Effective December 3, 2009, ESSSB 5688 provides that for all purposes under Washington State law, state registered domestic partners shall be treated the same as married spouses and that provisions of the act shall be liberally construed to achieve equal treatment, to the extent not in conflict with federal law. To register a domestic partnership, a couple will need to complete the Declaration of Domestic Partnership form, sign the declaration form in the presence of a notary public, and submit the form and the filing fee to the Washington Secretary of State Corporations Division for filing.
This guide, written by the volunteers at the Northwest Justice Project, contains the forms and instructions needed to file a Stalking Protection Order.
The affidavit procedure allows people who are entitled to a dead person’s (also called a decedent’s) personal property to get that property without going through probate. This is done by filling out an affidavit and delivering it to the person or organization holding the property. The procedure does not apply to real property, such as a house or land. Personal property is anything that is not real property.
This link leads to a PDF copy of King County Superior Court’s Simple Dissolution (Divorce) Packet. If you have already filed for divorce, do not have any minor children and you and your spouse completely agree about your property, you can use this packet to apply for additional help to complete your divorce.
Washingtonlawhelp has added a new guide to their web site describing the services provided by Family Law Facilitators. The guide also explains other family law services offered by Washington courts including parenting seminars and family law orientations.
The Seattle Risk Management Division provides the citizens of Seattle with the following services:investigates and adjusts claims filed by citizens who allege they have been damaged by the negligent act of the City or its employees; advises City departments on ways to reduce or avoid losses; reviews City department contract work scopes to specify appropriate insurance and indemnification language; administers all of the City’s liability, property insurance policies and its self-insurance program.
This is the official web site of the Seattle Municipal Court.
The Office of Hearing Examiner is a separate and independent office of the City created by the Seattle Municipal Code. The Office is charged with conducting fair and impartial administrative hearings, when authorized by the Code, to review the actions of various City departments. The Hearing Examiner’s decision in a case is usually the City’s final decision.
This link leads to a PDF document that discusses the procedures for sealing criminal juvenile court records. It was written by staff at the Juvenile Court Department of King County Superior Court and also includes sample forms.
Attorney’s Information Bureau in Seattle, Washington sells this restoration of firearms (guns, weapons) kit through its DoItYourselfLegalKits.com web site.