All Washington State practicing attorneys are required to take continuing legal education courses, equivalent to approximately 15 hours of approved courses per year. I am off to Walla Walla, Washington tomorrow to attend the Washington State Bar Association's annual Real Property, Probate and Trust Bar section's midyear meeting and conference. This midyear meeting and conference includes about three days of continuing legal education seminars in the legal practice areas of estate planning, probate, trust, and real property. I attended the annual Real Property, Probate and Trust midyear meeting and conference last year at Suncadia, Washington, and found it to be a very solid conference. I am looking forward to the presentations this year, and applying what I learn at the conference for the benefit of my clients.
We will be in a new office effective July 1, 2017! We will be located at 385 Court Street, Suite 4, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250. This is in the Court Street Professional Building across the street from the San Juan County Courthouse. This new location enables us to simply cross the street to the Courthouse for certain types of work we regularly do on behalf of our clients, such as hearings with the Judge, filings with the Court Clerk, and recordings with the Auditor. We will use as our mailing address Post Office Box 3019, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250. Our phone and fax numbers, email addresses, and website will all remain the same.
Did you know that in 2014, 50.7% of the acreage in San Juan County was taxed based upon fair market value? 21.5% was exempt from property tax altogether, 13.5% was taxed as “designated forest land,” and 14.3% was in an “open space” or “current use” program. This article addresses the 14.3% of property in San Juan County that is in an open space or current use program.
As many of you know, Bill Weissinger is moving to “of counsel” status at the firm. Beginning on July 1st, 2015, he will work two days per week, usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Mimi Wagner, who has worked at the firm with Bill for more than ten years and has more than 15 years of legal experience overall, will be buying the firm from Bill. The name of the law offices will change from the Law Offices of William J. Weissinger P.S. to Wagner Law Offices P.C. Mimi will continue to work at the firm full-time.
Our attorneys successfully defended San Juan County landowners in a Washington State Supreme Court case. In that case, a neighbor appealed a building permit granted to our clients. The building permit was for a room to be built above an existing garage, and the neighbor unsuccessfully and repeatedly sued both our clients and San Juan County to have the building permit overturned.