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If you have a legal problem, your best course of action is probably always going to be to hire an experienced attorney to assist you with it.

If you are convinced you cannot afford to do so, however, or if for some reason you are unwilling to do so, it may help you to know that many local law libraries offer self-help kits that provide guidance – and in some instances forms at fairly low cost – covering certain types of legal needs.

By way of example, Clark County, Washington, has a law library whose form kits may be purchased and accessed through this link: Law Library Kits.

As of the publication of this blog, the Clark County Law Library’s website lists the following kits as being available for purchase, at a relatively modest cost:

Default judgment in Superior Court

Garnishment of a judgment

Gun rights restoration kit

Open and close probate with a will

Open and close probate without a will

Replevin in Superior Court

Small estate affidavit

Start a civil lawsuit in Superior Court

Start a contractor’s bond claim

Transfer on death deed

Also available as a free download is a kit entitled:

Sealed name change for domestic violence survivors

The Clark County Law Library posts its open-for-business hours presently as being from 9 AM to 2 PM weekdays excluding holidays. It is located on the first floor of the Clark County Courthouse, 1200 Franklin St., Vancouver, Washington. The phone number for the law library is 564-397-2268. (Email:

Again, though – legal matters are complicated, and self-representation is risky. In my humble opinion, having practiced law for over 40 years, your best bet if you have any type of legal problem is to promptly seek competent advice and representation from an attorney with relevant experience in the field of your concern.

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William K. Thayer

Bill Thayer is one of the founding partners of the Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards law firm. Bill is licensed in both Oregon and Washington, and actively practiced law from 1980 to 2021. He is now "of counsel" with Schauermann Thayer and serves as an arbitrator when appointed by the courts or litigants. During his more than 40 years of active law practice, Bill advised and represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims and litigation, including automobile collision, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian injury and death cases, dog bite cases, construction site injury claims, and a myriad of other types of injury and death claims. While many claims were settled through negotiation or mediation, Mr. Thayer litigated, arbitrated and/or tried to verdict many cases for his clients. He continues to occasionally be appointed by courts and other lawyers to serve as an arbitrator of tort claims. Bill enjoys writing as one of his varied recreational interests when he is not working.

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