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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.

Division III: Modification of Parenting Plan New Proceeding - Gets New Affidavit or Prejudice

Hall v. Broulliet

Every party gets, as a matter of right, an affidavit of prejudice. You simply have to state you believe the judge won’t be impartial in your case, and you get a new judge. Attorneys use these sparingly, because judges have a memory as to who thought they couldn’t be impartial. You only get one of these per case though.

Now, some cases carry one, sometimes in new forms. Like in this case, where you are seeking to modify a previous order by a judge. Here, the proceeding was to modify a parenting plan. The Washington Supreme Court had already ruled that these were new proceedings. This means you’re not bound to the same judge as you had when the parenting plan was established. It also means you get one of those affidavits to get a new judge at your disposal. Here, the trial court judge did not honor that, and his failure to do so means the case gets remanded, and any actions carried out by that judge in the proceedings after the motion for a new judge was made are null and void.

While Issaquah Legal Services does not practice in Family Law at present (we hope to add a Family Law attorney to our rosters soon), we are more than happy to recommend a good Family Law Attorney.

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