Lawyers offer free counsel to people who can’t afford to pay

April 1, 2016 – Originally published on HeraldNet.com by Diana Hefley, Herald Writer. EVERETT – The panic often is written on their faces. People threatened with eviction or foreclosure could lose their apartment or house, and they need help to sort things out. Everett attorney Patrick Songy hopes at the very least to buy them more time, maybe a few…

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How Lawyers Handle Conflicts of Interest

I do admire the writers of Better Call Saul for their generally accurate portrayal of legal proceedings.  In Episode 6, there is an interesting courtroom scene where Kim Wexler is arguing against disclosure of her clients’ medical records.  Recall that the Sandpiper Crossing lawsuit is in the discovery phase, and both sides are permitted to request…

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Legal Document Review – Finding the Facts

I would like to thank my readers for sticking with me.  Life has intervened over the past few weeks, and I’ve fallen a little behind on this blog, so I’m going to combine the last two episodes into this edition. The reason for my tardiness comes not only from my law practice, but from my…

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Pushing the Ethical Boundaries of Lawyer Advertising

There is an interesting subplot woven throughout this series, that being the challenge that a lawyer has of finding clients.  You may recall that, early in the series, Jimmy was a public defender.  For those of you that may not fully appreciate what a public defender does, they represent those criminal defendants who don’t have…

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Better Call Saul – A Show of Discovery

In Better Call Saul, Season 2, Episode 2, the Sandpiper Crossing’s lawsuit is in the “discovery” stage.  “Discovery” is a term of art to a lawyer.  It’s the phase of a lawsuit where both sides (the “plaintiff” and the “defendant”) obtain “evidence”. In the conference room at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill (HHG), the attorneys discussed…

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How Accurate is Better Call Saul?

Season 2, Episode 1 ends with Jimmy McGill accepting a position at the fictitious Santa Fe law firm of Davis and Main. At long last, he receives all of the trappings of success: company car, fancy desk, money, and respect. If one were to see only the last five minutes of this episode, Jimmy looks…

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Attorney Joel Nichols Argues a Case Before The Washington State Supreme Court

On June 9, 2015, Deno Millikan attorney and partner Joel Nichols argued one of three cases before the Washington State Supreme Court on whether an employer can lawfully terminate an employee who refuses to engage in, or objects to, unlawful conduct that violates clear public policy. Mr. Nichols’ client objected to an insurance industry plan…

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Attorneys to Help Oso Mudslide Victims

Moved by the heart-wrenching stories of loss and devastation in the wake of the Oso mudslide, the Snohomish County Bar Association (SCBA) and Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) are in the process of coordinating efforts to provide pro bono legal assistance to those impacted by this tragedy. Many groups and individuals have already rallied to…

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The Secret to Trial Mastery: Hard Work

Snohomish County – Washington – Full Service Law Firm The Secret to Trial Mastery: Hard Work By Joel P. Nichols Washington State Association for Justice Trial News June 2013, Vol. 48-10 Trial Guides’ “Masterworks” (1) is a 4-DVD and CD collection of presentations by men billed as “five of the finest trial lawyers of the…

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