2016

McKinley Irvin Blogs from 2016

  • Initiating Divorce During the Holidays

    Initiating Divorce During the Holidays It’s not uncommon for a person or couple to decide to divorce around the holidays. Many do choose to wait until after the new year to file, which is why there are typically a lot more divorce petitions filed in January. However, if you have decided to proceed with the divorce during the holiday season, there are some things you should consider. Our Washington divorce lawyers have put together a few tips to help you survive the holidays while also dealing with the prospect of divorce. If you are considering initiating divorce ...
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  • How You May Be Sabotaging Yourself in a Divorce

    How You May Be Sabotaging Yourself in a Divorce In a divorce, there is a fine line between zealously protecting yourself during proceedings (even if things seem to be going amicably) and becoming too aggressive. Aggressive behaviors are often the catalyst of lengthy and contentious legal battles, while, in fact, most divorce cases are settled outside of court through negotiation or using tools such as mediation to find solutions to issues in a non-adversarial manner. Even in the face of major disagreements, remember there are ways you can avoid sabotaging yourself and ...
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  • DIY Divorce: 3 Things You Should Know

    DIY Divorce: 3 Things You Should Know It’s not uncommon for some couples to choose not to work with an attorney and instead handle their divorce themselves. Sometimes, they hope to save money, and other times, they feel that an attorney isn’t necessary. However, in most cases, a do-it-yourself divorce isn’t the best plan – for reasons you may not realize at the time. Planning a DIY divorce? Here are three things you should consider: Divorce takes time. Do you have the time it will take to research Washington divorce laws, gather all the necessary documentation, ...
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  • How Blended Families Survive the Holidays

    How Blended Families Survive the Holidays Holidays should be a time of great family memories and warmth. When families become blended following divorce or remarriage, however, the holiday season can cause many to suffer from unwanted anxiety and stress. Our Washington family law attorneys have provided some helpful tips you may want to consider so you and your family can enjoy the holidays as worry-free as possible. 1. Be Okay with Celebrating Holidays on Different Dates. When it comes to surviving the holidays in a new family setting, it is important to maintain an ...
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  • 5 Ways an Attorney Can Make the Adoption Process Easier

    5 Ways an Attorney Can Make the Adoption Process Easier Making the decision to adopt a child is an exciting time for your family, but the adoption process can be tricky without the guidance of an experienced attorney. It is important to retain qualified legal counsel to guide you through the adoption process to ensure that all aspects of the adoption run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. An attorney can also help you stay informed throughout the entire process so that you can avoid costly and time-consuming setbacks. Here’s why you should work with an attorney throughout ...
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  • Does Age Matter in Marriage & Divorce?

    Does Age Matter in Marriage & Divorce? When it comes to matrimony, many people wonder if age should really matter. After all, if you truly love a person, should it matter if they are 10, 20, or 30 years older than you? Should it matter that you are both 19 and feel ready to get married? What about when the marriage doesn’t work out – is there an “age” for divorce? While this is a highly personal topic to which there is no right or wrong answer, there are still some grains of wisdom that can be gleaned from studies and other people’s experiences. In this blog, ...
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  • McKinley Irvin Ranked in Fastest Growing Private Companies

    McKinley Irvin Ranked in Fastest Growing Private Companies The Puget Sound Business Journal just released it's annual ranking of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in the region and McKinley Irvin has placed 85th on the list of the top 100. McKinley Irvin is the only law firm to rank in the 2016 list, after being the first law firm to ever be listed in PSBJ's 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2011. Our founder, Sands McKinley, attributes the firm's growth and success to the caliber of our team: “Our continued growth is a testament to our amazing attorneys and staff who ...
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  • McKinley Irvin Ranked by U.S. News in "Best Law Firms" 2017 for Family Law

    McKinley Irvin Ranked by U.S. News in McKinley Irvin is honored to be ranked as a Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" in the practice of family law in the Seattle metro by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for 2017. With the announcement of the 2017 rankings today, this makes it the sixth consecutive year that McKinley Irvin has achieved this distinction. “Our attorneys and staff are committed to the best outcomes for our clients," said Sands McKinley, co-founder of McKinley Irvin. "To be rated among the best by our clients and peers is the highest honor." We would ...
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