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I see my job as a lawyer as helping people find solutions to their problems. This means spending time listening to my clients to find out what their goals, fears, and hopes are, and then working with them to try and find out how we can best achieve their objectives.
My practice is focused on working with clients who are seeking to resolve their issues outside of court. For me, Collaborative Law is a way to help people end their marriage in a reasonable and adult way that will allow them to look back on their divorce as a time of positive growth. Collaborative principles allow this to happen in a safe and respectful environment.
One benefit of resolving things outside of court is preservation of existing relationships. A therapist I know put it very well when she said that in a divorce, we end the relationship of husband/wife, but the relationships of mother/father/children continue. It is those relationships of father/mother/children that need to be protected to the extent possible even when the family is no longer going to be living together in a single home.
A second benefit is self-determination. A resolution that the parties create for themselves with professional assistance, and that they therefore truly believe in, will be far more durable, far more satisfying, and far more tailored to their specific concerns and circumstances than a resolution imposed by a court, or even a resolution negotiated between two attorneys.
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I have known Mike for over a decade now and have worked with him on several cases. He is a superior divorce and family law attorney in every critical respect. He cares about his clients and the results that he achieves for them. More importantly, he has a very firm grasp of Washington State divorce and family law. He stays on top any new legal developments and has been a leader in our collaborative divorce movement here in Washington State almost from the beginning. If you are considering Mike Fancher to assist you with your case, do yourself a favor and just retain him. It would be difficult for me to give him any stronger endorsement. He is a great attorney, and a great person.
Jason Newcombe Divorce & Separation Attorney
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|Owner||Seattle Divorce Services||2000 - Present|
|Partner||Goldberg, Fancher & Jones||1996 - 2000|
|Owner||Law Offices of Michael V. Fancher||1992 - 1995|
|Associate||Fox Law Offices||1989 - 1992|
|Associate||Carrithers & Sifferman||1988 - 1989|
|Clerk/Bailiff to Judge Liem Tuai||King County Superior Court||1987 - 1988|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|King County Collaborative Law||President||2008 - 2010|
|Collaborative Professionals of Washington||Board of Directors||2008 - Present|
|King County Collaborative Law||Board of Directors||2006 - Present|
|King County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Service||Chair||2004 - 2005|
|King County Bar Association, Neighborhood Legal Information and Referral Clinic Committee||Volunteer||1991 - Present|
|CPW 1st Annual Statewide Collaborative Law Conference||Attorney Involvement in Parenting Plan Development||2008|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|University of Washington||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County||The Collaborative Team||2010|
|Parenting Plan CLE||Dispute Resolution and Other Provisions||2009|
|CPW 2nd Annual Statewide Conference||Building Your Collaborative Practice||2009|
|WSPA Conference||Collaborative Divorce: An Emerging Approach||2008|
|Puget Sound Adlerian Society||Collaborative Law||2008|
|Mediation CLE||Family Mediation & Collaborative Practice - alternative options||2008|
|Family Law Mentor Program training||Family Law seminar||2008|
|CPW 1st Annual Statewide Conference||Differentiating Roles - from Group of Experts to an Integrated Team||2008|