Kitsap County Law Firm: Estate Planning, Family Law, Divorce, Business Startup

Kitsap County Law Firm: Estate Planning, Family Law, Divorce, Business Startup 2018-07-07T01:21:33+00:00

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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.

For more information please visit our Estate Planning page or call our office at 360.471.3300 to schedule a consultation..

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.

For more information, please visit our Family Law page or call our office at 360.471.3300 to schedule a consultation.

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.

For more information please visit our Divorce page or call 360.471.3300 to schedule a consultation.

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.

For more information please visit our Business Startup and Incorporation page or call our office at 360.471.3300 to schedule a consultation.

Peace of Mind: Estate Planning and Family Law

Compass Legal Services is your Kitsap County, Washington based Estate Planning and Family Law firm. We are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal system to establish both short-term and long-term security for yourself and your family.  Security means peace of mind for our clients and that peace of mind enables you and your family to grow stronger and participate more fully as members of our community.

We believe that family, in its myriad forms is a keystone of any community. A genuine dedication to ethical legal practice is likewise the bedrock from which we endeavor to provide excellent legal services to our community, you and your family.

But aren’t you a Divorce Attorney?

Yes, Attorney Heather Forrler represents clients in Kitsap County as their divorce attorney. Many might ask, “Your firm represents people getting divorced.  How is that making their families stronger? Doesn’t divorce tear families apart?” This question speaks to the very heart of our work here at Compass Legal Services.  We know that, sometimes, divorce is the kindest option our clients have to ensure the long-term security of their families.  When our clients find that hiring a divorce attorney is necessary, we strive to support them in such a manner that protects their personal dignity and integrity.  We treat all people with respect.

Compass Legal Services, P.S. encourages spouses to resolve matters of legal separation and divorce as amicably as possible.  There are some matters that require aggressive and complex legal strategy and action.  Our firm does not shy away from these matters, but they are always time consuming and costly.  In the end, the outcome may not be favorable.  For these reasons, level-headed caution, prudence and thorough examination of facts and options are encouraged as a starting place.

In some cases, where both parties are in agreement with the terms and details of their divorce or separation, Attorney Forrler may provide Mutual Representation for both parties.

Helping You Navigate the Legal System

Compass Legal Services, P.S. represents clients in litigated matters before the Superior Court of Kitsap County in the following areas:

Divorce, Child Support, Parenting Plans, and Other Family Law Matters.

Non-litigation matters can be handled for clients throughout Western Washington, including Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Gamble, Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Silverdale, Belfair, Shelton, Mercer Island, Edmonds, Port Orchard and elsewhere throughout Washington State.  These matters include:

Estate Planning, Uncontested Divorces and Post-Divorce Modifications, Property Agreements, Business Incorporation.

Legal Help for Military Service Members

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

All content on this website, written or otherwise, is for informative purposes only and should never be construed or considered as legal advice for any reason.  If you require advice regarding a legal matter, please contact our office to schedule an appointment to meet with an attorney.

360.471.3300 Phone
360.824.7388 Fax

9481 Bayshore Drive NW Suite #202
Silverdale, WA 98383

Law Office Hours

Our Staff are available by Appointment Only on Monday

Law Office is Open
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Attorney-Client Meetings by Appointment Only

We offer first time clients a 1-hour consultation at a discounted flat rate of $100.00.

Heather E. Forrler

Attorney at Law
Admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 2002, Attorney Forrler has been practicing law for 16 years. Primarily practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Family Law, Divorce and Business Startup and Incorporation, she began her career as a Personal Injury attorney and is also an Arbitrator for Kitsap County and Washington State.

Do you need an Attorney?

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 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:

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?

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?

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?

Diversity Affirmation

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”.