As the only law firm in eastern Oregon with its primary focus on family law, Grable, Hantke & Hansen, LLP, practices in all areas of law involving families, children and the elderly. The firm routinely handles the following types of cases:

Family Law

Our firm is the only firm in Eastern Oregon which primarily focuses on family law.  Our attorneys are familiar with all areas of law involving families, children, including adoptions, and the elderly.  We routinely handle divorces, child custody matters, dissolution of domestic partnerships, and other family law cases.   Due to our extensive experience in family law, we are able to guide our clients through the very emotional and sometimes confusing aspects of these areas of law.  Using our background and experience, we are also able to provide our clients with a realistic understanding of the process and potential outcomes.  We take each case seriously, no matter how large or small it may be, recognizing that to our clients, their case is often the focus of their life.

Property Distribution in Divorce

We are experienced with all types of property distributions, which range from small asset cases to cases involving large ranches or businesses, inheritance and retirement plans.

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Support in Divorce or Modifications

We handle all types of support cases. This includes spousal support matters and all types of child support cases, including dissolutions, support for unmarried parents, administrative proceedings and appeals.

Child Custody

We give personal attention to all custody and parenting time cases, this includes child custody in a divorce, post-dissolution modifications of custody, custody for unmarried parents and grandparent and other third party custody cases.

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Elder Law

Seth Hantke also specializes in elder law. This encompasses guardianships and conservatorships, wills and probate, trusts, estates, living wills and elder abuse.

Restraining Orders and Stalking Orders

As a firm that specializes in family law matters, our attorneys have experience handling both sides of restraining order proceedings and stalking order proceedings.

Premarital Agreements

Premarital agreements are favored in Oregon. Premarital agreements, also known as prenuptial agreements, are important to consider for any couple contemplating marriage.  While the couple may decide, as many do, that a premarital agreement is not necessary, for some it is a very important form of protection.  If you are considering a premarital agreement, it is important that you know what it will and will not do, and the future consequences of entering into such an agreement.  These agreements can impact the outcome of a divorce, but also the distribution of a spouse’s estate.  With our firm’s experience in family law and our attention to detail, we are uniquely situated to advise our clients on the consequences of such an agreement, as well as, how to best draft such an agreement to minimize future ambiguities.

Appeals

There are times when it is advisable to appeal a judge’s decision.  There are also times when it is necessary to defend an appeal.  The appellate process is a long process which requires attention to detail and an in-depth knowledge of family.  Whether to appeal a decision of the trial court should not be taken lightly. Our firm works with you to determine whether an appeal is the right decision in your particular case.  Our firm works closely with our appellate clients to determine the most advantageous strategy to give our clients the best chance possible to prevail on appeal.

Probate

Probate is the court-supervised transfer of a deceased person’s assets to his or her beneficiaries and heirs.  We guide the client through what can be a complicated and lengthy process filled with numerous steps and deadlines.  We also understand that the recent loss of a loved one is filed with grief and stress.   This is why we work to help the client complete the probate process as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Protective Proceedings

We also represent clients in protective proceedings such as guardianships and conservatorships.

Estate Planning

It is prudent for anyone, especially those who have been recently divorced, to update his or her estate plan.  We can assist you with creating a new estate plan or updating your old estate plan.  Estate planning can include providing for a person’s incapacity, avoiding the probate process, and providing for minor children.  When we meet with our clients, we  discuss goals, concerns, objectives, and other considerations necessary to create an estate plan.  Depending on your goals, we will work with you to draft a will, a trust, a power of attorney, or other document to accomplish your goals.

Litigation: Real Estate Business / Contracts

Our firm handles real estate disputes, such as partitions, and other matters relating to land.   We are committed to examining your case  objectively, not only from a legal point of view, but also from a practical and cost-effective point of view.  We work with outside experts with the goal of achieving for our clients not only the legally correct result, but ultimately, a practical and realistic resolution of their dispute.

Business Law

Our firm also handles business law matters spanning from forming your business entity to dissolving it.  We work our clients to negotiate leases, buy-outs, and to help them with their day-to-day legal needs.  We believe that our clients deserve more than “one-size fits all” forms that often contain language that our clients do not want or need and may make life more difficult down the road.  Instead, with an in-depth renewal we discuss the ultimate goals of our business clients and work with their financial and tax advisers to determine the best business model for their current and future needs.

Contracts

While some may find it unusual that a law firm that is rooted in family law also does contract work, we believe that we are uniquely situated to craft contacts.  Negotiated divorce settlements and judgments can often be complex documents which address tax issues, support issues, the division of retirement accounts, the division of real estate and other issues.  These negotiated divorce judgments are contracts that impact the daily lives and futures of our clients.  We bring to the table the same precision and attention to detail to the drafting of the contracts in other matters as well.  There is no standard, boiler-plate contract.  We work with our clients to make sure that their contracts are the agreements they intended to reach and that we, as their attorneys, do not get in the way of the deal, all the while protecting our clients’ interests.