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Upcoming Class: The Nuts & Bolts of Motions

June 19, 2018

Advanced Workshop for Self-Represented Litigants This advanced workshop is designed for those who have attended Civil Lawsuits without Tears: The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court or those who need more information on the process for drafting, filing, and responding to motions and orders. In this workshop you will learn… Read more

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New Law Reduces Harsh Impacts of Criminal Debt (LFOs) for Defendants Living in Poverty

June 11, 2018

Indigent people can be spared court fees that result from a criminal conviction and cannot be sanctioned for their inability to pay restitution and fines, under the new Washington Legislature Bill E2SHB 1783. This bill will ensure that poor people are not unfairly jailed or tied for years to the… Read more

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Motor Vehicle Repossessions: Advice from NCLC

June 7, 2018

This article, Motor Vehicle Repossessions: Consumer Debt Advice from NCLC, is the third in a series of articles from NCLC (National Consumer Law Center) that provide advice for families in financial difficulty. The Consumer Debt Advice series, targeted directly to the consumer, includes information about legal rights and best strategies… Read more

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Real Change’s New Resource Guide for Homelessness

June 4, 2018

Real Change released Seattle’s The Emerald City Resource Guide in April 2018. This new pocket-size resource guide is intended to help homeless people navigate a spiderweb of resources in King County. You can download The Emerald City Resource Guide here. A common refrain in homeless services is that Seattle’s strength… Read more

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New Domestic Cause of Action Granting Relatives the Right to Seek Visits with a Child

June 4, 2018

Washington State SB 5598 (companion bill HB 2117) 2017-18 amends RCW 26.10.160 and adds a new chapter to Title 26. The new law allows for grandparents and other relatives by blood or marriage (including step-family members) the ability to seek an order regarding visits with a child who is not… Read more

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Dealing With Medical Debt: Advice from NCLC

May 29, 2018

This article, Dealing with Medical Debt: Consumer Advice from NCLC, is the first in a series of articles from NCLC (National Consumer Law Center) that provide advice for families in financial difficulty. The Consumer Debt Advice series, targeted directly to the consumer, includes information about legal rights and best strategies for… Read more

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Upcoming Class: Civil Lawsuits Without Tears – The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court

April 27, 2018

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the civil lawsuit process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information… Read more

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New Domestic Violence Sealed Name Change Form Packet

April 25, 2018

In Washington State, if you are eighteen or older, you can choose and use any name you want, as long as you are not trying to defraud (cheat) someone. Example: it is not legal to change names to avoid paying creditors or child support. If you are a survivor of… Read more

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Business Resource Open House at Delridge Branch of the Seattle Public Library

April 23, 2018

Whether you are starting or growing a business, there are local assistance organizations that will help you succeed. Maybe you are looking for financial help, counseling on the viability of a business idea, or just advice on next steps. You’ll meet organizations like SCORE, which provides free one-on-one counseling, workshops,… Read more

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Upcoming Class: Civil Law Suits without Tears – The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court

March 26, 2018

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the civil lawsuit process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will be granted access to a password protected website with additional information… Read more

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New Seattle Library Hours

March 1, 2018

Beginning Monday, April 2nd, the Seattle library branch, located inside the King County Courthouse, will observe new hours of operation: Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm Please note that these changes will affect the Seattle library branch only. Should you have any questions about these upcoming changes, please do not hesitate… Read more

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New Class: Civil Litigation without Tears – The Basics of Representing Yourself in Court

February 26, 2018

Representing yourself in court is a complicated process and can be overwhelming. In this workshop you will learn the basics of the civil litigation process with a focus on court rules, court procedures, forms, scheduling, and deadlines. Attendees will receive blank copies of some of the most commonly used civil… Read more

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