Thursday, February 6, 2020

Valentine’s Day in Spokane

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"The annual day of love is nearing. If you haven’t begun thinking about your Valentine’s Day plans yet, fear not because Spokane has you covered with date ideas and romantic things to do."


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Domestic Violence: A Tough Call for the Courts

Domestic Violence Protection (DVP) orders under RCW 26.50 serve an important part in protecting a spouse, or even a former romantic partner from misbehavior of the other party, from violence and threats of violence. Beware because they are also misused for the purpose of gaining a strategic advantage in a divorce, especially in regards to children.  This is unfortunate, because then genuine threats can be dismissed as merely litigation strategy.  There are “false negatives” and “false positives” all too often when our over-burdened courts make the wrong call.

These DVP orders usually are first issued “ex parte.”  That means without notice to the other person until he or she is served with the proper papers.  Normally a hearing will be set within 14 days from the ex parte order being granted by the court, so that the restrained person has an opportunity to present his or her side of the story.

If these orders are violated, the penalties are severe.  They range from a gross misdemeanor to a class C felony.  Even if you are completely innocent of the alleged domestic violence, you must obey the order unless it is changed in the full hearing.  To prepare for that hearing, as the person bringing the petition, or as the person defending against a petition, you need strong legal representation to prepare your facts for the court.

Craig Mason and his team at Mason Law in Spokane, Washington, will be able to help you fully prepare for court, so that your story is heard. Call Mason Law for a consultation at (509) 443-3681 today.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Keeping your Family Together.

If your family has been disrupted by divorce, or a break-up between any pair of parents, in 2019, the underage children get caught in the middle. Washington State courts will probably give you substantial time with your children if you do not have behavioral, criminal, or drug problems.  So, hire a capable family attorney if your former significant other says: “I will take the kids from you.”

Legally speaking, it is in the best interests of the kids to be raised by both parents on terms that most match what went on before the break up, and that is what the court is required, by statute, to arrange.  Some attorneys will promise your angry ex-spouse that they can get "sole custody," and keep you from your children.  They may even try to convince the court that your presence is harmful to the children!

If your break-up or divorce takes this unfortunate turn, Spokane family lawyer, Craig Mason, routinely fights back against such outlandish, and damaging, attempts to keep you from your children.  He has years of experience in helping people just like you prepare and present the real facts, and in developing the relevant witness statements, to defeat such attempts to deprive you of participating in the lives of your children.  Call Spokane Family lawyer Craig Mason at (509) 443-3681.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Guide to Christmas in Spokane: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

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The Christmas season offers plenty of opportunities to spend quality time with friends and family, and in Spokane, Washington, there are many places to get you in the holiday spirit. From special holiday displays and light shows to festive plays, performances, and gift bazaars, Spokane is a wonderful place to celebrate the season.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Happy Holidays from our Family to Yours.

Here at Mason Law we hope that those of you in Eastern Washington and throughout our area have a wonderful, safe, and healthy holiday season.  We have been here helping Washingtonians for with legal issues of all types for decades ranging from civil litigation, to personal injury, to family matters.

While we trust you will not need us in 2020, rest assured that our family will be here to serve yours in the year to come.  When you get a minute, visit our website at  The very best to you and yours from all of us here in Spokane at Mason Law.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Settling your Divorce without Trial

Roughly 90 percent of family law cases settle short of trial.  There might be a large battle over initial orders – temporary orders put in place right after the divorce is filed – but then people calm down and realize what the courts are likely to do at trial.  Then, within the range of likely trial outcomes, the parties decide to save all the emotional and financial expense of trial and work out an agreement that is the basis of the “final orders” in your divorce.

In drafting the settlement agreement, you should have competent legal advice to make sure that you know your rights, so that you can fully understand the range of likely trial outcomes.  Also, an attorney can draft your agreement and final orders so that they have the legal effect you intend.

A settlement agreement is an enforceable contract.  Do not wait to get an attorney until after you have signed a settlement contract, which you now regret.

Mason Law in Spokane WA, can help you fully understand your rights, and protect your benefits of the bargain in drafting the agreement and final orders.  If you are about to begin negotiations to resolve a divorce call Mason Law today at (909) 443-3681.

Veterans Day Ceremony: Honoring Those Who Served

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The Spokane VA Medical Center is pleased to join the leadership and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51 for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Monday, November 11th beginning at 10:00am. Doors open at 9:00am.