Matthew Kaminski's Practice Areas Include:


Family Law:

Family is everything.

Family law deals with some of the most difficult issues a person can face. Matthew Kaminski can assist in:

  • Planning for marriage with prenuptial agreements so that both parties have a clear plan for all of the "What Ifs" that, hopefully, will never come to pass.
  • Dissolution and legal separation cases in order to make sure that you are given all that the law requires and that you have a clear plan moving forward. This is especially important if children are involved.
  • For those who are not married, establishing a parenting plan or determining paternity to make sure that children are properly cared for.
  • Family Law consulting. If you and your ex are in agreement about your divorce and only need the attorney to help you both complete the process, Matthew Kaminski offer's a consulting rate that will allow you to get your divorce without piling up unnecessary attorney's fees.
  • Seek protection for victims of domestic violence to make sure the abuser can strike again.
  • Modification when the agreements no longer fit reality.

Step-parents, Non-parental Custody and other options

Mr. Kaminski can also help with non-parental custody disputes. This is legal process used in order to gain custody of a child whose parents can no longer protect or provide for him/her. These actions are not to be entered into lightly, but if there are safety concerns or if both parents are having a detrimental effect upon the child, it may be necessary to step in and take custody. This is just one of many options available including adoption, de facto parent rights, and more.

If your family needs help, call the attorney today for a free consultation: (206) 457-2907


Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Are you suffering?

If you have an injury or disorder that keeps you from being able to work, you may be able to file a claim for SSDI, SSI or both. It is a long process from beginning to end and the attorney can help make sure that your case is presented in a clear manner that highlights how your impairments keep you from being able to work. Matthew Kaminski will work with your doctors to make sure all the facts are clearly documented. The attorney will also fight for your position to make sure that your legal rights are well presented. The attorney will also prepare you for any hearings and help you through the administrative law process.

If you have received any decisions regarding your case, it is important to act promptly, as there are time limits as to when you can request a hearing on previous decisions.

Don't wait, call the attorney today for a free consultation: (206) 457-2907


DUI (Driving Under the Influence) / DD (Drugged Driving)

Don't let one poor decision ruin your life.

Being pulled over by the police is a scary event. You are surprised, there are flashing lights and sirens all around you, and you are being asked to submit identification, answer questions and perform tests. The police do a wonderful service for our state, but when making a stop they have just one job: gather evidence that can be used against you in a court of law.

Know your rights.

If you are subject to an investigation, do not speak to the police. Be polite but firm and ask to speak to your attorney. Your attorney is the first line of defense in any interaction with the cops. Let Matthew Kaminski fight for you by:

  • Representing you at arraignment. Making sure that there are no outrageous terms or bail set.
  • Defending your rights with the Department of Licensing, who will suspend your license if you do not act quickly after an arrest.
  • Knocking out bad evidence from faulty machines.
  • Making your case before a jury of your peers at trial.

Understand that there are key timelines involved when you have been arrested for a a DUI or Drugged Driving offense. You only have 20 days from the date of arrest to request a hearing before the Washington State Department of Licensing. If you have a pilot's license or a commercial driving license, special rules apply that could leave you grounded or without the ability to make a living. Also, generally there is not that much time to plan before the arraignment. It is important to have legal counsel to help you navigate these issues. A detailed timeline is provided below that will show you the key steps in any case.

What's a DUI going to cost me?

Because the attorney is committed to providing affordable legal services, he does not take a flat fee, instead his fee agreement works in stepped increments based on how involved the case becomes. What this means is that the cost depends on the complexity of the case. This means you won't find yourself wondering why you had to pay a fortune for a case that settled shortly after arraignment.

Please contact the attorney for a free consultation: (206) 457-2907


Bankruptcy

Many times clients find themselves in debt that they cannot seem to escape from, often through no fault of their own. Whether its from an unexpected illness, loss of employment, or other financial misstep, when they finally realize that they cannot keep up, Federal law provides for relief from debt in the form of a Bankruptcy. The two most common types utilized today are the Chapter 7 and the Chapter 13.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

This is a complete liquidation of your debt. It is a financial "fresh start" that is available when your consumer debt has reached a point that you no longer have any viable way of paying it off. Most debts can be discharged through a Chapter 7 and the process can be finished in as little as two months. The link below provides more information about Chapter 7 and the process.

A common question is, "How much does it cost to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?" Matthew Kaminski charges $865.00 as a flat Attorney's fee. There will also be the cost of filing with the court, this is currently $335.00 for a Chapter 7. So the total would be $1,200.00 all together. Payment arraignments can be made for those in need.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

This is the reorganization of debt into a manageable payment structure that is then paid off over five to seven years. It is available even if could possibly file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and there are some benefits and detriments to choosing a Chapter 13 over a Chapter 7. Chapter 13 is sometimes the best option for homeowners whose homes are underwater due to two or more mortgages. It allows for lien stripping which may be able to remove a second mortgage or HELOC from your home.

Again, the question is usually, "How much will a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy cost?" Matthew Kaminski charges $2,000 for a Chapter 13. There is also the filing fee of $310. So the total charge would be $2,310. For a Chapter 13, the attorney will generally be paid most of that fee out of the payment plan over the course of the Chapter 13.

Matthew Kaminski can help

  • Preparing your bankruptcy petition and schedules.
  • Making sure that every exemption is properly listed so that you don't end up losing what you have worked so hard for.
  • Representing your interests by working with the court and the trustee to get you a discharge that will free you of your debts and get you back on the right path.

There are many facets to the Bankruptcy code, including which debts are dischargeable and which are not. Speak to the attorney to find out which filing chapter is the best fit for you.


Landlord / Tenant Issues:

Matthew Kaminski provides legal services to both landlords or tenants by:

  • Reviewing & Drafting Lease Agreements
  • Prosecuting & Defending Unlawful Detainer Actions (Evictions)
  • Facilitating communication between parties
  • Advising clients about their rights and obligations

Landlord-Tenant law is heavily statutory and can be challenging for both parties to understand their rights and responsibilities.

An Unlawful Detainer action (commonly referred to as an eviction) is one that will remain on a person's record forever, so it is vital that both parties understand the gravity of the circumstances before any action is commenced.

When all else has failed though, the Attorney assists in both prosecuting and defending unlawful detainer actions. Washington's Residential Landlord Tenant code (RCW 59.18) provides clear and exact steps and language for instituting a suit and must be followed precisely. Therefore it is highly advisable to have legal representation for both landlord and tenant, in order to make sure that all of the procedures are followed. The links below have more information about landlord / tenant law and some common forms that the attorney has developed.