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Issaquah Law Group - Injury Litigation Attorneys

TRUST: Personal injuries are personal. Which is why the attorneys at ILG treat every client and every case differently. Because they are different, and extremely personal. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built on trust. Trust that you will be heard. Trust that you will be protected. Trust that every effort will be made to see justice done in your case. The singular goal of every ILG attorney is to earn and preserve that trust.

EXPERIENCE: 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 and we bring this experience to bear on behalf of our clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents, bus versus pedestrian accidents, defective and dangerous products, medical malpractice, slip/trip and fall accidents, and catastrophic losses due to fire.

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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.

Division II: Division II: Continuance of Termination for Potential Guardian Needs (You Guessed It) A Guardian First

In the Matter of the Welfare of N.M.

This case involves the termination of parental rights, which is never a pleasant matter. In this case the mother of a five-year-old was arrested on a bench warrant where drugs and firearms recovered. The child was placed in foster care. DSHS offered the usual slew of services including drug treatment, psychological help, and urinalysis. As this turned into a termination proceeding, I will let you guess how that went for her (or, you know, you can read the opinion too).

Anyhow, the issue on this appeal is whether the trial court erred in not continuing the case in order to allow the mother to establish a guardianship in lieu of termination. A small continuance was granted to allow the attorney to confer with the mother, as she was in prison. The attorney then moved for another continuance, this time 90 days, in order to establish a guardianship. However, guardianship had never been identified as something in the child’s best interest, as the grandmother had never seemed interested in a guardianship. Thus, continuance would of been futile because there was no identifiable guardian, and therefore no identified guardianship. Given the totality of the circumstances, the continuance was reasonable.

The rest of the opinion is unpublished meaning that it cannot be used for lawyers to support their case. However, it does a great job of going through enlisting the services that were provided and what kind of services need to be provided in these dependency and termination proceedings.

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