What Does The Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling Mean for Washington Couples?

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On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court made history with its ruling in United States v. Windsor. The Court struck down a provision of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) which prohibited the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples.

The Court’s ruling means that married same-sex couples in Washington are now eligible . . . → Read More: What Does The Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling Mean for Washington Couples?

GREAT WIN FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE!

Today, the Washington State Supreme Court decided in the case, Jafar v. Webb, that General Rule (GR) 34 requires courts to waive all fees and costs for individuals who are determined indigent.

In this case, the petitioner filed a parenting plan action in Snohomish Count y Superior Court and a motion under GR 34 to . . . → Read More: GREAT WIN FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE!

Tips from the Family Law Ex Parte Commissioners: Ex Parte Via the Clerk

Here are some simple suggestions for handling Family Law matters using Ex Parte Via the Clerk. Don’t forget to review our previous posts on entering final orders, obtaining TROs, and pointers for earning “gold stars” when you appear before the Family Law Commissioners. Please read the manual posted on the Clerk’s website. Orders for Show . . . → Read More: Tips from the Family Law Ex Parte Commissioners: Ex Parte Via the Clerk

Tips from the Ex Parte Family Law Commissioners: Entering Final Papers

Here are some simple suggestions for entering final papers in the Family Law Ex Parte Department. Missed our previous post on pointers for earning “gold stars” when you appear before the Family Law Commissioners? Find it here.

Read the local rules and laws, and follow them. Examples:

For temporary emergency relief in Ex Parte:

Don’t . . . → Read More: Tips from the Ex Parte Family Law Commissioners: Entering Final Papers

Tips from the Ex Parte Family Law Commissioners: Courtroom Etiquette

The King County Superior Court Family Law Ex Parte Commissioners would like to offer a few pointers for entering final papers and earning “gold stars” when appearing before one of the Commissioners:

Just as your word is your bond, your reputation with the court is invaluable. Be professional and respectful to all, in and out . . . → Read More: Tips from the Ex Parte Family Law Commissioners: Courtroom Etiquette

Dealing with Debt Collection: Unfair Collection Practices

Your last client of the night, Nadine Nicely, is flustered when she arrives, nervously readjusting her hair. After you introduce yourself, she speaks quickly, shuffling through a large red leather purse while she talks. Finally, she pulls out a single sheet of paper and pushes it across the table to you. “This debt collector keeps . . . → Read More: Dealing with Debt Collection: Unfair Collection Practices

Ex Parte Commissioners’ Tips: At the Hearing

Continue your practice of consideration towards each other; it helps the court resolve the legal issues, which promotes better resolution for all of the family members. We have seen many cases where attorneys are worthy advocates yet still maintain cordial relationships with opposing counsel, and as a result, are well thought of by the . . . → Read More: Ex Parte Commissioners’ Tips: At the Hearing

Ex Parte Commissioners’ Tips: Your Pre-Hearing Checklist

You can help our Ex Parte Clerks by writing the Personal Representative’s (PR’s) name on both the ORDER and the PETITION. It is especially helpful to use bold type and to tab it with a Post-It note for quick identification. Provide the PR’s oath along with the petition. (This allows us to make sure . . . → Read More: Ex Parte Commissioners’ Tips: Your Pre-Hearing Checklist

Ex Parte Commissioners’ Tips: Must-Answer Questions When Opening a Probate

It is helpful to know what these must-answer questions will be and volunteer the information to the court when you approach the bench, rather than simply stand mutely before the court and force the Commissioners to pry this information from you by having to ask the questions. Your reputation is enhanced by knowledge of these . . . → Read More: Ex Parte Commissioners’ Tips: Must-Answer Questions When Opening a Probate

“Focus on Family Law” Training: Dependency 101

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This training is open to current KCBA Pro Bono Services Volunteers only.

Here’s a free no-hassle opportunity to learn useful practice tips from experienced practitioners on focused family law topics. These trainings are designed with the new/newer attorney in mind and go beyond the initial trainings covered by the family law pro bono programs.

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