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Olaf Hansen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Spokane, WA

3.7   6 reviews

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About Olaf

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I have over 20 years of experience in family law and represented a countless number of clients on both sides of Washington state, who face issues of divorce, parenting and financial issues.

 

Licensed for 25 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Pacific Northwest Family Law
220 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA, 99201

Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Laura K | November 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best
After a trial run with a different attorney in another county, we were able to get what we wanted which was visitation for our son who was kept from his boys 2 and 1 years old for 8 months. Olaf and Christa also assisted to get our son in his home that was vacated by his ex-wife. I cannot write enough about Olaf and Christa who has made out life amazing... Thank you so much
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Protection orders
Mr. Hansen was very efficient in perusing provided information in a short period of time. He was very professional in representing me in two protection order cases in District and Superior Court with a positive outcome for both.
Posted by Nicole | August 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Olaf has been excellent through my difficult divorce. He responds quickly to all my questions, and concerns, and has a postive solution ready for me. He has placed my children and their needs first and foremost. He has fought hard to make sure my side of the case was heard. I highly trust and recommend Olaf.
Posted by Justin | August 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent advocacy
Was very caring and compassionate in dealing with my case. Provided clear, easy to understand explanations and worked with me to produce a very effective plan handling the delicate matter of enforcing an existing parenting plan when a sudden tragedy struck and he was able to quickly address and adapt everything to the situation as it continued to unfold. Remained steadfast in keeping the children at the forefront of all end decisions and remained professional under incredible duress in dealing with the other party directly while they were hostile to him and his paralegal. Continued to provide solid advice and steered the case calmly despite the unpleasant circumstances. Would highly recommend Olaf to anyone in need of legal advice or representation in family court. His team puts the well being of the children first, his advice and actions are concise and creative, and he remains cool under pressure even in the most strange and sudden of circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Confidential
This lawyer is not proactive at all. I have an ex that is very deceitful and asked him from the beginning to seek definitive proof on all her statements. I’ve predicted every move she’s made. We’ve been to court three times and not once has he asked for pay stubs or anything to prove her needs. He doesn’t listen to concerns and is lazy. Does not do good research to prepare for court and allows opposing counsel a competitive advantage by allowing them more time than I was allowed to prepare statements. He gets outplayed in strategy by lawyers less experienced and can’t conduct himself in a confident manner before the authority of court. He does not raise concerns about damaging judgements at the end of arguments when asked by the authority of the court. I spend one third of my time and money arguing with him on trying to get him to do what I want him to do and he has all kinds of excuses for his failures. Don’t waste your time or money. He has not protected me or represented me at all. I’ve asked for specific language to he included in a mediation judgement and it was not. I was misrepresented by him and the mediator in mediation and am not happy about it at all.
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Response from Olaf Hansen April 14, 2021
We share in your disappointment with the ruling that occurred last week. We also discussed after the ruling what you should do to address those disappointments. However, there are several statements you make that do not reflect what we did in representing you over the past 12 months or the results of our representation.
Posted by GavRayell | August 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Did not feel he was on my side
I hired Olaf to help me get my child back from her father who took her away and I ended up with a year of three hour visits with my child. Olaf never asked for me to have more time, he would tell the judge that my child’s father worked to much, being an attorney he should have known that the court does not care about parents work schedules and argued something else but he never did. Anytime I would ask him to do something he would tell me no, like he would not get me a guardian ad litem, would not put what I wanted in my declarations, would not come up with a customized parenting plan at mediation, he would wait months before scheduling court dates or sending the opposing counsel things and when I sent him information he wouldn’t look it over. I switched attorneys and within two weeks had an agreement with my ex and signed our parenting plan.
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Response from Olaf Hansen August 12, 2019
I am happy to hear that you were able to resolve your matter. An agreed parenting plan is very beneficial to not only the parents but the child as it will stop the conflict. We strive for great results for every client. The experience you recite is unusual among our clients, as our clients are a pretty satisfied bunch as you can see from the other reviews. We are always trying to get better, so I’d really like the chance of going over your case with you (in a private setting so as not to reveal confidential information) to explore that with you.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Managing Attorney
  • Pacific Northwest Family Law
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Ashby Law
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Paul B. Mack
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Magnuson Lowell, P.S.
  • 2000 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of G. Olaf Hansen
  • 1997 - 2000
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Education

  • Washburn University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Furrow, 115 Wn.App. 661 (2003)
  • Court reinstated her rights
  • In re Parentage of C.S., 134 Wn.App. 141 (2006)
  • Court dismissed paternity action.

Associations

  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Family CASA
  • Golf Tournament Committee Member
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Old Puget Sound Beach RFC
  • PR Director
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Old Puget Sound Beach RFC
  • President
  • 2003 - 2004
  • USA Rugby Super League
  • Charter Member Rep
  • 1996 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine
  • 2018
  • President's Recognition
  • Old Puget Sound Beach RFC
  • 2007
  • Recognition
  • 2006
  • Recognition
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • 1995
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • 1994
  • MVP
  • 1993
  • Dean's List
  • 1992
  • Dean's List
  • 1991
  • Presidential Physical Fitness
  • 1985
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Publications

  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Failure to Obtain and Interpret all Financial Documents
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Failure to Account for Debts
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Discovery in Divorce
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Common and Not So Common Family Law Issues and Answers
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Parenting Plan: Create your Masterpiece
  • Family Law
  • 2019
  • Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets
  • Family Law
  • 2015
  • Family Law From A to Z
  • Family Law
  • 2014
  • The Ultimate Guide to Trying a Case in King County ... and Beyond
  • Defending Clients in Criminal Court
  • 2008
  • Business Law
  • Jury Selection
  • 2006
  • Business Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (12)
Endorse Olaf
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Olaf has a very significant family law experience across a broad variety of family law matters. I endorse this attorney. Olaf is effective both in negotiating smart settlement agreements and representing clients in trial."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hansen has been providing professional and effective representation for his clients for many years. He is a fellow attorney and one that I often call for advice on procedure, substantive issues and ideas that will help me with matters that I have. I have always found his advice to be solid and thoughtful."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Olaf brings a great attitude and a rock solid commitment to client needs to his work. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Olaf is known in the community as a great attorney and a strong advocate for his clients. I strongly endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Olaf brings both experience and passion to his Family Law practice. Clients trust his guidance and other attorneys respect his legal knowledge. I am very confident in endorsing him to any perspective client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great approach to client care coupled with an outstanding strategic approach."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Olaf provides aggressive legal representation to all his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Olaf has been a great mentor to me. He has willingly provided me with guidance and is very patient. I always feel comfortable asking him questions or for advice, and I am confident in his responses. After working with him, I admire his style in how he approaches family law cases and criminal defense cases. He does not have a “cookie-cutter” plan; rather, he strategically thinks each case through and provides his clients with legal advice of realistic potential outcomes from the point of view of a judge. Olaf is creative in his approaches - tailored to help meet each of his clients’ needs on an individual basis. In addition to his skills, clients constantly comment to me that they are thankful that he could “see the forest for the trees” during the times they could not. It is not uncommon for me to see his former clients reaching back out to him for other legal issues, regardless if it has been 1 yr. or 10 yrs. ago. Olaf is efficient, cost-effective, and very responsive to his clients."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Olaf's work as a family law attorney is impressive. He truly understands the family court. He knows what the judges will and won't do; what they'll 'buy' and what they won't 'buy.' As a result, he works efficiently, and serves to maximize his client's results while keeping costs and fees down. When all is said and done, in this State, if one spouse wants a divorce, the court will order it. Why not minimize the wrangling and, at the same time, maximize the result? That's what Olaf does; time after time. And I've met his clients afterward, who are thrilled with his efforts on their behalf. Divorce is often an ugly business. Olaf helps his clients through the muck; and more often than not, they come out the other end with a smile, and encouraged about their future."
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