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How Do You Get An Annulment in Washington State? (It’s not as easy as you think)

Published on September 15, 2017, in Family Law.

I’ve done a lot of divorces from short term marriages lately; and by short term I mean between 1 year and 6 weeks. When I get that first call from the divorce seeker they typically start by saying “I need a divorce. I’ve been married for __________ years/months/weeks. Wait! Is that an annulment because it’s

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Pro Se Mediation and The DIY Culture

I talk a lot about mediation and as a mediator I should. I think mediation is great. I wish more people would jump into mediation first instead of litigation. One of the great things about mediation in this DIY culture we have now is that it can be done without attorneys, you just need a

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What If Bella and Edward Got Divorced (Updated)

I recently got the chance to finally go to Forks. I’ve been wanting to go ever since I moved to Washington some 8 years ago. I’m not sure if it was ever thing my younger self dreamed of but it was fun none the less. My little getaway to the land of Twilight made me

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The Founder

Published on June 28, 2017, in Small Business.

ALASKA! Such a majestic beauty of wonder. There were glaciers, whales, sea lions, and nearly endless sun. So much to do and so much to see and do. So why would I be watching a movie in the cabin of my wonderful cruise ship? Well it was 2am and at that time there are no

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No One Should Commit Suicide Over Debt

Published on September 6, 2016, in Bankruptcy, Blog.

There was recently some news about a Seattle area teacher faking being assaulted. The reason behind it has finally come out. “Age old story of finances. I had a bunch of debt…Had a mountain of debt and was scrambling, rob Peter to pay Paul. And it was snowballing. Finally came clean with my wife on

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Before you jump into business with them buy them dinner first….and breakfast, then lunch, and dinner again.

Published on July 31, 2016, in Blog, Small Business.

Generally speaking, most people like to date for a bit before jumping into bed with someone. You want to know a bit of their history, what they are like, if you are compatible. I get that is not everyone, no judgment, but you should at least buy them dinner first. The same rule applies to

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Why The “D” Word is so Dangerous

Published on June 17, 2016, in Divorce, Family Law.

Recently I was sitting in a courtroom on recess waiting for the Judge to return. A woman began to talk to me. She was just finishing up her divorce and she was understandably upset. She began to explain that she never really wanted the divorce. As a divorce attorney that is usually the case. One

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Mediate Sooner and Save Your Mental and Financial Health

Published on April 30, 2016, in Divorce, Mediation.

Most divorce cases eventually settle. Most people probably don’t realize that but it is true. Divorce trials are not the norm. Because of this fun fact I believe that mediation in divorce or family law cases in general should happen sooner in the process instead of towards the end of the process. As it is

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Divorce Attorney Doesn’t Mean Anti-Marriage

Published on December 25, 2015, in Divorce.

I’ve never been married, therefore I have never been divorced. So I cannot say I completely understand what my clients go through when they are divorcing. I can image. I can empathize. I can listen. But I cannot say I know what it feels like. I recently purchased the Humans of New York book. Now,

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Why Divorce Selfies Are A Good Thing

Published on October 2, 2015, in Divorce.

A few years ago after finishing a divorce trial my client wanted a selfie. At first I was taken aback but then I realized that was a really good thing. A divorce is a very painful, trying, exhausting process; and if you are lucky enough to make it out still wanting a picture with your

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