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Is Insuring Boundaries Possible?

Jeff Lucas, PLS, Esq. has had the idea of creating an insurance company to insure boundaries for some time. He explains the history of the creation of the insurance industry in his recent POB article. [1] Jeff also gives an overview of the arc of the audiences he has approached on the subject as expressed … Continue Reading

Peace Is Created By Disciplined and Passionate Lawyers

I encourage anyone who (like me) didn’t attend Washington Supreme Court Justice Bob Utter’s April 29, 2015 memorial service at Washington State’s Temple of Justice to read the admiring words Judge Robert H. Alsdorf (ret.) had to say about Justice Utter as reproduced in the NWSidebar. [1] Below, please find some of the cut-out excerpts … Continue Reading

Elderly Might Only Have Neighbors as Connections

Seattle Times Reporter Erick Lacitis on May 19 published an interesting story on Wednesday, May 19 titled: West Seattle couple leaves all their assets – $847,215 – to Uncle Sam. [See Here.] Included in the article is a reproduction of what appears to be the actual Cashier’s Check drawn on Umpqua Bank and signed by the … Continue Reading

Realtors Help Your Clients with the Form 17

Realtors who though understanding the mechanics of the Form 17 may not fully understand its rationale. This post seeks to do this and advise how Realtors can best help their listing clients to use this as a tool to strike the proper value between increasing value and reducing risk. [1] First, we need to step … Continue Reading

Can Comic Relief Be Used For Mediations?

Tonight, will be Dave Letterman’s last night hosting the Late Show. That’s quite a run. With YouTube we are now able to watch some of his more interesting shows. One of these was his interview of Andy Kaufman and wrestler Jerry Lawler. What ensued on that show is extremely bewildering. Overall, Andy Kaufman who is … Continue Reading

Qualification v. Quantification of Risk

Risk is a fact of life. Some seek to avoid it. Others seek it out. Those that do the former might end up spending almost every waking hour yet in bed waiting for nightfall when they can legitimate shut-eye. Others might seek to hit the bounds of risk so hard that they end up like … Continue Reading

Congratulations Law Graduates – Now Just Clear the Bar!

University of Washington School of Law, Gonzaga University School of Law, and my Alma mater – Seattle University School of Law will be soon graduating their respective 2015 JD scholars. Congratulations! You’ve come a long way and you better soak up every bit of your days in the sun that you can. Why? Well, it’s … Continue Reading

The Inverse Relationship between Money and Neighborliness

Because people in the main don’t tend to move up and down the economic strata and in and out of their homes, it apparently isn’t commonly recognized that there is an inverse relationship between Money and Neighborliness. What does this mean, well think of a see-saw. Or if you would rather, the interplay between the … Continue Reading

Skyways: The Ultimate Air Easement

The Seattle Times FYI [Statistics] Guy Gene Balk put together a very interesting article toward the end of this March. Ith’s title: Newcomers arriving in record numbers, but from where? Here’s a reproduction of Gene’s hook and lead paragraphs: It’s official: Amazon boom beats Microsoft boom. In 2014, King County smashed a 24-year-old record for the … Continue Reading

The Retirement of UW Professor Julia Gold

University of Washington’s Mediation Clinic Director Professor Julia Gold is retiring. I wish Julia the very best. Just over two years ago I went to the 2013 mediation and arbitration conference which Julia co-chaired with two others: Kathy Kline and Nancy Highness. This conference was one of the most intellectually stimulating environments. Fortunately while there, I … Continue Reading

Time Dating Methods

In that the New Year has just begun, I thought it might be appropriate to take a moment to write about my time dating method. Take a moment to look above this post. do you think it is a little odd? Europeans date smallest to largest time segment in a dd.mm.yyyy format. Chinese go the … Continue Reading

Pete Carroll’s Failure Preceded Success – Experience 2015

“Pete Carroll’s Road to Superbowl Success Was Paved With Past Failures” is the title of a post which was posted out the day after the Seahawks won the Superbowl in non-other than Investors.com (powered by Investor’s Business Daily). The first paragraph of that post was also only a single sentence which stated: “Congratulations to Pete … Continue Reading

2014 LSAW Fall Seminar: RESEARCHING WASHINGTON SURVEY RECORDS

That’s right! The time has again come to slip in under the wire to another exciting Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington (LSAW) seminar. So what’s happening. Well … LSAW’s Lower Columbia Chapter – right across the river from the Willamette Meridian – in Vancouver, WA is hosting this event to bring surveyors (further) up to … Continue Reading

Crites v. Koch, 49 Wn.App. 171, 741 P.2d 1005 (1987) – Re: South Part – Sufficiency THAP

Crites v. Koch, 49 Wn.App 171, 741 P.2d 1005 (Div. III, 1987.08.06) – [Cause No. 7898-1-III] upholds the Whitman County Trial Court’s decision to quiet title by adverse possession to plaintiff Crites to land south of an access road, but reversed the trial court’s decision to also award a Crites a prescriptive easement to land north … Continue Reading

Crites v. Koch, 49 Wn.App. 171, 741 P.2d 1005 (1987) – Re South Part – Permissive Use

Crites v. Koch, 49 Wn.App 171, 741 P.2d 1005 (Div. III, 1987.08.06) – [Cause No. 7898-1-III] upholds the Whitman County Trial Court’s decision to quiet title by adverse possession to plaintiff Crites to land south of an access road, but reversed the trial court’s decision to also award a Crites a prescriptive easement to land north … Continue Reading

Crites v. Koch, 49 Wn.App. 171, 741 P.2d 1005 (1987) – Re South Part – Exclusive Use

Crites v. Koch, 49 Wn.App 171, 741 P.2d 1005 (Div. III, 1987.08.06) – [Cause No. 7898-1-III] upholds the Whitman County Trial Court’s decision to quiet title by adverse possession to plaintiff Crites to land south of an access road, but reversed the trial court’s decision to also award a Crites a prescriptive easement to land north … Continue Reading

Thompson v. Schlittenhart, 47 Wn.App. 209, 734 P.2d 48 (1987) – Sufficiency THAP

Thompson v. Schlittenhart, 47 Wn.App. 209, 734 P.2d 48 (Div. I, 1987.03.18) – [Cause No: 17041-4-I] – upholds (a King County [Superior] Trial Court decision regarding a quiet title matter brought by Thompsons against the Schlittenharts who unsuccessfully claimed adverse possession to legal descriptions which overlap. Facts: General: Land Type: City/Suburban Water Feature: Not Specified … Continue Reading

Thompson v. Schlittenhart, 47 Wn.App. 209, 734 P.2d 48 (1987) – No Adverse Possession Against Oneself

Thompson v. Schlittenhart, 47 Wn.App. 209, 734 P.2d 48 (Div. I, 1987.03.18) – [Cause No: 17041-4-I] – upholds (a King County [Superior] Trial Court decision regarding a quiet title matter brought by Thompsons against the Schlittenharts who unsuccessfully claimed adverse possession to legal descriptions which overlap. Facts: General: Land Type: City/Suburban Water Feature: Not Specified … Continue Reading

Thompson v. Schlittenhart, 47 Wn.App. 209, 734 P.2d 48 (1987) – Exclusive Use

Thompson v. Schlittenhart, 47 Wn.App. 209, 734 P.2d 48 (Div. I, 1987.03.18) – [Cause No: 17041-4-I] – upholds (a King County [Superior] Trial Court decision regarding a quiet title matter brought by Thompsons against the Schlittenharts who unsuccessfully claimed adverse possession to legal descriptions which overlap. Facts: General: Land Type: City/Suburban Water Feature: Not Specified … Continue Reading

Thompson v. Schlittenhart, 47 Wn.App. 209, 734 P.2d 48 (1987) – Grantors’ Intent

Thompson v. Schlittenhart, 47 Wn.App. 209, 734 P.2d 48 (Div. I, 1987.03.18) – [Cause No: 17041-4-I] – upholds (a King County [Superior] Trial Court decision regarding a quiet title matter brought by Thompsons against the Schlittenharts who unsuccessfully claimed adverse possession to legal descriptions which overlap. Facts: General: Land Type: City/Suburban Water Feature: Not Specified … Continue Reading

Roy v. Cunningham, 46 Wn.App. 409, 731 P.2d 526 (1986) – Sufficiency THAP

Roy v. Cunningham, 46.Wn.App.409, 731 P.2d 526 (1986.12.30) – [Cause No: 7208-8-III] – upholds the Yakima County Superior Court – [Case No: 83 2-01530-7] liability trial decision of Judge Jo Anne Alumbagh in favor of adverse possessors, Plaintiffs Roy, et al, yet remanded for redetermination damages for which title holder, Defendants Cunningham, et al, were … Continue Reading

Roy v. Cunningham, 46 Wn.App. 409, 731 P.2d 526 (1986) – Tortious Interference of Business Expectancy

Roy v. Cunningham, 46.Wn.App.409, 731 P.2d 526 (1986.12.30) – [Cause No: 7208-8-III] – upholds the Yakima County Superior Court – [Case No: 83 2-01530-7] liability trial decision of Judge Jo Anne Alumbagh in favor of adverse possessors, Plaintiffs Roy, et al, yet remanded for redetermination damages for which title holder, Defendants Cunningham, et al, were … Continue Reading

Roy v. Cunningham, 46 Wn.App. 409, 731 P.2d 526 (1986) – Estoppel

Roy v. Cunningham, 46.Wn.App.409, 731 P.2d 526 (1986.12.30) – [Cause No: 7208-8-III] – upholds the Yakima County Superior Court – [Case No: 83 2-01530-7] liability trial decision of Judge Jo Anne Alumbagh in favor of adverse possessors, Plaintiffs Roy, et al, yet remanded for redetermination damages for which title holder, Defendants Cunningham, et al, were … Continue Reading
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