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Author Archives: Leslie R. Bottimore

Recovering Compensation for a Slip and Fall Injury in Washington

Slip and fall accidents are often preventable if businesses, landlords and other property owners and managers keep their premises safe and warn visitors of potentially dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, wet surfaces, loose floorboards, potholes, loose railings, inadequate lighting and other property hazards are all too common, and accidents send hundreds of thousands of Americans to the […]

Making Sure Your Estate Planning Covers Long-Term Disability

Estate planning is largely concerned with anticipating and arranging the distribution of your assets after you die. However, a comprehensive estate plan should also include preparing for the possibility of a long-term disability. Research confirms that most Americans will face some type of disability during their lifetime and that for many, the disabilities will be […]

What Damages Can Be Recovered for Washington Car Accident Injuries?

A car crash can take an enormous financial as well as physical and emotional toll. Fortunately, victims have a right to seek compensation for their injuries from other parties responsible for the accident. Under Washington law, you can recover compensation for both economic damages — which are defined as objectively verifiable monetary losses — and […]

Using Community Property Agreements to Avoid Probate

Probate is a court-supervised legal process intended to ensure that a decedent’s estate is protected and distributed to the lawful creditors and beneficiaries. However, many individuals seek to avoid probate, wishing to spare their survivors the expense and delay often associated with the process. One effective strategy to avoid probate in Washington is signing a […]

What to Do After Getting Into a Car Accident

Even the safest drivers can get into serious auto accidents. After a car crash, you might feel dazed, frightened, angry or guilty about your own conduct. You also may be injured more than you know at the time. It is important to stay as calm as possible and to protect yourself and your right to […]

UCLA – RCW 7.77 – Five Years Later “Cooperative Law” is NOT a Substitute for Collaborative Law

The Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) — RCW 7.77 – was enacted on July 1, 2013 in Washington State, the seventh (7th) state in the United States to adopt the UCLA. A total of seventeen (17) states and Washington, D.C. have now adopted the UCLA. In 2018 the UCLA was introduced in three (3) additional […]

How to Make a Claim of De Facto Parentage in Washington

Over the last few decades, the parameters of the word “family” have evolved to keep up with the progress we’ve made in society. Blended families are now much more common and same-sex marriage is now legal across the nation. An unsettled question until recently has been the legal status of a de facto parent — […]

Domestic Violence Protection Orders: Who Can Obtain One?

It is an unfortunate reality that many people live in danger of violence from a family member, spouse or other person close to them. One thing a victim can do to seek relief is to obtain a domestic violence protection order. In Washington State, a DVPO can be obtained by a person who experiences physical […]

Estate Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 across Washington and the rest of the country has understandably caused many people to fear for their own health and that of their families. The virus also has been a wake-up call for people to get their financial affairs in order. Perhaps it will inspire more people to create proper estate […]

Will Coronavirus Quarantine Lead to More Divorces?

The longer the COVID-19 quarantine goes on, the more rumblings we’re hearing in the media that a spike in divorce rates is coming, and there is some evidence that it could become a reality. Take New York, the state with by far the most coronavirus cases in the country. A recent New York Post report […]