Greater Puget Sound Law Firm

The law firm of O’Brien, Barton & Hopkins PLLP, is a general practice firm conveniently located in Issaquah, Washington. We can meet most of your varied legal needs, including the areas of Wills and Trusts, Probate, Divorce and Family Law, Business, Real Estate, Employment and serious Personal Injury.

The attorneys at O’Brien, Barton & Hopkins PLLP live, work and volunteer in our Issaquah and Eastside communities.

Ask Yourself Hard Questions when Estate Planning

Wills are one of the most common documents found in Washington estate plans. While wills are an essential and important aspect of estate planning, many people still fail to address some of the more uncomfortable topics. Instead of avoiding the difficult topics regarding end-of-life care and other unavoidable events, engaging in open dialogue can help… Read More

Trusts and Wills and their roles in Estate Planning

When deciding on one’s future, people often become confused about the differences in a trust and a will. During estate planning, it is important to understand these differences and how each one is used. For those who are making future plans in Washington, understanding these can be vital. One of the main differences between trusts… Read More

Estate Planning: Things to Consider

There are several things to consider when deciding who will get what when a person has passed on. While most people focus on the will as the end-all in estate planning, beneficiaries are just as important. Those who are working on an estate plan in Washington should not only consider their will but also who… Read More

Including Digital Assets in Estate Planning

In today’s world, a great deal of business is done online. Most Washington companies are no exception to this fact and offer ways for a customer to go paperless. Many people receive electronic statements in lieu of receipts, have auto payments taken out of their bank accounts, and pay their bills online. This convenience can,… Read More

Estate Planning for a Special Needs Child

While parents are often caught up in the idea that they should treat all of their children equally, this is not always possible when one has a special needs child. In fact, as the name suggests, these children have special needs and often will from the time that they are born until the day that… Read More

Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Planning ahead is vital to making sure that a person’s loved ones are taken care of after he or she has passed away. Unfortunately, even when a person is careful, he or she can make state planning mistakes that cost his or her loved ones a lot of cash. It is important not to avoid… Read More

Which estate planning documents are important?

There are several types of documents that can be used for end-of-life planning. Because of this, it can often be confusing to some to choose which ones they actually need. In Washington, as in other states, estate planning is an important undertaking. Knowing which documents are needed can make it much easier. One of the… Read More

Estate planning allows the family to celebrate life

The death of a loved one is often a stressful time for the immediate family. Fortunately, there are ways that one can minimize this stress and make this time about celebrating life rather than sinking under the mounting decisions that must be made. While many Washington residents have already recognized the need for estate planning,… Read More

Flat Fee Retainer – No Office Visit – No Court Appearance

Our traffic ticket defense attorney, Fred Hopkins, has limited his practice to the defense of traffic tickets throughout the district and municipal courts of King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties since 2002. He is consistently rated as Excellent by his clients in their Avvo reviews of their representation. His representation is done on a… Read More

What to Do If You Receive a Ticket

If you received a copy of a traffic infraction (a ticket) from a police officer, it is a non-criminal offense for which jail cannot be imposed. You must respond to the infraction within fifteen (15) days from the date it is issued to you. Your mailed response must be mailed no later than midnight on… Read More