It is full of twists and turns, with statutes compounded by administrative rules.  Navigating that landscape as a business owner can be tricky, especially if you are a supplier or a distributor.  In Washington, the relationship between suppliers and distributors is… Read More

The Reality of Mediation in Your Divorce Proceedings

Washington State Divorce & Family Law Lawyer Mackenzie O. Bretz | 5/22/2024
When filing a petition for dissolution in Washington state, most counties require the parties to mediate before proceeding to trial. Required mediation is an effort by the Washington State Courts to reduce congestion and promote judicial efficiency for all parties. While some parties may be unsure about mediation, it allows both sides to maintain control… Read More

Fifth Amendment Rights in the Protection Order Process

Washington State Litigation Lawyer Kelsey L. Affronte | 5/21/2024
Often, a criminal offense is a catalyst for a domestic violence victim to seek protection from their abuser. An abuser assaults a victim, the victim reports the assault and abuser to the police, the police investigate, and the prosecutor is considering or has filed charges against the abuser. Separate from the criminal proceedings, the victim… Read More