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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

Peterson v. Snohomish County Regional Drug Task Force

Rodney Pearson grew marijuana at a barn on his property – lots of marijuana.  A neighbor notified police, who executed a search warrant and discovered 78 plants, some of which were 13 feet tall.

The Snohomish County Regional Drug Task Force (SCRDT) seized the property and sought to sell it in a forfeiture proceeding.  Rodney Pearson wrote a will, leaving the property to his kids.  Rodney Pearson died.  The kids sought to stop the forfeiture by asserting they were “innocent owners.” 

The Court of Appeals held that because the forfeiture proceedings were pending at the time of Mr. Pearson’s death, he could not convey the property to his heirs.  The Court relied on the old legal maxim that “a devisee can take no greater interest in the devised property than the devisor has to devise.”  In other words, Mr. Pearson didn’t have his property to give because it was it the process of being taken by the SCRDT when he attempted to give it in his will.

It would be interesting to hear the rest of this story, since the opinion doesn’t really shed much light on why Mr. Pearson was growing all that pot or how he died…

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