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CLEAR Help Line

Brought to you by the Northwest Justice Project, CLEAR is Washington’s toll-free, centralized intake, advice and referral service for low-income people seeking free legal assistance with civil legal problems.

Handbook for Washington Seniors Updated

Legal Voice has updated the Handbook for Washington Seniors: Legal Rights and Resources for 2016 into 2017. The Handbook is a quick-reference guide covering legal rights, health care, housing, etc. The Handbook answers common questions about the issues seniors are likely to face. The Handbook may also be helpful to the family and caregivers of seniors.

You can find a digital copy of this resource available for free at www.legalvoice.org/handbook. You can also order a copy for $20 from Legal Voice.

You may also view a copy of this resource in the library, available at RES KF 390.A4 H36 (ask for it at the front information desk).

Find an Inmate (Washington State)

Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Corrections, Inmate Search makes the name, DOC number and location of incarcerated offenders available to the general public. While the information is believed to be accurate, DOC makes no warranties, express or implied. This information is updated nightly.

Northwest Justice Project

Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm that provides free civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people and communities throughout Washington State.  Its mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families, and communities.

Military Affidavit – Check Active Duty Status

The SCRA website provides the ability to verify whether an individual is currently serving on active duty in the Uniformed Services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, NOAA, Public Health, and Coast Guard).  This web site helps Service members verify they are serving on active duty and are therefore eligible for the protections of the SCRA.

Appellate Case Processing Guide

The Appellate Case Processing Guide is designed to assist litigants through the appellate process. Under the direction of the Court’s Community Outreach Committee, the Public Information Task Team was responsible for developing the Guide in 2001. The Model is based upon the appellate flow chart adopted by the Court and included herein. Each section of this manual corresponds with a step in the aforementioned flow chart. Sections consist of 3 components: background, timeline, and required forms or paperwork. At the conclusion of each section is a sample template.

Used Car Purchases

This link leads to a PDF document written by the staff at the Northwest Justice Project discussing the following issues related to the purchase of a used car in Washington State:

  • The car dealer did not offer any warranties (guarantees) on my used car. Does this mean that my car is not covered by any warranties even if it develops major problems soon after I bought it?
  • What is an implied warranty of merchantability?
  • Is there a checklist showing what problems an implied warranty covers?
  • A sticker on the car said the car was being sold “as is,” and the sales contract seems to say I waived (gave up) all warranties. Have I given up my right to an implied warranty of merchantability?
  • The dealer sold me a service contract. Does this mean I waived the implied warranty?
  • What can I ask the car dealer to do?
  • Do I have any rights with the lender?
  • Can I get help resolving my dispute with the used car dealer if I cannot do it myself?
  • I tried mediation. It did not help. What can I do?
  • What if my sales agreement or loan agreement has an “arbitration” clause?
  • Can I get a court order forcing the car dealer to make specific repairs?
  • What should I do if I want to cancel the contract, return the car, and get my money back?
  • What should I do to get ready for trial if I decide to sue in Small Claims Court?
  • I have paid to have repairs done. Can I deduct the cost from my car payments instead of going to court?
  • What is my risk of repossession if I deduct the cost of repairs from my car payments?
  • What will happen if my car is repossessed?
  • What else can I do if I do not want to keep the car and do not want to keep making payments on it?

Washington State Employment Security Department (Unemployment) Precedential Decisions of Commissioner

The Precedential Decisions of Commissioner are published in a first series and second series. The first series encompasses case numbers 100 through 1299 (a) covering the period from April 14, 1954, through October 10, 1975. The second series begins anew with case number 100 and covers the period from October 17, 1975, through present.

The Precedential Decisions of Commissioner set forth interpretations of both procedural and substantive law governing adjudications under the Washington State Employment Security Act, Title 50 RCW. The Decisions are binding on Department adjudicators, administrative law judges of the Office of Administrative Hearings and the review judges of the Commissioner’s Review Office. The Decisions have been cited as persuasive authority by the Washington State trial and appellate courts.

Precedential Decisions of Commissioner must be read in the context of current statutes, regulations, and appellate court decisions.

The citation format for Precedential Decisions of Commissioner is as follows:
First SeriesIn re Staeger, Empl. Sec. Comm’r Dec. 100 (1954).
Second SeriesIn re Griggs, Empl. Sec. Comm’r Dec.2d 100 (1975).

Tax Help!

United Way of King County partners with many organizations in the Seattle area to provide people with free help in preparing their personal income tax forms.  Here is a link to a page that shows all the places where this help is available:  United Way of King County Tax Help

Seattle Public Library partners with United Way of King County and AARP to provide tax assistance at many of the library’s branches.  Here is a link for that: Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County, AARP Tax Help

Click here for more information about legal clinics and resources for tax help.