Elder and Family Law
My priority is to protect the rights of family members from childhood through old age: the rights of children to have loving relationships with both of their parents, even through the stresses of a divorce proceeding; and elders' rights to stay in charge of their own lives, to avoid nursing homes and guardianship.
I was already middle-aged when I discovered the practice of law, soon after I met my husband. His ex-wife did not want me to have any contact with "her children" and so she hid them from their father. I so enjoyed helping him try and maneuver through the legal process that I decided to go to law school. It took me five years, but finally, at age 57, I was accepted to the Washington Bar.
Initially, I settled on Elder Law because of my mother's experience during the last few months of her life. My mom was fiercely independent, and explained to me that for her, the worst thing she had to endure was the humiliation of losing the right to make her own decisions about her own life. I was determined to fight for the autonomy rights of seniors facing this difficult chapter of their lives.
I decided to widen my focus to include Family Law after helping my 94-year-old friend through a legal separation. I was impressed by the kindness of the commissioners to the many pro se parties, of the philosophy of no-fault divorce proceedings, and of the priority of children being able to maintain good, strong, loving relationships with both of their parents.
Before I took up the law, I worked as a math tutor at Seattle Central Community College. I have also worked as a theater and opera costumer, and as an aide working with adults with developmental disabilities.
I enjoy gardening, dancing and biking.
J.D. from Seattle University, 2012
B.S. in Math from University of Washington, 1998
B.A. in Theater from University of Washington, 1998
KCBA Elder Law Clinic
KCBA Family Law Clinic
KCBA Mentor/Mentee Program, representing pro bono clients experiencing domestic violence.
My hourly rate is presently $200.00/hr.
I do offer a sliding scale for low income clients.