When our first child was born, my wife and I realized we were way overdue in putting together an estate plan and drawing up our wills. We asked around among local friends who had recently made a similar decision, and found a strong consensus opinion that Jim Flaggert of Davis Wright Tremaine's Seattle office was the guy to talk to.
When we set up an appointment, Jim sent us a package of materials to help us prepare for the meeting. This isn't a required step, but completing the materials thoughtfully means Jim doesn't have to charge you while he uncovers this basic information.
When we went in for our consultation, we found Jim to be both extremely knowledgeable and easy to talk to about what can be difficult topics - family, money, death and fairness among them. Rather than look for complex - and therefore more expensive - approaches, Jim counseled us to keep things as simple as our goals will allow - reducing not only our legal costs, but the difficulty of resolving our estate when the time comes.
As a skilled attorney in a top-tier local firm, Jim's services aren't cheap, but both I and my wife felt that his expertise, thoughtfulness and sensitivity to client needs were well worth the price.