Our Washington State attorneys handle cases throughout the Greater Puget Sound Region. No one wakes up in the morning hoping that they are going to need a lawyer. But, life has a way of throwing nasty curve balls sometimes. When that happens to you, we’re here to help. Our lawyers have decades of combined legal experience.
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There are countless situations in life where help from a lawyer is not only warranted, but absolutely necessary. Some of these events are potentially life-altering, so you need to find an attorney whom you can trust to work hard on your behalf. You need an attorney with the resources and the experience who fight to ensure the best possible legal outcome to your case. Our lawyers will do everything legal possible in order to ensure that your case is successfully resolved.
At the Law Office of Jason S. Newcombe, we earn your trust by aggressively pursuing your personal interests while using and leveraging our more than 50 years of collective legal experience. Washington State law is often complex, and most of the people we represent have never seen the inside of a courtroom. This is why our experience is so valuable – because we understand how our local courts here in Western Washington work, and we will help you to understand what to expect as your legal journey unfolds. We will be with you on every step of your climb.
We treat every client with the upmost respect and compassion. No case is too big or too small because we know that how your case is resolved is of the utmost importance to you. We care about the outcome of your case, which is why we aggressively fight on behalf of every client. The best Washington State lawyers can never make guarantees, but they all agree that every client deserves their best effort.
From our centrally located legal services offices in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, and Olympia, we serve clients throughout King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, Thurston County, and Kitsap County.
If you or someone in your family is in need of a skilled and experienced Washington State lawyer, contact our office for immediate assistance. We offer a free consultation for any legal matter, which is designed to help you better understand your situation. Once you're armed with the facts, you can decide whether to work with one our professional litigators.
If you trying to get some basic information about the law as it relates to the specific facts and circumstances of your case, we suggest the following resources. The Washington State Attorney General’s website provides a tremendous amount of incredibly practical and valuable information regarding our laws and their enforcement. If you have questions about Washington State’s laws, they are organized by topic in what is commonly referred to as the RCW (The " Revised Code of Washington "). The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is an organized collection of the permanent and enforceable laws of this state.
The Washington State Court’s website is one of the most valuable resources currently available on the internet for individuals seeking information regarding our court system. It contains an astonishing amount of useful links to all sorts of remarkably helpful material, including forms for nearly all divorce and family law related matters, including child support, child custody, spousal maintenance, paternity, temporary orders, protection orders, parenting plans, and child relocation matters.
The Washington State Court’s site also has very detailed information about all of the Courts of Washington, including all of its criminal courts. You can also find criminal misdemeanor forms and wage garnishment forms .
If you are looking for information about filing for bankruptcy, there are lot of useful sites out there. But, we also advise people that there seems to be an inordinate amount of inaccurate information out the world web when it comes bankruptcy. There are a few, however, that we recommend.
First, we strongly encourage you to visit the site of one of our local bankruptcy courts, either the United State Bankruptcy Court – Western Division or the United State Bankruptcy Court – Eastern Division . The United State’s Bankruptcy Court webpage also contains an insane amount of really helpful advice and valuable information regarding the Federal Bankruptcy laws and how they apply.
Whether you are looking for information about "Bankruptcy Basics", Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy protection and relief, this site is one of the most helpful we have every found. We also recommend the Federal Trade Commission’s article regarding Filing for Bankruptcy: What you need to know.
We encourage you to take your time when deciding on a lawyer. As mentioned above, trust in your attorney is often directly related to the outcome of your case. Why? Well, the truth is your lawyer may not always tell you what you want to hear, but we will always what you NEED to hear. When that times comes, trust that your lawyer is fighting for your best interests will help you make rational decisions that may have a dramatic impact on your life.
Contact our one of our Washington State law offices for your free consultation, and decide if you would like one of our attorneys to act as your personal advocate with the Washington Court. Our primary goal in every case is to seek the best-possible outcome, even if we have to take a case all the way to trial. The Washington State court system is complicated, and every case is unique. Our lawyers have the resources and the experience to help with any case that involving divorce and family law issues, criminal defense, DUI, personal injury matters, bankruptcy and consumer debtor cases, traffic infractions, and speeding tickets.
Local legal services in Washington State
We have law offices in Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Olympia, and Everett. You'll find hard-working attorneys in each location who are dedicated to helping clients resolve their case. What follows is a brief overview of each law office and the areas of law our lawyers practice.
Our legal services offices are conveniently located throughout the Greater Puget Sound Region. From our law offices in Seattle, Everett, Bellevue, Tacoma, and Olympia we serve all of King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County, and Thurston County.
Seattle, Washington – Seattle is the largest city in Washington State, and the seat of King County. Like you, we take great pride in this great city, and enjoy the many facets of city life in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle boasts a robust economy that just seems to be getting stronger with each passing year. The City of Seattle website has a lot of very helpful and useful information, about the city’s government, as well as its laws, regulations, and procedures.
Our King County lawyers represent Seattle residents who need help with issues like family law, divorce, criminal defense, DUI defense, bankruptcy, and traffic tickets. Most of the Seattle clients we represent have little knowledge of how the courts work, so we take extra care to ensure you know what to expect as the process unfolds.
Cases involving traffic tickets and minor offenses are often heard in the Seattle Municipal Court. Criminal cases, family law matters, and divorce cases are heard in a higher court. The King County District Court is one of 39 in Washington State, and they have limited jurisdiction over some traffic infractions, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, criminal traffic citations, civil cases valued under $100,000, and small claims.
The King County Superior Court is one of 39 such courts in Washington State, and is the trial court for Seattle residents. This court handles cases involving criminal matters, civil cases valued over $75,000, estate and probate issues, family law cases, divorce, juvenile cases, and felonies. Bankruptcy cases are heard in the Bankruptcy Court of Western Washington.
Seattle is beautiful place to work and live. Like many major metropolitan areas, however, it is suffering from crime. The City of Seattle maintains an excellent webpage devoted to compiling Seattle crime statistics . And, it provides a link so that the public can see what happening in regards to criminal activity, which is broken down neighborhood by neighborhood.
If you would like more information about your legal matter, contact one of our Seattle attorneys for a free consultation today.
Bellevue, Washington – Bellevue is located in King County, and as the third-largest city in the Seattle Metro Area, it's a fantastic place to live or own a business. Still, with a large, growing population, there are countless reasons why residents require help from an attorney every now and then.
Our Bellevue lawyers represent clients who need help with legal issues involving family law, divorce, DUI, criminal defense, bankruptcy, and traffic tickets. Most of the King County residents we represent have little understanding of how the law applies to their situation. So, what should you expect as the legal process unfolds?
Legal matters in Washington State are handled by the courts. Situations involving traffic tickets and minor offenses that happen within the Bellevue city jurisdiction are often heard in the Bellevue Municipal Court. The Bellevue Municipal Court cases are heard in the same building as the
The King County District Court, East Division, Bellevue Facility, is located on the Eastside of King County. The District Court Courthouse is located at 1309 114th Avenue SE, Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98004. There are over 40 district courts throughout Washington State, and they handle cases involving traffic infractions, criminal traffic citations, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, civil cases valued under $100,000, and small claims. Felony criminal cases and divorce cases, including family law matters, are heard in a higher county court.
The King County Superior Court is located in downtown Seattle, and is one of 39 such courts in the State of Washington. It is also the trial court for people living in Bellevue. The King Country Superior Court handles cases involving criminal offenses, family law cases, divorce, juvenile cases, civil cases valued over $75,000, probate issues, and felonies. Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases are handled by the Bankruptcy Court of Western Washington.
Bellevue is well-known for the cultural diversity of its population. If you are looking for some really good demographic data about the City of Bellevue, we believe that city’s demographic data webpage is one of the best available sources of information. According to the most recently compiled statistical data, over one-third of Bellevue’s population is foreign born. And, with just over 50% of its population identifying as being of a minority race, Bellevue is one of Washington State’s most culturally diverse cities, especially when it comes to cities with a population of over 100,000.
The Bellevue City Attorney’s Office provides a lot of good information about the legal services division of the city government. If you would like more information about the courts or how the law applies to your situation, contact one of our King County attorneys for a free consultation. If you are looking for more information about City of Bellevue and its many amenities and resources, we suggest the Visit Bellevue website.
Tacoma, Washington – Tacoma is an integral part of the Seattle Metro Area, and with a population of more than 200,000, it's also one of the largest cities in the state of Washington. Like many other parts of Western Washington, Tacoma boasts a mild annual climate and has all of the benefits that comes with living in a city so near endless outdoor destinations.
Our Pierce County lawyers are ready help you deal with legal matters involving DUI, criminal defense, bankruptcy, traffic tickets, divorce, and family law. With more than 50 years of collective experience, there aren't many situations involving the law that our Tacoma lawyers haven't handled. We are ready to do the same for you.
Throughout Washington State, various courts handle various legal matters depending on their jurisdiction. The Tacoma Municipal Court handles cases involving traffic citations and minor crimes within city limits. If you're out of municipal jurisdiction but still in Pierce County, these offenses are heard by the Pierce County District Court.
The Pierce County District Court also handles cases involving criminal traffic citations, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, small claims, and civil cases valued at less than $100,000. Every county in Washington State has its own District Court, which means there are 39 total. Though, some District Courts, such as the King County District, have more than one division and location.
There are also 39 Superior Courts in Washington State. The Pierce County Superior Court deals with legal matters that include criminal offenses, felonies, family law cases (including divorce), juvenile cases, and civil cases valued at more than $75,000. Cases involving Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy are handles in the Bankruptcy Court of Western Washington, which is a federal court.
The City of Tacoma website provides a ton of very useful information regarding the local government, the city’s legal regulations, Tacoma crime and criminal statistics, the Tacoma Municipal Code, the City Attorney’s Office, including its "Prosecutor Division ", as well many other helpful links to a wide variety of resources discussing numerous matters, both legal and non-legal related.
If you would like more information about assistance with any legal matter within the firm’s primary practice areas, including divorce and family law related legal issues, criminal cases, drunk driving matters, personal debt and debtor bankruptcy cases, personal injury causes of action, speeding violations, or traffic tickets, contact our Tacoma law office today and speak with one of our Pierce County lawyers without cost or obligation.
Like a lot Washington State’s growing cities, Tacoma faces ongoing and increasing traffic problems. Construction projects appear to be everywhere, along with the attendant congestion that always accompanies such work. The Washington State Department of Transportation has installed a number of cameras throughout Pierce County. The Tacoma Traffic Camera’s page provides continuous video updates from these feeds that will assist you in avoiding traffic jams while planning your commute.
Sometimes, however, "the nightmare" happens. There you are just trying to get to work on time, or to an important appointment, or perhaps you are simply getting an errand done when all of a sudden those horrifying red and blue lights suddenly light up in your rearview mirror. When this happens our Tacoma traffic lawyers are her to help. We handle all Pierce County speeding tickets and traffic violations.
If you are simply looking for really good general information about City of Tacoma, as well as the numerous activities and attractions it offers, we recommend the Travel Tacoma website.
Olympia, Washington – Olympia is the capital of Washington, and with a population of less than 50,000 it maintains a small-town charm that's just not possible in the larger metropolitan areas of Western Washington. Olympia boasts numerous conservation areas, as well as as numerous outdoor activities and recreational areas, making it perfect for people who love spending time in nature, but don't want to forego the many conveniences of living in a larger community.
The City of Olympia’s local government website is a great resource for information about the city government, including the local court system. It also contains links to the City of Olympia Municipal Court, the Olympia Municipal Code, and the public defender’s office .
Our Thurston County lawyers are ready to help you address legal matters that include bankruptcy, divorce, criminal defense, DUI, traffic tickets, and family law matters. We have decades of collective Olympia legal experience, and we can help you resolve your legal issues so that you can move forward with your life.
In Washington State, legal matters are handled by Municipal Courts, District Courts, Superior Courts, and the Bankruptcy Court. If you're dealing with a traffic citation or were charged with a minor crime within the jurisdiction of Olympia, you will likely be dealing with the Olympia Municipal Court. If you're not in city limits, but still within Thurston County, then your case will likely be heard in the Thurston County District Court .
The Thurston County District Court also hears cases involving misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, small claims, criminal traffic citations, and civil cases valued at under $100,000. There are 39 district courts in Washington State, one for every county.
The Thurston County Superior Court handles more serious legal matters including felonies, family law and divorce cases, civil cases valued at more than $75,000, and cases involving minors. If you're considering filing for either Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your case will be heard in the Bankruptcy Court of Western Washington.
If you have questions about the law, contact one of our Olympia lawyers for a free consultation, and get the help you need to protect your legal rights.
Everett, Washington – Our team of attorneys and dedicated legal professionals have decades of combined legal experience practicing law in the City of Everett, Washington. From our centrally located legal services offices in downtown Everett, we assist clients with every type legal matter related to divorce and family law, criminal and DUI law, bankruptcy and consumer debt law, and personal injury law. We also handle all Snohomish County and Everett traffic infractions, including all speeding ticket and driving too fast related violations.
Everett is the central hub of nearly all Snohomish County Government activity and operations. As the seventh largest city in the State of Washington, it's obvious why so many people choose this area to live or to start a business. Everett continues to grow and expand, and with its proximity to Seattle and the many wonders of the Puget Sound, there is little reason to think that this growth won't continue. Boeing and it’s Everett Production Facility is by far the largest employer in all of Snohomish County. And the region’s aerospace sector is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
As a Washington State resident, you already know that legal matters are handled by the courts. Each court in Washington has it's own jurisdiction, so you will want to know which court will be handling your case.
Every city in Washington has its own municipal court that handles cases involving traffic citations and minor crimes, if the offense was committed within city limits. Everett is no different, so these matters are handled in the Everett Municipal Court . All City of Everett traffic tickets that are issued by local law enforcement (City of Everett police officers) are heard in the municipal court.
If you commit these offenses in Snohomish County, but outside of Everett's jurisdiction, your case will likely be heard in the Snohomish County District Court . There are 39 district courts in Washington that handle cases involving misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, small claims, all Snohomish County traffic infractions and speeding tickets, all criminal traffic violations, and civil cases valued at less than $100,000.
The Snohomish County District Courts are broken out into four divisions. The Cascade Division, which is located in Arlington and is also known as the "North County" Division. The Everett Division, which is located in Everett and is also referred to as the "Central County" Division. The Evergreen Division, which is located in Monroe and is also known as the "East County" Division. And, the South Division, which is located in Lynnwood and is frequently called the "South County" Division.
There are also 39 Superior Courts in Washington. The Snohomish County Superior Court handles cases involving family law and divorce cases, civil cases valued at more than $75,000, felonies, and cases involving juveniles. Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases are heard in the Bankruptcy Court of Western Washington.
Our Snohomish County lawyers can help you confront legal matters that include divorce, family law, criminal defense, DUI, traffic tickets, and bankruptcy. We understand that dealing with the law is often confusing and frustrating, so we aim to remove the mystery so that you can make sound decisions regarding your future.
If you would like more information about any of these legal matters, contact an attorney in our Everett law office for a free consultation.
Everett is a beautiful city in which to work and play. And, all of the most recently compiled statistical data for the City Everett indicates that it is a thriving and growing city. Everett is also home to one of the Everett Naval Station . If you are looking for some really good historical information about the Everett Naval Station, we recommend the Wikipedia page, which details both its history and it’s current operations.
Get reliable information from our Washington criminal attorneys.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with a crime, the future is uncertain. This may be the hardest part of dealing with a criminal charge, but you can't let it immobilize you. Most of our Washington clients have never been convicted of a crime, and are shocked when they find themselves caught up in a criminal case.
Our Washington criminal defense lawyers will help you defend yourself against common drunk driving charges like DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, physical control violations, and negligent driving in the first or second degree. We are also experienced handling criminal cases involving malicious mischief, harassment, and domestic violence. You should contact us immediately if you've been charged with a drug-relate crime like possession, minor in possession, or trafficking. And if you've been accused of a crime of dishonesty like burglary, fraud, theft, shoplifting, or forgery, contact one of our Washington State law offices without delay.
Our Washington criminal defense attorneys will never tell you what want to hear. We will only tell you what you NEED to hear, which may mean that we have to give you bad news from time to time. However, it also means that you are getting reliable legal counsel when you need it most, and can rely on the information you're given to make better choices.
Our Washington criminal defense lawyers will take your case all the way to trial, if that becomes our only option, so you can count on us being by your side from start to finish. Whatever the outcome of your criminal case, you can have confidence that you're getting reliable legal counsel from a team of professional lawyers who care about the end result.
Our Washington criminal lawyers are ready to help you resolve your case.
Why choose our team of Washington criminal attorneys to represent you? With more than thirty years of collective experience handling complex criminal cases in Washington, we are uniquely poised to provide you with dependable legal guidance. As experienced Washington criminal defense attorneys, we will aggressively fight to protect your legal rights while acting as your personal advocate with the prosecutor and courts.
If you've been charged with any misdemeanor or felony crime, contact one of our Washington criminal defense lawyers today. Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys and take the first step toward resolving your case.
Our Washington criminal defense attorneys understand felony and misdemeanor crimes.
Our Washington criminal lawyers can handle almost any misdemeanor or felony situation. Criminal charges differ from case to case, so you may find the following information helpful.
Don't let a criminal charge derail your life. Contact one of our Washington State lawyers today for a free consultation.DUI Washington State DUI lawyers
Getting a handle on your Washington State DUI
Being arrested for a Washington State drunk driving crime can leave you reeling, making you feel like your entire life has been turned inside out. Most people facing a potential DUI conviction in Washington have no prior police record and have never seen the inside of a Washington courtroom or jail cell. Indeed, most folks charged with a WA drunk driving crime are just regular people who suddenly find themselves unprepared for the life-altering aftermath of an Washington DUI arrest.
If you were recently charged with a drunk driving offense, our Washington DUI attorneys understand the wide range of emotions you're currently experiencing. Our team of professional litigators handle hundreds of cases just like yours every year, so we know how draining the whole experience can be.
Remember this fact: You are NOT a criminal.
Many Washington drivers whom we represent made an error in judgment on the night of their arrest, and some express that there was no reason for their arrest in the first place. Our Washington attorneys will aggressively protect your interests if you've been charged with DUI, reckless driving, negligent driving, racing, marijuana DUI, or a physical control violation.
Our compassionate Washington DUI lawyers will listen to your story, help you build a legal defense, and protect your rights. You are currently facing a great deal of uncertainty because of your Washington DUI arrest, so attempting to represent yourself will likely lead to unwanted stress. When you work alongside one of our qualified Washington DUI attorneys, you remove the burden and hassle of dealing with the court while placing it upon the shoulders of experienced legal professionals.
Consider this - if you have an electrical problem in your home, you call on an experienced Washington electrician to fix it.
When dealing with the prospect of a criminal conviction, time behind bars, and a fortune in fines, hiring an Washington legal professional makes even more sense. The rest of your life will be affected by the outcome of your case, and only a qualified legal professional with real-world experience is equipped to deal with the court on your behalf. Our Washington DUI lawyers are experienced litigators who will aggressively defend your rights, and resolve your case, by dealing with the prosecutor and the Washington Court.Divorce Washington State divorce lawyers
Don’t take chances with your future – contact one of our Washington State Divorce Attorneys today.
From the moment you first consider a divorce in Washington State, there are many questions that run through your mind. These questions revolve around important issues dealing with spousal maintenance (alimony), and the division of property. If children are involved in the divorce then you will also wonder about child support and child custody, and the emotional strain that a contested divorce might cause your kids.
These questions can seem overwhelming, leading to stress and worry. Getting answers can ease your mind, but only someone who has an intimate knowledge of the law can provide you with realistic information regarding divorce in Washington State.
With more than 50 years of collective experience, our Washington lawyers can help you with complex issues like property division, child custody and support, and alimony. Our divorce attorneys can also offer assistance handling child relocation issues, protection orders, restraining orders, and with divorces involving large assets. You should also contact one of our conveniently located Washington State law offices immediately if you need help with court orders, contempt motions, and same sex divorce.
Our Washington State divorce attorneys are skilled professionals that understand the stakes that are involved in every divorce. While many people have similar questions when starting down the path toward a divorce, no two situations are ever the same.
Also, Washington State divorce law is written so as to be somewhat vague, giving the court leeway when rendering final decisions. For these reasons, it makes sense to talk to one of our qualified Washington State attorneys about your circumstances, and start getting some information that is truly valuable.
If you have questions about your divorce or family law case, we encourage you to call our legal offices for an initial consultation. If you are simply looking for general information about Washington State divorce and family law, however, the " Washington Law Help" is a tremendously helpful source of good general information. And, if you are looking for some good basic information about filing for bankruptcy in Washington State, including whether or not you can qualify, we recommend the Washington Law Help Consumer Debt page.
Contact our law office for an initial consultation and get some answers to your most important questions.
You can get some useful legal information today by simply contacting us for a free case evaluation regarding your Washington divorce. If you choose to retain one of our professional attorneys they will act as your personal advocate throughout the divorce process, and make sure that you are treated fairly – according to the law.
At the start of the divorce process, your Washington State attorney will take the time needed to help you ascertain your most important goals. From there they will be at your side throughout negotiations with your ex-spouse and their lawyer.
Our attorneys also take pride in helping their Washington client’s transition into their new lives, and seek to assist them in dealing with the emotional strain a divorce can cause. Contact us today with your most urgent concerns, and let us help you come to a better understanding of the law.
Don’t take chances when it comes to your family – contact one of our Washington State Family law Attorneys today.
Whenever a family law issue arises, there are many questions that demand answers. These questions revolve around important issues dealing with child support, visitation rights, paternity, and child custody, and the outcome affects the lives of everyone involved.
Family law problems can seem overwhelming, leading to stress and anxiety. Answers have the ability to ease your mind, but only someone who has an intimate knowledge of the law can provide you with realistic information regarding family law in Washington State.
Our Washington State family law attorneys are skilled professionals that understand the stakes when important family issues arise. Whether you are dealing with a divorce, or an issue that arises at a later date, no two situations are ever the same. In addition, Washington family law is written so as to be somewhat vague, giving the court a certain amount of latitude when rendering decisions. For these reasons, it makes sense to talk to one of our qualified lawyers about your situation, and start getting some information that will help you better understand your best course of action.
Contact our law office for a free case evaluation today and start getting some useful information regarding family law.
You can start getting answers today by simply contacting us for an initial case evaluation. If you choose to retain one of our professional lawyers they will act as your personal advocate throughout your family law case, and make sure that you are treated fairly – according to the law.
At the start of the process, your quailed and experienced attorney will take some time to help you realize your most important goals. From then on, they will be at your side throughout negotiations with your ex-spouse and their lawyer, until your case is resolved.
Our team of professionals also takes pride in helping their client’s deal with the emotional strain a family law case can cause, including divorce situations. Contact us today with your most urgent questions, and let us help you come to a better understanding of Washington’s complex family laws.
Our Washington Family Law Lawyers can help you when problems arise.
Family law issues present some of the most stressful and emotionally draining experiences a person will face in their lifetime. Family law issues can arise during a divorce and well after it’s been finalized, always instilling a great deal of uncertainty about the future.
If you are going through a divorce or facing uncertainty over a family law matter, you are undoubtedly aware of the stakes involved. Our team of Washington family law lawyers can help you navigate these complex waters, and will fight to resolve your case favorably.
One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with any family law issue is negotiations with your ex-spouse and their lawyer. During these negotiations it is essential that you maintain a calm demeanor while focusing on your own needs, and those of your children. While keeping a calm disposition may not always be easy, your attorney will be at your side throughout this difficult process.
Talk to one of our Washington Family law professionals today and take the first step.
You might be surprised at how much a little information can do to make you feel more confident if you are facing a serious family law matter or a divorce. Confusion about family law is common, but these laws are written to be vague so that judges can use their own discretion when rendering a decision.
All of which underscores how important it is to come to an understanding of how Washington family law applies to your circumstances. You can start getting answers from a qualified family law attorney today by simply contacting our office for a free case evaluation.
Without any risk or obligation, you can start laying the groundwork for your case by getting some realistic answers based on the law. If you retain one of our legal professionals they will start work immediately on your case by helping you to identify your goals, and then pursuing all avenues to resolve your family law case with those goals in mind.
Contact one of our Washington family law professionals today, and get some information that will help you make a decision regarding your children’s future.Bankruptcy Washington State bankruptcy lawyers
If you are struggling with paying your debt and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, you probably find it to be impossibly oppressive and think there must be some way out of it. You may try talking to a creditor, offering to pay what you can, only to get shot down.
The idea of filing bankruptcy may make you afraid you will make your creditors angry and that people will judge you. You may even be judging yourself negatively. The decision to file bankruptcy is very emotional, but if you choose to file, you will find that it provides you with the opportunity for a fresh start.
The bankruptcy courts are offer a rational solution to money problems so that you don't have to live in a hopeless situation. You are provided with an opportunity to once again be financially productive and stable. Creditors will be forced to stop the harassing phone calls and threats. They will also know where they stand in relation to your debt and find out what money they are entitled to, if any. Bankruptcy is a legal way to get a fresh start financially
Just talking to a bankruptcy lawyer may relieve you from your unbearable stress. Most of our clients are surprised to find out that they can be relieved of unmanageable debt while keeping all your property.
As you prepare for bankruptcy, you will learn what debt you can stop paying immediately and what debt you should keep paying. You will learn that bankruptcy is a powerful weapon against creditors who have no choice but to live with the laws that are designed to protect you. You will also learn whether you can, or should, file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
What happens when you file for bankruptcy?
A bankruptcy case starts by filing lists of your debt, property, income and expenses with the bankruptcy court. The second you file your case all debt collection must stop. Creditors face stiff penalties if they continue to call you, continue law suits and garnishments, foreclose, repossess your car, cut off your utilities. The "automatic stay" entered immediately upon filing your case stops all attempts to collect debt, with a few exceptions.
A trustee is appointed to administer your case. Usually debtors have only one short meeting with the trustee. Final decisions are made by bankruptcy judges but it is unlikely you will have to go to court. The final order entered in your case is called a discharge. It prohibits creditors from ever trying to collect from you again. Some debt, such as student loans, taxes, domestic support obligations like child support and spousal maintenance and fines cannot be discharged.
There are two kinds of bankruptcy for most consumers. A Chapter 7 is the cheapest and easiest kind. If creditors receive any money in a Chapter 7, it is from selling some of your property to pay what the trustee can. Most people keep all their property in a Chapter 7 because bankruptcy law exempts the property you need for an effective fresh start.
To qualify for Chapter 7, you have to pass a "means test". If you make over the median income for your state and household size, you have to go through a means test to determine whether you have any money left over in your budget after deducting expenses, some of which are set by IRS tax collection regulations. If you are under the median income, you do not have to fill out the means test but you do have to show that you cannot pay your debt based on projected income. The means test only covers your last six months’ income.
You can keep a car or a house in a Chapter 7 if you are able to keep making the payments. Most cars that are paid in full are covered by exemptions and cannot be taken by the trustee. However, if you have more than one or two cars you may not be able to protect them unless they have fairly low values. A Chapter 7 usually lasts only about three months.
What is Chapter 13 bankruptcy?
A Chapter 13 is a debt consolidation and repayment plan. You can catch up on late mortgage payments and get out of foreclosure with a Chapter 13. You can also consolidate your car loan and lower your car payments significantly in Chapter 13. All your debt must be included in a Chapter 13 including taxes, back child support and alimony, student loans – everything. Your payments are based on your ability to pay. Some debt such as credit cards, medical bills and pay day loans (known as unsecured debt because it is not secured, or backed up, by property) is paid pennies on the dollar – anywhere from 0% to 100% depending on your ability to pay.
Most non-bankruptcy consolidation plans only deal with some of your debt. They are also notoriously unreliable. In a Chapter 13, you receive a discharge at the end of your case. A discharge is a federal court order that creditors can’t argue with as long as they were listed in your bankruptcy. Even if you have a high income and pay 100% of your debt, Chapter 13 is often a good option for someone in financial trouble. It gives you legal certainty, stops garnishments, foreclosures, repossessions and other emergencies and eliminates fees and interest.
A Chapter 13 is more complicated than a Chapter 13. You may have more hearings in a Chapter 13 though you probably will not have to attend them. You propose a plan and the trustee and creditors can object to it. Your plan must be confirmed by the bankruptcy judge. It is very hard to confirm a Chapter 13 plan without an attorney. Once your plan is confirmed, you are set. You keep making the payments for three to five years. However, you are able to modify the plan if your income drops. If it drops a lot, you can also convert your case to Chapter 7.
Contact one of our Washington State Lawyers to find out what we can do for you
If you would like to find out whether it's possible for you to crawl out from under insurmountable debt by declaring bankruptcy, contact one of our Washington State law offices for a free consultation.Traffic Tickets Washington State traffic ticket lawyers
There is only one way to say it – getting a traffic ticket sucks. Not only will you have to pay the ticket, you're auto insurance rates will likely go through the roof. If you have points on your driving record, you may even be subject to a driver's license suspension in Washington State.
Our traffic ticket lawyers in Washington often encounter situations where a driver was issued a traffic citation without warrant. Sometimes the motorist admits they were doing something wrong, but are trying to mitigate the damage. Either way, we often hear the same question, "Can I fight a Washington traffic ticket?"
The answer is, "yes." However, the best Washington lawyers would all agree that it's becoming increasingly difficult in many municipalities and counties to get traffic citations overturned. Still, it makes sense to do whatever you can to minimize the repercussions of a traffic ticket, whether by having it dismissed or preventing it from appearing on your driving record.
Some of the most common traffic citations we encounter include speeding, running a stop sign or red light, negligent driving, and HOV violations. Our Washington State traffic ticket lawyers understand how the various Municipal and District Courts function, and we can help prepare you for what to expect.
Your lawyer will first ascertain whether your ticket can be dismissed outright. If this is not possible, they will then mitigate the damage by seeking to prevent the citation from appearing on your driving record. If successful, this will prevent your auto insurance rates from going up due to the infraction. One of the best reasons to work with one of our Washington lawyers is because they handle all of the legwork. Not only will you save time and money, you most likely won't even have to appear in court.
Our Washington State legal team handles countless traffic ticket cases every year. We have seen firsthand how costly any traffic citation can be, so we urge you to take advantage of our free consultation offer and get a professional legal viewpoint concerning your ticket.
If you choose to retain our services, we charge an affordable flat fee of $300 to $400, depending on the nature of the infraction. We approach every traffic ticket case with the perspective that it can be resolved, and will do whatever the law allows to pursue a favorable outcome. If you choose to simply pay the ticket without a price, you may end up paying far more than three or four hundred dollars in the long run.
Contact any of our law offices in Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Olympia, or Bellevue, and one of our Washington State lawyers will answer your questions without any cost. Let us handle your traffic ticket, so that you don't have to appear in court or risk missing an important deadline.Breaking down Washington State traffic tickets
Did you get a traffic ticket? Check out these Washington State citations, find yours on the list, and get more information about that particular offense. When you're done, contact one of our law offices for further assistance.
Speeding is the most common traffic ticket most everywhere in America, and Washington State is no different. If you travel above the posted speed limit, you're speeding, but you may not know that it's often possible to fight a speeding ticket. You don't want this citation on your driving record, so contact one of our Washington lawyers today for assistance.
Speeding in a school zone is going to get in trouble, and the fine will be double what it would be for regular speeding. Even going just a few miles per hour over the speed limit in a school zone can result in this ticket, so you know the police aren't messing around when it comes to children's safety. If you've received a citation for speeding in a school zone, you need to contact an attorney immediately.
Speeding in a construction zone is a lot like speeding in a school zone because you get fined double for the offense. The idea is to protect workers, but you can be cited for this infraction even on days when there isn't a worker anywhere near the construction zone. This is obviously confusing, and could lead to a traffic ticket that you don't feel as though you deserve. Get help fighting back from one of our professional lawyers.
Driving too fast for conditions is not speeding, because you may be traveling below the posted speed limit and still receive this ticket. As a motorist, you are supposed to be aware of road conditions, and when it's snowing, raining, or traffic is heavy, you should slow down to a safe speed. There are other reasons when slower speeds are also warranted, and if you're in an accident when road conditions warrant extra caution, you may get this ticket. Since this is up to one police officer's discretion, you should definitely speak with a lawyer about your situation.
Following too close is annoying, but most of the time these tickets are reserved for driver's who rear-end another motorist. In these situations it is presumed that the accident could have been avoided had you been driving at a safe distance from the car in front of you. However, this may or may not be true. There are any number of reasons why you may have rear-ended another motor vehicle, so contact our law office if you feel like you were unjustly cited for this offense.
Negligent driving in the second degree is the most serious infraction a driver can be charged with in the State of Washington. You should do everything possible to avoid negligent driving from appearing on your driving record. This is even more relevant if you have any previous tickets. Keep in mind that this infraction is subjective, which means that one police officer often cites a driver for second degree negligent driving at their own discretion. All they have to think is that you were endangering other people or property, which means there is plenty of room for error. Contact one of our Washington State traffic ticket lawyers if you've been charged with this infraction.
Failure to obey a traffic control device applies to any time a driver ignores a traffic sign. If the sign says "right turn only" and you make a right turn anyway, you may receive this traffic citation. Even pedestrians and bicyclists are subject to these traffic tickets, but sometimes people make honest mistakes and don't even see the sign in question. This is especially true when drivers are in an unfamiliar part of the state, so speak with one of our lawyers to find out if you can fight this ticket.
HOV violations are when you drive by yourself in the carpool lane, which is why it's sometimes called the "carpool violation." This one is tough to fight, because you either did it or you didn't, but you should still give us a call and see if we can help you mitigate the damage in some way.
Unsafe lane change is often a ticket associated with an accident where one driver rams into another when changing lanes. Motorists who think they're NASCAR drivers by driving in and out of traffic at high speed are also subject to this traffic ticket. Fighting this ticket won't be easy, so contact our office and get a professional legal opinion.
Driving without auto insurance is against the law because every Washington State motorist is required to carry liability insurance. This ticket costs up to $500, and it's often tacked on to some other ticket since the officer doesn't know a driver doesn't have insurance until they pull them over for speeding or some other infraction. Not only is this expensive, it could lead to a driver's license suspension. Perhaps you simply forgot to pay your insurance bill, but we can't help you until you contact one of our Washington lawyers for guidance.
Running a red light is easy to define, but you may not know you can be cited for this offense my turning right at a red light without coming to a total stop. If you've been cited for running a red light, contact one of our attorneys to fight out whether you can fight the ticket.
Running a stop sign is another traffic ticket that's easy to define, but a "California stop" also qualifies. This is when you slow way down but fail to come to a complete stop. Almost every motorist has done this at one time or another after running late for work or an important meeting, but some unlucky drivers get caught. You can also be cited for running a stop sign for merely pulling past the white crosswalk before coming to a complete stop, so contact an attorney to see what we can do for you.
Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle is a big no-no. When you see flashing lights or hear a siren, you are supposed to pull over and come to a complete stop. You can be fined $1,000 for this offense, but sometimes people fail to yield under unusual circumstances. Find out how we can help by contact our law office for more information.
Contact one of our Washington State attorneys today
No matter your reason for seeking out a lawyer, we are here to help. With over 50 years of dedicated service to our Washington State clients, you know that we will do the same for you. Contact our law office in Seattle, Everett, Bellevue, Olympia, or Tacoma for your free consultation.Life in Washington State
Living in Washington State is fantastic. Not only does our state have some of America's most modern cities, we also boast endless outdoor opportunities throughout the year. You can go hiking on Mt. Rainier and enjoy a night out in Seattle all on the same day. You may also enjoy fishing or boating in Puget Sound. Whatever you're into, Washington has it.
Our state also has it's share of crime. When compared to other states across the country, Washington falls near the middle in crime statistics. Considering it's size and population, this is a pretty good place to be, but as populations grow, crime often grows with it. Tacoma is statistically the most dangerous city in Washington, a dubious distinction it's held for many years.
Crime is often worse when economic hardships befall a populace. Unemployment and financial woes sometimes cause people to do things they normally wouldn't do. Drug addiction often accompanies desperation, which can lead to crimes of theft or even violent crime.
These same money problems also sometimes lead to family problems, including divorce. As of 2012, Washington State's divorce rate was 15 percent higher than the national average. This increase may have had something to do with the housing crises and recession that impacted the state especially hard.
Financial woes also lead to bankruptcies. Most bankruptcies are the result of medical bills, and the sad truth is that most of the people in this situation had health insurance that simply didn't cover their expenses.
Fortunately, things are looking up for Washington State as a whole. Wages are rising and there are countless quality job opportunities in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Olympia, and Bellevue. But even when things seem to be at their best, you may suddenly find yourself, or someone you love, in need of an attorney.
If you need professional legal guidance, contact one of our law offices and get help from an attorney that you can trust will aggressively pursue your interests and protect your legal rights.
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