Happy New Year! I can’t believe 2017 is gone, I also can’t believe that I haven’t written a post in so long. I have been quite busy over the past few months. But I am going to try really hard to keep consistent this year, you could call it a resolution of sorts. There is
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
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
Before you jump into business with them buy them dinner first….and breakfast, then lunch, and dinner again.
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
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
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
Whenever I have a divorce client one of the first questions I get is: “I get half of everything right?” Washington is a community property state but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a 50/50 state, surprise! There are only 9 community property states: Louisiana, Arizona, California, Texas, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. That’s
50 Cent has a song called Baby By Me Baby where the chorus goes: “Have a baby by me baby and be a millionaire.” Basically meaning that because 50 Cent is so rich having a baby by him makes the mom an instant millionaire because of the child support. Now 50 is not the only
In the 4th grade I got appointed to the Conflict Resolution Team. We wore blue shirts and wandered the playground with clipboards looking for conflict to resolve. I don’t remember if we solved a lot of conflict but I did enjoy the idea of solving conflict. I became a certified mediator before I was lawyer.