I only handle uncontested divorce by mail which requires an asset and debt spreadsheet. The spreadsheet formulas will automatically calculate the sum of assets and debts and the difference between the two parties. The difference should be close to zero except for property owned before marriage, inheritance received during marriage, and property acquired after separation. This spreadsheet will document that the parties have made a fair and equitable distribution of assets and debts.
Estate planning becomes highly relevant after divorce, so doing the two things together makes sense since the asset and debt information is identical for both, but it is easier to gather and less confrontational in the estate planning context.
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Also, the process of having one lawyer represent both parties for estate planning means I cannot represent either party against each other ever. This encourages voluntary agreement because I lose two clients if you cannot agree on everything related to your divorce. This process works very well for certain people, but does not work for everyone.
There are many forms required for an uncontested divorce petition. You can download them below to see what is involved.
My philosophy is that trying to reach a resolution in the cheapest, fastest, least contentious way possible is best for many people and is a good place to start. You can always get counsel to represent you and only you. If you have MetLife legal insurance you can go to the MetLife website and look for family law attorneys. You should be able to find someone whose practice focus is consistent with that you need. It is important to have a good match between your goals and the lawyer best suited to help you achieve them.
Child support and parenting plans are an additional layer of complexity with their own sets of forms. I recommend addressing the property and debt issues and estate planning issues before attacking the child related issues.
The reasons are that there is a public policy against the trading of property and debt concessions in exchange for anything related to children. For example, child support is statutory and cannot be bargained in exchange for any other benefit to the parties because child support does not belong to the parties, it belongs to the children.
The other reason is that the child related issues tend to be the most difficult and by practicing communicating and coming to an agreement regarding property and debt issues and agreeing on the importance of estate planning for the protection of children, it makes agreement on child related issues more likely.
If divorce is ever something you are considering, the process of creating separate property trusts, postnuptial agreements, and proposed division of assets and debts can be helpful to reduce anxiety in marriage and also make an uncontested divorce more likely.
Washington State offers divorce by mail in Lincoln County. This method is the fastest and cheapest way of getting divorced.
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While my practice is centered on helping consumers get out of debt and protect themselves and their families in the event of death or incapacity, I am happy to offer additional legal services to my existing estate planning and bankruptcy clients.
Are you worried about mounting debt?
Or facing a Judgment, Garnishment or Foreclosure?
Have you been putting off getting an estate plan for too long?
I offer my clients legal counsel regarding foreclosure, buying and selling real estate, Transfer on Death Deeds, and real estate matters generally.
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Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mission:
To Always Be a Human Being First – and My Role Second.
To First, Do No Harm, then to provide the best legal outcome, smoothest process, best value, and to make a positive difference in the life of every client.
Christopher S. Mulvaney’s Mantra:
May I be filled with loving kindness for all life.
May I be safe from dangers within and without.
May I be healthy in body, mind, socially, and spiritually.
May I be at ease and happy doing good in the world.
Every client is an estate planning client.
Additional services related to debt, bankruptcy, and real estate are available to estate planning clients.
I offer initial ZOOM legal consultations to prospective estate planning and bankruptcy clients for two reasons:
(1) determining if the issues are within my practice areas (the “wheelhouse“), and
(2) determining whether a potential client is willing to let me lead them to the best likelihood of achieving a favorable outcome with the smoothest process of getting there.
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If you have read this far, you may be interested to know what I need to explain to potential clients very quickly which is the intersection in the Venn Diagram above of my practice areas and insurance coverage. As you can see the numbers of case types that are not in my practice areas is large, as is the number of case types that are neither in my practice area nor covered by legal insurance. The intersection is what I call the Wheelhouse. It contains two practice areas – estate planning and bankruptcy that pay all of the bills.
The small miscellaneous bit of my practice which I only do in conjunction with estate planning (bankruptcy is also done in conjunction with estate planning, so every client is an estate planning client. The challenge to me is to quickly explain to prospective clients that the long list of miscellaneous services on the left side of the diagram do not pay the bills – they are simply done to assist my estate planning clients with other matters that are not economical for lawyers to handle in isolation, so they would likely have difficulty finding counsel to assist them.
That is the difference between paying out of pocket by the hour and using flat fee legal insurance. If you are paying by the hour, you have more latitude regarding what the scope of service includes and what it does not. However, if the issue is too small you are not likely to find a lawyer to assist you even if you are willing to pay more than the market hourly rate because many smaller cases interfere with revenue production, increase stress, and increase risk.
That is an important part of why I do what I do the way I do it. There are many lawyers to serve you if you have means, in the manner you wish to be served. However, the majority of middle class and lower middle class people do not have access to legal representation and advice when they need it. In 1979, I heard Jimmy Carter give a speech in which he said that America is over lawyered and under represented. That is more true now than it was then.
I see my niche in the law as representing people in the most economical way possible for the most people, which is through legal insurance. Egalitarian access to legal services affordable by as many people as possible is a value for me. I have the privilege of earning a living in a manner that is consistent with my values. So, if you choose to become a client of MULVANEY LAW OFFICES, PLLC I thank you for allowing me to be who I am in my work, and to serve with my whole self – not divorced from consideration for the good of society in the pursuit of forever more profit.