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Monica Chin

Family Attorney at Bellevue, WA

4.7   10 reviews

also known as Monica Nicole Kerslake

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Monica

Learn Monica’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    25%

    15 years

  2. Child support
    25%

    15 years

  3. Divorce and separation
    25%

    15 years

  4. Family
    25%
    Amicable/Uncontested Divorce Child Support Collaborative Law Complex Asset Division Custody & Parenting Divorce Modifications - Child Custody & Parenting Modifications - Child Support Paternity Property Division Relocation Self Help / Unbundled Legal Services

    15 years

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My clients and their children are my number one priority.  I recognize that the stress of separation and divorce makes for one of the most difficult periods a person will face.  I strive to help my clients transition through that period with grace while protecting their families, their finances, and their futures.  To that end, I am a zealous advocate for my clients both in and out of the courtroom while recognizing the importance of avoiding unnecessary litigation.  I am also committed to keeping the children’s interests central to every parenting case regardless of who I represent.

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Location

Northwest Family Law P.S.
10900 NE 4th St.
Ste. 2300
Bellevue, WA, 98004

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Tiya | July 26, 2013
Very impressed and grateful!
Monica helped me with a very difficult (international) child support modifiation, and went beyond the call of duty. Though she works on a flat fee basis, knowing that my resources were limited, she put in extra unpaid hours and even funded some official translations herself on my behalf to further my case. She has worked very hard for me over the past few months and in the end, fanagled a very fair outcome, which was wholly unexpected given the complexity of my case. In the time that I have dealt with her, she has proven to be a very moral, conscientious, logical and realistic advocate. She never stooped to fighting dirty (despite the circumstances), which is a quality I admire greatly. She also has a sharp wit and misses nothing! In addition, Monica seems to be very well respected in the family law community of Seattle from what I have experienced. I would absolutely recommend her. I could not have asked for a better outcome and appreciate all of her hard work, compassion and assistance, in what I actually thought was a lost cause. Couldn't be more pleased!
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2014
Friendly and focused
I found Monica to be very accommodating, patient, and helpful. I had a lot of (what I thought were) weird questions, and she was always understanding and clear with her responses. In my case, I was pretty torn up emotionally, and I appreciate the grace with which Monica helped me to get the legal matters sorted.
Posted by Frank | November 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful, Compassionate Advocate
Monica was my counsel in a custody/support with a few complications and issues. There were a lot of different ways we could go with things, but I always felt Monica was thoughtful and laid out the possibilities and likely outcomes clearly to me. Even if we disagreed on a course of action, she was open with me on her feelings and opinions, and even felt comfortable enough to allow me to get a second opinion with no judgement. From that I learned that she has the great respect of her peers, which I found reassuring. She was usually quick to respond to all my inquires, and I appreciated that it felt like she was thoughtful of my time and billed hours.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Champion fighter
Monica was my champion when I couldn’t always see through the manipulation of the abuse cycle I was stuck in. She helped us escape and fought for my kids and I. I highly recommend Monica for anyone going through a difficult divorce especially when it comes to the safety of your children. We are now thriving and safe. In your darkest hours it doesn’t feel like there is a light. Monica is that light that gets you to the other side.
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Posted by KR | February 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney
Monica is the best attorney who deserves more than 5 stars in the feedback. She has been taking care of my case for 2 years, which was such a peaceful time in my life. My child’s wellbeing and my life were so secured and well protected by her outstanding job. In return, I can do anything for her. She is beautiful inside and outside. Her prompt and flawless work along with polite manners should be highly praised. She is very easy going and always stands by clients. I’ve met many attorneys; personal injury and criminal defense. So I am confident to say that she is the most reliable attorney. She is very knowledgeable and smart with good experiences. Her attitude is great! I’ll always pray for her.
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Posted by Aaron | September 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful, professional and knowledgable
Monica was very good, helping me understand the process and the paperwork associated with my divorce. She helped ensure that I met important deadlines in the process and recommended other professionals to assist me. All of those experiences were positive.
Posted by Kelly | May 14, 2015
Professional service with personal touch!
Monica gracefully and knowledgeably guided me through my divorce, while providing impeccable service, with strategy & thoughtful discussion, founded on sound legal advice, all with caring - and keeping what's best for my son, combined with reasonable co-parenting for me, at the heart of the discussion. I have worked with Monica for more than 8 years altogether, including initial divorce, and some assorted other adjustments over the years. Monica is not only a valuable resource, she has also become a friend. I would give her 10 stars if I could; she is a tremendous asset for our community and I recommend meeting with her if you are considering, or are already facing, divorce or in need of family law counsel.
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Posted by Svetlana | November 5, 2014
honest, decent and competent lawyer
Monica is very honest, smart and decent(!!) attorney. She is highly knowledgeable about legislature. She did everything she could during my divorce and did a good job at our trial. I like that she never waste her time and my money for irrelevant things, always tries to focus on right things only.
Posted by Cindy | February 25, 2013
A review for service provided per Monica Chin; I am a former client of hers from 2011 through 2013.
To whom it may concern. Yes, I recommend this lawyer for services. Counselor Monica Chin had proven to be someone I would go to time and again, for my legal matters. She essentially encompasses all the idealistic attributes in which a counselor should possess; including logic, intelligence, knowedge of the law, confidence and professionalism: but the following description of her character outshines the above, and that is the reason I will choose her above all othet lawyers: I can trust her implicitely. I know she will take care of me. Counselor Chin possesses the innate gift of of handling any situation with a sensitivity and understanding, no matter how complicated the given case may be. I have had the pleasure of being her client twice. The first time was for a 26 year marriage dissolution; painful and complex. The other matter was taking care of an invalid marriage. My heartfelt thanks goes out to her and the hardworking efforts of her team, known as Mainstreet Lawgroup. Sincerely.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will not recommend
I hired her for my my divorce. My experience with her was not good. She didn’t respond to my calls or emails a lot of times. When she did respond, it was late. I felt like she wasn’t listening to me or my concerns. She kept pushing me to settle and let my ex have whatever he asked for. My impression was she just wanted to close my case. I want my case to close too but not letting my ex have whatever he wants.
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Response from Monica Chin December 14, 2020
I take these kinds of concerns seriously, and I always have my clients' best interests in mind. When working on settling a case vs. going to trial, there is always a difficult cost-benefit analysis that must be made. I encourage clients to settle when the risks of going to trial outweigh the benefits, particularly when the cost of going to trial exceeds the cost of item(s) in dispute. I appreciate your concern and will follow up with you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Northwest Family Law P.S.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Integrative Family Law PLLC
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Main Street Law Group
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • O'Brian & Associates
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Extern
  • King County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2006 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Washington State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Complex Parenting Case, King County
  • Comprehensive Parenting Plan ordered at trial that protected the children.

Associations

  • Washington Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Family Law CASA of King County
  • Special Advocate
  • 2008 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Chair
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Mentoring Urban Students and Teens
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - 2020
  • King County Bar Association
  • Vice Chair
  • 2017 - 2018
  • King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Public Service Award
  • University of Oregon
  • 2008
  • Best Brief/Moot Court
  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Washington Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • "Systemic Solutions for Families in Crisis"
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • 4th Annual Mary H. Wechsler Family Law Symposium for the King County Bench
  • Unbundled Legal Services
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (19)
Endorse Monica
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have found Monica to be a thoughtful, caring and powerful advocate for her clients. I first met her as an opposing counsel in a family law matter and was impressed with Monica's dedication to her clients and the practice of law."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Monica is a focused and effective attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I knew Monica before she started her legal career and have followed her career since she became a lawyer. She has blossomed into a fine lawyer - one who is both dedicated and hard working. Monica cares for her clients and navigates them through the rough waters that family law many times sees. I endorse Monica's abilities without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Monica works hard for her clients, and cares about them, and about achieving good and just results in their cases. Smart, hard working--Monica is dedicated to serving her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Monica Chin is a highly respected lawyer, and is a rising star in the family law field. She is a zealous advocate as well as a skilled litigator. Coupled with her knowledge of law, is an attorney who has a strong character; she deeply cares for her clients, which is an absolute must in the field of family law. I highly recommend Monica Chin."
Family Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Monica is an outstanding family law practitioner. She strikes the right balance of being compassionate to her clients while also being a zealous advocate for their interests. She is honest, responsive,and an excellent communicator. Monica is able to provide sound advice in the midst of often very challenging and complex family law disputes. I never hesitate to send referrals her way."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Monica Chin is highly knowledgeable and passionate about the practice of family law. Her no nonsense style, intelligence, ethics, and compassion make her stand out in the field. I would recommend Monica to anyone seeking effective advocacy and guidance in dealing with an important family law matter."
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of having Monica as opposing counsel on a very difficult family law matter. She was honest, straightforward and competent. I look forward to working with her again."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Monica is smart and dedicated to her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Monica is dedicated to her clients and excels in her practice area. I regularly refer her to my clients who are in need of a family law attorney. Everyone appreciates that she works on a flat fee basis."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Monica for three years. Monica is a caring and devoted attorney, ready to serve as a lifeguard in the difficult situations that arise in family law practice. She maintains perspective while still remaining attuned to what her clients really need. She really seems to love what she does, and I admire her for it. I would happily refer not just my clients, but also family and friends to her when they are in need of someone to help them navigate the troubled waters of divorce, custody and child support matters."
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Bellevue Family Lawyer Monica Chin
Monica Chin
Family Attorney
Bellevue, WA
Licensed for 14 years