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November 2017 Archives

Why you need legal guidance for real estate transactions

Buying or selling your home could be a major and important step for your Washington family. However, there is much more to this process than simply deciding which house to buy or putting a for sale sign out front. This is a significant and complex financial and legal transaction, and you would be beneficial to have the appropriate guidance as you do so.

Breathalyzer for marijuana faces many hurdles

In 2012, Washington passed Initiative 502, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana by persons over the age of 21. One of the difficulties with recreational use of marijuana, however, is that the drug can impair a person's ability to safely operate an automobile. Even proponents of the legal use of cannabis acknowledge that the drug can cause almost the equivalent of drunk driving, and they concede the need for a portable roadside device that will reliably test for the concentration of marijuana in a person's body. So far, efforts to invent such a device have met many obstacles.

Understanding the concept of executory contracts

Many Washington state businesses that file bankruptcy petitions have ongoing legal relationships with other parties. Some contracts, such as a real estate lease, may be beneficial to the debtor, while others, such as a contract with a supplier, may be burdensome. The United States Bankruptcy Code refers to such agreements as "executory contracts," and it vests in the trustee important powers with respect to such contracts.

Allegedly drunk driver faces DUI, child endangerment charges

Drunk driving is often viewed by Vancouver residents as a "victimless" offense - unless and until a drunk driver causes injury to another person. A recent drunk driving accident in Northeast Vancouver involving young children shows how quickly a DUI can snowball into far more serious charges.

Who is required to use ignition interlock devices in Washington?

An ignition interlock device can be required by the Washington State Department of Licensing for drivers who have been convicted of a drunk driving offense but who need to be able to drive their vehicle for work or other approved purposes. The law operates in two basic ways: the Department can require the use of an ignition interlock device for anyone convicted of a drunk driving offense, or a person convicted of a drunk driving offense can ask permission to use the device in order to continue driving.

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