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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.

LOCATION: We are located on the Eastside in Issaquah, convenient to Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, Sammamish and North Bend. However, we provide legal services in King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and throughout the entire state of Washington.

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 Supreme Court: Russell Kenneth Jones Disbarred Over Mother's Estate

In re Discipline of Jones

In Washington, attorneys regulate ourselves. We have a bar association that has a discipline arm, and it can be appealed through the high court. Honestly, I think we tend to be harsher on our own than others would be. I think that is a good thing, as it maintains the integrity of the courts and the profession. 

As a side note, these disciplinary notices used to be in the bar magazine I would receive every month. Now, instead of giving the attorneys the facts of each case, you have to go online to look. I don’t think that is a good thing. Seeing the pitfalls of others helps you know what not to do when a similar situation arises. That’s my two cents.

So what did Jones do to warrant disbarment? Well, he handled his mother’s estate when she passed. He lived in the house his mom had owned rent free (instead of paying a fair value rent to his brothers), he refused to turn over documents when sued about the estate, and he lied in responses to discovery.

There’s a simple lesson here. Try to stay out of administering an estate where you have a personal stake in the matter. Greed can get the better of anyone. When it happens to a lawyer, well, you see the results. The opinion is a great read of some of the obligations that come out of being personal representative of an estate.

As always, we here at Issaquah Legal Services are here to help.

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