CHRISTOPHER S. MULVANEY
MULVANEY LAW OFFICES, PLLC
141205 SE 36th St. Ste. 100 Bellevue, Washington 98006-1553
1) I care about the outcome of your case.
If I don’t believe I can give you a high probability of achieving your desired outcome, I would prefer you hire someone else.
I am committed to representation proceeding smoothly, so that you are pleasantly surprised and delighted. At the end, I want you so say, “That wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.”
I want each and every client to feel that what they received from the representation was worth what was paid and more. I am not the
cheapest lawyer or the most expensive. I aim for the place where the benefit to you is greatest.
I strive for excellence and continue to learn everything I can, so that I can stand resolute between you and whatever you are facing.
Addressing your legal issues takes place within a larger context of transformation from who you were to who you become after you have made the best choices for yourself under your particular circumstances. I am privileged to be part of the options and possibilities which open up to you having worked through your legal issues.
Areas of Practice
- Estate planning
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 13
- Consumer Bankruptcy
- Wills & Trusts
- Uncontested Divorce
- Washington, 2003
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2003
- U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2008
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
- J.D. cum laude – May, 2002
- Honors: With Honors
- Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
- M.A., Master of Arts – June, 1998
- Honors: Cum Laude
- Honors: With Honors
- Major: Organizational Leadership
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association, Member
- National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member
HOW I WORK TO HELP YOU TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
The Wheelhouse — Death And Debt
The wheelhouse (In baseball, the zone of a batter’s swing range that is most advantageous for hitting a home run) of my law practice is Debt (Chapter 7 & Chapter 13 Consumer Bankruptcy) and Death (Estate Planning (Revocable Living Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, for Finances & Health, & Living Wills) and Probate). Cases in the wheelhouse are the ore cases that drive the profitability of the Firm – the money makers. I believe that facing head on these morbid subjects, the only two things certain in life (not just tax debt is certain), is the best way for clients to take control of their lives, and not allow financial pressures to crowd out what is really important.
Cases Taken And Not Taken, And Why
I am a transactional attorney. I do not take litigation cases. In addition to my primary practice are cases, I also takes cases such as: Uncontested Joint Petition Divorce or Legal Separation, Pre-nuptial & Post-nuptial Agreements, Name Changes, Debt Collection Defense, Debt Negotiation & Settlement, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Issues, Collection Proof Issues for Retired or Disabled Clients, Foreclosure, Short Sale or Loan Modification Advice, Buying or Selling a Home Advice, LLC Formation Advice, Residential Lease Review, Consumer Protection & Warranty Issues, Home Contractor Issues, Quitclaim Deeds, Easement Issues, HOA Issues, Affidavits of Small Estates, Review of Client’s Parents Estate Plans, and other matters that are not in the wheelhouse, and don’t generate much revenue, but either directly or indirectly lead to cases in the wheelhouse. These types of non-core matters are addressed for marketing purposes, since a practice emphasizing non-core matters would fail. A common expression for this is when an experienced lawyer tells a new lawyer not to “major in minors,” which is to say not to take small cases.
Legal Services Agreement
So, I can assist clients (especially those with legal insurance) much more effectively if we meet in person and you sign a legal services agreement which details how I work with clients (even if you are paying nothing out of pocket). I go above and beyond to assist clients with issues related to my core practice areas, and with matters not covered by insurance to the extent I am able – but, only if clients work with me.
It is a situation like when you are on an airplane and the flight attendant instructs you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping anyone else. I need to do certain preliminary things to put my oxygen mask on first, then I will be happy to assist you.
Dangers Of Talking On The Phone
Sometimes, a prospective client will call and want to talk on the phone about a minor issue. Talking on the phone with a client I have never met, who hasn’t retained me, is an unacceptably high level of risk of misunderstanding for which I cannot be compensated even if the client has legal insurance for the issue in question. Since the reason I have made myself available to handle minor matters, and the only reason I can address minor matters in the first place, is to get cases in my core practice area wheelhouse, there is a conflict of interest if I talk to the prospective client on the phone (or engage in more than preliminary email communication) because I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news at that point.
Economics Of Law Practice — Balancing Business & Profession
I hope that this helps you understand the economics of the practice of law enough to avoid unreasonable expectations. If clients work with me, especially regarding realizing that I am not compensated to talk with them on the phone or engage in lengthy email exchanges, then I can provide the quality of service that I would want at the extraordinary value that I would want if I were the client. Once you have retained me, you will have much more freedom to email me questions and have me respond at no charge.
Mulvaney Law Offices,PLLC, is located in Bellevue, Washington, representing estate planning & probate, chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, and real estate transactions clients in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah, Sammamish, Maple Valley, Burien, SeaTac, and throughout King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.