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Pet Trusts In WA & OR: Caring for Your Pets When You Can No Longer Care for Them

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Many of us consider our pets to be another member of the family. For any “pet parent” out there, it is important to be aware of the same types of concerns that people have about any other family member. Namely, what will happen to your pet if something unfortunate should happen to you? How… Read More »

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Common Estate Planning Challenges

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Estate planning is not a simple task. It requires careful consideration and, well, planning. A seasoned estate planning attorney can walk you through your options and make sure that you keep in mind the various considerations that should guide your estate planning process. Below, we discuss some of the more common estate planning challenges…. Read More »

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Can an Estate Sue for Wrongful Death?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

There is little more shocking than the loss of a loved one. When that loss comes suddenly and unexpectedly, it can become even more difficult to process. If that loss was caused by someone else’s negligence, the negligent party can and should be held responsible for their actions. Wrongful death claims can be complex… Read More »

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Ways to Prevent Falling Asleep at the Wheel

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Drowsiness affects alertness, reaction time, and perception, while falling asleep at the wheel is extremely likely to lead to a crash. In fact, studies have shown that a driver who has not slept for over 24 hours experiences similar effects to someone with a… Read More »

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Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a person suffers a sudden, intense blow to the head, sending the brain bouncing around the skull. TBIs include concussions, brain contusions, penetrating brain injuries (when an object pierces the skull), and anoxic brain injury (damage suffered when oxygen is unable to reach the brain). The risks of… Read More »

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What Are Passenger Rights in a Car Accident?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Drivers are not the only parties injured in car crashes. Often, passengers in car crashes suffer injuries just as bad, if not worse, than the drivers involved. If you are injured in a crash as a passenger, what are your options? Can you file claims against either or both drivers? Read on for a… Read More »

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Common Types of Child Car Accident Injuries

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Parents care first and foremost about the safety of their children. Parents install all kinds of safety precautions in their homes and are constantly vigilant while out in the world, including while driving an automobile. Even with proper safety measures in place, unfortunately, accidents do happen, and children can get hurt. Continue reading for… Read More »

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Lutgens Law Firm Taking Steps for Client Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Lutgens Law Firm has taken steps to address the safety of clients and staff members at the firm. Below are some of the measures we are implementing to address your safety during this time: We are now offering Zoom meetings to all clients and prospective clients. For… Read More »

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Understanding the Personal Injury Laws in Washington and Oregon

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

Personal injury claims typically break down to four elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages. Car accident claims, for example, turn on everyone’s duty to drive reasonably and follow traffic safety laws. If a person drives negligently, they have breached that duty. If their negligence causes an accident and that accident hurts a victim, the… Read More »

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What are the Types of Guardianship in Washington and Oregon?

By John Lutgens, Attorney at Law |

A guardianship is a legal relationship under which one person is legally responsible for managing the finances, medical decisions, and physical care of another person. Typically, the “protected person” under the care of a guardian is either a minor child or an adult who is unable to care for themselves due to physical or… Read More »

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