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Practice Areas

PERSONAL INJURY

When you or a loved one are injured, it can be difficult to know what to do. Emotions run high, and you and your loved ones begin to worry. At Macklin Law we carry the burden so you can concentrate on getting well and moving on with your life.  We handle a variety of personal injury cases and provide you the ability to turn the tables when you are offered unfair settlements. Many cases can be resolved through negotiation but it takes knowledge and strength to stand up for yourself when you have been injured at a time when you should be focusing on your health and well being. Personal Injury cases usually fall into one of these categories: 

Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestian accidents, dog bites or attacks, premise liablity, medical malpractice, or wrongful death.  

Many accident victims are reluctant to contact an attorney because they are wary of attorney fees. The majority of personal injury attorneys, including our lawyers, work on a contingency fee basis. This means you will not pay your attorney unless you receive a settlement or judgment, in which case they earn a percentage of the final amount. Our firm offers a FREE initial consultation so there is no reason not to inquire with us about your case. 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

When law enforcement reads you your Miranda Rights during an arrest it can be a freightening experience.  You have the right to an attorney, every citizen of this country does, and this is a right that anyone arrested in Washington State should take advantage of as soon as possible. A criminal defense attorney is a valuable asset for defending yourself against the criminal charges you face. At Macklin Law we help clients facing the following charges: 

DUI, Traffic Offenses, Domestic Violence, Drug Crimes, Hit and Run, Assult Charges, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Distriubtion of Controlled Substance, Trespassing, Theft, Possession of Controlled Substance (with and without intent to distrubte), Fraud, Burglery and Self Defense. 

ESTATE PLANNING

At Macklin Law we work closely with our clients' and other trusted advisors to make sure all the pieces are in place for your families future. Estates can be as simple as a last will and testament that describes your wishes to more complex estate that involves trusts for tax planning, living trusts, or special needs trust for those that will need more care later, or philanthropic wishes.  We often represent clients who are charitably inclined and our firm serves on the board of nonprofit organizations so we are uniquely positioned to explain the practical realities of philanthropic giving.  Weather you are looking for counsel on fiduciaries or beneficiaries we guide clients through estate planning, disputes, our attorneys are well-equipped to handle all phases of trust and estate litigation. The technical proficiency we exhibit in our estate planning practice gives our clients a strategic advantage in the event a conflict arises.

WILLS AND TRUSTS
Wills and trusts often form the bedrock for the distribution of your property and its taxation. At Macklin law we can help you determine whether a will, a trust, or a combination of both will be best for your situation and needs. Our experience in the creation of these important documents, will ensure thorough planning so that your property is distributed as requested and help avoid dispputes after you are gone. 
END OF LIFE
Planning for the end of life can be difficult.  Macklin Law, we help individuals plan for end-of-life health requests in the form of legally crafted Advanced Medical Directives. These important legal tools help individuals ensure that their requests for near death and after death wishes are followed. 
DISPUTES
Disputes occaisionally arise between family members over the distribution of a loved one’s estate. We are experienced in helping family members resolve these disputes as quickly and as peacefully as possible, with a focus on ensuring a fair resolution and adherence to any existing legal documents governing the estate distribution. 

 

In the absence of such documents, we can represent clients fully and completely in probate cases, in order to ensure they receive what is rightfully theirs.

FAMILY LAW

Macklin Law represents individuals and families throughout the Greater Seattle and Tacoma area. Our firm specializes in all family law matters, from divorce to child custody. Whether you are a father, mother, child, aunt, uncle, or grandparent, we will not only help protect your family, but we will also help it thrive. We bring extensive experience and professionalism to every case and customize our support to your individual needs and concerns.

Our attorneys have handled thousands of cases. We specialize in Washington family law, and have monitored its evolution to inform our own legal approaches—all intended to give you exceptional advice that will last for years to come.

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE
The simplest and most efficient way to end a marriage is to file an Uncontested Divorce.  In an uncontested divorce, the parties negotiate an agreement on all separation issues, including distribution of assets, division of property, child custody, child support, and spousal support (“alimony”).  The parties can then formalize that agreement by filing for uncontested divorce.  In Washington, this process can finalize in as a little as six months. 
An uncontested divorce is usually the best option for most parties because it involves few legal hurdles and ensures that you will avoid excessive cost and undue emotional strain.  Our experienced legal team can help you through each step of this process, including negotiation, preparation of necessary legal documents, and ultimately filing for an uncontested divorce. We will make sure you reach an agreement that protects your rights and is consistent with the law, all under our unique flat-fee pricing structure that eliminates guesswork about cost.
CONTESTED DIVORCE
While an uncontested divorce is typically the best option, it requires that both parties agree to the terms of the separation.  When two people cannot reach an agreement on key issues such as the division of property and debts or child custody, their case becomes a Contested Divorce.
A contested divorce is more complicated and requires more legal support, so obtaining qualified legal representation is critical.  Archer price will make sure that you are in the best possible position to negotiate for your future and the future of your children.  We rely on our deep knowledge of Washington Family Law to get the best outcomes for our clients.  With this experience, we know there are many ways to reach a settlement without having to continue to trial.  And if you decide to settle, we can make sure the settlement agreement is airtight and enforceable.  If you decide not to settle, we can put you in the best position to litigate and get the outcome you deserve.  As always, we offer a flat-fee cost structure, so you always know what our services cost.
CHILD CUSTODY
Child Custody disputes are sometimes emotionally charged and can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety.  Our experienced and compassionate legal team can alleviate this anxiety and put your fears at ease by protecting your rights and bringing your case to a swift and fair resolution.
We can help negotiate and draft a “Parenting Plan,” which is a legally enforceable document outlining all parenting issues including a residential schedule, decision making authority, and the roles and responsibilities of each parent.  Whether you are the “custodial parent” or not, we will make sure the parenting plan recognizes your parental rights.  We can guide you through the drafting process in order to create a plan that provides the healthiest future for you and your children.  Whenever possible, we use a collaborative approach that emphasizes the parties’ strengths and avoids creating an antagonistic dynamic.
We are also experienced in handling special circumstances, such as non-parental custody (i.e., a grandparent or other relative), LGBTQ families, and domestic partnerships.