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My How Time Flies

It’s been 10 (!!) months since my last post, and I have no idea where the time went. Yikes! So I’ve decided to rededicate myself to the blog and hope to post weekly. I’ve also let go of the idea that I should keep the blog limited to only a couple topics. My head doesn’t really work that way, so I’ve decided to stop fighting my urge to post about other legally-related topics. You, dear reader, can expect a little more randomness.

So what’s on my radar? Well, it’s election season. And while the presidential election will naturally take up most of the headlines, there are other, under-the-radar races that have a big impact on the citizens of this great state. For example, there are 3 Washington Supreme Court elections, and there’s a good chance 2 of them will be decided in the primary in August. It’s hard to find good, reliable information about judges, and it’s hard for the general public to know what makes a good judge. So I plan to post my thoughts about what I look for in judicial candidates and my thoughts on some of the races.

Similarly, we will be electing an Insurance Commissioner and a new Attorney General this year. Those are important races for consumers because the Insurance Commissioner regulates insurance companies and penalizes them when they’ve broken the law. And the Attorney General enforces laws designed to protect consumers. I’ll have some thoughts on those candidates, as well.

On a completely different note, there are several insurance cases at the Washington Supreme Court that are noteworthy because of their impact on consumers. If my timing is good, I will hopefully be able to blog about the opinions.

Up next, though, is a post about lawyer ethics and client solicitation.

I have no doubt there will be other things that pop up, too. So here’s to being back in the blogging saddle!

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What is covered by your homeowner’s insurance?

Insurance is important to have, whether it’s auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, commercial or professional insurance. We all know this. Sometimes bad things happen and it’s nice to know you’re covered just in case. But how many of you have actually read your insurance policies cover to cover and know what’s actually covered and what isn’t? The Office of the Insurance Commissioner for our fair state maintains a very helpful website with a blog and recently posted about 10 things your homeowner’s insurance typically doesn’t cover.

For example, these problems are generally not covered:

    • Slow leaks
    • Flooding
    • Foundation settling and cracking
    • Mold, mildew or dry rot
    • A home business
    • A second residence on the property

You should read the post for yourself. And for heaven’s sake, go read your insurance policy!! If something is not covered, you may be able to purchase separate insurance for it, like earthquake or flood damage. And consult with a lawyer if your insurance company is refusing to pay for something you think is covered.

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Links and blogs

To the right, I’m compiling a list of links to local, useful legal-related organizations and blogs. I would love suggestions of links and blogs to include. Any ideas?

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As if there aren’t enough law blogs out there…

Yes, we’re throwing our hats in the blogging ring because, hey, what’s one more law blog, right? 

Why start a blog now, you ask? (Or at least I’ll pretend you asked.) We went to the Washington State Association for Justice convention this past weekend and one of the seminars offered was on marketing. I came away with the distinct impression that those of us lawyers who aren’t blogging are considered stuck in the dark ages. Soooo, here we are.

What’s this blog all about, you ask? (Yeah, yeah, I’m just pretending again.) We hope to offer our (hopefully) interesting take on legal developments affecting our clients, whether that’s commenting on recent appellate cases, legal-related stories in the news, or our personal experiences. I can’t promise that we won’t occasionally stray off topic, though.

Come along for the ride.

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