Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Stress of Divorce and DUI and DV

Divorce or the separation of co-habitating parents is extremely stressful. People often get their first DUI, or their first domestic violence (DV) charge, when going through the dissolution of their relationship.

Saying this is not to excuse it, but to point to the facts of just how emotionally difficult the process can be, and the unfortunate impact these emotions can have on behavior.

I would not be the lawyer for your fifth DUI when you need to pay an expensive expert to attack the breathalyzer or the blood draw.  However, I have a lot of experience in negotiating a resolution of the criminal case of a good person who responded badly to the stress of a family law crisis, and who previously had little or no interaction with the criminal justice system.

My name is Craig Mason, and my office staff and I are happy to help you through these hard times. My office is in Spokane, and I have recently handled cases in Benton, Franklin, Whitman, Stevens, Lincoln, Adams, and Pend Oreille counties as well. Give me a call at (509) 443-3681. Please check out my website at spokaneinjuryanddivorcelaw.com.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Spokane is My Home

Beautiful Spokane and the surrounding area of Eastern Washington is where I was born and raised, with most lines of my family having homesteaded in the Davenport and Reardan areas in the 1860’s and ‘70’s, and others locating in Montana and North Idaho before 1900.

I worked my way through SFCC and EWU and then went to the University of Washington for my master’s in sociology and my J.D. with high honors and was an author and editor in the U.W. Law Review.

On top of the years of legal work I have also taught at The University of Washington, WSU-Tri-Cities, Columbia Basin Community College, Gonzaga University, and Eastern Washington University. I have seen many former students in the practice of law in the Tri-cities and Spokane.

I strive to maintain the decency and practicality of my family’s traditions in my practice of law. (My two grown children, who also exhibit these traits, give me hope that I am succeeding.)

My name is Craig Mason. I wanted you to know a bit about me before you make that call looking for the right family attorney you can trust to handle the process and navigate through the family courts of Washington State. I hope we can sit down and review your specific needs. Please call my office at W. 1707 Broadway in Spokane (509) 443-3681.

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Buy a Personal Computer to Save Money

It might sound strange that spending money will save you money, but it will.

In the “recent old days” people had a flip phone and a good computer, which meant that they used email, they could read documents easily, and they could write complete rough drafts and fill out family law forms in rough draft to be edited by attorneys.  They saved their lawyers’ time, which saved the clients’ money.  Punctuation was more common; capitalization was used, and thoughts were more complete, even in the rough drafts.

Gradually phones became ever more powerful and expensive, and people quit buying personal computers, using their phones as their only computers. Now, they might have trouble reading documents, and instead of a complete rough draft in response to the other side’s documents, numerous texts might be sent, without capitalization or punctuation as an“email” from their phones. This ends up costing the clients money, as their lawyers need more time to put together, and make presentable for the courts, what is sent.

Here is my advice:  While we at Mason Law are happy to piece together your statements, and do it all the time, we want your legal bill to be as low as possible, and time is our inventory. Time is money.  You will be money ahead in your divorce or parenting plan action to buy a low-cost personal computer, with word-processing and email capacity, and a cheap printer. Help us help you save money.  But no matter what, call Mason Law in Spokane, WA, at  (509) 443-3681 for all your family law needs.