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No One Should Commit Suicide Over Debt

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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Mediate Sooner and Save Your Mental and Financial Health

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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Why Divorce Selfies Are A Good Thing

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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Think You’re Getting Half of Everything? Think Again.

Published on July 28, 2015, by in Divorce.

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

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You Shouldn’t Fear Mediation You Should Fear Litigation

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.

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What If Edward and Bella Got Divorced?

Published on July 16, 2013, by in Divorce.

I know it’s too painful to think about and it will never never ever happen but let’s just pretend it might. Edward and Bella do not live happily ever after. As a matter of fact they barely make it out of the honeymoon stage. Let’s take a fun (and of course hypothetical) look at our

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Have You Been Putting Off Getting A Will Long Enough?

No one wants to talk about it or think about it, but let’s face it, we all need a will. Wills are important in deciding who will take care of your beloved hamster Skeeter and who will get your prized Pez dispenser collection. More seriously wills are important in deciding who will be appointed a

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