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Tyler L. Merrill

Child custody Attorney at Seattle, WA

4.1   8 reviews

About Tyler

Learn Tyler’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    34%
    Divorce, Child Custody, Parenting Plans, Child Support, Spousal Support, Modifications, Child Support Modifications, Parenting Plan Modifications, Third-Party Custody, Protection Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

  2. Divorce and separation
    33%
    Divorce, Child Custody, Parenting Plans, Child Support, Spousal Support, Modifications, Child Support Modifications, Parenting Plan Modifications, Third-Party Custody, Protection Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

  3. Family
    33%
    Divorce, Child Custody, Parenting Plans, Child Support, Spousal Support, Modifications, Child Support Modifications, Parenting Plan Modifications, Third-Party Custody, Protection Orders, Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

Mr. Merrill graduated from Seattle University School of Law, earning his J.D. in 2015, and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Philosophy. He believes in giving back to the community and has volunteered with the Moderate Means Program, the First Responders Will Clinic, the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, and most recently the Family Law Section of the Volunteer Legal Services.

His practice is focused primarily on family law. He applies his legal knowledge to help people transition through a difficult time, and to get people to the next chapter in their life. He has handled both uncontested and contested divorces, involving parenting plans, child custody and spousal maintenance. He makes a point to maintain clear and open communication with his clients in order to achieve the best solution. Acting in the client’s best interest, he will seek a viable solution both outside and inside the courtroom.

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Licensed for 6 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 11/25/2022

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

Contact Tyler

Tyler L. Merrill
2120 1st AveN, Suite 306
Seattle, WA, 98109

Reviews

4.1 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable
I have contacted Tyler on a few occasions with assistance in attempting to modify a parenting plan and DVPO. Every contact I have had with Tyler is exceptional. He is always very efficient and quick to respond, and realistic of potential outcomes.
Posted by Juan | March 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce Legal Representation
Tyler was very professional throughout my entire divorce process. He was very responsive and knowledgeable about the process to make it as smooth as possible. Getting divorced is never an easy process, but Tyler definitely helped us make the process simpler and straightforward. I would highly recommend Tyler and use his legal services again in the future.
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Posted by Yuanyuan | February 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Totally Recommend
I have some child custody issue and hired Tyler. Then I decided not to continue my case due to my personal status. But Tyler was fast responsive and reply back quick. He was knowledgeable and exhibit his professional skills. He addressed my concerns and questions really quickly and patiently and did reduce my stresses during my whole cases. Would recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Mr. Merrill was supportive and easy to talk to. I received the legal advice needed for my particular situation. Would recommend to anyone needing legal help.
Posted by Mike | October 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired the BEST Lawyer!
I was going through a very long drawn out divorce with my Ex. I was referred to Mr. Merrill by another lawyer that was unable to help me. From the moment I talked to him on the phone I felt like someone understood what I was going through. He actually listened to me! He always kept me updated on everything along the way. The one thing I really liked was he would tell me what I needed to hear not what I wanted to hear. He is the most honest lawyer I have ever talked with. On the day of court he hit a homerun for me, very prepared, and made sure ALL the facts where given in my case. I cannot think Mr. Merrill enough for deciding to take on my case. He made all the difference. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Tyler!
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Posted by Elizabeth | February 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glad I hired him!
Goes without saying, when you find yourself in need of an attorney, life may not be going well. I hired Mr. Merrill out of a few other attorneys because he seemed more of an advocate for my case. Although, it took a personal toll to go through a contentious legal dispute, I felt secure and confident as I worked with my attorney. Mr. Merrill was firm in helping me understand the process while doing all the actual work himself. It was a relief to have someone working for me! Highly recommended!
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Posted by Ivan Drago | October 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Provided 0 advice I was looking for
The Summary: • I had to figure out on my own how to counterattack. And did all the reading/investigation of all the documents (followed through on my own ideas). • Mr. Merrill was mostly ○ passing emails around and ○ reviewing the work I've done. The ticket for the services above was close to $15k. The task: child support modification (my ex wanted more after alimony ran out). The costs: ~$15,000. Mr. Merrill does not seem to have an assistant for clerical work. He is the one doing back and forth emailing and he charges attorney's hourly rate for these trivial services. In fact, after we agreed with the opposing party and all we had to do was to sign, send the docs to the other side, then get a copy of approved docs, these last steps cost me close to $1000 in his fees. It was the pinging of the opposing party's lawyer, back and forth reminding etc. "Review Final Orders"? I never asked for it. The value: Besides passing emails back and forth Mr. Merrill did review the forms I filled. But that was about it. I heard no legal advice, no plan of winning my case. In fact, on at least one occasion Mr. Merrill asserted that there are way too many variables to predict favorable outcome of my case. It sounded like nothing at all depends on our strategy and hard work here. The closest thing to "legal advice" I heard from Mr. Merrill was that "you can send a counter-offer". It was useful, because I didn't even realize I could do that. That's probably the reason I'll throw in 2nd star. I realize that attorney's time is expensive, and I did not expect him to do the heavy lifting or digging through the opposing party's volumes of documents and finding all the errors, intentional or not. Not only Mr. Merrill did not do that, but he never gave me any suggestions on what to do and how to beef up arguments during negotiating offers/counter-offers. Naively I sent my first counteroffer "cold", without any prep or arguments. "here is what I’m willing to pay you". Mr. Merrill reviewed it and sent out, w/o ever pausing and telling me: "man, this is useless, they'll just decline it". Sure enough, the other side declined, and that useless attempt cost me over $3k in his attorney's fees. Next time I learned my lesson did a lot of homework (that I came up with on my own). It helped me to considerably negotiate down modified child support terms after several iterations, always beefed up by data. Now if my friends ever have to deal with child support modification, I have several advices for them on how to negotiate. In fact, here are some for you for free: don't leave a stone unturned in the petitioner's financial statements; most likely it is infused with misinformation. Question every line. Look back at how much you've invested into your kids outside child support payments. Mr. Merrill, Family Attorney, had none for me for my money.
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lost to a public defender. Avoid at all costs.
I hired this guy for his "expertise" in family law. He costed me almost $7000 to do basically nothing. He did not ask me questions that would be relevant in court. Instead he showed up to court, unprepared, and answered many of the judges questions with "I don't know." If your time with your child is in jeopardy and you want a lawyer that will put in their best efforts, avoid this man like the plague. His contract states he will put in his best effort. If that was his best effort then he should not be a lawyer. I have never had, seen, or heard of a lawyer this bad. I could have done this myself with my zero knowledge of how it works and accomplished more.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Law Office of Tyler L. Merrill
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bains Law Firm
  • 2016 - 2018

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Associations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • King County Bar Association
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tyler and I volunteer for the same clinic in Seattle and I would gladly endorse him. From my experience, Tyler is punctual, diligent, and intelligent. All great qualities to have as an attorney. He is also a kind person, which can be a bit more rare in this profession!"
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tyler is a fantastic attorney who I know to be committed to representing his clients with compassion, diligence and a high degree of professionalism. I am proud to endorse him."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tyler is a good attorney and advocate for his clients. He is a great addition to the bar."