Monica Cary’s practice focuses on family law mediation, relationship agreements,... more
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 se... view profile
After spending more than ten years representing clients ranging from individuals and... more
After spending more than ten years representing clients ranging from individuals and to publically traded companies in complex litigation in both state and federal courts in Washington, Alaska and Oregon, in 1995 I decided to devote my practice to matrimonial law. Since then I have focused on financial, business and real estate issues in cases involving large or complex estates. In addition t... view profile
Family Law can be a difficult practice, filled with strong emotions and no shortage... more
Family Law can be a difficult practice, filled with strong emotions and no shortage of conflict. I am challenged by each case to strike a balance between zealous advocacy for my client, and compassion for the participants as a whole. It has been life-impacting to work so closely with good people during hard times. Going through a divorce can be one of the hardest life experiences a client will ... view profile
I came to the family law arena reluctantly. When I left law school 22 years ago, I... more
I came to the family law arena reluctantly. When I left law school 22 years ago, I swore I would never, ever, ever, ever do another dissolution. Here, I am years later in a practice that deals with familys in every possible way. In many ways, I am the only lawyer a person will have contact with in their lives. I divorce them, do their pre-nuptial agreements, their annulments, their adoptions, t... view profile
My Family Law practice includes complex dissolutions of marriages, child custody and... more
My Family Law practice includes complex dissolutions of marriages, child custody and parenting plans, spousal maintenance, property divisions, and post-dissolution and pre-nuptial agreements. I frequently represent professionals in all fields including lawyers or their spouses, doctors or their spouses and business owners.
After more than 30 years as a successful trial lawyer, Colleen began Barrett... more
After more than 30 years as a successful trial lawyer, Colleen began Barrett Mediation PLLC in 2013 to help other people settle their cases. Since then, Colleen has had terrific success using her knowledge of the insurance industry and appreciation of the risks of litigation, along with hard work and tenacity to get difficult cases resolved.
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.