Personalized Guidance in the Area of Family Law

When the time comes to deal with family law issues – such as divorce, child custody, restraining orders, or probate and estate planning – you need a Gresham family lawyer who is compassionate about your situation but tough in seeking a favorable resolution. At GFEL, our attorneys work tirelessly to achieve favorable outcomes in every case.

For over 20 years, our firm’s family law attorneys in Gresham have been guiding people through a variety of family legal issues. Our attorneys understand the complexities of probate, estate planning, and divorce, ranging from the subjectivity of emotions to the realities of the legal process. GFEL is the one-stop legal shop that you can count on in your family’s time of need.

We Specialize In


Divorce & Separation

You are facing the end of your marriage and have many questions. Initially, your divorce may appear to be amicable and simple, yet somehow it becomes complex and contentious. With the help of our divorce attorney Chamber Dorheim you can make complex decisions regarding your finances, support, or custody issues.

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Child Custody

Child custody issues have a lasting impact on the entire family involved. Child custody determinations are inherently emotive and difficult for parents and their children. We advocate for our clients in these situations when they cannot easily speak for themselves. Our attorney Chamber Dorheim can help navigate this sensitive and impactful area.

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Wills, Trusts & Probate

Each of us needs to plan ahead to protect our loved ones after we die. By leaving a Will, you leave formal instructions that direct your family or friends on how you wish to divide your property.  Whether you need help with setting up your will or help with executing it in Probate, our attorney Nathan Begley can provide you with the assistance you need.

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We Are Passionate About Helping Our Clients


Our Gresham family law attorneys have decades of combined experience representing clients in a variety of issues, including divorce, child custody, wills, probate, and estate Planning. Owned by Nathan Begley, GFEL comprises two attorneys who are highly skilled in their areas of practice and well-versed in the many legal matters that affect families and their futures. Gresham Family & Elder Law serves clients throughout the suburbs and small towns outside of Portland.

         Our Team


Chamber Dorheim

Divorce / Child Custody / Modifications

Chamber Dorheim believes that, after a relationship ends, people are still family — just in a different form. She approaches her cases in a way that tries to preserve that family connection. Chamber has practiced family law in Oregon for over 13 years. She enjoys the varied challenges of family law. One day she might be helping create a good parenting plan and the next — helping resolve financial issues.

Nathan Begley

Probate / Estate Planning / Conservatorships

Attorney Nathan Begley serves his clients with kindness and understanding, taking special care to be aware of the everyday unspoken struggles of financial hardship, parenting, and navigating a global pandemic. Nathan can personally relate to difficult family circumstances, and his earned empathy fuels his drive to employ a holistic, strategic approach to maximize benefits to his clients.

What Our Clients Say

  • Toni
    Lillian was an angel in disguise, She helped my children and I when i felt like no one could help. I had a very messy and sad custody case and she was the rock we needed to get through it, very professional and also caring about the situation. She is amazing I would hire her again and when anyone asks what firm i went through I will always mention her. Thank you
  • anonymous
    I was served divorce papers after 10 years of separation. We both can not afford a lawyer and I was lost on what to expect on the court date. I retained Lillian on a hourly rate to help me prepare for my court date. She was very helpful on explaining what to expect and how I should represent myself. Thank you for your help
  • Christine
    I have known Lillian for many years now, and she handled a very complicated and miserable divorce for me 10 years ago. She has always been professional and listened to my concerns. She has an upbeat personality which is helpful when going through such a difficult situation. She is compassionate-something that I have not found in lawyers in the past! I have referred many friends to her over the years, and just consulted with her on another issue recently. As always, she was helpful and caring-just what one needs when looking for legal answers. I highly recommend her.
  • Steve
    If you need a practical and creative solution to a complicated legal problem (divorce) look no farther than Lillian Watson. She took the time to understand my situation (time and finances) and put together a solution that was effective and efficient avoiding expensive court proceedings while providing me with a favorable outcome. Legal brilliance, compassion and common sense are her trademarks. Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law is a proven team of legal professionals worthy of one’s consideration when in need of legal expertise. I recommend them without any reservation!
  • anonymous
    Going through a divorce after 20 years of marriage is the most difficult trial I have gone through in my life and Lillian has helped me to make logical and not emotional decisions. She has been my logical side and every time that I walk in her office she and her assistant greet me with a smile…I trust that she has given me the best legal advice and things could not have turned out better without her. Thank you Lillian
  • Rebecca
    The moment of walking into the office, I was greeted and treated kindly. It’s not a stuffy office where you feel intimidated. The staff is very nice and helpful. Upon meeting Lillian, I was at ease. I walked in with the weight of the world on my shoulders, and after spending an hour discussing the case, I was at complete ease. She allowed me to not worry about the case and handled it with concern and professionalism. Most attorneys that I know, and have worked with, are after the dollar, but Lillian actually cared about my children, myself and the case. I respect and highly recommend Lillian. I wish I had started my case with her, however she finished it and I was happy with her performance
  • Justin
    Ms. Watson provided me with exceptional help during a very stressful time. I felt that she presented me with realistic expectations which allowed me to focus on what was most important to me during my lengthy, emotional, and sometimes complicated divorce/custody case. I intend to continue to use Ms. Watson for future matters, should they arise.

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