About Ellen M. Mclaughlin
In 1997, I graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law and moved to Yakima, Washington thereafter. Prior to attending Law School, I earned my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. I have to admit, the most rewarding years as a nurse, for me, were spent in the United States Air Force Nurse Corp.—for three years, I was honored in caring for Air Force Cadets attending the Air Force Academy, and active and retired military personnel. When I was a 27-year-old RN, I worked for the Visiting Nurse Association of Baltimore. I provided nursing care for home-bound patients. Some had no heat, while others lived in communities plagued with crime. At times it was scary, nevertheless, I did my job and did it well. I am not afraid to take on the three-headed monster. I am not afraid of bullies and will do everything in my power to shut them down. I have been representing clients for more than 18 years. I fight for the underdog! I like to help clients who are being silenced, being taken advantage of, being denied a second chance. I fight for people who are misunderstood. I know the law in Washington and my jurisdiction, as well as the judges I appear in front of daily. I generally know my opponent and have a keen insight into what it takes to get a case settled. I have vacated many felonies, misdemeanors, and restored gun rights for many clients in the state of Washington. I enjoy helping people as a lawyer by removing barriers in their lives preventing them from being successful while not breaking the bank, but will get the job done for a reasonable fee.
I provide legal services that most attorneys will not provide in my area. I will do the following for pro se litigants who cannot afford full legal representation. I will provide coaching for court, I will review documents, help fill out documents, and help with strategy to get the case done quickly. I can provide these "unbundled legal services" for an hourly rate or a flat rate. The longer your case takes to resolve, the more it costs in time, money, and emotion. From the very start, when I get a case, the client and I create a list of goals and prioritize the goals based upon the applicable law and the unique facts of their case. I let client know how long and how much it may cost to accomplish those goals. My rates are affordable. I really care about my clients. When a client hands me their hard earned money, I consider it an honor that they trusted me to fight for them. I work very hard for my clients and I offer a range of legal services.
Those services include:
You do not need to spend tens of thousands of dollars just to get divorced. My job as an attorney is not to make my client's spouse a better person. If you get along with your spouse, my goal is to keep it that way. I do not create a fire where one does not exist. If you do not have kids, do not have real property, and do not have retirement accounts; your lawyer should not be wasting your money by sending out long extensive discovery. You do not have to file a motion and note a hearing to be heard by the judge for every slight concern. Attorney fees must be cost effective. If you are spending $1,000 for discovery in your divorce, when you have no real property, no children, no pensions, and all personal property has been divided, you are wasting your money. Some divorces have so many issues and the stakes are immensely high, while others are much less involved. I will not sell you a Rolls Royce if a Ford Taurus will do the job.
Expungement, a term not really used by Washington, however, that seems to be the common word for clearing criminal records. I believe everybody deserves a second chance-- we all make mistakes. Some cases, may take several months. Whatever it takes, if it is legally possible, I will do my best to clear your record, get your gun rights back, or even petition the court on your behalf to relieve you of having to register as a sex offender. There are currently many sex offenders who are required to register that are in fact eligible to petition the court to have that obligation lifted, so that person can have a second chance to succeed in life without carrying the stigma of a sex crime, particularly when many cases that I have seen (and have successfully petitioned the court to relieve the obligation to register) are convictions from minor offenses committed during youth. Serious offenders who have been convicted of violent sex offenses cannot lift the requirement.
If you have an adult who is disabled and needs a professional guardian or a family member appointed as a guardian, I know how to get a guardian appointed, and know how to protect the vulnerable adult or aging family member from a financial predator. I have been an advocate for vulnerable adults who have large estates that have been exploited financially by family members, housekeepers and other professionals. I have seen elderly persons lose thousands of dollars, unnecessarily. I fight for elderly people who want to maintain their autonomy, and who want to die at home with dignity, if that is what they want, so long as the elderly person is safe and everything is done legally. I work diligently to protect the elder person’s right to self-determination and protect their dignity.