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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 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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