Thursday, April 20, 2017

Been a long time . . . .

It has been almost three years since the last post.  It has been a long time.  Ms. Dellicker obtained her Advanced Certified Paralegal designation from NALA.  Ms. Azure George has become an ace legal assistant and legal logistics expert and marketing evaluator.  Ms. Held knows more about probate that she ever wanted to know.  Professor Sledge joined us as a legal assistant trainee.  And, we are still trying to find the right bilingual legal assistant for our soon to be two year old Yakima office.

This is also the tenth year in practice for me, all of it in rural Kittitas county as well as King County, Yakima and a few other counties.  As I write, I am doing a brief mini vacation to Las Vegas.  I often find myself wondering what it would be like to practice in a large city like this.  An attorney could specialize in any number of areas of practice.  In rural areas, unless you are a criminal or a government attorney you have to be a generalist if you are a civil practitioner.

People are surprised by my business law skills, lawyers and clients.  But, I rarely get to use them here.  Over the years, we have solved some really intractable problems for people in several different areas of practice.  We have also provided some representation for folks with nearly lost cause cases.  Some potential clients beg me to take cases that I really don't have the background or the resources for and they are hurt when I turn them away.  Others, when I am willing to take their case, and, it is not really the most complex case on the planet, do a fairly good job of making you feel like dirt on their way to another attorney's office.

Warning:  If I seem cranky, it is because I am.  It comes with the territory.

In short, you can't win them all.




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Theresa Petrey Selected as a Rising Star for 2014 in Estate and Trust Litigation and adds staff member


 June 18, 2014-Ellensburg, Washington:  Theresa Petrey was named a 2014 Rising Star by Super Lawyers in Estate and Trust Litigation.  The selection of Rising Stars is based on research and peer nominations of lawyers under 40 or who have been in practice in Washington State for less than 10 years.  This is the second year Ms. Petrey has been named to the list. 
 
The Law Office of Theresa Petrey, PLLC also welcomes Stephanie C. Azure George as a legal assistant trainee.  Ms. George previously worked in management for the Cedars Inn in Ellensburg for two years, is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, and looks forward to returning to CWU to complete her Law and Justice Degree. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Legal Assistant Rebecca Dellicker receives NALA certification

November 25, 2013-Ellensburg, Washington:  The Law Office of Theresa Petrey congratulates family law legal assistant Rebecca Dellicker on her attainment of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) certification. 

NALA is the leading paralegal certification program in the United States and has been providing the certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal credentialing examination for over 30 years.  Ms. Dellicker is one of only 80 examinees who have applied from the state of Washington at the time of her certification.

Ms. Dellicker completed the University of Washington Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate program in December of 2012 and is also a graduate of the Central Washington University Law and Justice Program.  Ms. Dellicker has been a Marine Corps Reservist for many years.

 

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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Law Office of Theresa Petrey Welcomes New Staff Members


August 21, 2013-Ellensburg, Washington:  The Law Office of Theresa Petrey welcomes the following new staff members: 

Kelly Held-Office Manager/Probate and Business Legal Assistant.  Ms. Held brings rich experience and involvement in community business affairs to our office as a result of previous experience working in administration and management positions throughout Kittitas County in the funeral, title and retail industries.  

Kallee Knudson-Legal Assistant. Ms. Knudson is a lifetime resident of the Kittitas Valley and a 2012 graduate of the Central Washington University Law and Justice Program.  Ms. Knudson has been recognized for her service in starting the Community Closet Fire Relief and Christmas toy project with the help of others.  

Rebecca Dellicker-Legal Assistant.  Ms. Dellicker completed the University of Washington Post-Baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate program in December of 2012 and is also a graduate of the Central Washington University Law and Justice Program.  Ms. Dellicker has been a Marine Corps Reservist for many years and was formerly employed by the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Theresa Petrey Selected as a Rising Star for 2013 in Estate and Trust Litigation and new office location

 July 16, 2013-Ellensburg, Washington:  Theresa Petrey was named a 2013 Rising Star by Super Lawyers in Estate and Trust Litigation.  The selection of Rising Stars is based on research and peer nominations of lawyers under 40 or who have been in practice in Washington State for less than 10 years.  Less than 2.4 % of the attorneys in Washington State receive this honor.  Ms. Petrey will also be opening a new location in Ellensburg at 605 N. Main Street, Suite 3, on August 1, 2013, that will allow her to serve larger numbers of family law clients, as well as continuing to provide probate litigation, probate, estate planning, business law and general civil litigation services.

 

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Welcome 2013

Welcome 2013.  The calls for estate planning and business buy or sell transactions have been coming in.  I am in the process of planning for the year in my own solo practice and wrapping up 2012.  Just thought I should check in folks! Happy New Year!

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

This post is for attorneys dealing with advanced stages of breast cancer who are in solo practice.  I am nearing the end of the year of active treatment for a case of inflammatory breast cancer.  Despite the ABA's breast cancer initiative, I unsucessfully searched and searched for information on solo practitioners who had faced this kind of an aggressive or advanced stage cancer, because I did not know what to do.  Presently, I'm looking at being able to gear back up to a full time effort as a solo.  Here are a few things I wish to share.

1)  It is very helpful from a peace of mind perspective to have an assisting attorney in place.  I had already done this succession planning months before the diagnosis.

2)  Check with your malpractice carrier to review the provisions of your policy as to what type of coverage you have if you are disabled or die.  I was pleasantly surprised by the options available to  me.

3)  If you know a solo practitioner who is or was a guardsman or reservist, ask for their advice.  My local bar president has been through multiple career interrupting deployments.  The chat with him was one of the best and most encouraging moments I had.

4)  Decide whether it is important to you to continue working as close to full time as possible, or, whether you want to reduce your practice load.  I did talk  to another attorney who had worked full time in a small practice setting with another form of aggressive breast cancer.  I chose to draw way down to under 25% of my case load.  This was a glide rather than an abrupt halt.

5)  Work with your vendors during the cash flow valleys, they are willing to help.

6)  Choose cancer care providers who have the ability to provide care when it fits into your schedule and not theirs, even if this means you must travel a significant distance.

7)  Find out what your state's unemployment laws are, as there may be provisions which assist you in laying off staff in such a way that they are available for rehire.

8)  Understand that cancer is a mental game as much as a physical game.  There are also important spiritual development phases to survivorship as well.

9)  Take help when it is offered, and, thank those who share their survival stories.

10)  Rest assured your business will come back if you want it to.

I hope there is someone out there that this helps.  You can do it.

Original post edited to correct spelling and grammar.

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