Joel Geelan has extensive experience representing clients in all areas of estate planning, including wills, trusts, power of attorney, and advanced healthcare directives. In his work with family law clients, Joel handles divorce, custody, parenting time, child and spousal support, high asset division, move-away cases, grandparent and co-parent third party rights, and DHS-involved cases. He has litigated and settled numerous matters in each area. He specializes in resolving cases involving children and complex financial issues, such as valuing and dividing businesses, real estate, investments, and retirement accounts. Joel is a highly qualified Bend divorce attorney and estate planning lawyer.
Joel understands the complexities of family relationships. He endeavors to be an educator for his clients so that they may fully evaluate their options and ultimately decide how best to proceed. Every person should not only have an estate plan, but they should also understand it. Estate planning is about coordinating your life to ensure loved ones are cared for, protecting assets, and making difficult times easier on those around you. It’s about creating a legacy. Joel strives to be practical and responsive while producing top-quality estate plans tailored to each client’s unique circumstances.
Family Law, Divorce, and Litigation
While handling family law matters, Joel is known as an intelligent and diligent advocate for his clients. When necessary, Joel is an experienced litigator and strongly defends his clients’ interests in court. However, Joel understands the benefits of settlement and, when possible, strives to resolve his clients’ cases to their advantage through mediation, settlement conferences, and detailed written proposals. From the very beginning of each case, Joel prepares for both settlement and trial, offering his clients different strategies tailored to their unique situation and goals. He prides himself in anticipating the arguments and settlement strategies of the other side and openly communicates with clients the practical and legal pros and cons of their case so they can ultimately decide how best to proceed. In this way, Joel empowers his clients to take control of their lives. Those who have worked with Joel describe him as caring, organized, and a zealous advocate.
In addition to his work for adult clients, Joel is regularly appointed by local judges to represent children in complex matters. He is devoted to advocating for children that lack a voice in the legal process. When he is not working for his clients, you will find Joel on the golf course, riding his road bike, playing basketball, or spending time with his wife and two children on the deck of his floating home. An optimist at heart, Joel’s personal motto is: “Every day is a gift, don’t waste it.”