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Restraining & Protective Orders

The Perils of Violating a Protective or Restraining Order

A protective order is a tool used by both criminal and civil courts to protect purported victims of domestic violence. Protective orders come in many shapes and sizes and many can have wide-ranging consequences for those that violate them. Depending on how they are applied, protective orders can become mind-bogglingly complex and put you at […]

DUI

Consequences of Poor Representation of Your DUI Case

One of the first things someone accused of DUI learns once they are entered into the legal system is that the cases can be overwhelmingly complex. If proper process isn’t followed, the penalties that someone convicted of DUI face can radically effect their lives for years to come. There is a lot of misinformation flying […]

Estate Planning

Have You Prepared Your Estate For When You Die?

Preparing for one’s one death can feel challenging to grabble with, but properly preparing your estate will help your loved ones navigate your passing without the added burden of determining what your wishes would have been. How and when you prepare your estate may differ based on your age.

Law Explanations

How to Behave During a Traffic Stop

There has been a tremendous amount of exposure recently to reprehensible behavior on the part of certain policemen. We wholeheartedly denounce this behavior is unacceptable and demand that justice be done. We also believe that these instances are abberations to the professionalism displayed by virtually all law enforcement officials. We long for the day when […]

Estate Planning

How to Talk to Your Parents About Estate Planning

It’s hard to watch adored parents age. But in order for you to best take care of them in life and in death, creating an estate plan will help. Some parents are not proactive about estate planning or perhaps you wonder which sibling will be the executor. It’s a good idea to talk with your […]

Assault

What Are The Levels Of Assault Charges In Washington State?

When someone is assaulted there are four different levels of assault charges that can be brought against the attacker in Washington State. These charges are designated as assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, assault in the third degree and assault in the fourth degree.

Estate Planning

What is your family’s plan if a spouse dies?

Imagining your spouse dying feels terrible, but unfortunately, it’s a good idea to have a plan in case the unthinkable happens. Whether you and your partner are equal income earners or one partner is the bread-winner having a plan can help the living partner navigate an impossible time.

Criminal Defense Law

When Does Self-Defense Become Assault? [Criminal Defense Guide]

In the eyes of the law, people have a legal right to defend themselves if they feel their lives are in danger. In the legal world, self-defense has been designed to protect people who are attacked by someone else, unprovoked. The victim in this scenario is even allowed to use deadly force in order to […]

Estate Planning

Hard Questions to Ask When Planning Your Estate

When creating your estate plan, you will be faced with some hard questions about how you want your property and assets distributed, as well as about your end of life care. You’ll also need to choose an executor to manage your will and estate after you pass. Here are some questions you’ll need to ask […]

Criminal Defense Law

What Defines An “Assault With a Deadly Weapon” Charge?

When an attacker commits a physical assault with an object, that can cause death or serious bodily injury because of how it is designed, this is charged as an assault with a deadly weapon [1]. In Washington States and all other 49 states, assault with a deadly weapon is classified as a felony.

Estate Planning

A Guide To Irrevocable Trusts

Choosing to create a trust can help your loved ones avoid probate, taxes, and keep your finances private after your death [1].  A trust can help you control the inheritance you’re giving by distributing by your assets over time to your beneficiaries or when they reach a certain age [1].

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Business Update To Coronavirus (COVID-19)

VanWa Legal’s Update To Coronavirus Updated June 1st, 2020 Dear Clients, Visitors, Family & Friends, We are excited to announce that we are now re-opening our physical offices while implementing safety precautions to keep our clients and staff healthy. To avoid any level of risk, clients may still use our fully secure and encrypted videoconferencing to […]

Domestic Violence

How To Get A Restraining Order In Washington State

If you’re being abused, harassed, stalked or going through a divorce, you may be considering filing a restraining order. If you feel that you’re in danger, a restraining order, which can also be known as a protection order, can be issued quickly in Washington State with the help of an attorney.

Domestic Violence

What Is Unlawful Imprisonment In Domestic Violence Cases?

In domestic violence cases, false imprisonment is when the alleged abuser physically detains their victim either by using physical force or threatening violence against them if they left their home or current location. The legal definition of false imprisonment is the unlawful restraint of another unwilling person without legal justification [1]. False imprisonment is a […]

Estate Planning

Questions To Ask When Hiring An Estate Planning Attorney

Creating a proper estate plan will help ensure your wishes about end of life care and your funeral, as well as, how your property and assets are distributed after death. The best way to ensure your estate plan will be executed smoothly is to hire an estate planning attorney. Asking your lawyer a few questions […]

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