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Firm Overview

My work at Riach Gese, PLLC builds on the firm's more than 50 years of representing the people and businesses of our community. I am proud that my clients today include the great grandchildren of some of our very first clients.

Our firm specializes in resolving issues between neighbors and within families, assisting injured parties, and planning for the future. We are a firm focused on real estate, small business, estate planning, elder law, construction law, personal injury, and family law.

Example cases

Estate of Deonesues (Washington Court of Appeals and Washington Supreme Court) —Protected the interests of a wife after her husband passed away, leaving a Will that did not provide for her. The husband's Will had been prepared before his marriage, and named his wife as a "friend", but gave her nothing by way of the Will. Will was revoked as to the wife and she received her share of the estate.

Guardianship of Kyte — I represented an adult child whose parents were being financially exploited and needed help with care. The parents were resistant to accepting help and did not realize their vulnerability. We began proceedings to implement a guardianship, and after an investigation and report by an impartial guardian ad litem, the parties were able to negotiate the least restrictive assistance and protect the parents with a living trust and professional care provider with a power of attorney.

Main Office

Main
7331 196th Street SW
Lynnwood  WA  98036

Phone
  • (425) 776-3191
Fax
  • (425) 775-0406

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I provide a free half-hour consultation for new matters.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

My rates are fixed for preparing estate planning documents and hourly for most other representation.

Hourly Rates

$235 an hour for attorney and $95 an hour for paralegal.

Office Information

Office Hours

My office is open:
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

R. Renee Hollinshead

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Yes, I speak some Spanish.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Over many years of practice in many areas of law, I learned that I enjoy working directly with my clients, and helping them resolve conflicts and make plans for life. Real estate law, small business law, and elder law & estate planning are areas that allow me a connection with my clients. They are also areas of law that are often intertwined, and I frequently end up working with clients repeatedly through the years as their lives touch on these multiple areas of law. In this way, I can build relationships with my clients, and a familiarity with their legal matters helps me to serve them even better.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that in law there is never a "dumb question" and I am here to help my clients understand the pivotal aspects of their legal matters. When my clients have a general awareness and understanding of legal issues, we can work together and bring to light all relevant aspects of a situation, and then efficiently address or resolve their matters.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am available to help clients understand the meaning and ramifications of legal documents. I frequently review contracts for my clients, including Purchase and Sale Agreements, Rental Agreements & Leases, and Employment Agreements.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I always strive to give my clients the best representation in the most economical manner, and I encourage my clients to be informed and proactive. If self-representation is viable, I can counsel my clients accordingly, within the rules of professional conduct.

Michael P. Jacobs

Attorney for South County Narcotics Task Force (Drug Assets and Forfeiture) 1994-1997

Prosecutor at City of Lynnwood, WA 1993-1995

My many years as a little league coach, combined with my early studies of drosophila melanogaster (the common fruit fly) have helped me be a skilled and sensitive lawyer. Both have honed my observation skills and refined my awareness of behavior.

Of course the fruit fly is inelegant, but many of the lessons I learned in the scientific laboratory have helped me be more aware of my community, the behavior of people in it, and my role in the world.

As a coach, working with children to define and meet the individual and team goals has especially enriched my performance as a lawyer. 100s of hours with 100s of young minds has truly taught me an array of valuable lessons about human behavior, needs and objectives. I find myself regularly using lessons from the ball field in my daily practice.

I am a strategic, diligent, persistent lawyer. I demand accuracy and directness, and avoid unnecessary legalese. I pursue fairness and the simplest, most elegant solution. I have been told that sometimes I come across as a cold, Mr. Grinch—that my warm-heartedness does not always come through—but I do care very much about the needs of my clients and finding the best ways to meet those needs. And I enjoy working closely with people to get results.

Personal interests:

I am not much for just sitting still. I keep my eye on local and world events, and participate in my community via little league and the local school board and senior centers. My home and family are vitally important to me. I enjoy attending my children's sports events, concerts, and other landmark events. My wife and I spend a lot of our time working together on home and garden improvements, and hosting gatherings for family and community. In my "free" time, I indulge in reading history and biographies.

License
  • Bar Number: 22855
    Washington , 1993
Education
  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1993
    Tacoma, WA
    Business Editor of Law Review
  • University of Washington
    Bachelor of Science , 1988
    Seattle, WA
    Political Science
  • University of Washington
    Bachelor of Arts , 1988
    Seattle, WA
    Zoology

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