Monica Cary’s practice focuses on family law mediation, relationship agreements, prenuptial agreements, health care power of attorney for college students, and wills and estate planning.
Monica presently serves a Commissioner Pro Tempore in King County Superior Court. She is also a volunteer divorce mediator with the Volunteer Settlement Program in King County Superior Court. Monica was selected by the Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. The Rising Stars designation is given to only 2.5% of the lawyers in the state of Washington.
Prior to attending law school, Monica volunteered with VISTA (the domestic Peace Corps). As a VISTA, Monica took a one year "vow of poverty". She was assigned to work in Seattle with Family Works, a family resource center and food bank in the Fremont/Wallingford area. As a VISTA, Monica helped create an Employment Resource Center for customers of the Fremont Food Bank. She recruited workshop volunteers for the family resource center where they offered free workshops for adults and children on topics ranging from bookbinding, photography and cooking to intercultural parenting classes.
During law school, Monica volunteered in a Senior Center and was a "buddy" to an elderly woman who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. After graduating from law school and joining the Oregon Bar, Monica was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Elizabeth Welch, Presiding Family Court Judge in Portland, Oregon. Judge Welch's docket consisted of strictly family law, juvenile law, and probate cases. Monica observed adult guardianship proceedings, will contests, and custody cases (to name a few). Returning to Seattle in 2002, Monica volunteered with the King County Prosecutor's office in their truancy department. Later, she worked as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Pierce County, Washington. Through these experiences, Monica gained specific insight into the plight of families in the courtroom. After a few years in the trenches, she decided to return her focus to working directly with families.
In 2004, Monica began working in private practice. Monica's practice focuses on family law, estate planning, and mediation. Some highlights of her family law career include the successful return of a child who had been kidnapped overseas, obtaining a phased-in 50/50 parenting plan for the father of an infant at trial, and assisting several elderly couples in resolving their divorces quickly and without court intervention. Highlights of Monica's estate planning and probate career include her volunteer efforts with the Washington First Responder's Clinic (a free clinic that provides free will packages to police officers), assisting new parents with their estate plan, and making it easier for busy adults to safely maximize the independence of their elderly parents.
In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her daughter and finding fun ways to stay fit.
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Monica's law practice focuses on supporting individuals and families through transitions: divorce, navigating post divorce parenting issues, and estate planning. Monica brilliantly and compassionately provides emotional support to her clients while at the same time exercising an unparalleled attention to detail. She has an uncanny knack for synthesizing volumes of information into a comprehensive plan for her clients. And then she executes the plan. Keeping open to the fluidity of changing facts and circumstances, Monica consistently communicates with her clients, educating them about the intricacies of the law while lending a sympathetic ear. Life's transitions are challenging, but mixing in the vagaries of the legal process can be overwhelming. This is where Monica shines.
Amanda DuBois Family Attorney
Monica is a colleague and mentor in the field of family law and estate planning. She provides her clients with sound, strategic advice, and works tirelessly to get the best result for her clients. She is both highly knowledgeable and compassionate in her approach to resolving complex issues. I highly endorse Monica.
Lucia Levias Family Attorney
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyer||2013|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Stars||Super Lawyers||2011|
|WSBA Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation||Washington State Bar Association||2006|
|Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||Pierce County Prosecutor's Office||2002 - 2004|
|Clerk||Honorable Elizabeth Welch, Family Court Judge||2001 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|South Asian Bar Association of Washington||Secretary||2006 - 2007|
|South Asian Bar Association of Washington||Past Board Member||N/A|
|Washington State Bar Association Bar News||Diversity and the Law||2007|
|Lewis & Clark Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|KCBA Family Law Section Meeting||International Aspects of Parenting Plans - Virtual Visitation||2009|
|Litigation Basics||Family Law Basics||2007|