Don Bushell, California attorney.

Licensed in California for any legal matter. Available in Washington state for Immigration and Veterans matters.

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Estate Planning

Wills, trusts, powers of attorney. Contesting probate.

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Divorce

Uncontested or contested matters. Settlement strategies.

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Real Estate

Transaction planning, oversight and coordination.

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Personal Injury

Plaintiff's or defendant's attorney. Case assessment. Statute of limitations analysis.

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High Tech

Enabiling your business on the web.

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Federal Matters

Immigration and Veteran's affairs.

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Estate Planning.

Is it time to document your estate plan? If you are a person with a typical estate, I'll provide the basic estate planning documents, including a trust, a will, health care power of attorney, and durable power of attorney. You’ll probably rest easier when we’re done. If you need your existing estate plan modified, I can help there too.

A trust is a fairly simple and flexible way to establish your estate plan. A revocable trust has a lot of advantages because you can change it, hence the term revocable. A will is more difficult to challenge than is a trust because a will takes effect upon your death and there are numerous technicalities in creating a will. A trust can be used to distribute your estate both while you are alive and after your death, while a will operates only after death. A trust is the most flexible legal instrument available because it's subject to the rules written into the trust document, which your trustee must follow. A trust can be created where the same person creating the trust, the settlor or trustor, also acts as the trustee, and is a beneficiary as well. A trust is very flexible and can be even be cancelled. Trusts can be used to benefit charitable causes.


Divorce and Family Law

I provide simple, low cost solutions to help with amicable, uncontested divorces. I’ll help you move through the process as smoothly and as quickly as possible. Even though the divorce is uncontested, an attorney cannot represent both spouses under the California rules of ethics. This requires that one spouse work with the attorney, and that spouse will work with the other spouse. This arrangement should be fine if the divorce is truly amicable and uncontested. The most important thing for the couple to do is to create a Marital Settlement Agreement. In that agreement, all assets should be accounted for, including real estate, retirement plans, personal belongings, cars, jewelry, bank accounts, life insurance policies, annuities, and anything else. You’ll need to disclose financial information to each other such as sources of income and recent tax returns. All of this information is brought to a judge who reviews it and enforces the agreements through a court judgment. If you can agree to amicably work on these documents with your spouse, then you probably can proceed with the uncontested route.


Real Estate and Contracts

So many people get involved with real estate deals that don't turn out the way they want. Prevent unwanted outcomes by hiring me before you decide to buy or sell. My services will be inexpensive and will benefit you a great deal. Selling property is all about the creation and execution of a contract. A contract requires mutual assent and consideration. When someone sells something and the buyer is unaware of a defect in the property, it can be argued that there was no mutual assent between the parties and the contract should be rescinded. So, if you are involved in a transaction and you are unhappy about it, contact me right away to preserve your rights in context of the statute of limitations.

Many contracts are intended to form long-term relationships between people. Let's get that relationship off on the right foot. I can draft the contract for your or help you enforce, modify or end, the contract you already have.

Are you selling property that is more complicated that the typical grant deed? Maybe there are life estates, reversions, or remainders involved. Give me a call to discuss these less frequently occurring conveyances.


Personal Injury

If you've suffered an injury to your person or reputation, let's discuss how we can get compensation for your loss. Sometimes it may be necessary to get a court order to force someone to cease creating a nuisance or some activity harmful to you personally.

It's very important to know how the statute of limitations affects your rights. It's also important to understand how time consuming and costly legal matters can be before you conclude a lawsuit is the way to proceed.. There are several strategies to deal with a personal injury claim, including settlement discussions or formal litigation. While settlement discussions are sometimes fruitful, it can also be a stalling tactic of your opponent. Meanwhile, the clock still ticks on the statute of limitations, and you must always be ready to file your claim with a court before the clock expires..

Call me to discuss any of the following topics: auto-accident cases, defamation cases, invasion of privacy, nuisance, medical malpractice, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, bullying, threats against your person, unwanted touching, and any other act against your interests.


High Tech

Do you need a technological solution developed for your organization? I've got the experience and expertise to develop and implement your service or product on the internet using modern technologies like ASP.NET and SQL Server. Whether you want to host your solution internally, or in the cloud, I'll help you get there. I can assist with strategy, requirements definition, architecture, data design, and system construction I've have decades of experience helping prestigious Seattle-area businesses implement their vision on the web. If your project is large, I can assemble a team of developers to address each area of your project.


Federal Matters

One of the services I offer is the representation of asylum seekers in the Seattle Immigration court. I am also authorized to represent military veterans before the Veteran's Administration. Please call me if you are in need of legal help in these areas and you live in King County or Pierce County, Washington.