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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24
Mar

Divorce Under Quarantine

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

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24
Mar

Most Important Questions To Ask When Choosing A Divorce Lawyer

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. 

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24
Mar

Life After Divorce: How Will You Adjust?

Although my legal career has put me in the trenches of many legal battles, custody disputes, property fights, domestic violence, and more, I have always been curious about the aftermath for my clients.  I am there throughout the legal process of a divorce, but I also often hear feedback from clients months and sometimes years after the big D (“D”

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11
May

DSHS to pay $2.5 million settlement to abuse survivors

Three adults who were abused as children by their father — and found their complaints to state child welfare agencies falling on deaf ears — won a $2.5 million settlement Wednesday in Douglas County Superior Court. The adult children of Theron Jay Heideman, now 51 and jailed on charges of sexually abusing four other children in later years, were awarded

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