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A real estate deal involves a lot of small print. Just one little technical mistake could haunt you for years and cost you unknowable amounts of time and money.
Whether youâ€™re a first-time home buyer, investing in rental properties, or growing your business, your real estate transaction is a complex investments with many secondary financial implications.
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The parenting plan is a blueprint for how the parties will raise the child from the effective date of the plan through to completion of high school. It includes details such as where the child will spend each day of each vacation in any given year, how the child's doctor will be selected, and the number and type of extra-curricular activities in which the child shall participate in any period of time.
50 / 50 residential schedules. However, in 2007, the Washington Legislature took a small but significant step towards split custody.
Under the revised statute the court may order the child to spend substantially equal intervals of time in each household where it is in the best interest of the child. This change has probably made courts more willing to order split custody over time.
In practice, at least in the foreseeable future, courts are probably not going to award 50/50 custody when the child is under school age and if there is a history of conflict. On the other hand, they probably will award 50/50 custody if the child is in 1st grade or older and there is a history of shared parenting. The courts will almost certainly award 50/50 custody if both parents are in agreement.
A prenuptial agreement, also called a prenup (or an antenuptial agreement), is a contract between two people contemplating marriage to each other. The standard prenup focuses on how the couple's assets will be distributed in the event of divorce. Prenups are commonly used where one party enters the marriage with significantly more assets than the other and wishes to retain those assets in the event of a divorce. A prenup may also be helpful where one party expects a large sum of money in the future and the other party did not contribute to that expectation. Finally, a prenup may help protect one party's interest in the other party's future revenue-generating potential.
To be valid, each party to the prenup must fully disclose all assets before signing the prenup, be represented by independent legal counsel (or knowingly waive their right to independent counsel), and most importantly, not be under duress or undue influence. To ensure fairness and to adhere to an absence of undue influence, or perception thereof, it is best to have the prenup signed long before the wedding date.
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Yale was great... affordable, accessible, responsive and knowledgeable. He spent time with me one-on-one and achieved a positive outcome for my family and me.
With his many years of experience, Mr. Lewis was very knowledgeable in response to my case. While he acted as my council, he was prompt in his responses and clear about what had to be done, saving me time and money..
If you need an attorney to tell you the truth and get the job done, Mr. Lewis is definitely the right attorney. I have been a Paralegal in the legal field for more than 5 years and have met many attorneys and Mr. Lewis is by far one of the most well-versed attorneys in his field that I have ever met.
Debunking Some Real Estate Myths
I have a real estate broker so I donâ€™t need a lawyer.
A real estate broker is paid to close deals, not to look out for your interests. They are not qualified to offer legal advice and may not be too concerned about the finer details of your contract. Legal advice from an experienced real estate attorney protects your interests and helps avoid significant issues down the road.
Real estate attorneys are too expensive.
The pricing is determined by the firm you choose, but there are many quality real estate attorneys that perform basic real estate services like title searches, contract reviews, and closings for very reasonable fees. In any case, it is much more affordable then ending up in costly litigation due to issues that were easily avoidable.
Lawyers just complicate the process.
A good real estate attorney should actually make your transaction go more smoothly. We reduce the chances of last-second surprises that delay or disrupt your transaction by doing our due-diligence up front.
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O.YALE LEWIS III
The Premier Family and Indian Law Attorney In Seattle
Mr. Lewis received his B.A. in literary studies, cum laude, with honors, from Middlebury College, Vermont, his M.S. in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York, and his J.D. from the University of Washington. During law school, he was on law review and published two law review articles, one of which took first place in the annual writing competition sponsored by the American Indian Law Review.
Mr. Lewis is a father and a native son. Mr. Lewis grew up on Bainbridge Island. He spent most of his twenties in Vermont, Alaska, Maine, New York, and Idaho before finally settling down back in Seattle. During those years, he was engaged primarily in commercial fishing, commercial diving, and journalism. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, rock climbing, and mountaineering in the North Cascades
Mr. Lewis has been litigating family and Indian law. Mr. Lewis has been litigating family and Indian law matters for over 15 years. He appears regularly on the family law motions calendar in King County, in addition to other superior courts and tribal courts in Western Washington. He tries up to three cases per year and also conducts multiple mediations and arbitrations. He also handles appeals.
Mr. Lewis has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, USDC W. Dist. Wash., USDC E. Dist. Wash., and most of the tribal bars in the State of Washington. Mr. Lewis is a sole practitioner. As such, he is able to carefully select his clients and devote his attention to a small book of business at any one time.
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I am going to be very honest: my case has not gone before the judge yet. Knowing that I am still absolutely comfortable giving Mr. Lewis a 5-star rating. He has already earned my trust and admiration. He is beyond attentive; he is proactive and I can tell he spends a lot of time and energy on my case. He is in constant email and phone communication. Any question I have is answered promptly, thoroughly and honestly. Quite simply put, he is the best lawyer I have ever worked with. I can not recommend him enough.
When Mr. Lewis isn’t helping clients, he spends a considerable portion of his free time advocating
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