Victoria Wei

COVID-19 & Trusts, Estates and Vulnerable Adult Litigation

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Trust and Estate Litigation

Covid-19 has disrupted the lives of many individuals and none more so than our vulnerable and elderly friends and family. The majority of proceedings related to litigation involving trusts, estates, guardianships, powers-of-attorney, and vulnerable adult protection orders occur in the Ex-Parte Department of the Superior Court. The Trust and Estate Litigation team at Helsell Fetterman […]

Brandon Gribben

Seattle’s First-in-Time Ordinance Will Remain the Law After U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal

Landlord Tenant, Real Estate

This week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of Seattle’s First-in-Time ordinance. The First in Time ordinance – believed to be the first in the country – was passed by Seattle City Council in 2016. After initially being declared unconstitutional by King County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Parisien, it was appealed directly […]

Isabella Kim

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and COVID-19

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Immigration

USCIS has made several public announcements regarding COVID-19 measures: As of March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services through at least May 3. However, USCIS has been accepting online and paper-filed applications and petitions. The suspended services include Biometrics appointments, INFOPASS appointments, interviews and Naturalization ceremonies.  See here for full release. USCIS announced that […]

Scott Johnson

Extension and Expansion of State Eviction Moratorium

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

On April 16, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-19.1 that extended and expanded the scope of the state-wide eviction moratorium contained in Proclamation 20-19.  The moratorium had been set to expire on April 17, 2020.  The following is a summary of the provisions of Proclamation 20-19.1.  You can find the proclamation here. The proclamation: Extends […]

Michael Spence

Seattle Considering Commercial Rent moratorium and Mandatory Payment Plans

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

On Tuesday, April 13, 2020, the Seattle City Council passed Council Bill 119766, relating to commercial tenancies involving small businesses or nonprofits. The ordinance would temporarily place a moratorium on rent increases for these tenants and would require landlords to negotiate payment plans for overdue rent. As of this writing (April 16, 2020 ), the […]

David Tran

Online Remote Notarization Keeps Real Estate Transactions Moving Forward

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Land Use, Real Estate

Washington allows real estate documents to be executed by e-signatures rather than wet-ink signatures.  However, many real estate related documents require notarization.  The ability of individuals to properly execute deeds, deeds of trust, long-term leases, easements, covenants and other real estate documents requiring notarizing, has become increasingly difficult under the COVID-19 social distancing orders and […]

Lauren Parris Watts

New Protections for High-Risk Employees

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

Yesterday, Governor Inslee issued his newest COVID-19 related order – Proclamation 20-46: High Risk Employees – Workers’ Rights – protecting high risk employees (defined as older adults and people of any age who have certain chronic underlying health conditions) by requiring the following of all public and private employers in Washington State: Utilize all available […]

Onik'a Gilliam-Cathcart

EEOC Guidance on the Impact of COVID-19 on EEO Laws

Coronavirus / COVID-19, Employment

On April 9, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published a FAQ regarding the impact of COVID-19 on equal employment opportunity laws enforced by the agency, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.  Below are some highlights: For purposes of protecting the rest of the workforce, what information may employers ask […]