Martin Elliott & Snell

Martin Elliott & Snell

As the oldest law firm in Tualatin, we have witnessed remarkable changes in this city and the suburban practice of law. The new guys in town have become the older guys. But one thing has not changed our commitment to the people in this community.

Firm Overview

Families in our area experience difficulties just like everywhere else. Sometimes separation or divorce is unavoidable. Issues such as child custody, parenting plans, child support, alimony, and property distribution are complicated. We help folks navigate through these problems with an emphasis on equity and fairness, and we always keep in mind the best interests of the children.

An unfortunate truth of everyday life is that people get injured by the actions of others. When it happens, justice dictates that the injured person be compensated. We have helped our clients with claims ranging from wrongful death, to catastrophic injuries, to even dog bites. If you have been injured, we can help.

In these changing economic times, we have seen the workplace become a hostile environment. We have helped clients who have been wrongfully fired from their jobs, clients who have been denied their wages or unemployment benefits, and clients who have been discriminated against and even sexually harassed at work. Now, more than ever, the employee needs an advocate in the workplace. We can help.

Being charged with a crime is frightening for the accused and the family. In our experience, a discrete and honest case assessment, coupled with an independent investigation, is the key to an appropriate resolution. We represent ordinary people charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes in all courts in this state. We offer hope in difficult times.

In our 30 years here in Tualatin, the hairs on our heads have grayed along with everyone else, but with age comes experience. It is no surprise that our estate planning practice has grown along with our probate and will contest cases. We prepare wills and trusts, we plan estates, and we probate cases in all counties in this state.

The process of dealing with an aging parent or adult is often a difficult matter. We offer services for guardianship and conservatorship with an emphasis on compassionate planning.

In the end, it comes down to people. Our success is linked to being a resource to the people of this community rather than just another local business. You don't have to go it alone. If you have a legal problem, we are just a phone call away. We've been your neighbor a good many years, and we will continue to be here when you need us.
Main Office
Main Office
7070 SW Nyberg Street Suite B
Tualatin  OR  97062
Phone
  • (503) 692-0608
Fax
  • (503) 691-0782
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
No, one hour consultations are $250, with the exception of personal injury and probate matters.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Pre-Nuptial Agreements; Uncontested divorces; expungements; Wills
Hourly Rates
$300
Divorce
When family relations begin to unravel, a sense of insecurity is often a consequence. We restore the security and well-being of our clients by working diligently in pursuit of their rights and interests.
A divorce case does not have to be an expensive and time consuming process, but it will quickly become one if both parties begin the process without a full understanding of their legal rights. After 30 years in practice, we have the experience to advise you how your case is going to be resolved before it is ever filed. Let us share our experience with you.
Child Support
The support of children is the responsibility of both parents. In most instances, the parent who has the most overnights with the children is entitled to collect child support from the other parent.
The monthly amount of the obligation will be determined under the Child Support Guidelines. Let us help you in calculating an appropriate amount of child support for your children.
Child Custody
This is often a needlessly contentious issue.
Legal custody is often confused with parenting time. Legal custody really means decision making authority and which parent will make decisions for the children going forward. Generally speaking, the courts award custody to the parent who has historically been the children's primary care parent. A court cannot order joint legal custody of children unless both parents agree.
Family
When family relations begin to unravel, a sense of insecurity is often a consequence. We restore the security and well-being of our clients by working diligently in pursuit of their rights and interests.
Hiring an experienced lawyer in family law cases is essential. In our 30 years in practice in all counties in Oregon, we have come to know the judges and can predict, with a fair amount of certainty, what the likely rulings will be on a given fact pattern. Along the same lines we will most likely know the opposing counsel and can predict the strategies that they will likely pursue. This is why experience can make all the difference
Probate
Probate is the court-supervised transfer of property from a deceased person (decedent) to his or her heirs and beneficiaries. If the decedent had a will, the will specifies who receives the decedent's estate.
The decedent with a will is said to have died "testate." If the decedent did not have a will, state law defines who inherits the estate. The decedent without a will is said to have died "intestate" and the estate ends up in probate.

And Probate is a court process. Some of the many steps are included here to illustrate how complicated the process can be and why it is important that you work with an experienced attorney should probate be necessary.
Estate Planning
It is not surprising that so many people postpone estate planning. It requires assembling information and thinking about an unpleasant topic.
With over 30 years of experience, we are able to eliminate many obstacles involved in the estate planning process. We use a variety of tools to help our clients gather information, understand issues and make decisions. By clearly explaining the benefits of estate planning, we help our clients focus on the positive, proactive aspects of estate planning. We stay in regular contact with clients who have begun work on estate plans in order to help them follow the project through to completion. We also enjoy long-term relationships with our clients, which is important because an estate plan should be updated periodically to accommodate changes in the client's life and goals.

When you meet with your lawyer at Martin, Elliott & Snell, PC, you will learn that our philosophy is that estate planning encompasses more than the distribution of property at your demise. It also includes: Creating a comprehensive plan for health care decisions in the event of a mental or physical incapacity prior to death; Perhaps drafting a Living Trust or inter-vivos gifts (gifts made to your heirs while you are still alive) to avoid or lessen the costs of a probate or avoid inheritance taxes.
Employment
Are you being treated unfairly at work? Are you being sexually harassed or bullied? Are you concerned that your employer is getting ready to fire you even though you have been a faithful and dedicated employee with a good work ethic?
Businesses regularly seek legal advice regarding employment matters. You need an experienced employment lawyer to help level the playing field. You have important employment related legal rights but working people usually need to take appropriate actions to enforce their rights. Do not wait until your job has been terminated before seeking legal counsel.

For 30 years, we have helped clients in Oregon who have been treated unfairly or discriminated against in the workplace or that have been subjected to retaliatory conduct because they have complained about it. There are often strict deadlines or time limitations which must be complied with. The sooner you seek legal assistance the better. Employment disputes are generally too complex to analyze in a phone conversation. If you are considering a consultation with an attorney, you may call for a free telephone interview. We charge a fee for most employment related office consultations where we spend at least an hour with the client analyzing potential claims. There is no consultation charge if your job has been terminated and your former employer has not paid all the wages or compensation owed to you within the time limits imposed by the applicable state law.
Criminal Defense
Our approach in criminal cases is straight forward. We start with a thorough understanding of the facts. We then advise our clients on whether or not a crime was committed, and if so, whether the prosecutor can prove it.
For most people, being charged with a crime is emotionally devastating. Beyond the embarrassment, there is the insecurity about how and when the case will be resolved. This often leads to debilitating depression. We represent our clients with compassion and with an understanding of the frailty of the human condition. In other words, we are that beacon of hope that a good criminal defense lawyer should be.

Our clients have access to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are licensed to practice in all counties in Oregon as well as in federal court. We are there for our clients when and where they need us. We can meet with out clients at our offices, the incident scene, or even the jail or prison if necessary.

Areas of Practice:

Measure 11 Crimes: These are very serious crimes. A conviction means a lengthy mandatory prison sentence with no possibility of probation. Here especially an experienced criminal defense lawyer is essential.

DUI and Traffic Offenses: A conviction for DUII, Reckless Driving, or Hit & Run can be particularly devastating for people who have to drive for a living. We defend our clients in court on these charges, and we represent them at any DMV hearings.

Sexual Offenses: If you are being investigated for, or have been charged with, a sexual crime, your future really depends on hiring an experienced lawyer. Besides being labeled and having to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life, sexual crime convictions can never be expunged. Let us help you with these serious matters.

Assault and Domestic Violence: We have seen an unusual uptick in these cases recently. Especially in the context of the dissolution of a family. Convictions often result in jail time and future prohibitions in possessing weapons. An experienced lawyer is an important advocate in establishing what actually happened in any given case.

Restraining Orders and Stalking Orders: Violence, the threat of violence, and unwanted contact often results in the issuance of a restraining order or a stalking order. We help our clients understand when these remedies are appropriate, and we defend clients served with restraining orders or stalking orders.

Drug Crimes: Although possession of marijuana is no longer a state crime, it remains a federal crime. We represent and assist clients charged with possession, manufacture, and/or distribution of any illegal controlled substance.

Theft and Property Crimes: We represent clients charged with all levels of theft and property crimes, including robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, and criminal trespass.

Expungements: Where the law allows, we assist clients in setting aside the records of their past arrests and criminal convictions.
Sex Crimes
For most people, being charged with a crime is emotionally devastating. Beyond the embarrassment, there is the insecurity about how and when the case will be resolved. We can help.
If you are being investigated for, or have been charged with, a sexual crime, your future really depends on hiring an experienced lawyer. Besides being labeled and having to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life, sexual crime convictions can never be expunged. Let us help you with these serious matters.

Thomas Elliott

Mr. Elliott is a native Oregonian. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Portland State University in 1981. In 1984 he earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Mr. Elliott was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1984. He has practiced law in Tualatin, Oregon since 1984. He served as President of the Washington County Bar Association from 1994-1995.

Mr. Elliott represents and counsels people with people problems. He mostly represents clients in litigation. His litigation area includes family law, criminal law, real estate, collections and business litigation.

Thomas Martin

Thomas Martin, Jr. born in 1957, is a native of Washington State. Tom resides in Clark County, Washington, on the East Fork of the Lewis River. His parents and five brothers and sisters all live in Clark County, as well as his daughter who was born in 1996.

A 1975 graduate of Battle Ground High School, Mr. Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree, with Honors, from Portland State University in 1981. His major area of study as an undergraduate was United States history. He graduated from Willamette University's College of Law in 1984, and he was admitted to legal practice in Oregon and Washington the same year. He served as general counsel to a small insurance company in Albany, Oregon, until 1986 when he joined forces with his law school classmate, Thomas Elliott, and opened a law office in Tualatin.

Mr. Martin's law practice emphasizes personal injury, employment and civil litigation. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants.

Tom is an avid steelhead fisherman, backpacker and wilderness adventurer. A lifetime member of the Sierra Club, he is also a member of numerous conservation organizations, including the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Wildlife Federation and the Wilderness Society.

Susan Snell

Susan Snell was born and raised in Oregon. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Portland State University in 1982, and earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 1985. She was admitted to the Oregon State Bar and United States District Court for the District of Oregon in 1985. Susan has practiced law in Tualatin, Oregon since 1988.
Susan is primarily a transactional attorney. She represents clients in estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, business practice, real estate and adoptions.

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