Financial Specialists

Financial Specialists. The financial specialist works as part of a Collaborative Law team to enhance the process as a neutral financial analyst and consultant. The financial specialist will assist by facilitating the exchange of information and education to help all obtain a good understanding of the financial picture. Financial specialists also help parties develop post-divorce budgets so they can make informed settlement decisions, and educate parties as to the implications of various financial decisions.

Collaborative financial specialists work closely with the rest of the professional team to ensure their services best complement the process. They are prohibited from having an ongoing financial relationship with either party in order to maintain the financial specialist’s neutrality in all regards.

All Collaborative financial specialists who are members of King County Collaborative Law must meet minimum training requirements.

Julie Blanchard Julie Blanchard
Dollar Sense Financial Coaching
27120 SE 22nd Way
(425) 283-7047

Knowing where finances stand at the time of divorce and how they will change in the future is information that is invaluable to anyone going through the divorce process. CDFA's are uniquely trained to provide this information and in the collaborative realm they also aid the team to steer toward the best outcome. Helping those going through divorce with an aspect that is both highly emotional and critical to their future stability by comprehensively analyzing all of the finances is what I bring to the picture, along with a caring touch.

Credentials: CDFA

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist

Elaine Chan Elaine Chan, CFP, CDFA, Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner
FIOH Global Asset Management & Strategies, LLC
4701 SW Admiral Way, #245
Seattle, WA 98116
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When you are single, your financial needs are often very different than when you are married. Do not neglect the long-term financial planning and management after a divorce. Elaine takes a global perspective in her portfolio management and strategic planning. She believes that her clients deserve her time and perseverance and has been known for going above and beyond her clients expectations. Her strength in being empathetic to her clients has lead her to assist divorced and divorcing clients in finding resolutions to the financial impact of such a life changing event. Elaine is committed to helping her clients take hold of their financial future in their own hands. Please check her website for contact information.

Credentials: Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF, Certified Financial Planner, CFP; Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, CDFA; Charted Retirement Planning Counselor, CRPC; Masters and PhD in Economics from Cornell University

Collaborative Role(s): Financial SpecialistFinancial Planner

Kelly Deis Kelly Deis, President
Soundpoiont Consulting
321 High School Rd
Ste. D3-111
Bainbridge Island, Wa 98110

Our clients comprise a range of individuals with simple to complex asset, investment, and business entanglements. Our clients seek financial clarity and sound advice in navigating the complicated waters of a financial separation. We ensure that our clients come through the process as financially intact and emotionally unscathed as possible.

Credentials: MBA, The Wharton School CVA, Certified Valuation Analyst CDFA, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist

Celia L Griffin Celia L Griffin, CPA, CDFA
Celia Griffin, CPA, PLLC
19125 North Creek Pkwy, Ste 120
Bothell, WA 98011-8000
425-954-8500, fax

CDFA's help clients determine the short term and long term financial impact of any proposed divorce settlement. They also provide valuable information on financial issues that are related to the divorce, such as tax consequences, dividing pension plans, continued health care coverage, stock option elections and much more. CDFA's also help attorneys by helping the client make financial sense of proposals. CDFA's offer attorneys another tool to assist their clients.

Credentials: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Collaborative Role(s): Financial SpecialistOther

John R James John R James
Special Solutions
4030 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Suite 208
Kirkland, WA 98044
425-822-7959, fax

John R. James brings over forty years of experience in the financial services industry. In addition to the financial services industry he has the added expertise of working with families with special need children. Theirs is a unique situation and besides his own personal experience he has been trained and has access to tools in overcoming obstacles. The first step is to obtain a clear understanding of all the issues then to mold in a collaborative manner the issues related to the divorce process.

Credentials: Certified Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist

Michael B. Moss, Certified Valuation Analyst, Financial Analyst, Certified Public Accountant
Hanlin Moss Yi, P.S.
9709 3rd Ave. NE #200
Seattle, Wa. 98115
206-623-3222, fax

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist

Ruby Sangha Ruby Sangha, Real Estate Attorney
Premises Law Group, PLLC
2375 130th Ave NE
Suite 101A
Bellevue, WA 98005

With over 500 real estate transactions in the last 3 years and overseeing over 100 million dollars of real estate, we are a referral only law firm appointed to oversee real estate transactions for real estate funds, referrals from collaborative specialists and the bankruptcy courts of Washington, we provide legal real estate analysis and ensure all properties are sold for the highest price under tight deadlines.

Credentials: Member of King County Collaborative Law Member of Washington State Bar Association Member of Northwest Multiple Listing Service Managing Real Estate Broker in Washington

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist, Financial Planner, Mortgage Broker, OtherOther Civil Law Attorney

Teresa M Sisk Teresa M Sisk
Pathways To Resolution
100 West Harrison
South Tower Ste. 470
Seattle, WA 98119
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As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst working in a Collaborative Law Environment, Teresa works with couples that value preserving family, relationships and dignity throughout the dissolution process. She has been trained in the financial and emotional issues relating to divorce. She is committed to helping couples make financial decisions that support their families and futures.

Credentials: CDFA, Mediator

Collaborative Role(s): Financial SpecialistMediator

Debra Synovec Debra Synovec, Mediator, CDFA, Attorney
Whole Mediation & Consulting Services, P.C.
1818 Westlake Avenue North, Suite #314
Seattle, WA 98109

Debra Synovec, founder of Whole Mediation & Consulting Services, P.C. is a skilled mediator and certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) located in Seattle, Washington. Debra combines her unique skills acquired as an attorney, CPA and social worker to provide CDFA and mediation services with compassion and pragmatism. Engaging, caring and resourceful, she gives clients and their attorneys confidence while helping the clients to reach agreements. ?? ?Debra has achieved Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and is a Founding Member and Advanced Practitioner Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and is currently Treasurer and Board Member. She limits her practice to Mediation and Divorce Financial Analyst but is admitted to practice law in Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, the United States Tax Court and before the Supreme Court of the United States.?? Debra helps clients have a progressive, productive, and peaceful process for resolving family challenges and uses her skills to create a more balanced, empowering approach for transitions.

Credentials: JD; CDFA, CPA (inactive status); Founding Member, Board Member and Advanced Practitioner Member of the Academy of Professional Family MediatorsAssociation of Conflict Resolution Advanced Practitioner Member; Certified by; Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative; WMA Certified Mediator

Collaborative Role(s): Financial SpecialistMediator

John Twitchell John Twitchell, Economist, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
Financial Settlement Solutions LLC
1001 Fourth Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98154
206.260.2993, fax

John works on the Eastside as well as the greater Seattle area and Bainbridge Island. He received his Master's in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. he has worked as an economist in the divorce field for 19 years, including experience as a trial expert in Washington State. John is a member of the American Association of Individual Investors, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, King County Collaborative Law, King County Bar Association - Collaborative Law Section and Collaborative Professionals of Washington.

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist

Sandy Voit Sandy Voit, MS, EdS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
Tangible Solutions
11415 NE 128th St.
Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
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425-823-3948, fax

Achieve a successful, equitable financial settlement. Many find it difficult to see an end to the process, much less imagine a positive, hopeful future. I provide professional & supportive assistance regarding the financial aspects of a divorce - from tax consequences, to pension/retirement divisions, to COBRAs & health care options - by educating both spouses in financial literacy. My counseling background helps you effectively manage the anxieties and fears surrounding the settlement process; my financial background helps find cost-effective settlement solutions.

Credentials: Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Divorce Financial Planner, Licensed Mental Health Counselor,

Collaborative Role(s): Financial Specialist