Generally speaking, bankruptcy is a federal courts process designed to help you eliminate certain debt. Through bankruptcy, we can help with credit card debt, car repossessions, harassing phone calls from creditors, lawsuits, judgments and liens. We normally handle bankruptcy cases under either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. We are a Federal [...]


Partnership A Partnership is formed by an association of two or more persons to carry on as co-owners of a business for profit, whether or not a person intends to form a partnership. Joint tenancy, tenancy in common, tenancy by the entireties, joint property, common property, or part ownership does not by itself establish a [...]

Criminal Defense — Classification of Crimes

Felonies Class A: The maximum penalty for a Class A Felony is life in prison and a fifty thousand dollar fine. Class B: The maximum penalty for a Class B Felony is ten years in prison and a twenty thousand dollar fine. Class C: The maximum penalty for a Class C Felony is five years [...]

Signing a Contract

The act of signing a contract or other document is simple. The legal significance of the signed document, however, may have lasting impacts. It is important to know what the agreement is. Understand the writing. The title of a document, or the title of a section, may be ambiguous or even misleading. Read and understand [...]

Criminal Defense — Constitutional Rights

Fourth Amendment Freedom from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that: ‘The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…’ Fifth Amendment The Right to Remain Silent. The Fifth Amendment to the United [...]

Criminal Defense — Court Procedure

First or Preliminary Appearance Typically, at the first or preliminary appearance, a person charged with a crime appears before the judge who will determine whether that person will be released, or whether that person will be held in custody. Generally, if a person is released, the judge will set certain conditions. Should a person fail [...]

Criminal Defense — Courts

Supreme Court The Supreme Court is the highest Court in the State. It has the power to review decisions of the Appellate Courts. The Supreme Court of Washington State is located in Olympia, Washington. Appellate Court The Appellate Courts has the power to review decisions of the Superior Courts. The Washington Appellate Court system is [...]

DUIs and the Do’s & Dont’s

DUI (Driving Under The Influence) In Washington State, a person may commit DUI if he/she operates a vehicle within Washington and (a) the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by an analysis of the person’s breath or blood; (b) the person is under the influence [...]

Land Use

Zoning Zoning is a governing body’s means to regulate the growth and development of a specified area. Zoning may also take the form of restrictions regarding use of property and restrictions regarding construction on real property. A governing body will adopt detailed maps that specify zoned areas, and the uses permitted within zoned areas. Growth [...]