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Back to School – Estate Planning for College Students

As college students prepare to move into campus housing and attend orientation, estate planning is likely the last thing on their mind.  However, when a person turns 18, health care decisions and managing financial matters no longer reside with the parent.  Having certain estate planning documents in place prior to the start of the school

Should You Arbitrate Your Family Law Dispute?

Is arbitration the right forum for your divorce or family law dispute? Arbitration can be an alternative to using a court to resolve your family law matter. It is a private proceeding that will likely take place in an office or online and tends to be less formal than court proceedings. The arbitrator is often

Don’t Let Your Divorce Become Your Identity

Stress and anxiety are unfortunate byproducts of divorce. For some, every aspect of one’s life may be negatively impacted by divorce: productivity at your job may plummet; concern about finances might keep you up at night; social interactions may be more difficult as you try to stoically act as if everything is alright; and, if

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson Welcomes New Family Law Attorney

Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson is pleased to announce that Desirée L. Good has joined the firm’s Family Law Practice Group. Desirée focuses her practice exclusively on family law matters, including divorce, child custody and parenting plans, child support, legal separation, committed intimate relationships, as well as prenuptial and cohabitation agreements.  Compassionate and empathetic, she has a

What are the “Relocation Factors” in Washington Family Law?

In a prior blogpost, I discussed the statutory notice you have to give to another parent when you plan to relocate with a child.  If the non-relocating parent objects to the move, then the parents will need to go to court and have a judge determine whether to allow the move.  The governing statutory scheme

Getting a Divorce? Don’t Make These Common Mistakes!

Going through a divorce can be incredibly stressful.  Save yourself additional upset by doing your best to avoid: Listening to the Wrong People.  Make sure to do your research and choose the right attorney; then be sure to listen to and follow what that attorney says.  It can be hard to ignore the personal divorce

Basic Legalese for Family Law

Sua sponte • inter alia • sine qua non • in pari materia • ex parte • stare decisis • in limine • ejusdem generis • per curiam •   ad litem • in loco parentis • pro se • de novo • sui generis • de jure • intestate • arguendo • ipso facto

A Timetable for Divorce in King County, Washington

Legal proceedings tend to take longer than people expect or desire.  For people facing divorce, most want the matter finalized as quickly as possible.  An oft-asked question is how long it will take to be officially divorced.  This depends on several factors and following are some of the key factors. First, in King County, the