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.



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.



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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Monday, February 27, 2012

Water Law and General Practice Lawyering in a Small Town

With years of administrative bungling behind us here in Kittitas County, but not resolved, and the general tendency of potential clients, and even one unnamed wannabee legislator, to think a property owner should and can do whatever they want when it comes to water diversion, well drilling and simple adherence to a panopoly of laws involving water use and streambed modification, it is pretty difficult not to be touched by a water problem of one sort or another here where I live and work.  On a sheer gross dollar earned for clients water law cases (including flood damage work) this has been one of the more active areas of law my office has been involved in that I never set out to take on when I first hung out my shingle.  And, unfortunately, these are never easy cases to resolve and they are expensive to bring to settlement and or trial for both parties.  But, if you are looking for local counsel, I am available for consults on water issues as well as my standard liness of business, probate and estate planning law.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Theresa Petrey v. Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Well here it is at last, the blog post where I share a day in the life of a lawyerly lady in a small town attempting to work her way through treatment for a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer.  Early on, I made the decision, mostly by default due to my own experience with the highly effective grapevine news system in this community, not to try to keep the diagnosis quiet.  I did not know what to do, whether I would be able to work, and, if this was indeed  inflammatory breast cancer, whether I should even try to work. 

Interpreting the studies and the statistics remains enigmatic.  What does it really mean when a study places a five year statistical mean for survival at 40%?  Let me tell you, that I REALLY like the study that came up with a five year survival rate of  58%.  The overall five year survival rate for breast cancer is close to 90%.  I was one of those people who had a delay in getting diagnosed and treated, because the Cancer Medical Industrial Complex in Central Washington, was, in my experience, systemically incapable of timely deployment, so I've repeatedly wondered in the end how much that delay changed the numbers for me.

Ultimately, we wound up at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), seeing a team of Doctors for a second opinion.  It took only minutes for us to realize that I should be treated there and that I should have been there six weeks earlier.  My husband calls SCCA the mill, but in a loving way.  I call it the land of the Baldy Chemos.  I was put off by all the hairlessness initially, but have since come to rejoice in being able to go to a place for treatment that my pathetic little baby bird fuzz like hangers on under my wig seem to belong.

I have really resisted engaging in the Cancer Medical Industrial Complex in many ways, preferring to take a pragmatic approach of attempting to keep my practice and life as we know it back here in Ellensburg basically rolling along.  I limited Rotary attendance for the year, passed the Kittitas County Bar Association Treasurer books along to the highly capable Paul Sander, delegated, delegated, delegated to the rest of the Kittitas County Democratic Central Committee Board, decided that most Sundays during Chemo treatments, one hour of church meetings is good, and on some Sundays, just staying home and listening to Christmas music on Pandora was also good enough.

Many potential litigation clients were sent away.  I even fired a couple of clients.  I continue to take new clients who need consults or transactional legal work. The rest are all hanging in with me as I plod through completing my backlog.  One family even calls and emails on a regular basis, telling me that I am a "dear one to them."  That is very moving. 

My colleagues are supportive as well.

I am able to work.  Not as much as before, but I can do several hours a day.  Currently, I've got a great legal assistant, Candee Cox, who helps tremendously.  I've almost got the office situations fully resolved with my relocation.  I feel like I can make it through the next rounds of chemo therapy, even though this second phase of Chemo lives up to the bad reputation the process has, surgery and radiation therapy.

I am planning to win.

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