Washington Lawyers Practice Manual

What is the WLPM?

Washington Lawyers Practice Manual

As one of the most comprehensive Washington State legal reference sets, the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual is updated annually and designed to provide practitioners statewide with the most current information available. Providing instant access to 26 of the most frequently used areas of Washington, the 2022 publication features edits to over two thirds of the chapters. Extensive updates in Consumer Law, Probate, Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Trust Act, Estate Planning, Employment Discrimination, Bankruptcy Practice, Eastern District Bankruptcy Practice, Public Entitlement Law, Land Use and Environmental Law and more! 


  • Over 1,000 Forms
  • Practice Tips & Checklists
  • Bibliographies
  • Annual Updates
  • Useful statewide, covering 26 areas of Washington State Law
  • Available as an 8-volume print set or as a single USB flash drive*
  • USB flash drive version includes a searchable, comprehensive Table of Contents: Search all TOCs at once, rather than one chapter at a time
  • Individual chapters also available on USB flash drive

*The USB flash drive version of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual has interactive forms, can be key-word searched, and each table of contents heading is electronically linked to the corresponding section of the text. The USB flash drive not only includes the text of each chapter as a PDF file, but provides the forms in Word as well, making them easier to adapt for your own use!


Large firms use our eight-volume print edition of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual to support the research of out-of-state summer interns. The full USB flash drive edition* also allows solo practitioners and smaller law firms to reduce library research time. No matter what size your practice, the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual allows you to save time and pass on valuable savings on to clients. A great resource for non-attorney professionals and paralegals, too!


Proceeds from the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual help support our Pro Bono Services programs including the Neighborhood Legal Clinics program, ensuring our community’s continued access to the justice system at absolutely no cost. Since 1974, the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics have offered free legal advice and consultation to King County residents. Last year, over 1030 volunteer attorneys and assistants served nearly 6,728 clients at 45 clinics countywide


The Washington Lawyers Practice Manual is a subscription service. With the purchase of a complete print or USB flash drive edition, you will automatically be subscribed to receive annual updates to ensure your Washington Lawyers Practice Manual always reflects the most up-to-date information. Given the number of changes to the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual every year, our members want to know that their reference material represents current law. Each year prior to the release of the annual update, you will receive correspondence from KCBA to confirm your subscription and the impending delivery of your updated information. You may cancel your subscription at any time.


To receive your edition of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual order on-line or mail this form with your payment to:
King County Bar Association
1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101

If your practice focuses on only certain areas of the law, you can tailor your purchase to meet your individual needs. To customize your order of individual chapters, order online. If you have questions about your order, phone 206-267-7051 or e-mail: wlpm@kcba.org.

2022–2023 New Admittees: please contact membership@kcba.org for your free chapter! * New Admittees must join KCBA in order to receive the free chapter. * Free Chapter not available thru online ordering. 

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WLPM Testimonials

Current users of the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual say:

I heard about [the WLPM] through a friend of mine who is an attorney in town. I bought it because I just started The Collins Law Group and knew that the books would help with the varying caseload I anticipate having.

I have a solo practice. The practice manuals are a wonderful library source for research on issues that arise. The forms save time for the attorney and money for the client. The CD's save valuable space. The premise is really quite simple.

I just moved up here from CA and am starting my own law practice in Bellevue. I learned of your publication from both the WA State Bar and the KCBA website. I hope the lawyer's manual will start to familiarize me with WA law, since I have practiced law in CA for 2 years and I want to make sure I know the differences between WA and CA law in various areas.

Purchased the product back in 1999 and liked its basic information as a general practitioner. Later as I began to specialize, I had a more complete and detailed knowledge of my area of practice (bankruptcy). A couple of years ago I shut my practice down to work for a large firm as a patent lawyer. Preferred working for myself, so back to starting a general practice. Bankruptcy has taken a hit, and while the number of filers rebuild in light of the new laws I am taking on other projects.

I purchased the WLPM back in 1996 or 1997. I found it to be very useful. I have two new lawyers in our office with a third arriving in September. I know that it will be as useful to them as it was for me. In fact, I expect it will still be very useful for me.

I was first exposed to WLPM at law school. I will be setting up my solo practice soon.

I’ve wanted a print set for a while, and the CD works well for my small firm. Just so happens I'm finally in a financial position to be able to do it.

An attorney in our office received an email from KCBA saying the 2006 edition was out. He then forwarded on to our library attorney who forwarded on to me to place the order.

I am not sure where I heard of WLPM. It was probably law school. I went to Seattle U. My impetus for ordering was the feeling that I need more resources to help me get along with my new practice. I am just starting out - and I am on my own. I have a lot of questions and I think that if I get a hold of some good secondary sources, I will be a bit more efficient in my work.

We are the legal aid program in Washington – We have 10 offices and opening a new one in Walla Walla – I am in Seattle. All of our offices have the manual.

I heard about the new volumes by email from KCBA. My impetus for ordering was that I have an older version in my library and have found it very useful over the years.

This material is great for quick reference, both as to real world text and forms.

I got Gary Maehara’s email announcing the new edition. I liked the ability to buy individual chapters. I’m volunteering for a new free legal clinic on Bainbridge Island, and wanted to brush up on the basics of bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, and family law. Your publication seemed like a good way to do that.

I have used it at the law library, and this time I just thought I’d see if it was available online. When I found that I could purchase individual chapters rather than the entire set, it became both appealing and realistic for me to buy it.

[I]t will save me time in areas I am not too familiar with.