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Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup

No, I haven't forgotten about my promise to keep the blogs a comin ;) There has, hoever, been some crazy hecticness which keeps me from this from time to time. I won't go back and redo more than what is in the current week, so anything I've missed, I apologize. That being said, one new opinion out of Div. I yesterday.

In re Estate of Wright

A woman wanted to establish that she is the love child of former (and quite dead) Exxon Chairman, Myron A. Wright. His will left a portion of his (presumably massive) estate to "lawful descendants." The PR thought lawful descendents limited the donative intent. WA courts were faced with two questions:

  1. May the use of the term "lawful descendants" in a will manifest the intent on the part of a testatrix to limit a class gift to children of married parents?
  2. Does it violate any applicable constitutional provision for probate courts to give effect to such intent?

Not surprisingly, the court held that lawful descendants was class gift wording and that it didn't violate our constitution. Probably not the best case to bring this on, seeing as the lady, though she has a good story as to why she thinks Wright her father, denied over and over again that he was. This probably negates any donative intent on his part even if you don't interpret it as a class gift to children of married parents.

One side note, the will at issue here isn't Myron's, but his wife, who died later, and in WA. The love-child had already tried to do this Texas style, but was rebuffed when her attorney was found to not have a Texas license and she failed to pursue the case further.

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