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What is an Ancillary Probate? How do I Avoid it?

By: BRANDON DOCKINS, Legal Intern Probate is the legal process of administering assets upon death. However, probate can only reach real or tangible property within the state where the probate takes place. As such, when a deceased person owns real estate or tangible property in multiple states, there must be an ancillary (supplementary) probate for […]

What are Supplemental Proceedings? How are They Used in Collections?

When a person or entity obtains a judgment against a debtor, information regarding a debtor’s assets may not be readily available. Without a clear picture of the debtor’s finances, a creditor runs the risk of utilizing a collection method (i.e. garnishment, personal property execution, real estate execution, etc.) that is not tailored to the debtor’s […]

What is a Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship Bank Account?

By BRANDON DOCKINS, legal intern A Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship (JTWROS) Bank Account is an account held in the names of two or more depositors whereby (1) each depositor can access all of the funds in the account without the consent of the other co-depositor(s) and (2) the funds of the deceased depositor […]

What is a Real Estate Contract Forfeiture Action?

A real estate contract is an alternative method to buy sell real estate. The purchaser of the land promises in a written contract to pay a specified price for the land over time. The seller, sometimes referred to as the “vendor,” promises to convey title to the property to the purchaser when all payments under […]

Workplace Drug Policies and Legal Marijuana in Washington

Washington’s voter-approved Initiative 502 (“I-502”) has gone into effect and the first state licensed marijuana was recently sold in Spokane, WA. The first sale, made to Mike Boyer, made headlines nationally, as Boyer’s employer viewed him on television purchasing  marijuana and reportedly contacted Boyer, informing him he had twenty-four (24) hours to take a drug […]

I Want to Sell My Business. Now What?

The sale of a business is significant transaction that should be carefully structured. Many Washington business owners have spent years acquiring business assets, developing good relationships with employees, suppliers, and customers, and creating a brand name that is positively perceived by the public. When it comes time to sell the culmination of years of hard […]


Should I Avoid Probate Using a Living Trust?

Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person. When a person dies with a Will, his or her Will is admitted to probate and the Court appoints an Executor or Personal Representative to collect the estate assets, resolve creditor’s claims, and distribute the net estate according to the deceased person’s […]

Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) in Washington

An unlawful detainer action is a court proceeding designed to give landlords an efficient, cost-effective means to evict a tenant for breach of a lease agreement or other unlawful activities at the leased property (i.e. gang related activity, illegal activity, or waste). Residential evictions are generally governed by Chapter 59.12 RCW and the Residential Landlord […]

What is a Social Purpose Corporation?

On March 30, 2012, Washington State passed legislation allowing for a new form of for profit-corporation, a Social Purpose Corporation (“SPC”). See RCW 23B.25. The SPC became available as a corporate form on June 7, 2012. As of March 1, 2014, there are eighty-nine (89) registered SPCs in Washington. [1] Washington SPCs are located throughout […]

What Are Stock Certificates?

In Washington, a corporation is formed by filing “Articles of Incorporation” with the Secretary of State and paying the applicable fee. See generally RCW 23B.020.030. The Articles of Incorporation contain information regarding the fundamental structure of the corporation, including the number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue. Id. A share of stock is […]