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.
Taking care of our future is important. Taking care of those who are disabled or vulnerable is critical. Elder Law and Long-term Care Planning are broad reaching areas of legal practice designed to serve the needs of older Americans and those with disabilities. In time, we will all become older Americans, and it is never too early to start planning to achieve the quality of life we deserve in our later years. Where the rights, safety and security of vulnerable adults, including people who are older or have disabilities, are concerned, an Elder Law Attorney is an invaluable resource for legal support and guidance.
Elder Law and Long-term Care services include:
Long-term Care Planning including Healthcare Planning and Disability Planning, Estate Planning and Guardianships.
Business is a keystone to every community. It is an opportunity to help our families and communities flourish. At Compass Legal Services, P.S. we take tremendous pride in supporting our state and local communities by helping new businesses get started here in Kitsap County and across Washington State. We help entrepreneurs and existing businesses by providing new business startup services and business incorporation (S-Corp, C-Corp, LLC and other types of limited liability entities) to create a solid legal framework for their business, ensure compliance with all startup or change requirements and offer on-going support for continued compliance for annual reporting, contracts and other documenting services.
Compass Legal Services, P.S. is a commercial registered agent listed with the Washington Secretary of State and is happy to serve as registered agent for businesses based in Washington and out-of-state entities headquartered in the United States. We are unable to provide registered agent services for foreign entities.
Compass Legal Services, P.S. provides specialized Criminal Law services focused on protecting the rights of the accused and defending those who have been wrongly accused of crimes. Attorney Tracy Flood has been practicing in Criminal Law for nearly twenty years and provides a uniquely qualified perspective on the criminal justice system. Having served in public defense and private practice as well as working as Judge Protem in both Kitsap and King counties, Attorney Flood’s experience in the field of Criminal Law is a powerful asset to each of her clients.
Compass Legal Services, P.S., Protecting You, Your Family and Your Assets
At Compass Legal Services, P.S. in Silverdale we offer our clients almost forty years of legal expertise in the areas of Estate Planning, Family Law, Divorce, Elder Law and Long-term Car Planning, Starting a New Business, Business Incorporation and specialized services in Criminal Law. We specifically built our practice to serve as a legal resource for the members of our local communities here in Kitsap County, and beyond where possible. We are driven by our mission to help our clients achieve and maintain fundamental security and peace of mind on which they, their families, their businesses and our communities may rely for growth and prosperity generation after generation.
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, Criminal Law, Starting a New Business or Business Incorporation 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?
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?
Have you and your spouse decided to divorce or legally separate? Do you need help with Child Support? Is your Parenting Plan outdated?
Are you an older American or want to plan make a plan to enhance your quality of life in your later years? Do you or a loved one have a disability or specific long-term healthcare needs? Are you concerned for an older family member or loved one who is vulnerable to neglect or abuse and would like to explore guardianship options?
Are you starting a new business? Do you own all or part of a closely held business? Could you lose everything if a customer sued your business for not doing its job well?
Have you been charged with a crime or advised to seek legal counsel? Have you been wrongfully accused of a crime? Have your rights been violated by the criminal justice system?
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”.