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
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
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
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
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
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
Stay At Home Orders 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,
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.
Are you at home and wondering about your life and your relationship to your spouse? Is your marriage in turmoil? Has there always been some doubts lingering? Yes, you can file your legal case (legal separation, divorce, custody matter) while in quarantine. Filing is all done electronically. As people find themselves on lock-down (or shelter-in) rules, they start to assess
You should prepare for your meeting with any lawyer. We recommend that you write questions (and overall topics) ahead of time, so you do not forget them in the meeting. You should ask questions about experience, about how your case will be handled (including options available to you), and about fees. These are the top 3 areas to inquire about.