How to protect yourself against elder fraud

February 19, 2018 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Elder fraud is a growing problem in the United States. You may feel that you aren’t at risk or that only the vulnerable become targets, but in August of 2017, the American Journal of Public Health published a report stating that in a year, 1 in 18 “cognitively intact” older Americans is the victim of […]

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What are the Different Types of Plea Bargains?

February 16, 2018 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

More than 90 percent of convictions in the U.S. occur without the defendant ever entering into a trial. This is because the majority of verdicts are determined through guilty pleas reached through plea bargains. Plea bargains are an agreement in a criminal case between the prosecutor and the defendant where the defendant usually pleads guilty […]

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Why you Should Hire an Elder Lawyer

September 05, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

The legal field changes as you get older. Seniors have different legal concerns than those who are younger. If you’re a senior, or you’re taking care of a senior, it’s important to work with an attorney who has a deep understanding of elder law.

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Questions to ask to get the best criminal lawyer in Washington state

September 02, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

If you need defending in a criminal case, you want to get the best criminal lawyer you can afford. But how exactly do you weed out the good lawyers from the bad? Here are some questions you should be prepared to ask when interviewing with attorneys to potentially defend your case.

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What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in Washington?

August 31, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Losing your job is a challenging experience. Perhaps this happened to you recently – for that we apologize. However, not all cases of employment terminations are exactly legal, especially in Washington state. These are cases of “wrongful termination”. We’ll explain.

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Private vs. Public: What Are Your Employee Rights?

August 29, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Private sector employees work for businesses and nonprofits; public sector employees perform official functions, such as law enforcement, public education and public safety. As you can imagine, people in these roles will have different employee rights.

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How to File a Wage Complaint in Washington State

August 24, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

For wage complaints in Washington, you have rights when it comes to being paid appropriately. It’s important to know what you’re entitled to receive as an employee in the state of Washington. Here it is: the minimum wage (which, as of now, is $11.00/hour) overtime paid for any hours worked over 40 per week (overtime […]

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When Should I Hire a Lawyer?

July 07, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees criminal defendants the right to a lawyer. If you don’t have the money to retain an attorney, Washington state will appoint you a public defender at no cost to you. Most people agree that if charged with a crime, they need the help of a criminal lawyer. […]

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What Are Sentencing Guidelines?

May 21, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

In Washington state, judges use sentencing guidelines to determine a person's punishment. The guidelines don't guarantee a particular sentence for a given crime. Penalties will vary, even for the same misconduct.

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How to Get Gun Rights Restored in Washington

April 21, 2017 Written by: Northwest Legal Advocates

Can you legally own a firearm in Washington even if you have a criminal record? Many times the answer is yes, but you must first meet eligibility criteria.

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