Thank you for your interest in our office and our legal services. It is our goal to provide you with professional and efficient legal services. In order to make you more fully aware of the future course of your legal needs it is important that you have full and complete information regarding the process through which your legal needs will continue until its final conclusion.
Disclaimer: The following overview of drafting your own documents and representing yourself is intended for information only and is not intended as a substitute for meeting personally with Gregory L. Davies and getting legal advice regarding your specific legan needs.
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Legal needs can be complex and confusing. Whether you decide to process your matter yourself or hire our office to work with you there is no substitute for proper legal advice to ensure your legal needs are properly prepared, filed, negotiated and finalized.
Note to Do-It-Yourselfers:
If you choose to draft your own legal documents or do your own legal representation, we always recommend you have our office review your paperwork before you sign and file it with the court. We do charge a minimal fee for this review or any other services you request. We also encourage you to consult with our office during your legal process as you feel the need. If, at any time, you feel overwhelmed with your matter and doing it yourself we will be ready to take over your representation.
Drafting Your Own Legal Documents:
You can draft or prepare you own legal documents as well as represent yourself at all stages of the legal process. Fortunately, Washington State has pattern forms for many legal matters such as family law. The Washington State Pattern Forms are on the internet, are in Word format, and can be filled out online and printed as well. NOTE: If you choose to use these forms you must save the forms you create in a folder you create on your computer. If you do not save the forms on your computer, the forms you complete create on the internet will not be saved once you close the form program.
You can find the forms by going to our "Services" page, click on "Resources" and then "Washington State Court Forms." Review the list of categories and select the one you need. Forms used in the local courts may be forund on the local court websites. The Snohomish County Superior Court website has numerous court forms that can be printed. You can purchase form packets from the Court Clerk of your local courts. The Snohomish County Law Library is also a source for locating legal forms. The Law Library is located in the Snohomish County Courthouse, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, WA. Legal forms may be purchased at local office supply stores. If you cannot find the legal form you are looking for please contact our office for further assistance.
Representing Yourself in Court:
You can represent yourself in any legal matter. In our experience, most people choose to represent themselves due to the cost of legal fees. When you represent yourself, you are expected to know the law specific to your legal matter. When you appear in court your are expected to know the court rules that apply to your specific legal matter. In otherwords, you are expected to and will be held to the same standards as an attorney. You can find the Washington State statutes, court rules, and Snohomish County Superior Court local court rules by going to our "Services" page, click on "Resources."
We offer an alternative to full legal representation: you hire us on an "as needed basis" as your "behind-the-scene" legal counselor. We make ourselves available to you whenever you need assistance, whether drafting legal documents, what to do next, how to conduct yourself in court, how to present cases to the court, preparation for trials, even appear in court on your behalf if you cannot. We are available to assist you with whatever and whenever you choose. If you get to a point where you cannot deal with your case we can step in and assist you. Our attorney's fees for this assistance is an hourly rate and paid whenever the specific service your request is requested.
Attorney’s Fees and Costs
Our attorney’s fees are based on an hourly rate along with an estimate of the amount of time we believe it will take to you. Our current fees are listed on our website in “Services” under “Fees.”
Our office keeps itemized billing records that are created at the same time as specific services provided for your case. This itemized billing statement is provided to you at the end of each month. You should review this billing statement carefully as it is not only a record of our time and charges for your case but also a record of our services provided.
Our office also prepares a written attorney fee agreement for each case. The agreement is signed by you and Gregory L. Davies. The original is kept in our client file and a copy is provided to you.
Thank you for your interest in our office and our legal services. If you have any questions concerning your legal matters, whether you hire our office to work with you or you are processing your child relocation case yourself, please contact our office to set up an appointment to meet with Gregory L. Davies.
To find our find out more about how our law firm can help you with your legal needs, contact Gregory L. Davies, Attorney at Law, in Everett, Washington. Call (425) 259-2755 or email us.