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Free Clinic for Vacating Criminal Records — Call 206-267-7028 Now

September 17, 2019

In recognition of Pro Bono Week–Oct. 20-26–the Access to Justice Institute, the Student Bar Association at Seattle University School of Law, and the King County Bar Association are partnering to host a free legal clinic to help people vacate their criminal records. The clinic will be held at the Seattle… Read more

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New Hope for Clearing Criminal Conviction Records

July 29, 2019

The New Hope Act (Chapter 331 of the Laws of 2019) became effective on July 28, 2019 and makes substantial changes to the rights and procedures for clearing criminal misdemeanor and felony conviction records in Washington State. Among these changes are improved notice requirements for the Department of Corrections and… Read more

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Legal Help for Veterans

July 9, 2019

Recognizing that the legal process can be confusing and intimidating, the Washington State Attorney General’s Office has an a program called the Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance which helps active service members and veterans find legal assistance programs. The Office’s web site includes links to legal assistance events… Read more

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KCLL Wins National Award for Outreach

May 21, 2019

The Workshops We launched Civil Lawsuits Without Tears in March of 2018. It was the first workshop in our then new Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) Workshop series. That series now includes three civil procedure workshops, four family law workshops, a small business law workshop and a power of attorney workshop. Plans… Read more

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Preparing for Your Neighborhood Clinic Visit

May 13, 2019

The King County Bar Association, sponsor of the Neighborhood Legal Clinics, has posted a useful checklist for preparing to attend a session at one of their legal clinics.  To make the best use of your time please: 1. Decide on the desired outcome or goal. 2. Schedule an appointment at… Read more

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New Immigration Law Clinic at KCLS

April 30, 2019

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Responding to a Petition for Visits

April 17, 2019

The Northwest Justice Project, via its self-help site, has released a new guide to help custodial parents respond to a petition from a third-party–such as a grandparent or another relative–for visitation rights.  It’s titled You Have Been Served with a Petition for Visits and includes a complete set of… Read more

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Debt Collection Laws in Washington Make It Easy for Collectors

March 25, 2019

An in-depth article in the Seattle Times takes a look the laws and rules that permit collections firms to make life painful for debtors in Washington State.  With the addition of court-sanctioned fees and the highest post-judgment interest rates in the county, lawmakers are finally taking another look the industry.… Read more

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Public Defenders to Help Vacating Eligible Convictions

March 13, 2019

The King County Office of Public Defense has announced a new initiative to help people remove eligible convictions from their record.  Eligibility depends on the type of conviction (many misdemeanors and non-violent Class B & Class C felonies) as well as the amount of time that has passed since the… Read more

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WSBA Members To Get Access to Fastcase!

January 17, 2019

Beginning in “early 2019,” the Washington State Bar Association is going to give all active members access to Fastcase as part of their bar membership.  Once it goes live, bar members will have full access to their extensive collection of caselaw, statutes, regulations, court rules, and other materials.  The arrangement… Read more

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Washington State Assists Furloughed Federal Employees

January 8, 2019

The Washington State Employment Security Department has announced that Federal workers furloughed due to the partial shutdown of the Federal government may apply for unemployment benefits.  Interested workers can apply online or by phone at 800-318-6022.  They will need to provide verification of their wages in the event ESD cannot… Read more

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How to Nullify Your Property’s Discriminatory Covenants

January 8, 2019

Many Seattle homeowners are unaware that their property may have restrictive covenants (dictating what types of people can own the property) attached to it that are based on outdated, unenforceable and racist policies from the past.  But beginning January 1st of 2019, homeowners can ask the King County Recorder’s Office… Read more

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