News & Updates Archive

Blake Refund Bureau Opens

February 1, 2024

In 2021, the Washington State Supreme Court’s decision known as State v. Blake found the Washington law criminalizing drug possession to be unconstitutional.  The Blake Refund Bureau is now accepting applications to refund court-ordered fines or costs paid in connection with drug possession convictions (including marijuana) affected by the Blake… Read more

Help with a Commercial Lease Dispute – Dec. 4 thru Dec. 15

December 8, 2023

If you are a Washington-based small business (<$500k) or non-profit and have a dispute regarding your commercial lease agreement, you may be able to get some free legal advice.  Communities Rise is sponsoring the phone consultations through December 15th. Click on the image below to find more information on the… Read more

Free Bilingual Legal Clinics

October 11, 2023

In partnership with Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW) and King County Bar Association (KCBA), El Centro de la Raza sponsors free legal clinics on the second Wednesday of each month from their offices at Centilia Cultural Center. The volunteer attorneys provide general consultations on a variety of topics including… Read more

Sealed Name Change

More Washington Residents Now Eligible for Sealed Name Changes

August 25, 2023

The Washington state legislature recently expanded who may petition for a sealed name change in the state. The expansion now permits individuals seeking a name change for gender identity and expression purposes, emancipated minors, individuals who have received asylum, refugee or special immigrant juvenile status, and individuals who have experienced… Read more

Free Access: Hornbooks and Nutshell Series Now Available as eBooks

July 7, 2023

Need to quickly brush up on an area of law that you’re not familiar with?  Well you’re in luck!  Both Hornbooks (remember those from law school?) and the famous “Nutshell” series are available remotely as eBooks from the Washington State Law Library.  And all you have to do to check… Read more

Free Financial Literacy Workshops from United Way of King County

June 28, 2023

United Way of King County is sponsoring a pair of free workshops to help low-income renters and previously incarcerated people learn how to improve their credit and better understand their finances.     Free IN-PERSON Credit Score Workshop for Low-Income Renters on July 8th from 1PM – 2PM This workshop… Read more

New Washington Law Helps Former Prisoners Rebuild Their Lives

May 30, 2023

The Washington state legislature has passed a new law intended to help former prisoners re-enter society.  Without affecting restitution to victims, HB 1169 eliminates some mandatory fees that can often be a counter-productive burden for those who are trying to get their lives back on track. You can read the… Read more

New Online Forms: Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Directives

May 24, 2023 has new online, interactive forms for both Durable Power of Attorney documents and Health Care Directives. A power of attorney document lets you choose a trusted friend or relative to help you with your finances or health care decisions.  A Health Care Directive lets you state what kind of… Read more

Get Help for Minor Guardianships

May 22, 2023

The King County Bar Association’s Kinship Care Solutions program provides free legal advice and representation to relatives or significant caregivers trying to set up minor guardianships.  The service is staffed by volunteer attorneys.  Eligibility is income-based and also uses the following criteria:   The length of time the child may… Read more

Books Unbanned Initiative Fights Censorship

May 1, 2023

To help support unlimited and unrestrained access to ebooks and audiobooks, and combat censorship, Seattle Public Library is joining the Brooklyn Public Library in offering free access to its electronic collections for teens and young adults, regardless of where they live.  The offer applies to anyone anywhere in the United… Read more

Problems with the Title to Your Home?

April 24, 2023

Is the deed to your home in YOUR name?   While we may assume that we know the status of our home’s deed, there are many reasons it may not be as clear as we think – and that can create headaches down the road.  This can easily arise when someone… Read more

Need Help Sealing Criminal Records?

April 19, 2023

King County’s Department of Public Defense (DPD) can help!  They can assist sealing both juvenile or even vacating some adult criminal convictions.  You can read about these services HERE. The Dept. of Public Defense actually offers a number of services – you can read all about them HERE. Read more

Get Help with Drug Possession Convictions and LFOs

April 13, 2023

LIVING WITH CONVICTION is a team of individuals that are committed to helping people struggling with the burden of Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) and felony drug possession convictions.  They do not provide legal advice, but they can help you vacate your pre-2021 drug possession felonies (allowed by the State Supreme… Read more

KCLL is Looking for an Outreach Services Attorney

March 31, 2023

Help the King County Law Library make a difference! We’re looking for a creative solution-finder who is ready to make an impact as the Library’s Outreach Services Attorney.   This is an exciting opportunity to help reimagine and promote the library’s access to justice efforts.   Read more

Introduction to Protection Orders

March 21, 2023

If you are in a situation where a protection order of some type is necessary, join Ross Zimmerman from the King County Law Library, Angela Rogness from the Protection Order Advocacy Program, and Susie Harris and Ivan Sandoval from King County Superior Court to learn more about:   the various… Read more

Track Legislative Activity on Your Topic of Interest

January 19, 2023

The 2023 Washington Legislature is now in session – and schedule to end on April 23rd. Local non-profit news source Crosscut has created a really helpful website that allows you to track legislative activity by topic of interest.  At a glance, you can the status of a particular piece of… Read more

12 Free Resources for Legal Professionals

December 15, 2022

The good folks at LexisNexis have collected a dozen free resources that may be of particular interest to legal professionals.  Not only are they handy and informative, but they can also be used to make the world a little better place. For more information, click HERE. And Happy Holidays… Read more

What is a Declaration?

December 14, 2022 has published a new guide explaining what the legal document called a Declaration is, how and when it should and should not be used in a case, and special situations related to declarations. In addition, you can learn how declarations work together with motions and orders by reading through… Read more

The Family Law Help Desk is Coming!

December 6, 2022

The King County Family Law Information Center (FLIC) provides assistance with a variety of family law-related processes including divorce, child support, parenting plans and parenting plan modifications.  FLIC is introducing a new service system affecting both the Seattle and Kent courthouses.  It will launch in January 2023.  In preparation for… Read more

KC Superior Court Clerk’s Office Launches Website Translation Project

October 6, 2022

The King County Department of Judicial Administration, also known as the Superior Court Clerk’s Office, is proud to announce the completion of the first phase of its new Website Translation Project. The project’s goal is to translate key content of the Clerk’s Office website into the top 7 languages spoken… Read more

Appellate Court Public Document Portal Cases

New Wa Appellate Court Public Document Portal Launched

September 19, 2022

The public can access files and documents for cases filed with the Washington Supreme Court and the Washington Courts of Appeal after January 1, 2020 through the Court’s new Appellate Court Public Document Portal.  You will need to know the case number you want to research.  This system does not… Read more

NCLC Explains New Student Loan Relief Options

September 7, 2022

The National Consumer Law Center has published a very useful article describing the twelve most significant changes to the laws and rules governing repaying or canceling student loan debt. You can also access additional digital content from NCLC, including their publication titled Student Loan Law, directly from King County Law… Read more

Cheap Internet Charge Affordable Connectivity Program

Affordable Connectivity Program — Help for Internet Costs

August 22, 2022

Washington State’s Health Care Authority administers an FCC program called the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).   The ACP is designed to make it cheaper for some Washington households to get high-speed Internet access.  If your household qualifies, you can get up to $30/month off of Internet connectivity charges and a one-time… Read more

ACLU WA’s The Future of Abortion in Washington Discussion Available Again

August 8, 2022

In May 2022, ACLU of Washington sponsored a pre-Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization discussion about abortion and reproductive rights.  The speakers included Dr. Erin Berry, Washington State Medical Director, Kia Guarino, Executive Director of  Pro-Choice Washington,  Miranda Varags, board member of Northwest Abortion Access Fund, and Leah Rutman, Health… Read more

Protection Order Forms and Process Changes

August 8, 2022 has a new guide that helps explain the numerous changes made to Washington State’s protection order forms and process in June 2022.  For example, you can now use a single petition to file for a protection order if you have encountered domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault or stalking.  Some… Read more

Worst WA Supreme Court Decisions? There’s A List for That

June 14, 2022

Times change.  And so do sensibilities and values.  So not all legal decisions age as well as one might have expected.  Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Gonzalez has created a list of some decisions that should be (or already have been) changed. You can see the entire list and… Read more

Preparing to Take the LSAT?

May 27, 2022

One of the ways that the King County Bar Association is working to improve the quality of legal representation in the area is by helping deserving legal students with the cost of licensure.  In addition to a limited number of application grants, KCBA is partnering with no less that four… Read more

Resources for Addressing Digital Harassment

May 18, 2022

The spread of technology into so many areas of our lives has opened up new avenues for harassing behavior.  From “cyber-stalking” to “revenge porn,” there are a number of things that we can do to fight back – but where to start?  Here are a few very helpful resources: CYBER… Read more

ON DEMAND WEBINAR: Remembering Japanese Incarceration and the Lies of Executive Order 9066

May 10, 2022

<< CLE Credit: 1.00 Ethics >> Filmmaker Jon Osaki’s documentary “Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066” takes an in-depth look at the legal rationale and evidence that undergirded the issuance of Executive Order 9066, which led to the wartime incarceration of almost 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, and… Read more

Supreme Court Justices Virtual Memorial Service

May 6, 2022

The Washington Supreme Court is hosting a virtual memorial service in honor of three retired justices who passed away between December 2019 and December 2021. The service honoring Justices Walter T. McGovern, Roselle Pekelis and Mary E. Fairhurst will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11.  Read more details… Read more

Article: Seattle’s Eviction Moratorium Has Ended

March 9, 2022

The City of Seattle has ended its moratorium on payment-related evictions.  This Seattle Times article provides a good update on the landscape that local renters may now be facing and also mentions a number of related resources. You can read the article HERE.   Read more

Help with Evictions from

March 1, 2022

If you are a low-income tenant in Washington State, you may be eligible for legal assistance if you are facing eviction or looking for rent assistance.  For details. follow these links: Eviction Help Rental Assistance Read more

Free Access to Reuters Legal News

February 15, 2022

Access breaking and in-depth news about the legal topics via Reuters.  You can now access their content without charge – and if you register for free, you can even customize your views based on topics, entities and columnists. Read the full article HERE. Jump right in to Reuters Legal News… Read more

King County Extends Suspension of In-Person Criminal Trials to 2/11/2022

December 29, 2021

King County Superior Court issued Emergency Order 35 on January 12, 2022, extending the suspension of all in-person criminal trials until February 11, 2022.  The suspension is in response to concerns about the spread of the Omicron Variant of COVID-19 in King County.  Emergency Order 33 regarding all civil trials… Read more

Help for Paying Back Rent — Apply by Dec. 31, 2021

December 16, 2021

Do you need help paying back rent?  In partnership with the King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program and Mary’s Place, the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County is distributing back-rent assistance funding to local families.  Applications for assistance are due to the Boys and Girls Club via… Read more

Free Citizenship Classes at Seattle Public Library

December 15, 2021

SPL is offering free classes for people who are preparing for their citizenship exam.  The virtual classes are available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and English languages. For more information and to register, visit Seattle Public Library’s event calendar HERE.   Read more

Search Law Firm Websites

October 8, 2021

Very often, lawyers write and post very informative articles to their websites or blogs that provide helpful summaries of legal topics.  Running a general Google search will surely include some of these articles in their results – but they will be included with all of the other materials found across… Read more

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: 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