• How Do You Handle a Breach of Contract?

    Are you presently part of a contract where the other side is not living up to their side of the deal? Or perhaps worse, is the other side in a contract claiming that you are not performing according to the terms of an agreement? If either of those are the case, he may be involved in a contract dispute. Dickson Frohlich can help. What Is a Contract? Contracts are found in a broad array of contexts. While contracts themselves may differ, they all have a few key components: the presence of an offer, the acceptance of that offer, and an exchange of consideration, meaning value such as goods, services, or money. Technically, contract law covers virtually all economic exchanges. Take, for example, the purchase of a hamburger: the restaurant is offering th

  • Do You Have to Do Probate When Someone Dies?

    Do You Have to Do Probate When Someone Dies? A term frequently heard after someone dies is “probate.” Probate is the legal process used to administer a deceased person’s estate by gathering assets, settling debts, and ultimately providing financial distributions to members of the family. As a judicial process, the probate judge is essentially providing legal oversight of the transfer of assets to others, whether or not there was a final will. When a loved one passes away, it’s common to wonder whether you have to go through the probate process.  While technically, it isn’t automatically mandatory in Washington state, the practical realities of dealing with an estate’s creditors, heirs, and other interested parties means that using the p

  • Can a Grandfather Clause Be Revoked?

    Non-conforming use, more commonly referred to as a "grandfathered use," is a concept found in zoning and land use law. To understand it fully, one must understand how zoning and land use codes work. State and local government use municipal "zoning codes" to govern how buildings are constructed and how land is utilized. What's more, codes govern not only what people can build, how they can build it. For instance, one section of municipal code would limit one's lot to a single-family residence, but another section might mandate how large the home can be for the lot. The difficulty with code is that it changes and evolves over time. In a manner of thinking, it’s as though the regulatory goal posts can shift. Grandfathered uses, therefore, occur when a

  • Avoiding Probate in Washington State

    Probate is the legal process by which a court oversees how the assets of an estate are divided up. The probate process may occur, regardless of whether the deceased has a will. How to avoid probate in Washington depends on your goals and the complexity of the estate. You may want your family members to avoid going through the process because, depending on the nature of the estate, it may take a long time to complete, require significant participation from the administrator or executor, and, if legal counsel is used, it can generate a significant amount of attorney’s fees. Probate is a legal process that includes: Proving that a will, if there is one, is valid Identifying and creating an inventory of the deceased’s property and liabili