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.
Due to attorney-client privilege, I am unable to include example cases.
1217 NE Burnside Road
Gresham OR 97030
Initial consultation for Family Law issues is $100.00 and for Bankruptcy the Initial consultation is free
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.
- Senior Attorney $240
- Associate Attorney $200
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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.
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.
We can walk a client through the various self-help forms based on the time needed.
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.
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.
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