WELCOME TO THE LAW OFFICE OF

ANDREKITA SILVA

1325 Fourth Avenue Suite 2000 | Seattle, WA 98101 | 206-224-8288

ABOUT

Law Office of F. Andrekita Silva

lawMs. Silva is a sole practitioner. Although she practices primarily in the field of Family Law and Dispute Resolution with Wills and Probate as a secondary field, she has historically provided a broad range of services to her clients. This includes representation in civil contract matters, administrative proceedings, criminal misdemeanors and the occasional appellate proceeding. She offers Dispute Resolution Services for both represented clients and for pro se litigants.

Ms. Silva is active in the legal community where she has contributed to legal publications, contributes pro bono services, and serves as a neutral decision-maker as a Hearing Officer for the Disciplinary Committee of the Washington State Bar Association.

Languages spoken: English and Spanish

EDUCATION

University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
J.D. awarded June 1987
Admitted to Washington State Bar, October 1987

University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor Michigan
M.S.W. awarded April 1978

California State University, Sonoma
B.A. Degree in Psychology awarded June 1976

SERVICES

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Family Law

Ms. Silva has extensive experience in all areas of family law including but not limited to complex parenting disputes, complex property distributions, and child support matters incident to dissolution of marriage and / or domestic partnerships. She has extensive experience with parentage matters and cohabitation matters. She routinely handles prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child relocation actions, and post – decree actions for modification of child support orders and/ or parent plans as well as enforcement actions. She handles adoptions, in particular, step parent adoptions, the rare appellate matter, and matters for same sex couples and ethnically diverse populations.

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Dispute Resolution

Ms. Silva started her professional career as a young woman in the field of social work. She gained extensive knowledge and experience in the field of interpersonal relationships, as well as in the art of effective communication and listening. She has applied the knowledge and experience she gained in her prior career to her work as a mediator and arbitrator. Although she has handled mediations in a range of civil matters, her background in social work and longevity in family law have particularly suited her for dispute resolution in this field. She is a very active mediator, helping litigants to understand problematic areas in their case, offering creative solutions, while emphasizing the benefits of an amicable settlement. She brings many years of experience as a neutral decision-maker for WSBA’s disciplinary committee to her work as an arbitrator.

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Wills and Probate

Ms. Silva handles the preparation of simple wills, durable powers of attorney, health care directives, memorial instructions, and community property agreements. In this process, she assists her clients in clarifying their wishes, needs, and goals for both themselves and their loved ones so that they can be protected physically, emotionally, and financially in the event of unforeseen or untimely circumstances.
Ms. Silva also handles probate matters and understands that these proceedings require sensitivity to family relationships, as differences may become exacerbated due to the grieving process and time sensitive deadlines. Where litigation is possible or present, she is careful to protect her clients’ rights, to mediate a resolution if possible, but to always support the healing process.

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General Practice

Ms. Silva is a versatile and dedicated lawyer. She has years of experience working both in and out of the courtroom, with clients of all backgrounds and ages, and in various areas of the law.  In addition to her three major areas of practice, she handles contract matters, personal injury matters, administrative proceedings and criminal misdemeanors. Ms. Silva is very straightforward, honest, and ethical in her approach.  Although she cannot guarantee results, so that you can make decisions in your best interest, she will provide you with the most candid assessment of your case that is possible given the applicable law and available facts.  Throughout your case, she will explain the necessary procedures and applicable law in plain English so that you can understand the proceedings and so that she can assist you in securing the best resolution possible.

PUBLICATIONS

Publications

Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Deskbook, 2nd Ed. 2012 and 2006 Supplements, Author of Chapter 17 Service member’s Civil Relief Act and Chapter 41 Debts

Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Deskbook, 2nd Ed. 2000, Author of Chapter 17 Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act and Chapter 41 Debts

Litigating the Enforceability of Premarital Agreements. Publication for seminar sponsored by National Business Institute, February 2002

The U.C.C.J.A.- Is it Ready for an Overhaul? Publication for 7th Annual Family Law Institute sponsored by the King County Bar Association, 2000

Federal, State, and International Law Governing Parental Rights and Responsibilities. Publication for seminar, Child Custody and Shared Care in Washington, sponsored by National Business Institute, July 2000

Trial Issues. Publication for seminar, Child Custody and Shared Care in Washington, sponsored by National Business Institute, July 2000

How to Avoid Paying the Other Party’s Debt. Publication for 6th Annual Family Law Institute sponsored by the King County Bar Association, 1999

Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Deskbook, 1996, Supplement, Author, Chapter 17 on Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act

Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Deskbook, 1989, 1996 Supplement, Co-Author, Chapter 33 on Debts

Introduction to Community Property Issues, sponsored by Washington State Bar Association, Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section, September 2014

Professional Activities

Hearings Officer Panel, Washington State Bar Association’s Disciplinary Committee, Member 2002 to present

King County Superior Court Volunteer Settlement Conference Program, Volunteer Settlement Master, 1996 to present

King County Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee, March- April 2013, Pro Tem Member; 1999 to 2004, Member

Mediation Panel, Washington State Bar Association, Member October 2007 to March 31, 2009

King County Bar Association, Annual Family Law Institute in March 2005 – Co Facilitator in December 2003, December 2002, December 2001, and December 2000, Facilitator. December 1999 Co Facilitator

King County Bar Association Family Law Mentor Program: August 2003 to 2007.

King County Bar Association, Family Law Section Past Chair 2000- 2001

King County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair 1999-2000

King County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Vice Chair 1989-2000

King County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Secretary 1988-1989

Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Deskbook, Editorial Board Member, 1998- 2000 and 2005

Washington State Hispanic Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee, February 2000 to March 2004: Member. Chair from February 2001 through March 2004

University of Washington, Annual Heller Ehrman Contract Drafting and Negotiation Competition and/ or Moot Court Judge 1998- -2006, 2012- 2014, 2016

King County Family Law Section, Task Force Re: False Allegations, 2001. Member

King County 2001 Bench Bar Conference Planning Committee, September 2000 to April 2001

King County Superior Court Working Group For Status Conference Non Compliance Calendar April 2000 to October 2000: Member

King County Bar Association, Family Law Section’s Electronic Filing and Privacy Committee, Chair, March 2000 to August 2000

King County Bar Association, Family Law Section’s Legislative Committee, 1989- 2001: Member

King County Bar Association, Family Law Section’s Local Rules Committee, 1988-1989: Member

Bilingual Neighborhood Legal Clinic sponsored by Young Lawyers Division of King County Bar Association, Volunteer Coordinator 1988-1992, Volunteer Lawyer 1988 – 1999

Fremont Family Law Neighborhood Legal Clinic sponsored by Young Lawyers Division of King County Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyer 1993 – 1999

King County Superior Court, How to Finish Your Divorce, Volunteer Attorney, 1996-1999

University of Washington, School of Law Mentor Program, 1997-1998 and 1995-1996

C.L.E. Seminars for Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, and National Business Institute: Speaker

Northwest Women’s Law Center, Speaker for Community College Programs, Social Work Continuing Education programs, and other community programs.

Affiliate Clinical Instructor, University of Washington School of Social Work , 1979 through 1984

Board of Directors, Member, Consejo Counseling and Referral Service, 1982-1984

Recognition

ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award 2015

Member of the Year, Hispanic Bar Association, January 2004

WSPTSA Golden Acorn Award, May 2003

CONTACT

Law Office of F. Andrekita Silva

You may contact Ms. Silva by telephone or by submitting the form below. Please do not provide confidential information via this website. Please note that no attorney- client relationship is created by use of this website, including use of the resource links. This website is for purely informational purposes.

1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2000
Puget Sound Plaza Building
Seattle, WA. 98101

206-224-8288

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Parking for the Puget Sound Plaza is available and can be accessed from Union Street between Third and Fourth avenues. The garage has only stair access to the PSP Lobby- no elevator. The garage can also be entered from the south on University. However, that leads more directly to the Cobb Building next door.

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