Quackenbush Community Law, PLLC

A community law firm committed to providing affordable legal services to every day folks in South King County, Tacoma, or anywhere in Western Washington.

Prince Died Without a Will, According to Court Documents Filed by His Sister


We do wills. You don't have to have assets on the magnitude of Prince's to need one. Most simple wills can be done for a lot cheaper than you might think. Give us a call in Washington State for a free initial consultation.

H/T Law Offices of Michael R Shumway, PLC for the article.

nytimes.com The singer had no will, according to papers filed by his sister, which may complicate his financial estate and musical legacy.

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child


When parents are dealing with legal issues, kids can get anxious even tho parents do the best they can to shield their kids from their troubles. We expect it in Family law where home lives are changing and relationships between parents have been broken or strained.

But it's also important to remember that kids have big eyes and big ears and if you're going through a bankruptcy, fighting with a landlord, or dealing with a difficult insurance company that kids will pick up on your stress and can get anxious about it as well.

Here's a bit of help on how to talk to kids that are nervous or anxious to help them be calm.

Calm is often underappreciated for its importance, thanks to designer, actor, and hero of nerds everywhere Jen Page for pointing out this excellent article.

blogs.psychcentral.com It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the...

Egypt jails author Ahmed Naji for sexually explicit book


Shane to see the Arab Springs promise squandered like this. . . "Egypt jails aurhor for sexually explicit book" http://ow.ly/3bAgtW

theguardian.com Writer gets maximum two-year sentence for ‘violating public modesty’ with novel containing sex and drug references

'Where Are Your Guts?': Johnny Cash’s Little-Known Fight for Native...


“Where Are Your Guts?”: Johnny Cash’s Little-Known Fight for Native Americans http://ow.ly/3bAgtK

aclu.org In 1964, Johnny Cash released a Native American-themed concept album, “Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian.” In an incredible but...

Cerner asks employees to choose between right to sue, eligibility for merit raises


For most people who are looking for work, an employment contract is a non-negotiable instrument that they sign under duress as a result of needing a job. In those sorts of jobs, particularly in an at will state like Washington, the only legitimate purpose for a restrictive employment contract is to protect trade secrets. Anything else is a sign that the employer and their attorney is either unethical or haven't properly thought through the implications of what they are asking their employees to agree to under threat of not being hired. And arbitration agreements are a prime example of what not to put in your employment contract.

I don't like arbitration agreements, I think they're contrary to well established public policy regarding access to the courts and they are all too often used as a shield for employers involved in bad behavior. I believe they should be ruled unenforceable under the Washington State Constitution, but until that day comes (if it comes) I advise great caution in reliance on them and use of them.

Put as bluntly as I can, a business should be confident enough in their employment practices that they have no fear of a civil lawsuit. If you make your employees sign one of these things, you as a business owner should think long and hard about what you are saying about your own trustworthiness and fairness as an employer.

If you are asked to sign one of these, talk to a lawyer first. While we do not do employment law suits generally, Quackenbush Community Law now offers a 25 dollar contract review service for anyone with questions about a form employment contract they have been asked to sign as a precondition for being hired in Washington State. I will review the contract, explain the meaning of each term, and let you know if I think it's worth asking for changes. I will also inform you what rights you are signing away so you can make an informed decision about whether you believe you can trust your employer with that level of deference.

www.kansascity.com Cerner Corp. is asking its 17,000 U.S. employees to waive their right to sue the company over labor matters, in return for being eligible to receive merit pay raises.

[11/29/15]   The financial stresses of the Holidays are an under-appreciated problem this time of year. To help families and individuals in this community escape from the vicious cycle of debt and default, we are offering a 20% discount for chapter 7 filings. Contact us through Facebook for a free initial consultation and we'll take 200 dollars off our flat fee if you choose to sign up with us now through January 15th.

Wish I'd thought of it.

Take Justice Back

Quackenbush Community Law strongly supports efforts to end forced arbitration and to restore the right to civil justice to the millions of Americans who have had their rights curtailed under these contract provisions.

Please consider adding your name and voice to this campain in support of the Arbitration Fairness Act which would ban this unfair practice.

Forced arbitration stacks the deck in favor of corporate profits over consumer rights. Sign the petition asking Congress to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act!

[11/17/15]   Quackenbush Community Law now accepts Credit and Debit Card payments! All major credit cards are accepted, including Discover and American Expres. Our secure web-portal allows clients to pay bills directly using a Credit or Debit card.

[11/16/15]   Quackenbush Community law is looking for suggestions of local businesses whose products we can feature in our holiday gift baskets.

Part of building a community is to make sure that people feel like people remain participants in the life of the community. Most attorneys send out trinkets or thank you notes to the people who refer business to them.

I'd like to take that another step and cross promote a bit by helping the community we're a part of be more aware of itself.

Any suggestions for local printers, basket makers, vintners, preserves makers, entertainment or service providers (think gift tickets or a free shiatsu massage, that kind of thing) that we can help bring attention to while saying thank you to our friends in the community would be much appreciated.



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