25
May

When to file for divorce during COVID-19: should I file now or wait?

By Deborah Gordon, Senior Associate Many have recently asked VSSF lawyers about the best time to file for their impending separation and/or divorce – now or wait until after the pandemic? There is a mistaken belief that our courthouses are closed (or partially closed) and that divorce cases are not moving forward, so the advice people are erroneously receiving is

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19
May

Tips For Safe Driving Everyday

Do you notice that there are less vehicles on the road (and therefore, there are way less motor vehicle accidents)?  That is a good thing.  Vehicle accidents are unavoidable.  Many of us drive a vehicle every day. No matter how long you have been driving, these tips will help you be prepared for whatever happens on the open road.  Be prepared.

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3
May

What are my rights as a tenant right now?

By Stephanie L. Messplay, Attorney On April 16, 2020, Governor Inslee issued an order extending and expanding the eviction moratorium until June 4, 2020.  What does that mean for you if you’re a tenant? First, your landlord cannot initiate eviction proceedings against you unless you pose a significant and immediate risk to the health and safety of others.  In other

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16
Apr

College Support Obligations For Parents

If you are divorced or separated and have a child in High School who is planning to go to college, then you may have questions about college support obligations for parents. Do parents have to pay for college?  Does a separated or divorced parent have any options with enforcing college support help from the other parent? If you know someone

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8
Apr

Coronavirus Resource Guide

This is a short list of the various resources available to individuals and businesses during this uncertain time. For legal guidance or questions, do not hesitate to contact Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins. We are here for you; follow our blog, follow our Facebook page, or contact us directly with your questions or needs. Divorce Divorce Under Quarantine Co-Parenting During A

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3
Apr

We are here for you

Can your lawyers help you with more than your current legal issue?  Do lawyers have special access to coronavirus (COVID-19) updates that clients perhaps do not have immediately access to?  Yes and Yes. At Van Siclen, Stocks & Firkins (VSSF), we can help you, our clients, with the specific legal issues that you have brought into our office and for

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30
Mar

Estate Planning During A Pandemic

By Hillary Dawn, Attorney  Faced with the current global health crisis, many individuals and families are asking themselves questions like, “What if something were to happen? Should I update the Will I had done in 1983? Do I even have an estate to plan? Are my current documents enough? How do I protect my assets for my children?” All of

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27
Mar

Updated Thoughts on Arrest Powers At This Time

By Attorney Jeffrey Musto I agree with my esteemed colleague — Stephanie Messplay — and her answers to the question: “Will I be arrested if I go out right now?”  This is a unique time and probably the first time that anyone of has really thought about such unusual limits on our freedom of movement.  We have always had the

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26
Mar

Stay At Home Orders: Will I be arrested if I go out?

By Attorney Stephanie Messplay What happens if you go outside right now?  Could you get arrested?   First, Governor Inslee’s stay at home order should not be confused for a “shelter in place” order.  You are still permitted to go to work if you work for an essential business.  You are still permitted to make essential trips, such as the grocery

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25
Mar

Co-Parenting During A Pandemic

Client: I am worried about my custody arrangements in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. How do all the orders and proclamations impact my parenting plan? Can I leave the state for a pre-planned trip? Lawyer: First, check the specific rules in the State you are in as well as those in the states where you plan to go.

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