News & Updates Archive

Legal Aid for Indigent Tenants Facing Evictions

July 15, 2021

The passage of SB 5160 charged the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) with developing a plan to implement Washington State’s first-in-the-Nation program to provide no-cost legal representation for indigent tenants facing evictions.  OCLA has met the challenge and presented its plan to the Legislature ahead of its 90-day deadline. … Read more

Form Packet for Making a Motion in a Civil Case

July 12, 2021

If you have a civil case in King County Superior Court and need to ask your assigned judge to do something, this packet may be very helpful.  It has instructions and forms for submitting a motion (the way you ask the court to do something) and a proposed order (the… Read more

Learn More About Our Constitution

July 1, 2021

Thanks to the folks at WDET 101.9 FM, Detroit’s NPR station, you can learn more about the US Constitution and Bill of Rights through the WDET Book Club.  Whether you prefer books, films or podcasts, WDET has assembled a great list of resources to help you better understand the documents… Read more

GAO Reports Servicemembers Risk Losing Rights

June 30, 2021

The Government Accountability Office recently reported that servicemembers are at risk of losing valuable rights and protections granted to them by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)  Businesses may ask servicemembers to waive certain rights granted by the SCRA.  Servicemembers are often unaware that they are doing so or have… Read more

Unpaid Tickets No Longer Grounds for License Suspension

June 17, 2021

Unpaid traffic fines will no longer be used as grounds for suspending a person’s driver’s license.  Not only that, but licenses that are already suspended – due to fines or a failure to appear for a noncriminal moving violation – will be reinstated.  This moratorium stems from a recent Thurston… Read more

Emergency Broadband Benefit

May 28, 2021

If your household qualifies, the Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service.  Qualified households on tribal lands will receive up to $75 per month.  Your household can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 towards the purchase of a… Read more

Important Changes to Landlord Tenant Laws

May 24, 2021

The Washington Legislature recently passed a number of important changes to the state’s landlord-tenant laws (generally, at RCW 59.18).  These changes include things like standards for rent repayment plans (as long as the state eviction moratorium is in effect), help for low-income tenants to get legal assistance, support for Eviction… Read more

Behind on Rent? King County Announces New Assistance

May 20, 2021

Low income residents of King County who are behind on their rent can now apply for a new assistance program.  Recipients will be selected in a weekly lottery-style drawing and can can receive up to 12 months of total rent – including up to three months of future rent.  To… Read more

White House Fights to Increase Access to Legal Aid

May 20, 2021

Having legal representation can make all the difference in the world – from keeping someone in their home, to securing proper citizenship status, to protecting people against consumer fraud.  This week, the White House announced that it was reinvigorating federal efforts to provide that critical aid – including a request… Read more

A New Tool for Tracking Felony Cases in King County

March 30, 2021

The King County Prosecutor’s Office has launched an online dashboard that lets you track important data bout the felony cases that they’re pursuing.  The tool is an effort to offer more transparency around the number and types of cases being brought in the County – and how it’s being affected… Read more

Are Kids Placed in Foster Care Unnecessarily?

March 30, 2021

There is an effort to protect family cohesion when they face allegations of neglect or abuse.  The effort includes legislation in Olympia (HB 1227) and seeks to emphasize alternatives to placing children into foster care, where appropriate. You can read the full story HERE. Read more

Seattle Council Votes to Ensure Legal Representation

March 30, 2021

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to guarantee legal representation for people who are facing eviction and and cannot afford their own lawyers.  A recent amendment to the measure simply requires that one sign a statement that they cannot afford their own counsel. You can read the entire story HERE. Read more

Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

March 19, 2021

In an increasingly online world, identity theft has become a greater risk for all of us.  In fact, just recently the personal information of 1.4 million Washingtonians was stolen from a state computer vendor. An article from the Washington State Law Library lays out some helpful steps that you can… Read more

Free Webinar on the Contract Obligations in the age of COVID-19

March 11, 2021

KCLL subscribers have remote access to a growing list of important treatises – and that includes Corbin on Contracts.  Corbin’s publisher LexisNexis is putting on a free 90-minute webinar that will look at the topic of Force Majeure in age of COVID-19.  Covered topics will include rights of recovery, how… Read more

Black History Month: A Collection of Online Resources

February 11, 2021

As we reflect upon and honor the many contributions that have made us a richer nation and region, here are a few suggestions to help celebrate this important month: AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth.gov Black History Month: Legacy Washington Profiles Black History Month at the New York Public Library King County Library System’s Black… Read more

Free Help for your Business Law Questions

February 1, 2021

If you run a small business or nonprofit and have a business-related question for an attorney, you can arrange for a free consultation.  Seattle Public Library and the UW School of Law are collaborating to make these virtual visits possible. For more information and to register, click HERE. Read more

Black History Month: A Celebration of Business Excellence in Washington State

February 1, 2021

The Seattle Public Library is kicking of a series of events to designed to educate, inspire, and celebrate Black-owned businesses.  The first event for this year is scheduled for February 2nd. For more information and to register, click HERE. Read more

You Can Now Access Do-It-Yourself Legal Materials on the KCLL Website!

January 28, 2021

The King County Law Library is proud to announce that we are making the NOLO Press database of DIY (do-it-yourself) legal materials available for free to all King County Residents. The books contain helpful guidance and sample forms on a number of very popular topics.  Titles include “Credit Repair,” “Neighbor… Read more

Learn Virtually with a MOOC!

January 12, 2021

MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are online courses in a variety of disciplines, including the law, which anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can attend. They are free and often less structured than traditional in-person courses. Both of our local public library systems, Seattle Public Library and… Read more

Summary of Eviction Protections

January 7, 2021

In response to COVID-19, governments and agencies at various levels have instituted protections for both residents and small businesses.  Things such as eviction moratoria rental assistance programs continue to be extended and modified, but it’s sometimes hard to keep track of them all.  Local attorneys have created a helpful guide… Read more

New Nonparental Custody Law Implementation Postposed

December 18, 2020

Significant changes were made to our State’s nonparental custody laws in 2020.  The new laws were set to take effect after December 31, 2020 but the King County Superior Court Clerk’s office has recently learned that the implementation of these new laws has been postponed.  For more details about how… Read more

Pick Up Print Outs Curb-Side from SPL and KCLS

December 18, 2020

Both King County Library System and Seattle Public Library are offering curb-side printing pick-ups at select branches for registered users.  If you can’t print from home, take advantage of these COVID-19 work-around services. Curb-side printing pick-up at select SPL branches Curb-side printing pick-up at select KCLS branches Read more

Free 30-Minute Webinar: How to Use HeinOnline!

December 3, 2020

There is a wealth of legal and scholarly information in HeinOnline – one of the resources you can access from the Remote Databases page of our website.  It’s chock full of law review journals, historical documents, 50-state surveys, and much more. Have you never used it?  Now is your chance… Read more

If You’re Facing Eviction, You May Be Protected

November 12, 2020

A recent order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prohibits evictions due to an inability to pay – under certain circumstances.  The Suffolk University Law School has created an interactive questionnaire to help people decide whether they qualify under the federal guidelines.  It also generates a declaration… Read more

Eviction Resolution Program Begins

November 9, 2020

The Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA) work group in partnership with the state Office of Civil Legal Aid has created a new eviction resolution program to assist both tenants and landlords with resolving eviction and housing issues when our State’s eviction moratorium is lifted. Six superior courts in… Read more

Navigating the New Normal — Virtual Washington State Biz Fair on 11/10/2020

November 6, 2020

Washington State’s 24th Annual Biz Fair is going virtual.  Current and aspiring small business owners in Washington State are encouraged to attend this all-day online event to learn about all aspects of small business management, including human resources best practices, packaging and pricing services, selling online and the basics of… Read more

FREE Online Business Development Training

November 6, 2020

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of business development experts working in communities across Washington State to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business. SBDC offers a variety of free e-Learning business development webinars covering such topics as business planning, financial… Read more

Most Jail Inmates Can Vote in King County

October 29, 2020

Most of the inmates being held in King County Jail are actually eligible to vote – although many of them do not know it.  Defense attorneys, advocates and election officials are reaching out to eligible inmates to help them have a voice in this year’s elections. You can read the… Read more

Aid for Former Extended Foster Care Program Youth

October 2, 2020

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families is looking for help in identifying youth who will age out of or have aged out of Extended Foster Care at age 21, between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020. The Department of Commerce: Office of Homeless Youth is seeking… Read more

New Virtual King County Civil Protection Order Office

October 2, 2020

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, anyone seeking a civil protection order will need to use the King County Superior Court Clerk’s new Virtual Civil Protection Order Office.  They will be able to submit their protection order petitions, have them reviewed by the Clerk via live conversation and receive real-time customer service. … Read more

REPORT: Legal Cybersecurity in the Digital Age

September 30, 2020

Most of us know that our digital communications face a number of threats these days – from data breaches and hacks, to public and private surveillance.  These risks also threaten the confidentiality of attorney-client relationships.  The ACLU of New York has written a report that outlines steps that can be… Read more

State Supreme Court Abruptly Ends LLLT Program

July 6, 2020

Without public debate or a formal hearing on the topic, the Washington State Supreme Court decided last month to end the Limited Licence Legal Technician (LLLT) program.  The June letter ends a program that broadened access to legal representation and served as a model for other states across the nation.   Please… Read more

Immigration Status and Benefits Eligibility

June 8, 2020

With help from two partners, the City of Seattle Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs has complied a spreadsheet that can help you determine what benefits a person is eligible for based on their immigration status.   The spreadsheet no substitute for legal advice, but is rather intended as a… Read more