Services

legal-services-Everett-WashingintonOur office handles a full range of legal matters including, but not limited to, the types listed below:

website-linkAdoption

 

website-linkArbitration and Mediation
Arbitration and mediation are generally non-judicial procedures to resolve disputes between parties. Advantages to arbitration and mediation, as compared with court, are relative quickness to get a resolution and the lower costs. Gregory L. Davies has been an arbitrator and mediator since 1987. If  you would like to discuss either setting up an arbitration or mediation with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

website-linkBankruptcy

 

website-linkCustody/Parenting
When parents have a dispute regarding time with their child or children, whether it be in the context of a dissolution of marriage or a paternity action,  the court will adopt a parenting plan which sets up a schedule for both parents. Gregory L. Davies has been assisting parents in setting up parenting plans or custody orders since 1980. If  you are having difficulty in setting up a parenting schedule please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your concerns with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

"The establishment of a parenting plans is governed by RCW 26.09.181, .187, .191, .194, .197, .210, .220 and .225. The goal is to set out a parenting schedule for both parents that takes into consideration the parent's schedules and the child or children's schedules and meets the best interests of the child or children. Under Washington law both parent's continued involvement in their child or children's lives and upbringing is highly valued."

 

website-linkChild Support
Child support is required to be established in all dissolution of marriage and paternity cases with children. Washington law requires both parents to financially support their children. Gregory L. Davies has been assisting parents in setting up child support since 1980. If  you need to explore the setting of child support please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your matter with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

The way Washington State Courts calculate child support is set out in Chapter 26.19 RCW. The Courts utilize a statutory schedule that takes in to account the net incomes of the parents, the number and ages of the child or children. Child support will generally continue until the child or children turn eighteen (18) years of age or graduate from high school, whichever occurs last. Depending on a child's or children's aptitude for post high school education, the parents may be required to contribute to their child or children's college, vocational or technical schooling. However, this generally will not continue beyond age twenty-three (23) years of age. A parent's contribution to post high school education is made on a case by case basis taking in to account the child or children's needs and each parent's ability to financially contribute. The child or children must meet conditions in order to receive post high school education contributions from both parents. Our office can assist you in setting child support or dealing with post secondary education contribution.

 

website-linkDivorce/Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Partnerships or Committed Intimate Relationships

 

website-linkDocument Review and Assistance for "Do-It-Yourself" or "Pro Se" individuals

 

website-link Maintenance/Spousal Support/Alimony
Depending on the circumstances of a case, the court may award spousal maintenance to an economically disadvantaged spouse so the disadvantaged spouse can support him or herself during and after the dissolution of marriage. Gregory L. Davies has been assisting parties in setting up maintenance provisions since 1980. If you need explore your options regarding maintenance of spouse please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your matter with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

Maintenance or spousal support is governed by RCW 26.09.090. The policy underlying the awarding of maintenance or spousal support is to give an economically disadvantaged spouse funds from the other spouse in order to give the economically disadvantaged spouse the financial support to make the transition from married life to the single life. The amount of maintenance and the duration are left to the discretion of the court. There is no schedule like there is in the setting of child support.Maintenance or spousal support is determined and set in dissolution of marriage or divorce actions.

 

website-linkModifications of Child Support

 

website-linkModifications of Parenting Plans
Parenting plans and child support orders are modifiable. Parenting plans are modifiable until a child turns eighteen(18) years of age. Child support orders are generally modifiable until a child turns eighteen (18) years of age or graduates from high school, which ever occurs last.  Gregory L. Davies has been assisting in modifications of parenting plans and child support orders since 1980. If  you need to have a parenting plan or child support order reviewed and modified please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your matter with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

Modification of parenting plans is governed by RCW 26.09.260, .270 and .280. Modification of child support orders is governed by RCW 26.09.170, .173 and .175. Both modifications are generally based upon some change in circumstances that has arisen since the entry of the order being modified.

 

website-linkNon-Parental Custody
Non-parental custody actions are where non-parents seek the custody of a child or children from "unfit parents." This generally occurs when the parents are abusing substances to the point where they cannot properly care for their child or children. A non-parent, typically a grandparent, will seek the custody of the child or children.  Gregory L. Davies has been assisting parties in non-parental or third party custody matters since 1980. If  you are considering a non-parental custody action please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your matter with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755.Or email us

 

Non-parental custody actions are governed by Chapter 26.10 RCW.
There must be a showing of parental unfitness before the court will entertain placing a child or children with a non-parent. Our offices currently charges an hourly rate of $300.00 and requires a $2,500.00 retainer or deposit of approximately 8 hours of time pre-paid. The actual time needed to complete any individual matter will vary depending upon the specific facts of any given case.

             

website-linkPrenuptial and Separate Property Agreements

website-linkProperty/Debt Division
"Property and debt division is to be fair and equitable. This does not always mean an equal split. Gregory L. Davies has been assisting parties in dealing with property and debt divisions since 1980. If you need explore your options regarding property and debt division please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your matter with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

RCW 26.09.080 sets out the statutory factors that go in to determining what is a fair and equitable division of property and debts. These matters are generally dealt with in a dissolution of marriage or divorce action.

 

website-linkPaternity
Paternity actions can arise when non-married individuals have a child or children. The legal parentage, custody, visitation and child support matters for these children born to unmarried parents must be established.. Gregory L. Davies has been assisting parties in paternity actions since 1980. If  you need to have a paternity matter you would like to discuss please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your matter with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

Paternity actions are governed by Chapter 26.26 RCW. The establishment of parentage can be done in a number of ways: by agreement, signing an acknowledgment of paternity or DNA testing. Custody, visitation and child support are determined and set in the same fashion as in a dissolution of marriage or divorce action. Our offices currently charges an hourly rate of $300.00 and requires a $2,500.00 retainer or deposit of approximately 8 hours of time pre-paid. The actual time needed to complete any individual matter will vary depending upon the specific facts of any given case.

 

website-linkPaternity/Parentage

 

website-linkProbate of Estates
Probate is the legal process for transferring property when an owner dies. This court-supervised procedure is used to validate a Will and determine ownership of a deceased person's estate. Probate proceedings are intended to provide an orderly transfer of property while protecting those who might have an interest in the property, including beneficiaries, heirs, creditors, and taxing authorities. Gregory L. Davies has been assisting parties in probating estates since 1980. If  you would like to discuss the probate of an estate please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your matter with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

Probates are started by filing a Petition to admit a deceased's Will to the Court within 45 days of death. If there is no Will, then a Petition to administer a deceased's estate should be filed. Certain \"small estates\" under $100,000 may qualify for a simplified method of transferring property. Our offices currently charges an hourly rate of $300.00 and requires a $1,500.00 retainer or deposit of 5 hours of time pre-paid. The actual time needed to complete any individual matter will vary depending upon the specific facts of any given case.

 

website-linkPersonal Injury

 

website-linkRelocation
Relocation of a child or children away from a non-custodial parent is one of the most difficult matters facing clients and the courts. There must be a weighing of the "right" of a custodial parent to relocate with the child(ren) against the "rights" of the non-custodial parent to have regular and meaningful contact with the child(ren). Gregory L. Davies has been assisting parties with relocation matters since 1980. If you need explore your options regarding relocation of a child please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your matter with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

The factors the court must weigh are contained in RCW 26.09.405 through 26.09.901.These matters are required to be handled very quickly by the courts. The moving parent is required to give a minimum of 60 days written notice to the other parent of an intended relocation. The non-custodial parent has 30 days in which to provide written objections to the relocation. Once there is an objection then the custodial parent cannot move without first requesting and receiving the permission of the court. An expedited trial date is provided for by statute if the parties cannot reach an agreement. Our offices currently charges an hourly rate of $300.00 and requires a $2,500.00 retainer or deposit of approximately 8 hours of time pre-paid. The actual time needed to complete any individual matter will vary depending upon the specific facts of any given case.

 

 

website-linkWills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Physician's Directives (Living Wills), Guardianship
Wills and trusts are legal documents that direct how one person wants their estate to be distributed upon their death. A power of Attorney is a legal document that grants to another person the legal authority to act on behalf of another. A guardianship is a legal procedure to grant legal authority over an incapacitated person. Gregory L. Davies has been assisting parties in the preparation of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Guardianships since 1980. If  you are considering having your Will, Trust or Power of Attorney prepared or a Guardianship established please contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your matter with Mr. Davies.
Our phone number is 425-259-2755. Or email us

 

Wills are the documents or instruments that set out the written instructions for the orderly distribution of a persons property or estate upon their passing. Trusts are another legal means to achieve the same result. The use of a trust might be dictated by the size of a persons estate to avoid or minimize state inheritance or federal estate taxes. A Living Will or Physician's Directive is a legal documents that sets out your wishes regarding the use of extra ordinary medical procedures to maintain life. A Power of Attorney is a legal document in which one party give another party the legal authority to act on their behalf when that grantor become incapacitated and can no longer make decisions for themselves. A Guardianship is a legal action in which a party asks the court to appoint a guardian to take care of and/or make decisions for a party that cannot take care of themselves or make decisions for themselves. A power of Attorney and a guardianship are similar except a power of Attorney is given by a person while they are competent and a guardianship may be provided for after a person is incompetent and may not be able to care for themselves. Our fees vary depending on which need you may have. Please give our office a call to set up an appointment to discuss these issues and to get a quote on our fees.

 

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