Compass Legal Services, P.S. Practice Areas
Family Law is a broad area of the law pertaining to marriage, domestic relations and the security of families and children. In the practice of Family Law, we help clients with legal matters such as:
Initiate, change or enforce Child Support or Parenting Plans; establish Parentage or Third-Party Custody; and Modify or Enforce Post-Divorce Maintenance.
Divorce and Legal Separation are complex legal matters in almost any situation and may be approached and resolved via several different channels. The legal process to petition the courts for a Divorce, Legal Separation, Annulment (Invalid Marriage) or ending a Domestic Partnership are virtually identical. The level of legal service or representation best suited for each individual case can vary substantially; however, we work closely with each client to examine specific needs and provide the level of legal service that is best suited to achieving a favorable outcome while minimizing unnecessary stress or excessive costs.
Compass Legal Services, P.S. strongly encourages all people to proactively consider Estate Planning. We are happy to schedule a consultation to discuss specific personal or family circumstances and which aspects of Estate Planning can help you and your family create the peace of mind your deserve, even amidst life’s uncertainties. Some of the services we provide include:
Last Will and Testament (with or without Testamentary Trusts); Powers of Attorney; Directives to Physicians; Trusts including Revocable Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts; Life Insurance Trusts; Living Trusts and Special Needs Trusts; Property Agreements including Pre-Marital Agreements (Prenuptial Agreement), Post Marital Agreements, Community Property Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements; Probate and Small Estate Affidavits.
Compass Legal Services, P.S., Protecting You, Your Family and Your Assets
Compass Legal Services, P.S. is a Kitsap County based Divorce and Family Law firm located in Silverdale, Washington. Our practice focuses on helping spouses and parents create non-destructive solutions in Family Law and Divorce Matters while protecting the rights and dignity of our client’s when amicable settlement becomes impossible. We endeavor to help individuals and families enhance their peace of mind and create a quality of security that encourages growth and stability as a legacy for our clients and community.
At Compass Legal Services, P.S. we take pride in knowing our clients find a noticeably different atmosphere here than with most other firms working in Family Law and Divorce, and indeed with most firms in general. Our office is a space to take a moment, breathe and find the support our clients need to make informed, rational decisions about the many important, sensitive and often overwhelming matters for which they have come to us.
Unbundled Legal Services for Divorce and Family Law
At Compass Legal Services, P.S. we meet clients at the level of their need in a manner that does not obligate them beyond their resources.
Every client meets with an attorney here at our office, or by phone if necessary, for an initial consultation at a reduced rate flat fee to discuss the details of their legal matter. Our consultations are not simply a meet and greet discussion of fees and costs, these meetings, usually an hour-long, are working sessions with the attorney. Many clients leave with all of their questions answered and require no additional assistance.
Clients who require additional help from an attorney beyond the consultation are provided with the range of options our firm can offer to help them navigate their specific circumstances. These options may include
- Document preparation and review services;
- On-going Consulting Attorney Services which may include document preparation and review, hearing preparations, answering on-going legal questions, or limited appearances for specific court hearings, without a full appearance by the attorney as counsel of record in the actual court case or;
- Full Legal Representation under which the attorney will appear as counsel of record with the court on behalf of the client and manage the entirety of the client’s case from documents to negations and representation at all court hearings.
Sometimes the best solution for clients may be a half-step between these generalized options. Again, we meet clients at the level of their need.
Do I need a Lawyer or just some legal advice?
While some legal matters can be handled without attorney representation, many times it is less costly, on many levels, to seek legal counsel than going it alone. If you have a legal matter pertaining to Estate Planning, Family Law, Divorce, Elder Law and Long-term Care Planning or Criminal Law in Kitsap County, or elsewhere in Washington State, and are wondering if you should consult with an attorney, ask yourself these questions:
Are you planning to move in with your significant other? Are you planning a marriage that will result in a blended family?
Have you and your spouse decided to divorce or legally separate? Do you need help with Child Support? Is your Parenting Plan outdated?
Was your Will prepared before your last life-changing event? Is your Directive to Physician (Living Will) outdated? Have more than five years passed since you reviewed your durable Power of Attorney?
Legal Help for Military Service Members: Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force & Coast Guard
Kitsap County and Western Washington have a rich military culture with Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard personnel stationed throughout the region’s multiple military installations. Compass Legal Services, P.S. understands the unique concerns and dilemmas military service members are often faced with when matters of the court arise. Attorney Forrler and our staff work tirelessly to accommodate the specific needs of our military clients, reducing unnecessary burdens.
Military Service Members Located Outside of Kitsap County
We understand that some military service members may have relocated outside of Kitsap County while matters are pending in or brought before the Superior Court of Kitsap County. These circumstances are especially burdensome and Compass Legal Services, P.S. encourages military service members to contact our office to examine the options available to you.
Compass Legal Services, P.S. believes that cultural competence is a primary vessel of ethical legal practice. It carries forward to the “how” by which truly equal protection is achieved. Every person who enters our office is treated with the same respect we treat ourselves and each other. We make no distinction to promote privileges for one person over another. We do not limit the definition of diversity to only traditionally marginalized or under-represented groups or individuals. We promote cultural competency beyond race, gender and sexuality. We deny the idea of “alternative lifestyles” as every person’s lifestyle is alternative to the next. We affirm the right of all people to live at peace with themselves and others, free from persecution by those who choose not to understand mandate “live and let live”.