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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.

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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.

WA Legal Roundup: Division II

Merriman v. Cokeley

Merriman and Cokeley disputed over a triangle of property that the trial court quieted in favor of the Cokeleys.  Merriman appeals. Merrimans argue that they acquired the property through either mutual recognition or adverse possession.  Cokeleys cross-appeal arguing that they should have been awarded attorneys fees. 

The parties own adjacent lots.  Prior to the Cokeleys ownership, the adjacent lots were surveyed but not recorded.  No changes were made from 1993- 2002.  After the Cokeleys purchase of the property they had another survey completed that indicated the one previously had been incorrect, leaving a triangular area to the Merrimans that should have been part of their property.  The previous property owner never disputed the first survey and recognized the triangle property as the Merriman’s property.  The Cokeleys saw the original survey markers prior to buying the property.  Finally, the Merriman’s improved the property and took care of it by watering, trimming, and tending to the plants. 

The appeals court ruled that the Merrimans met the three requirements of the mutual recognition and acquiescence doctrine.  The three requirements are that the boundary line be well defined, the parties must have acted in good faith by their acts, occupancy, and improvements to determine the boundary line, and the mutual recognition must have continued for the time period of adverse possession (10 years). 

The appeals court reversed and remanded to trial court to quiet title in favor of the Merrimans and affirmed the trial court’s denial of the Cokeley’s attorneys fees.

Judge Armstrong dissents.

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