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Cases

He just wanted to save money (2016)

By on Oct 4, 2016 in Cases | 0 comments

Many people come to me seeking legal services but are frightened by the cost. This is understandable. However, the cost of a lawyer has to be weighed against the potential risk and cost that could be incurred if you proceed without having a lawyer, or not using the lawyer’s knowledge and skill when you should. Everyone wants to save money.  The question is how...

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Credibility Regarding Domestic Violence

By on Apr 12, 2014 in Cases | 0 comments

Suddenly, without prior notice, our client lost his job, his house and his car. In this case our client had been separated from his prior girlfriend for many months when, seemingly out of the blue, she filed a petition for a domestic violence protection order (DVPO) and obtained a temporary protection order without any notice to him.  Amazingly, the temporary order...

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Anti-Harassment and Anti-SLAPP

By on Feb 24, 2014 in Cases | 0 comments

RCW 10.14, Washington’s Anti-Harassment statute, is intended to protect people from unwanted, unreasonable and unjustified contact.  However, the statute specifically excludes “constitutionally protected free speech” from being the type of conduct that can subject one to a claim of anti-harassment.  In this case, my client was engaging in free...

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Please Stop this Eviction

By on Oct 8, 2011 in Cases | 0 comments

The call came in 2 days before the Sheriff was scheduled to show up on their doorstep and forcefully remove them and their belongings.  They had already been to court and tried to explain everything to the judge.  But they didn’t know the law…and it was now right down  to the wire.  I advised that I could try to help, but the odds were against them at...

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Private, Interstate Adoption (2010)

By on Sep 14, 2011 in Cases | 0 comments

The biological mother had more than 5 children removed from her custody and she  knew this child would be too.  She didn’t even know who the father was.  And her good friend was willing to adopt the child before the child was even born.  But Mom was on the East Coast and the adoptive parents in Stevens County.  This meant the Interstate Compact on the...

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Complex Mediation (2006)

By on Apr 23, 2011 in Cases | 0 comments

Some mediation is complex, involving multiple parties and complicated issues or dynamics requiring specialized techniques.  In this case we conducted a mediation between a government agency and a private business that involved significant expenditure of capital and long-range planning mixed with complicated regulations and budgeting issues.  Representatives from...

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