Portland & Vancouver Employment and Family Dispute Resolution

A Boutique Legal Practice and Consulting Firm

At work or at home disputes are inevitable. Nonetheless, business owners must take proactive measures to mitigate the risk of employment law claims. Similarly, military servicemembers and families in transition must have compassionate legal representation during challenging times. The best way to protect your interests is to consult an experienced employment and family law attorney.

Human Alchemy, PLLC, with offices conveniently located in Portland and Vancouver, is a premier, boutique legal practice and consulting firm offering advice and guidance to individuals, families, and businesses throughout Washington and Oregon. Founding attorney Leah Eccles Watson has a well-earned reputation for providing her clients with innovative solutions and cost-effective services. When you work with our legal team, we will help you transform your challenges into triumphs.

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How Human Alchemy Helps Employers

The contemporary workplace is governed by a variety of local, state, and federal laws that shape the employer-employee relationship. Understanding your rights and responsibilities as an employer is crucial for avoiding employment litigation as well as for attracting quality workers. Navigating compliance regulations is especially vital for businesses seeking to increase their government contracts. Given that high-tech that has long been a driver of the economy in the Pacific Northwest, businesses must be able to effectively manage a highly skilled, diverse, and mobile workforce.

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At Human Alchemy, PLLC we believe that the most valuable resource for any business is its people. Well-versed in the applicable employment laws, rules and regulations, we also understand the challenges associated with starting and running a business while adhering to legal requirements related to anti-discrimination laws, wage and hour laws, employment agreements, and government contracting. As such, our employment law attorneys help business owners establish policies and procedures that foster a positive work environment.

We can address your employment law concerns by:
  • Explaining all legal obligations for your type and size of business
  • Preparing employment agreements (e.g. confidentiality, noncompete, severance)
  • Establishing and implementing anti-discrimination/anti-harassment policies and procedures
  • Designing employee handbooks that comply with state and federal law
  • Developing relevant employee training programs to ensure compliance across all levels of the organization
  • Conducting internal investigations and audits to help you monitor compliance

Our legal team is highly capable in all aspects of employment law and will leverage its knowledge and skill to protect your interests. We will work to make certain contracts, agreements, handbooks, marketing materials, books and records are accurate and up-to-date. Our employment lawyers will also guide you through employment negotiations, internal investigations, and compliance audits to help you avoid protracted litigation through preventative measures.

As employment mediators, we provide the perspective of veteran litigators with the temperament of seasoned negotiators.  Whether assisting your team as a legal consultant during mediation, or as a neutral mediator for a dispute, we offer objective and pragmatic ideas to facilitate the creative problem solving necessary to resolve issues outside of court.

As legal consultants, we conduct internal investigations, independent climate assessments, workplace conflict audits, draft employment policies, and create tailored employee training programs.  Human Alchemy provides human capital risk mitigation consulting services as an outside counsel so that reports and findings may be retained as attorney work product by in-house counsel. This allows for complete and accurate assessments free from litigation discovery.

Above all, we are committed to helping your business achieve its objectives, while complying with all applicable employment laws and creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for employees.

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Legal Services for Families in Transition

While families continue to be the fabric of society, many are faced with pressing challenges, particularly military families, as the very notion of what constitutes a family is evolving. When the pressures of overseas deployments or the challenges of day-to-day life strain family ties, it helps to have the advice and guidance of a trustworthy family law attorney.

At Human Alchemy, PLLC, we work with all types of families on matters such as:

  • Military Divorce
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Legal Coaching
Military Divorce

If you or your spouse serve/d in the military, you know that the frequent deployments, relocations, financial constraints and other challenges of military life can lead to a marital breakup. If you are considering a divorce in Washington or Oregon, it is crucial to work with a family law attorney experienced in handling military divorces. At Human Alchemy, we proudly serve those who serve our country by providing them with first-rate representation when they need it most.

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Well-versed in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the special rules concerning child custody, child support, alimony, military pensions and benefits, we will handle all the details of your case, which includes making all necessary court filings and appearances on your behalf, so that you can focus on your important duties. Given the complex interplay of state and federal law in military divorce cases, it is crucial to have the informed representation and efficient service that our family law attorneys provide. Whether you are a servicemember looking to enforce your parental rights or a military spouse fighting for child support, you can rest assured that we will have your back.

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

In an uncontested divorce, the parties agree on all issues before any documents, such as a settlement agreement, are filed with the court. In short, both spouses must agree on dividing the marital property and how to share custody and child support if minor children are involved. We offer flat fee packages for document preparation and filing. Unlike online services that draft basic documents and leave you to handle the court filing, we tailor your court filings to fully reflect your agreements and handle all of the court appearance.  Whether you have come to an agreement at the kitchen table or through mediation, we are here to help you make those agreements official. The main benefit of an uncontested divorce is that this approach is less costly and more efficient than a litigated divorce because a settlement can be reached in a matter of months rather than years.

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Alternatives to Divorce Litigation
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For those who wish to avoid the acrimony that often accompanies a protracted legal battle, there are alternatives such as divorce mediation and collaborative divorce. Resolving family disputes out of court is the next generation of how these types of sensitive issues are being handled. Non-court solutions have become increasingly popular because of the low cost and higher satisfaction with the results. Going to court means that someone else is going to decide what is right for you and your family. Mediated and agreed settlements have a higher long term rate of success than court orders because the parties created their own solutions.

As neutral family law mediators, we facilitate your discussions to ensure that you cover all topics required by the court. Your agreements are written up in easy to understand language that is comprehensive to fully capture your settlement terms in a way to best facilitate court document preparation. By providing you with a supportive environment, we take the stress out of the mediation process so that you can make the best decisions for your future and your family.

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In addition to divorce mediation, we also guide clients through another form of alternative dispute resolution known as collaborative divorce. In this approach, the spouses and their attorneys agree to resolve all the key issues of the divorce without court intervention. You will meet privately and in face-to-face talks with your Collaborative professional team, which may also include coaches, financial professionals and/or child specialists. Collaborative law is centered on finding resolutions that take into account the things that are important to each family. Throughout the process, collaborative professionals will assist you and your spouse to clarify your interests, refine your priorities and think creatively to find durable solutions that work for both of you.  When your family is in transition, you can count on Human Alchemy to stand by you.

Contact our Oregon and Washington State Employment and Family Law Attorneys

At Human Alchemy, PLLC we have an impeccable reputation for always putting the best interests of our clients first and providing them with trustworthy advice and guidance. If you need assistance protecting your business from an employment-related dispute or you are facing a family law challenge, we can help. Please contact our office today to set up a free consultation.

Serving clients in Clark County in Washington and the Tri-county regions of Portland, Oregon.

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1325 Officers Row, Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661

Call our office 360.442.3300

920 SW 6th Ave Suite 1200
Portland, OR 97204

Call our office 555.555.5555