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State Court Records Access-Does the Medium Matter?

October 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Historically, state courts have offered public access to court records where the information resides-at the local courthouse. Any person willing to travel to the courthouse could request to view and copy records from the court clerk or document custodian in the available format, whether paper or electronic. However, with the emergence of record scanning, data […]

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For Whom the Bridge Tolls…the fiction of appealing a fine in the new Washington state Toll Courts?

September 7th, 2012 · No Comments

Imagine receiving a penalty notice for unpaid toll bridge fees totaling hundreds of dollars. Then imagine disputing those fees in one of two new toll courts in Washington state, only to discover that the likelihood of fine dismissal is practically nil. Since the toll courts opened their doors in May 2012, 75% of drivers who […]

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Tags: Uncategorized · Washington

What is a Surrogate?

December 28th, 2011 · No Comments

All state court systems have procedures for handling wills and other estate matters, including estate administration, guardianships, conservatorships, and trusts. When someone dies with a will, the will must be proved to be valid, and the instructions in the will carried out. This process is called probate, so most courts that handle estate matters have […]

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