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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.

Washington Legal Roundup – Division I

In Re Estate Of: Harry And Leonard Smaldino

Leonard Smaldino died without a will in 2002.  His father, Harry, was his only living heir.  One week later, Harry suffered a stroke.  Leonard’s girlfriend, Deborah Griswold, began caring for Harry after his stroke.

Harry died in 2004 and left everything to Ms. Griswold in his will.  Laurie Smaldino, Harry’s other child, contested the will and alleged undue influence by Ms. Griswold.

Eventually, Ms. Griswold and Laurie reached an agreement under which they would divide the assets of the estate equally. 

It soon became apparent that Ms. Griswold had mismanaged the estate.  The court ordered her to provide an accounting, which she failed to do.  The court held her in contempt for breach of her fiduciary duty as personal representative of the estate.

Laurie’s attorney learned that a property from the estate was being sold to pay her attorney, Howard Todd.  Laurie’s attorney, Bruce Moen, obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the sale.  Mr. Moen served the TRO on Mr. Todd, but he did not review it.

Mr. Todd claimed that because the TRO did not state why the party requesting would be irreparably harmed, it was void.  The Court of Appeals disagreed, holding that because of the context of the TRO (Mr. Todd was an interested party), the harm was well known to Mr. Todd.

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