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Nicole M. Bolan

Family Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   45 reviews

Licensed for 18 years

About Nicole

Learn Nicole’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    60%
    This includes divorces, child support modifications, parenting plan modifications, relocation actions, drafting or reviewing prenuptial agreements, etc. Also, I practice collaborative family law as well.

    19 years

  2. Business
    10%
    This includes forming business entities such as corporations or LLCs or reviewing stock purchase agreements. All litigation associated with a business dispute is included in the "litigation" practice area.

    19 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    10%
    This includes drafting or reviewing a wide variety of contracts, such as non-compete agreements or commercial leases. All disputes associated with contracts would be included in the "litigation" practice area.

    19 years

  4. Litigation
    10%
    Litigation includes most areas of practice, including real estate, business and contact disputes, as well employment disputes, landlord/tenant issues, etc.

    19 years

  5. Real estate
    10%
    This includes transactional work, such as drafting purchase and sale agreements, preparing or reviewing easements or lease/options, etc. All litigation associated with real estate is included in the "litigation" practice area.

    19 years

EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT REPRESENTATION FOR FAMILY LAW, REAL ESTATE, AND CIVIL LITIGATION.

I believe my role as an attorney is to help my clients quickly, efficiently, and effectively resolve their disputes. As part of that, I am committed to keeping my clients informed, making sure they understand the process, the options available, and the potential risks and benefits of each option. Because most people are involved in very few lawsuits during their lifetime, I make sure each client is given the necessary guidance along the way.

 

I firmly believes in the value of resolving matters by agreement rather than through litigation. This allows the parties to craft more creative agreements, potentially maintain an amicable relationship even after the case is resolved, and typically costs far less than litigation. On the other hand, when necessary,I am fully prepared to advocate for my clients in court to protect their interests. I have experience handling family law cases, real estate matters, contract disputes, business and employment issues, and many others. For the past 10 years,  I have helped my clients reach successful resolution in these areas, through negotiation, litigation, and appellate work. I also act as a mediator to help parties reach an agreed resolution.

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Licensed for 18 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Blado Kiger Bolan, P.S.

Reviews

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Posted by Rich | January 9, 2023
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Nicole was referred with a glowing review and exceeded my expectations
Nicole was referred to me by a close, trusted friend when I needed counsel during my divorce. She was highly recommended, and I hired her to help me during this difficult time. Nicole was just incredible. She was a true counselor providing valuable advice in not only family law, but real estate, finance (investments, transaction tracking and forensic evaluation), judicial procedure and legal strategy. I am incredibly grateful for her support and guidance. I have working closely with legal professionals my entire career and the one strength that consistently stood out with Nicole's performance was that she was efficient with her time and her work was impeccable. She would complete tasks/briefs/filings/etc. in a half or a third of the time as other attorneys I have worked with previously and she nailed it every time. Hiring Nicole was the best choice I made to navigate this process. She is outstanding. Best of luck in finding a talented counselor. They make a difficult process much less stressful and will keep you safe.
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Posted by Paul | January 9, 2023
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Simply the best
Simply the best, Nicole and her team were amazing. Professional, honest and integrity
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2023
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Highly Regarded Legal Support!
Nicole (along with her support team) handled my legal situation in a personable and very professional manner at every turn. She is confident, poised and prompt. Her follow through and great communication made the process smooth. Nicole’s expertise exceeded my expectations!
Posted by Heather Kaleiwahea | January 9, 2023
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Life is easier with her
Nicole makes a rough time as smooth as it can be! She is prompt in response, organized and professional all at the same time. She’s a pleasure to work with
Posted by Baron | July 16, 2021
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Review for Nicole Bolan
Nicole represented me in a divorce. I can't speak highly enough about her and her staff . Nicole was very patient, had great ideas in regards to strategy . She is very experienced and thinks outside the box . I would highly recommend Nicole She's a Rockstar !
Posted by Amanda | June 7, 2021
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So Grateful to Have Found Her.
I was pretty strained attempting to handle my divorce, by the time I decided to pick up the phone and look for an attorney. I had spoken to a few and researched online before calling Nicole’s office. Kathy was so kind from the start and scheduled me a meeting in good time. Upon meeting Nicole it was clear she had a genuine concern for my well-being and that genuine concern never wavered after I retained her. Nicole and her team left no stone unturned. They have been extremely detailed and thorough. I’ve never been left feeling like more could have been done for me in my case. If I ever needed something clarified it was done right away, Nicole made sure I fully understood details before I made any decisions. She gave guidance without pushing me and because of that I was able to make the right decisions for myself through it all. Court was an overwhelming thought as I’d never stepped in one before and surely not for something so personal, but as proceedings began it was clear to me again that I had chosen a brilliant woman. It was empowering just sitting next to her while she expertly handled it all. She did not stop once court was over, she continued to assist in the never ending loose ends. Nicole and her team have been everything I needed and more in one of the most difficult times of my life. I am eternally grateful to have found her.
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Posted by Lisa | January 30, 2020
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Real Estate Issue
I contacted Nicole regarding an issue that had to be addressed very quickly and she came through for us! This is not the first time we have turned to Nicole . . . she has helped many members of our family!
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2019
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Extrodinaire!
Nicole is responsive, on point and attentive to details. She provides solutions that are in line with your goals and seeks to resolve family law conflicts in a nurturing, yet firm, way. She provides options and paths that are clear and easy to interpret. Most importantly, she has a support team that has a strong desire for excellence as well.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2017
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Divorce case
From our first meeting, I knew that Nicole was the attorney I wished to represent me. She offered solid advice after listening to the facts in my case. As my divorce wore on for over a year, she tried different approaches to reach settlement. She was always open to my ideas and the lines of communication were excellent. She never delayed letting me know what was happening regarding my case. Three things were important to me in this divorce settlement and Nicole managed to win on all three points. The settlement was reached right before our court date. I could not be happier with the final outcome. I would characterize Nicole as very smart and knowledgeable in divorce law yet she was willing to ask her colleagues for advice when a we hit a "bump in the road" with our case. She fought for me to get a fair settlement and I would definitely hire her again.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2017
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Highly Recommended!!
Nicole helped me recover money that was loaned to a family member in good faith. When it was time for repayment, they refused to pay. Though I did not want to resort to legal means, I had no choice. Nicole helped to recover the money and the matter was handled promptly and with the utmost professionalism. I highly recommend her. She is the very best!
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Posted by Joe, Carol, David, Gabe | October 28, 2017
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Nicole Bolan
Nicole was instrumental in assisting us negotiate a somewhat convoluted real estate contract. She was always very responsive to our emails and phone calls. Her level of expertise demonstrated to us that she is a very intelligent and talented attorney. Thanks again Nicole for your hard work and dedication.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2017
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Highly recommend Nicole and her office!!
Nicole has helped with custody issues twice now. Both times we have came to resolution before trial. One petition she got dismissed, and the second we were able to settle in mediation. Nicole never misled me with advice one single time. She is brutally honest about all directions my case could have gone. I never received any surprises. She responds quickly to emails and messages and does her research prior to responding. Her office staff is just as amazing. Kathy at the front desk will put a smile on your face the minute you walk in the door! I would use Nicole if your looking for someone to help resolve a complicated custody battle!!
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Posted by Ursula | October 27, 2017
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Nicole!!!!
Nicole is an excellent lawyer. Not only is she obviously extremely knowledgeable and talented, she also has an incredible capacity to understand the "human" aspects and nuances of divorce, especially when kids are involved. I am so thankful to have Nicole and her team (especially her legal assistant Heather who is AMAZING) over the past year for advice, consultation, decision-making and peace of mind that I could trust her to get me to where my baby and I needed to be. I would recommend Nicole to anyone, but especially families going through tough, complicated divorces.
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Posted by Greg | September 18, 2017
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Highly Recommended!
I faced a very challenging divorce and custody battle and I don't think I could have had a better lawyer. From the start I could tell she was a very smart, competent, and caring attorney. She responded promptly to my many questions and kept me up to date throughout the entire lengthy process. Lawyers are expensive, but I feel Nicole charges a reasonable rate and I never felt I was being over billed. I would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2017
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Nicole Handled My Divorce
After a successful consultation appointment with Nicole, I hired her to handle my divorce. She outlined the process, options, timeline and potential issues in an understandable and caring manner. My ex-spouse and I were cooperative during the process, and Nicole was flexible in allowing me to manage some of the aspects of the divorce myself in order to keep fees at a minimum. Nicole and her team were efficient, they communicated well and the fees were very reasonable...I highly recommend Nicole!!!
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Posted by Mark | March 20, 2017
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A Terrific Attorney
Nicole is what you look for in an attorney. She's smart, persistent, patient and honest. She represented me the way I wanted to be represented.
Posted by Leah | March 16, 2017
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Outstanding attorney
Nicole is an outstanding lawyer. From our very first meeting it was so easy to open up to her. She listened to all my concerns and was always there to help if I had questions. She's quick to respond and very knowledgeable. She was able to get me exactly what I wanted in my divorce case.
Posted by Paul Mathews | March 11, 2017
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Excellent attorney
Nicole represented me in a family law case. She was always professional, responsive, organized and prepared. She is very intelligent but has a sense of humor that helped make a difficult time a bit easier for me. I was very happy with the favorable settlement she negotiated for me.
Posted by anonymous | August 3, 2016
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Change your approach to divorce, it will change your outcome.
Although some circumstances to my case are unique to my situation, I left court the other day feeling magnanimous. What Nicole Bolan, Heather Alderson and I accomplished in court is, in a way, monumental. The true winner is my daughter. After a long battle the results speak for themselves. Neither parent is a “primary” custodian and there is a $0 transfer payment of child support. What this means is neither parent has any power over the other. For every child who’s parents are going through a divorce, this should be the standard. This truly is what’s best for your child, no power. By creating an even playing ground, co-parenting effectively to raise a happy, successful child should follow. I would recommend two things for your divorce case. First, let go of any petty bitterness or feelings of entitlement. Judges can sense when you’re being malicious without justification. Second, hire Nicole Bolan as your divorce attorney. She communicates very well and addressed any concerns I had as quickly as she could. She was honest about the possible outcomes of my actions and educated me about divorce along the way. Nicole and Heather make a great team, I truly recommend them.
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Posted by Susan | November 29, 2015
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Great experience!
My experience with Nicole was wonderful. She was very sharp, thorough and proficient. The outcome of my case was even better than I anticipated. I am thankful for the opportunity to work with Nicole. I cannot express my appreciation for her hard work. I will be returning to use Nicole for other needs and would highly recommend her.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Blado Kiger Bolan, P.S.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Blado Kiger, P.S.
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Washington State Legislature
  • 2001 - 2001
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • Tacoma Pierce County Small Business Incubator v. Kennedy, et al
  • Reversed and remanded.

Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Collaborative Law Professionals of Pierce County
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2008 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (13)
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Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Nicole and I work together in the same firm, and have worked on cases together. I have been able to learn a lot from Nicole. She is very organized, and communicates well with her clients. She works extremely hard for her clients, and is very successful at obtaining favorable results."
General practice Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Nicole is brillant, a sensible negotiator and a tough litigator. I have rccommend her to several of my own clients, family and friends and would hire her to represent me in any matter if the need arises."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Bolan is a good attorney. She is fair and balanced. Even with a challenging client, I felt she handled the case very well. I appreciated that she was collaborative when it served both our clients. I would recommend her."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Other
"I worked with Nicole for several years. Nicole is one of the sharpest legal minds I know. She is also a strong advocate for her clients and a highly skilled attorney. You will be well served with Nicole in your corner."
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Nicole Bolan because I respect her skills and knowledge. She is thorough in her preparation and confident in the courtroom. She has a demeanor inside and outside the courtroom that I would describe as a successful combination of being prepared, polished, personable, and tenacious all at once"
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Nicole is an excellent lawyer and regularly gets great reviews from happy clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have opposed Nicole several times. She is aggressive and tough, but practical and efficient as well. I refer to Nicole with confidence and will continue to do so."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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