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Free Webinar — Answers to Questions about Unemployment Benefits

March 26, 2020

The Unemployment Law Project is sponsoring a free webinar on Monday, March 30 at 12:00PM (PDT) to provide information about the COVID-19 situation and unemployment benefits in Washington State. This webinar is open to the general public. The webinar will be free and accessible via Zoom at this link:… Read more

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COVID-19 and the Law at WaLawHelp.Org

March 11, 2020

The Northwest Justice Project has added a new law resources page to WashingtonLawHelp regarding COVID-19.  It currently includes the following categories of information: Understanding the Basics Court Schedule Changes and Closures Health Care and Insurance Paid Leave School Info Unemployment Your Job and Coronavirus Read more

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Family Law Facilitators Available by Phone Only

March 10, 2020

Until further notice, the King County Family Law Information Centers in both Seattle and Kent are suspending walk-in hours and will be assisting people by phone only at the following numbers from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon: For Kent cases call: 206-477-2781 For Seattle cases call: 206-477-2553 Read more

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Seattle City Council Votes to Restrict Winter-Time Evictions

February 19, 2020

On Monday, February 12, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a new ordinance that will significantly restrict residential evictions during the winter.  Council Bill 119726, if signed by the Mayor or allowed to pass into law without her signature, will prohibit Seattle landlords from evicting low- and moderate-income tenants for… Read more

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New Full-Service Clinic for LGBTQ Parental Rights

November 6, 2019

The QLaw Foundation of Washington is sponsoring a new, free, full-representation legal clinic called Family Matters to help LGBTQ families get legal orders affirming their legal parental relationships to the children they are raising. Assistance will be provided by both attorneys and social workers and will vary in length depending… Read more

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Notice Loophole a Scary Prospect for Month-to-Month Tenants

October 14, 2019

According to a recent article in Crosscut – Legislators passed eviction protections. Washington landlords found loopholes — a new provision in the recently-revised Residential Landlord-Tenant Act may prove to be a scary prospect for month-to-month tenants. RCW 59.18.410(3)(d) states: “A  tenant  who  has  been  served  with  three  or  more  notices… 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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