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Firm Overview

The practice focuses primarily on family law including dissolution, custody and support issues, administrative and modification cases. I also continue to practice in other areas of law including bankruptcy, estate planning and probate issues.

Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law (GFBL) is conveniently located in Gresham, Oregon. GFBL was established by Lillian Suelzle Watson in 2001 to provide legal representation to individuals facing various legal issues in a supportive atmosphere in their local community. At GFBL we focus our practice in the Multnomah and Clackamas Circuit Courts and in the US District Court of Oregon.

Example cases

Due to attorney-client privilege, I am unable to include example cases.

Main Office

Main
1217 NE Burnside Road
Suite 204
Gresham  OR  97030

Phone
  • (503) 492-4229
Fax
  • (503) 491-4891

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Initial consultation for Family Law issues is $100.00 and for Bankruptcy the Initial consultation is free

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We offer "non-contested" actions in family matters based on a flat fee within a specific range. This is based on the complexity of your case. If the case is later contested, it can be converted to an hourly fee. Wills range from $350 (each) to $700 if they contain trust language or other provisions. A will for a spouse will be reduced by $50. Bankruptcy chapter 7 start at $1,200 for attorneys fees plus costs. There will be an additional fee if your income is at or above the median income range required for the means test.

Hourly Rates

- Senior Attorney $240
- Associate Attorney $200

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Floyd Watson

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

English

Family
A Family Focused Firm

We protect the rights of our clients in cases ranging from divorce to debtor's rights to wills. All members of the Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law team are very family-oriented professionals committed to excellent client service.
Lawyers That Work for You in Family Law

We know how far-reaching family issues can become and our experience reflects the serious nature that complications of family life can involve. We represent clients in a variety of family law issues, including:

Divorce or legal separation
Paternity
Parenting time and custody issues
Establishing or modifying child or spousal support
Changes or modifications of existing judgments
Administrative hearings
Enforcement of current judgments
Child custody — These issues have a lasting impact on the entire family involved with the issues. For example, child custody determinations are inherently emotive and difficult for parents and their children. We advocate for our clients in these situations when they cannot easily speak for themselves.

Modifications — Final decisions can be challenging to reach in some cases, especially for those that involve alimony or spousal support. After a period of time beyond original decisions, post-judgment modifications may become necessary. Financial circumstances can easily change for a variety of reasons in today's world and trigger the need for modifications. We offer clients experienced representation for child support modifications and spousal support modifications.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I focus on bankruptcy and family law for several reasons. One is that soon after graduating law school, I had the opportunity to assume the clients of a long time attorney friend who was retiring. This gave me the start in my own practice. Second, I enjoy assisting clients who deal with tough life choices and helping them walk through changes toward a positive future.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Often a family law matter can be handled effectively by the client with a few directions. We offer consultation services on a limited basis to the self represented individual (pro se). If your matter becomes complex, we can step in, switch representation to full representation, and appear on your behalf.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We can walk a client through the various self-help forms based on the time needed.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

When we provide self-help advice, we do not appear in court on your behalf; instead we "coach" you on the various steps that must be taken.

Lillian Suelzle-Watson

Prior to attending law school, I was employed as a legal secretary, an administrative assistant in commercial lending, and a residential loan officer beginning in 1991.

I worked as a legal secretary for approximately seven years, and then became an office assistant in a commercial lending department. During this time I completed my education and received my B.A. I became a residential loan officer and enjoyed working for clients so they could become homeowners. When the banking community was undergoing changes, I realized that I now had the education to attend law school. I believe that my time working with clients as a loan officer helps me to understand that clients need professionals to navigate complex issues.

I believe that my strengths are empathy, listening, grasping the big picture and knowing my current judges. I believe I am viewed as an ethical and responsible member of the local legal community and feel very much at home in the Gresham S.E. Portland area.

Personal interests:

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Floyd, and my adult children and grandchildren. I also enjoy my garden, my church family, and being involved in my local community.

License
  • Bar Number: 010985
    Oregon , 2001
Education
  • Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College
    Juris Doctorate , 2000
    Portland, OR
    Moot Court - Regional
  • Marylhurst University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1992
    Marylhurst, OR

Natalie Hedman

Natalie A. Hedman Natalie focuses her practice on family law litigation. She was admitted to practice law in Oregon in 2009, and has many additional years of experience working with family law attorneys in Florida.

The idea of marriage and/or family is a dedication by civil contract on the surface, but also, less evidently a commitment to self-expression and personal growth. Sometimes the same components that work together to make a healthy person and relationship are also the components that work against a continued commitment. It is my purpose to help persons safely and fairly transition to a healthier place in life regardless of their family structure, socioeconomic backgrounds or difference.

Natalie is also very involved in the community. The Multnomah Bar recently wrote an article on Ms. Hedman
License
  • Bar Number: 091976
    Oregon , 2009

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