I am an experienced family law attorney who believes that since your family is unique, your solutions should be too. Licensed in both Washington and California, I use the full array of dispute resolution options and do not limit clients to litigation when other alternatives might provide greater satisfaction, in a more efficient and cost effective manner.
As a mediator, I bring creative settlement approaches and problem solving skills to my clients. If a more traditional path serves you better, then my years of experience working inside the court system ensures that I’ll be an insightful and strategic advocate.
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Through her knowledge, patience, and understanding, the matter was totally settled. Because of Monica, both of our clients were spared the stress and money of further legal proceedings and were able to walk away with their dignity intact.
A great help. I really like coming to Monica to talk to my ex-husband about our issues.
This was one of those exceptional cases where both parents were more concerned about the effects of the dissolution on their minor child. Ms. Rands-Preuss was a very effective catalyst in bringing the parties to agreement.
Throughout my career, I have heard from many people successful in court, who were unsatisfied with the legal system because it was expensive, time consuming, did not encourage healthy dialogue, and limited extended consideration of each person’s individual priorities and goals. My practice is founded on my commitment to offer an alternative.
I have years of experience dealing with families in transition and separating couples. After graduating from law school, I worked for non-profit legal services and private law firms. It was after litigating for several years that I became more interested in mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, particularly for family law cases, where the emotional costs run high, and the long term needs of children are better served by an approach that looks at the family as a system.
Later, my passion to serve the public took me to a large court system in the San Francisco Bay Area where I settled hundreds of cases as a court based mediator, recruited, trained and supervised a panel of private mediators and arbitrators, and directed the ADR and Legal Services Division for the Superior Court of San Mateo County. My efforts to improve the system included presentations to the local Bar Association, serving on local and statewide committees, drafting local rules for the Court, and developing case management procedures.
After working inside of the court system for years, I know that most people prefer to keep their disputes private, long for an affordable resolution process that allows them a chance to participate in the outcome, and want to minimize the impact of separation and divorce on their children.
My own understanding of families in crisis and transition began early when my younger sibling overcame obstacles after suddenly becoming deaf, and then battled a terminal illness. Like many people, I also experienced divorce firsthand as a teenager.
Born and raised in Seattle, I am excited to be in my hometown and focus on family law as it allows me to bring the full array of my background and experience towards assisting clients with skill, sound advice, and creative solutions.
I am an avid reader and podcast listener. I enjoy local arts and music, and getting outdoors as much as possible with my husband and daughter to experience the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
— Monica Rands-Preuss
New College School of Law, San Francisco, CA
Juris Doctorate, May 1993
The Evergreen State College, Foundation Scholar, Olympia, WA Bachelor of Arts, December 1988
King County Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer
International Rescue Committee Volunteer
U.C. Hastings Law School, Dispute Resolution Design Course, Guest Lecturer
Silicon Valley Online Dispute Resolution Conference, Speaker
Ralph N. KLEPS Improvement in Administration of Justice Award (2009) and Excellence in Innovation Award (2004)
California State Bar
Washington State Bar
King County Bar Association, Family Law, Collaborative Law, ADR Sections
Washington State Bar Association, Family Law, ADR Sections
Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
California State Bar Association
International Family Law Journal, Court Connected Family Law ADR: Key Elements in Programme Design and Implementation (November 2010)
One of the biggest concerns people have is how much legal services will cost. It’s important to me to demystify the law and bring a flexible and cost effective approach to fees. Since I can work with you in a variety of ways, part of every case includes an upfront discussion of fees and costs, the necessary steps in your case along with the anticipated time frames, your options, and my recommendations for proceeding.
Common arrangements may include fixed fees for limited scope or unbundled representation, and hourly fees with advance deposits for traditional litigation and mediation.
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