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Welcome


"In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same."

-Albert Einstein
 

 

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Welcome


"In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same."

-Albert Einstein
 

 

 

Our Firm

From the need to protect your communities, your environment, your businesses and your families, here at The Law Office of Aaron M. Smith, we understand that many things can keep you up at night.  We pride ourselves on helping you navigate that stressful and often confusing terrain in the legal world.   By taking the time to get to know our clients and your unique situations we can better help you understand your options and create lasting solutions that will help you sleep better. 


Environment & Land Use

Environment & Land Use

Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Small Business & Startups

Small Business & Startups

Mediation

Mediation



 
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Areas of practice


 

 

Areas of practice


 

 

 

Areas of Practice

If you have a question regarding an area of law that you don't see below or you are unsure where your issue might fit, drop us a line or send us a message and we can hopefully find a way to help. In addition to the areas of practice listed below, we have considerable experience in personal injury, landlord-tenant and defamation issues and accept these types of cases only in certain circumstances.

We've specifically chosen each of our practice areas to better help individuals, communities and businesses have better interactions with the justice system. Whether helping you or your business plan for the future or helping you and your community through a dispute, we look for ways to help make your interaction with the legal system understandable, affordable and as efficient as possible.


Environmental and Land Use Law

Please note that many land use issues have tight deadlines and restrictive requirements concerning comments and appeals. Additionally, if you fail to raise an issue in either of those proceedings you may lose your right to address them at a later time. Consult an attorney as soon as possible!

Our services include:

  • Water Issues

  • Natural Resource Issues

  • State Environmental Policy Act Issues (SEPA)

  • MTCA

  • Private Permitting Issues

  • Land Use Permit Appeals

  • Shoreline Master Program Appeals

  • Public Disclosure Requests

  • Nonprofit formation

 

 

If you don't see your specific type of environmental or land use issue above, it is still possible that we can help! Shoot us a message.


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Small  Business, Startup & Nonprofit law

When starting a new business or organization it can be important to get off on the right foot. Unfortunately it is all too common that overlooking even one issue results in costly future litigation.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Business/501(c) Formation

  • Business Governance

  • Copyright and Trademark

  • Ongoing Transactions/Contracts

  • Dissolution


Mediation

Litigation is costly. It also is usually a stressful, highly contentious, zero-sum game that leaves at least one party feeling very unhappy. We believe that using alternative means for resolving disputes, such as mediation, can lead to adding value to almost any situation which allows all parties to walk away content.   Avoiding the litigation process can make reaching justice much more affordable.

 

We mediate:

 
 
  • Individual Disputes

  • Community Disputes

  • Land Use/ Environmental Disputes

 

Estate Planning

Planning for the future can sometimes seem daunting. We can help you understand what you need to know and guide you through that process in a simple and affordable way.

Our services include:

  • Wills and Trusts

  • Power of Attorney

  • Health Care Directive/Living Will

  • Community Property Agreement

 
 

 
 
 

Unbundled Legal Services

Sometimes you don't need a full service law firm for all of your legal needs.  If that's the case we can help too. There are many situations where you might want help as you handle a legal issue yourself or  need advice on one particular issue or issues.  We offer multiple fee structures for our limited scope representation services as well.

 
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About Us


 

 

 

About Us


 

 

 

About Aaron

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Aaron M. Smith is our founder and managing attorney.  Aaron believes that interactions with our legal system can, at times, be daunting and difficult but with good guidance and creative thinking, your situation can result in significant gains.  He has experience in a wide range of legal issues, including litigation, dispute resolution, business formation and contract review which help him to provide well-founded advice.  He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, advises for the Port of Seattle’s Port Community Action Team, participates in Wayfind’s Nonprofit Advocates Program, volunteers with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and is active in finding ways that technology can enhance access to justice. 

Aaron was raised in Evanston, Illinois.  He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans.  Aaron then relocated to Salt Lake City and worked at a wilderness therapy program helping “at risk youth” to understand the power of choice.  At University of Oregon School of Law, Aaron studied environmental law, international law and alternative dispute resolution.   He then found his home in Seattle where he founded the Law Office of Aaron M. Smith.

When not advocating for his clients or working to protect the environment, Aaron enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking, competing in triathlons, playing softball and snapping a picture or two.

 


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Affiliations


Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)

WSBA Solo and Small Practice Section Member

WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section Member

Seattle Legal Tech and Innovation Group Member

Affiliations


Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)

WSBA Solo and Small Practice Section Member

WSBA Environmental and Land Use Law Section Member

Seattle Legal Tech and Innovation Group Member

What should I expect?

With many solo practitioners and small firms you will likely find catch phrases like "Big Law Firm Experience At A Reasonable Price" or "A Small Firm That Acts Big" but here we strive to give you the small firm experience.

What does the "small firm experience" mean and why choose that over a large firm?

  • Every aspect of your case will be handled by your lawyer - this is the most effective way to communicate and ensures that we can get to the best possible outcome for you in your case.  
  • We will discuss each aspect of your case with you until you fully understand the nuances of it.  Your involvement in the process is very important to us.
  • We will meet with you anywhere in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area 

Dealing with the legal system is often intimidating and stressful.  We look forward to helping guide you.

How much is this going to cost?

We aim to keep your costs down by keeping our own overhead low.  However, each matter that we handle is unique which often makes it difficult to determine the cost of your case. The legal profession as a whole has battled with this question for generations... and we still don't have a great answer for it.

Different matters lend themselves to different fee structures.  We are generally flexible as to the structure that you are most comfortable with including:

  • Flat fees 

  • Contingency fees 

  • Hourly fees

  • Hybrid Fee Structures

  • Discounted rates, particularly for non-profit or public-good type issues can be discussed.

If you've got other thoughts on how you might fund your legal matter, we're also open to other ideas and structures - Just ask.


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Contact Us


 

 

 

Contact Us


 

 

 

The Law Office of Aaron M. Smith

999 3rd Avenue

Suite 700

Seattle, Washington 98104

 

 

Tel: (425) 298-3557

Fax: (206) 494-7859

Email: Aaron@AMSmithLaw.com