Areas of Practice

Custody (divorce, parentage or third party ) cases– you may have the goal of having custody of your children, more than standard visitation or some form of visitation if the other parent is trying to deny you contact with your child or children. You may be a grandparent or other relative who wishes to have custody when the parents are not willing or able to care for your grand kids. You may be a parent who needs to protect your child or children from having contact with an abusive or otherwise unfit parent.

Child Support

Child Support

You may need to have your child support payments adjusted because they are too high. You are a custodial parent who may need increased support or recovery from a dead beat parent.
College Expenses

College Expenses

Your child may be planning on attending college and your support order allows you to timely apply for college support from the other parent.

Divorce and Other Family Law

I have years of experience in the areas of divorce, legal separation, annulments, child support issues, paternity cases, domestic violence protection defense, post secondary (college) support, adoptions, custody cases of all varieties.

Social Security Disability

If you have been denied benefits, I will represent you during the appeal process through the administrative hearing stage. As allowed by law, I operate on a contingency basis only.

Guardianship and Probate

If you have a relative who can no longer make decisions for their personal and/or financial needs and you wish to become their guardian or have a professional guardian appointed, I will represent you.

Who is William Kogut?

William Pattison Kogut (pronounced Co-Gut) has been practicing law in Washington state for over 25 years.

A University of Oregon law school graduate, he currently handles cases in Lewis, Thurston, Mason and Pierce Counties. He is also a family law guardian ad litem ( Mason County) and guardian ad litem for alleged incapacitated (once called “incompetent”) individuals (Mason County). He has also frequently presided as a judicial officer (commissioner pro tem) on the Thurston County guardianship and probate calendar. He has received a “Very High” rating from his peers on both legal ability and ethics by a process that is managed and monitored by Martindale-Hubbell, self described as the world’s most trusted legal resource.

Mr. Kogut practices guardianship and probate law, represents clients in claims for Social Security disability and practices divorce law, including child support, parentage and custody cases, including third party custody cases. If you are served with divorce papers, he has decades of experience and a first rate staff that will quickly put together the necessary paperwork to vigorously defend you in court in Lewis, Thurston, Mason or Pierce Counties. If you need to file first, he is there to represent you. If a protection order action has been filed against you, he is experienced in putting your case together on an emergency basis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your initial claim for benefits has been denied, the system is working against you, not for you. You need an attorney who knows what records the system needs and how your doctors can help you. With the economy having been poor and record amounts of claims being filed, the Administration judges aren’t looking to give you a break.

You are getting a divorce for a reason, your spouse is not your buddy anymore. You are not going to get credit for being a “nice guy” or “good girl.” The longer you wait to get an attorney, the more likely you are going to end up “playing defense” and mumbling to yourself, “But my spouse promised. . . .” If you don’t hire me now, our next meeting will likely be just days or hours before an “emergency” hearing your spouse has set to throw you out of your home and deny you access to your children.

The courts recognize the parents’ “fundamental rights” to be parents. You think the courts are going to be sympathetic to you because you are a caring grandparent? This is a dangerous assumption. You need me to represent you because I have successfully represented grandparents in non-parental custody actions. I have been a family law guardian ad litem (custody investigator) for years and know what the courts and the GAL look for in these cases.

You can hire me and within 24 hours we can file a Vulnerable Adult Protection Action to begin protecting your parent from exploitation. We can along with that file a guardianship action so we can begin the process of appointing you or a professional guardian to see that you parent is properly looked after.

<p style=”font-size:18px;”>Hire me and we can bring this situation to the attention of the court if it turns out we can’t work with the guardian to improve the situation. We can ask the court to appoint a guardian ad litem to investigate and see if a new guardian should be appointed. I have been a pro tem commissioner in guardianship cases, I know what the court finds to be inadequate performance by a guardian and what it will think is nitpicking and whining by a cranky son or daughter.</p>

Request a Consultation

If you want an attorney who will fill you with false hopes just so he or she can weasel from you a large retainer and then proceed to run up the hours on you and overbill you, you have come to the wrong place.

I present potential clients with an honest appraisal of their case and realistic options. Once you and I set our goals, I will then aggressively and diligently be your voice in court. I will treat you with respect and make every effort to explain the sometimes confusing legal process to you. My goal is to prove to the court why your position is just and right. I am not out to make sarcastic remarks to opposing counsel in order to impress my clients with my “aggressiveness.” You are hiring an experienced professional who wants to win your case for you, not an insult comedian.

Most Infamous Client

Mr. Kogut represented former CIA agent Harold James Nicholson in his divorce, winning Mr. Nicholson placement of his children. Mr. Nicholson went on to sell the Russians classified information, including the names of CIA operatives. Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Robert DeNiro and Shia LaBouf. I am not making this up!

Get In Touch

I look forward to hearing from you.

With over 25 years of experience practicing law, William Kogut is well versed in many areas of law practice.


2952A Limited Lane NW
Olympia, WA 98502

Business Hours

Mon – Fri …… 9 am – 5 pm
Sat, Sun …… Closed


1 (360) 357-3007