Appeals attorney Tacoma, WA

Don’t take defeat lying down

Disappointed in court? Caring, knowledgeable and highly skilled, a Helland Law Group civil appeals attorney might be able to help you.

If you have been through a trial, or the court has entered a final judgment in your case and you are dissatisfied with the results, we urge you to consult with an appeals attorney at our firm, Helland Law Group. We may be able to appeal your case and win.

Don’t forfeit your right to appeal

Tragically, sometimes good people forfeit their legal right to appeal because they wait too long to file.

Washington state law requires that an appeal be timely filed or your rights to appeal are deemed waived. Therefore, do not delay. Contact a Helland Law Group civil appeals attorney. Tacoma, WA, is home to many lawyers but we know you will appreciate the skill, knowledge, work ethic, and down-to-earth attitude of the appellate attorneys at our firm.

      Go with an experienced Tacoma appeals lawyer

      As Tacoma’s compassionate advocates since 1979, Helland Law Group has earned a reputation of trust and excellence.

      • Our appeals attorneys are experienced in a broad range of civil appellate issues.
      • Our appellate attorneys have argued and won in front of all the Washington state courts, including the Court of Appeals and the Washington State Supreme Court.

      A skilled Tacoma appeals lawyer from Helland Law Group can help you:

      • Evaluate the legal merit of an appeal
      • Package your argument in a compelling brief
      • And provide persuasive oral argument in front of the appellate court

      Appeals are extremely technical and based on sometimes-minor nuances in the law. Our team of attorneys can help you flesh out those issues and understand what rights you may have.

      Please contact our office for a free consultation with an appeals lawyer to determine if an appeal may be in your best interest.

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          Questions about Civil Appeals? Ask Slater.

          How do I appeal a case? ▾

          Glad you asked. When I was a young legal pup, I was a little confused about how appeals work too. The process to appeal a case varies by the court that it is in front of. Generally, matters that were heard by the Superior Court can be appealed to the Washington State Court of Appeals. If you do not prevail at the Washington State Court of Appeals, you can ask the Washington State Supreme Court to accept your case for review. Review with the Washington State Supreme Court is not guaranteed and acceptance depends on numerous factors.

          I lost at the trial court level, is there anything I can do? ▾

          Yes. Washington law provides that any party that does not prevail at the trial court level can appeal to a higher court to review the matter.

          I went in front of a court commissioner and lost. Can I appeal that? ▾

          Certainly. In Washington many issues, including lots of family law matters, are heard by court commissioners. Court commissioners are supervised by the trial court judges. So, if you are unsatisfied with the outcome of a hearing in front of a court commissioner, you have the right to ask that the trial court judge rehear the matter on revision (appeal) — but you have to make this request within a certain time frame or you lose your rights.

          What essential information do I need to know about appeals? ▾

          First, you have to know that there are strict time periods in which you can appeal a case. If you do not act within those time periods you will lose your right to appeal. Second, you must realize that appeals largely turn on very technical nuances in the law, and therefore, tend to be extremely complex. Your best chance at success on appeal rests with a skilled appellate attorney who knows what issues to focus on and how to present them.