Posts by Raymond Mutchler

We have moved!

My office has relocated to 3102 Rockefeller Avenue in downtown Everett. I look forward to serving your legal needs in my new space.

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Unemployment Appeals

In Washington State, employees may be entitled to compensation from the state unemployment insurance system when they become unemployed through no fault of their own. When a person (claimant) files a claim, the Employment Security Department will determine whether the claimant is entitled to unemployment benefits. Whether the Department grants or denies the claim, both…

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Documenting agreements and conversations

We make agreements and have important conversations all the time. Where are separated parents meeting to exchange the children? Where should a tenant pay his rent? Which neighbor is paying for the broken fence? A common legal problem occurs when a person thinks they have an agreement with another, but later the second person does…

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Can I modify my spousal maintenance?

As part of a divorce, a Washington court may order one spouse to pay the other a certain amount of money over a certain period of time as maintenance.  This spousal maintenance is intended to help equalize the economic positions of the parties after the divorce.  In setting maintenance, the court considers several factors such…

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Unlawful Detainer (eviction) – Part 1 – Notice

Before a landlord files an action for unlawful detainer (eviction), the tenant must be in a state of unlawful detainer first.  Otherwise the landlord risks not only having his action dismissed by the court but also having to pay the tenant’s attorney’s fees. In most cases, a written notice must be served on the tenant…

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Unlawful Detainer (eviction) – Introduction

The legal action for a landlord to recover their property from a tenant is called unlawful detainer.  In layman’s terms it is an eviction.  This is the introductory post for a three part series outlining the process. Unlawful detainer is a special expedited legal process.  Unlike most lawsuits, a contested unlawful detainer matter can be…

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The Advantage of Having a General Practice Attorney

“I believe that every person should have a personal attorney who acts as the equivalent of general counsel or family doctor. This is the trusted attorney one calls up first. This attorney won’t necessarily handle every legal matter for the client, but they will help coordinate and ensure matters don’t slip through the cracks or conflict.”

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