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WTEW… in Small Claims Court (Part 1 – “Right Court, Right Claim”)

This series of five videos will introduce you to some key concepts that you should be aware of before you file your action in King County Small Claims Court.

Video Highlights

  • 00:30 – What IS the purpose of Small Claims Court?
  • 01:07 – What types of claims are allowed in Small Claims Court?
  • 02:08 – What types of claims are NOT allowed?
  • 03:54 – How much money can be claimed?
  • 04:33 – Might it be advisable to lower your damages claim so that you can use Small Claims Court?
  • 05:15 – When should I consult with an attorney?
  • 06:44 – How do you know if you’re suing the right person?
  • 07:22 – What are some examples of improper claims?
  • 09:45 – So what’s is the bottom line with “right court, right claim?”

Webinar – ADULT Guardianships (4/26/2023)

Presented with the help of the King County Superior Court Clerk’s office, this webinar introduces you to the process of obtaining an adult guardianship in Washington State as well as some important considerations to keep in mind.

Video Highlights:

  • 00:57 – KCLL
  • 01:52 – Agenda
  • 04:03 – RCW 11.130 – Article 3
  • 05:17 – Online resources
  • 06:46 – What IS adult guardianship?
  • 08:25 – What changed in 2022
  • 11:29 – Guardianship alternatives
  • 13:54 – Overview of process
  • 14:36 – Initial forms
  • 17:47 – Giving notice
  • 19:15 – Service of process
  • 21:59 – What to do next
  • 24:26 – Pre-2022 Guardianships
  • 25:21 – Alternatives to Guardianship
  • 32:45 – Protective arrangements
  • 34:20 – Conservatorships
  • 35:41 – Emergency (temporary) Guardianships
  • 36:42 – Immediate Orders
  • 37:36 – Q&A

Webinar – MINOR Guardianships (4/19/2023)

With help from the King County Superior Court Clerk’s office and a Superior Court Commissioner, this webinar will introduce you to the basic process of getting guardianship of a minor.

Video Highlights:

  • 1:54 – KCLL
  • 3:29 – Agenda
  • 5:15  – RCW 11.130
  • 6:00 – Resources
  • 7:49 – What IS minor guardianship?
  • 9:27  – What changed in 2021?
  • 10:15 – Compared to emergency minor guardianship
  • 11:50 – LCR 98.22 & Family Law Facilitator
  • 13:35 – Overview of minor guardianship
  • 14:35 – EMERGENCY MINOR GUARDIANSHIP
  • 15:47 – Emergency Minor Guardianship Forms
  • 17:46 – Immediate Motion & Order forms
  • 19:50 – Scheduling an Ex Parte hearing
  • 20:56 – MINOR GUARDIANSHIP
  • 21:59 – Minor Guardianship Forms
  • 24:40 – “Served” vs. “Notified”
  • 26:37 – 60-day hearing checklist
  • 28:20  – Responding to minor guardianship
  • 30:41 – Service of process
  • 34:25 – Q&A

Webinar – Introduction to Protection Orders (3/8/2023)

Staff from the King County Superior Court Clerk’s office and the King County Law Library discuss some important procedural aspects of filing for a civil protection order.

Video Highlights:

  • 02:45 – Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) 
  • 05:29 – Types of protection orders
  • 09:18 – Qualifying for a domestic violence protection order (DVPO)
  • 10:27 – RCW 7.105 (new statutes for civil protection orders)
  • 14:33 – Process overview
  • 16:55 – Whom does the POAP help?
  • 19:29 – King County Superior Court Clerk (KCSC)
  • 20:36 – Clerk’s role in the civil protection order process
  • 24:09 – Required documents
  • 24:16 – Emergency vs. non-emergency protection orders
  • 27:04 – How to submit forms
  • 29:13 – After submitting paperwork
  • 30:55 – After the hearing for a temporary order
  • 33:29 – Resources
  • 35:40 – Other things that can be done in KC Script Portal
  • 37:51 – Superior Court Clerk Contact information
  • 38:20 – King County Law Library – Resources
  • 38:40 – Seattle City Attorney – Safety Planning
  • 40:44 – National Domestic Violence Hotline – Create a Safety Plan
  • 42:45 – Prosecuting Attorney’s Office – Protection Order Info
  • 44:02 – Interactive tool for generating forms
  • 47:09 – Q&A

HOW TO… Use Informal Family Law Trials (09/2022)

If you’re involved in a family law case, you may have the option of going through an INFORMAL trial – rather than the typical/formal type. There are plenty of differences, but the general idea is that if both parties agree to it, the actual trial an easier process for non-lawyers. This video will give you a quick introduction.

Video Highlights:

  • 00:36 – What IS an informal family law trial?
  • 01:16 – Can I speak directly to the judge?
  • 02:36 – What evidence does the judge consider?
  • 07:32 – What is the importance of the Case Schedule?
  • 08:15 – What is the pretrial conference order?
  • 11:17 – Who gets to ask questions?
  • 11:50 – Who can be a witness?
  • 13:48 – Can I ask the witness questions?

HOW TO… Work with the King County Superior Court Clerk (07/2022)

In this video, you’ll find a number of helpful tips for working most effectively with the Clerk’s office – including how to submit filings, how to get them to judges, how to submit audio/video files and more!

 

CHAPTERS

  • 00:31 – How do I get documents to the Clerk?
  • 02:48 – How do I get documents (working copies) to the Judge?
  • 05:07 – How can I view documents that have been filed?
  • 07:46 – How do I submit audio or video files as evidence?
  • 09:13 – How do I schedule a hearing for the Judge to consider my motion/evidence?
  • 10:04 – Can I still submit filings in person?

 

LINKS

King County Superior Court Clerk : https://kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk.aspx

Filing documents with the Clerk: https://kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/d…

Accessing court records: https://kingcounty.gov/courts/clerk/a…

KCScript online court record access: https://dja-prd-ecexap1.kingcounty.go…

Superior Court Judge’s mailroom locations: https://kingcounty.gov/courts/superio…

Webinar – Research the Law, Estate Planning (05/25/2022)

Local attorney Evelyn Emanuel introduces us to some of the more common options for estate planning – including wills, trusts and small estate affidavits.  And Librarian Ross Zimmerman goes through some helpful estate planning resources that you can access right from KCLL.org.

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