also known as Compass Legal Services, P.S.
Attorney Heather Forrler started in the legal field as a legal assistant in 1996. She worked first for a family law attorney, then for a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney. While in law school, Heather interned with a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury firm. She argued two cases in the Court of Appeals between May and July of her third year, passed the bar exam on the first sitting, and was sworn in in October of 2002. Ms. Forrler continued to practice personal injury until 2006, at which time she went to work with an estate planning attorney and studied family law. In 2008, Ms. Forrler began practicing family law, primarily uncontested cases, which quickly lead to representing divorce clients in contested matters.
Ms. Forrler’s experience with family law includes going through two divorces personally, working as a legal assistant, and as an attorney. With her personal experience, she understands the emotional needs of her clients, and serves with personal empathy, integrity, and efficiency. She understands, and helps her clients understand, the vital importance of preserving any positive aspects of the couple’s relationship with each other, especially when children are involved.
Ms. Forrler also provides services for estate planning, business incorporation, and arbitration. She supports the local legal aid clinic (Kitsap Legal Services), including assisting the KLS clients on a pro bono basis.
Ms. Forrler is a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association and Kitsap County Bar Association, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
Compass Legal Service’s mission is to provide excellent legal services in a manner that decreases unnecessary stresses and increases the chance of mutual satisfaction of all parties involved.
Having been through legal disputes and a divorce, Heather Forrler is committed to helping her clients get through legal matters as smoothly as possible. She knows that just having to deal with the legal system can be nerve wracking and even scary, especially for those who have never been involved in legal disputes.
Why Use Compass Legal Services?
Ms. Forrler believes that there are issues worth fighting over and others that may be best to walk away from. Fighting in court is not always the answer and can frequently cost more than is awarded in the long-run. Sometimes, though, the issue in dispute is priceless. In those instances, the approach to litigation should be carefully considered.
Common opinion holds that attorneys are greedy and want only to pad their own wallets regardless of the effect on their clients. Thankfully, that is not true of many attorneys, especially in Kitsap County. However, there are attorneys out there that keep the stereotype in circulation. As a wife and mother of three, Heather Forrler understands the need to be wise when spending money. For this reason, she also feels one should be wise when earning other peoples’ hard earned money.
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|Attorney/Owner||Compass Legal Services, P.S.||2013 - Present|
|Associate||Law Offices of Lynda H. McMaken, P.S.||2006 - 2013|
|Associate||Law Offices of J. Michael Koch||2002 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Silverdale Chamber of Commerce||Member||2014 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Kitsap Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of Washington||Psychology||B. A.||1991|
|Seminar and CLE||Things to Know if You are Thinking About Divorce||2014|
|Seminar and CLE||What You Need to Know When Creating a Parenting Plan||2014|
|DV and Parenting Plans||Effects That Allegations or Findings of Domestic Violence Have on Parenting Plans and Residential Schedules||2014|