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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer||South Sound Magazine||2010|
|Best Lawyer||South Sound Magazine||2009|
|CEO & Founding Attorney||Law Office of Heather Z. Bliss, Inc., P.S.||2001 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Collaborative Law Professionals - Pierce County Chapter||Member||2016 - Present|
|Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2016 - Present|
|Washington Women Lawyers (Pierce County chapter)||Board Member||N/A|
|Seattle University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of Puget Sound||N/A||Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Young Lawyers Mentor||Office Management for Solo or Small Office||2016|
|Young Lawyers Mentor||Love Stinks||2011|
Posted by Robert
I had the pleasure to work with Heather and her team for over a year as we slogged through the myriad details of my 24 year marriage, separation and ultimate divorce.
First and foremost Heather is a listener. She pays thoughtful attention to what you have to say. By that I mean, should you begin to digress or stray from the subject at hand, she has the ability to tactfully bring you back on point so as not to waste your investment in her time. More importantly, after you have provided her with, what you may feel are, salient and pertinent points, she intuitively asks questions that strike through the emotion and get directly to the heart of the case. Again, this saves you on your investment, in both your and her time. Throughout each of your conferences, Heather continually inquires as to whether she has a correct understanding of what you are saying and if you are comfortable with the progression and direction that she and the case are taking.
Heather takes a team approach when she takes you on as a client. She sets extremely high expectations for herself, her paralegal and legal assistant in their handling of your case.
From my standpoint, when her client is an involved participant with her team, efficiency improves, which in turn, increases the possibilities of a successful outcome. This means, again from my point of view, that when you approach Heather for representation, “have your ducks in a row.” Meaning, that if you want to keep costs to a minimum and have the greatest possibility for a positive outcome in your case, be proactive. When you show up for your initial consultation, first, and foremost, try to have your emotions in check. This will not only save time but in turn allow for insightful discussion of the facts. Next, have with you, your estimate of assets and liabilities along with a basic idea of the outcome you wish to see in your case. Finally, Heather will explain in depth and in understandable language, the facts of your case, possible strategies and anticipated outcome. She will take whatever time it takes to make sure you understand the ramifications, both legal and personal, of any decision you may make. Even if she does not fully agree with your decision after you have been explained the pros and cons, she will, relentlessly fight to get the best outcome possible for you in light of the informed decision you have made.
This attorney will never contact you unless she truly has something to communicate. Again, keeping costs down. Of course, should you require a more hands on approach, Heather and her team are definitely capable of accommodating your needs. Her years of experience are showcased in her insightful and direct communications both with her client, staff and opposing counsel.
A divorcing of two people who, at one time, truly loved one another is never an emotionless or easy process. With her many years of experience in this field of law, Heather’s skillset helps to keep things in perspective and she delivers information, whether good or bad, in a factual non-emotional manner that allows her client to make an informed and intelligent decision.
I hope that this review of Heather Z. Bliss will help you in your decision to retain her for your legal needs.
You will not be disappointed by Heather and her team.
Client of a successful outcome
Posted by anonymous
I hired Heather after I had the same lawyer for 3 plus years. I had been through a very nasty divorce, a revised parenting plan right after my divorce and battles over child support. I was trying to obtain passports for my children which my ex husband was not wanting to cooperate with. So that's when I hired Heather. I met with her one morning and right away I knew she was a good fit for me. She was not going to back down from my ex and was not afraid to rock the boat a little. She told me my case needed a change in tone and that's exactly what she did. She changed the tone of my case. In court she was very assertive and not going to take anyone's crap. The look on my ex husbands face was priceless. I think his eyeballs almost popped out of his head when she spoke. My other lawyer was very soft spoken and not very assertive, so he was used to pushing her around, but not Heather. She was not going to let that happen. She fought for me in court and it paid off. I ended up getting everything I wanted that day. I was amazed at her professionalism. I would totally recommend her, especially if you are in a really nasty divorce or custody battle. She and her staff guided me the entire way. Through countless emails and phone calls they were able to help me respond to my ex husbands emails in a way that would be positive for me in court. I think that is a huge factor when hiring a lawyer. You need their guidance that's why you hired them. At times I have felt very hopeless in my situation with my ex husband, but now I have more hope that the future will be better because of Heather's help.
Matthew Davis, Business Attorney
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In family law a critical aptitude for a lawyer is to understand the grief that their clients are experiencing. From that vantage the attorney can help them make sound decisions while also being empathetic to the personal trauma. Heather has an acutely high emotional intelligence that ensures her clients get this. Couple that with her devotion to her clients and passion for her work and you have one of the best family law lawyers anywhere.