Considering A Personal Injury Claim?

There a various kinds of personal injury claims including auto accidents, accidents at work, trip & fall accidents, dog-bite cases and product defect cases, just to name a few.

If you have been involved in an accident, and you have been injured; you may be entitled to monetary compensation. It is important to consider the following:

  1. You may receive a call from the other party’s insurance company and want you to speak about your accident and your injuries.
  2. They may ask you permission to take your recorded statement. You should not do so until you consult with a personal injury lawyer about your case. Further, you may make what you believe to be innocent comments that will be used against you [guaranteed] later.
  3. Remember the other party’s insurance company is not your friend and never will be your friend, no matter how nice and considerate they sound. They represent the other side and their single goal is settle your case for as little as possible if you were not liable or responsible for your injuries. Further, you may over-estimate or under-estimate the value of your case.
  4. Always remain polite and composed.
  5. Find out who exactly you are speaking with, the company they represent and who is the insured.
  6. Avoid providing too much information. Do not give details about the accident or your injuries; your name, address and phone number is enough.
  7. If you are pushed to settle your claim on the telephone, wait until you talk to a well-qualified lawyer such as Morton J. Grabel Esq.
  8. Make sure to write down any important notes from your phone call such as what information you provided to the insurance company and any requests you made of the insurance company.

Call The Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel for a free consultation to discuss your individual situation. You can trust our decades of experience in all aspects of law to assist you. Morton J. Grabel, Esq. is a highly respected attorney with extensive experience from commercial vehicle accidents to premise liability. We fight passionately and aggressively for you.

The information you have been provided is general in nature and not to be construed or considered legal advice for your specific legal issues or needs. Please do call the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel, for a free in person consultation at (951) 658-7000 in Murrieta or Hemet. [se habla espanol]

Winning in Custody Litigation

If you are involved in custody litigation, it is important to understand the only purpose of the court is to determine what is in the best interest of the child.

Frankly, in California there is no other consideration more important in the eyes of the court than what is in the best interest of the child.

A parent who cannot hold a job, cannot provide a stable, clean and loving home environment and cannot provide proper child care along with a positive educational environment will have a very difficult time prevailing in court.

While the courts will look at multiple factors [see above] when deciding which parent is best suited for primary custody and will prevail in custody litigation it comes down to what is in the best interest of the child. Those factors can include at a minimum:

  • Your physical and mental health [question: do you smoke and drink alcohol around your child?]
  • If you currently hold a job.
  • Your ability and willingness to encourage a healthy relationship with the other parent and family.
  • Your skills in raising your child, [a secret for you! foul language and/or an unkempt dirty appearance in court will not help]
  • Your current relationship with the child may be evaluated.
  • Your personality, temperament and ability to raise a child.
  • Who the child may prefer to live with and if you are thinking of relocating, what impact moving would have on the child including the child’s friends and school.
  • Where you live and the quality of the school district in that area.

Going through custody litigation can be a very emotionally & financially exhausting process. While you work through your personal crisis, let the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel handle the legal legwork. Your rights are important to us. Your case will be confidential and remain our top priority until the very end.

Protect your rights with help from our law offices. Call Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel today at 951-658-7000 to schedule a consultation.

The information you have been provided is general in nature and not to be construed or considered legal advice for your specific legal issues or needs. Please do call the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel, for a consultation at (951) 658-7000 in Murrieta or Hemet.

What Are Grandparents’ Rights in a Custody Dispute?

On occasion, grandparents may seek custody of their grandchildren.

In a custody dispute between a child’s parents and grandparents, the courts will base their decision on one factor: What is in the best interest of the child?

For grandparents to be awarded custody of their grandchildren, a case must be made in court that residing with the grandparents is in the best interest of the children. Grandparents must prove they are best qualified to care for the grandchild and to some extent the custodial parent or parents are unfit and not meeting the children’s needs.

To determine a child’s best interest, the courts will look at the following:

  • If the parties are able to provide a safe home for the child with food, clothing and medical care.
  • If there is love, affection and emotional ties already pre-existing between the child and the parties pursuing custody.
  • What the child’s needs are both mentally and physically.
  • If there is any presence of domestic violence in the home and the health, [both physically and mentally], of the parties seeking custody are stable.
  • The court may actually ask what the child would prefer.

If you are a grandparent and seeking custody of a grandchild, you should consult an experienced family law attorney such as The Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel.

While you work through your personal problems, let the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel handle the legal legwork. Your comfort is important to us. Your case will be confidential and remain our top priority until the very end. Morton J. Grabel Esq. is a Certified Mediator by the Institute for Conflict Management.

Protect your rights with help from our law offices. Call Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel today at 951-658-7000 to schedule a consultation.

The information you have been provided is general in nature and not to be construed or considered legal advice for your specific legal issues or needs. Please do call the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel, for a consultation at (951) 658-7000 in Murrieta or Hemet. [Se Habla Espanol]

The Top Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation can save a lot of time, heartache and money; if both parties are amenable.

If you are just beginning your divorce, call The Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel. He is a Certified Mediator by the Institute for Conflict Management and may be able to help you.

Divorce mediation is a process which attempts to resolve conflicts, if you and your spouse can come to an agreement. There are many benefits of mediating your divorce:

  1. You are more in control – You get an opportunity to choose the topics you want to discuss and settle. You and your spouse may have the final say over the terms of your agreement, not a court.
  2. Mediation will cost less – You and your spouse will most likely only have to pay one professional who is dedicated to helping both of you reach a resolution. Lengthy divorce battles and trials may lead to very expensive legal fees, greater anxiety & possible contempt between you and your spouse. Mediation will try to minimize all of that.
  3. You may get a faster resolution – You can set your own timeline to resolve issues without having to wait for the next court date which may be months between hearings.
  4. Mediation may allow for more personal attention – You and your spouse will work directly with the mediator who will propose and try come to agreements on your options. Judges cannot have the opportunity to get to know each family while in a court room, a mediator does; thus a better and less hurried decision can usually be made.
  5. You will more than likely be able to minimize or shield your child or children from your conflict – A custody trial may require your child/children to be interviewed by experts either in court or at home. A mediator can help keep the focus on your child/children and what is in their best interest as that is the law in California.
  6. Mediation may allow for a more stable life after the divorce – Mediation seeks to improve both parties’ understanding of each other and their ability to communicate with each other and their children. If you have children you will be co-parenting for a few years, coming out of a divorce with the ability to communicate effectively is very important not only for you and your spouse, but extremely helpful for your child/children.
  7. Going through a divorce is an emotionally exhausting process even under the best of circumstances. While you work through your personal problems, let the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel handle the legal legwork. Your future, your livelihood and comfort is important to us. Your case will be confidential and remain our top priority until the very end. Morton J. Grabel Esq. is a Certified Mediator by the Institute for Conflict Management.

Understand and protect your rights with help from our law offices. Call Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel today at 951-658-7000 to schedule a free initial consultation. [Se Habla Espanol]

The information you have been provided is general in nature and not to be construed or considered legal advice for your specific legal issues or needs. Please do call the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel, for a free in person consultation at (951) 658-7000 in Murrieta or Hemet.

 

Paternity Testing – Frequently Asked Questions

Establishing paternity is important in order to ensure a child’s well-being. Paternity tests can also help protect his or her future and establish legal and social benefits.

Not only does paternity testing strengthen the bond between biological individuals but it also provides an accurate medial history for the child. Once paternity is established, the father has rights and responsibilities. Among his responsibilities, he may be obligated to provide financial support and health care coverage for his child(ren).

The Law Offices Of Morton J. Grabel are often asked common questions when it comes to paternity testing. We would like to share the questions and their answers with our readers:

How soon can a paternity test be performed? DNA testing can usually be done as early the end of the first trimester of pregnancy but it is important to speak with your doctor to find out for certain.

What are the normal costs involved with a paternity test? Paternity tests vary depending on the procedures performed. Prenatal testing is often more costly than after the baby is born because there are additional doctor and hospital related fees. Some testing sites offer lower cost testing but in most cases they are non-court approved.

Can I use my DNA test results in court? In most cases, yes, but it is important to make sure you visit a clinic that is court-approved. Contact the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel to find out the best route to go when using a DNA test result in court.

Going through a divorce or a paternity test can be an emotionally exhausting process. While you work through your personal problems, let the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel handle the legal legwork. Your livelihood and comfort is important to us. Your case will be confidential and remain our top priority until the very end.

Protect your life and rights with help from our law offices. Call Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel today at 951-658-7000 to schedule a free initial consultation.

The information you have been provided is general in nature and not to be construed or considered legal advice for your specific legal issues or needs. Please do call the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel, for a free in person consultation at (951) 658-7000 in Murrieta or Hemet.

Are You A Victim Of Domestic Violence?

If you are a victim of a domestic violence dispute, please read this article.

If you think you may be a victim of domestic violence, please call the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel. We are here to help you and we offer a free consultation for your peace of mind. We will not only fight vigorously for your rights, but we have the compassion to help you throughout your legal struggles.

 

If you feel you are in danger from your abuser at any time, call 911.

Consider the following if you are a victim of domestic violence:

  • If you are in danger, the police can protect you and your children and help you leave your home safely.
  • Your abuser may be arrested if the police have enough proof you or your children have been abused.
  • It is important to tell the police everything the abuser did in order to make you call 911. If you have been hit, tell the police where. Take pictures of any bruises or injuries. Marks may take time to show up so make sure to take pictures of any injuries as they appear as they may be used in court.
  • If your abuser has broken any property make sure to tell and show the police what happened. Once again, document with pictures.
  • Ask the police for information on domestic violence programs and shelters you and your family can stay at to be safe.
  • Make sure a police report is written up stating what happened to you. Police reports may be used in court if your abuser is charged with a crime.
  • Make sure to get a report of the officers’ names, their badge numbers and the report number so you can request a copy.
  • Call The Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel to discuss your options as a victim of a domestic violence case. While you work through your personal problems, let Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel handle the legal legwork. Your livelihood and comfort is important to us. Your case will be confidential and remain our top priority until the very end.

Protect your life and rights with help from our law offices. Call Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel today at 951-658-7000 to schedule a free initial consultation.

The information you have been provided is general in nature and not to be construed or considered legal advice for your specific legal issues or needs. Please do call the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel, for a free in person consultation at (951) 658-7000 in Murrieta or Hemet.

Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect – What You Can Do

Many elderly adults are abused in their own homes, in relatives’ homes and in facilities responsible for their care.

If you suspect that an elderly person is at risk from a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver, or being preyed upon financially, it is important to speak up. You can contact the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

In order to help in preventing elder abuse and neglect, one should consider the following:

  1. Listen carefully to seniors and their caregivers
  2. Intervene when you suspect elder abuse by speaking up and addressing your concerns.
  3. Educate others about how to recognize and report elder abuse.

How caregivers can assist preventing elder abuse:

  • Request help from friends, relatives or local respite care agencies so you can take a break, even if only for a couple hours.
  • Find an adult day care program.
  • Keep yourself healthy and get medical care for yourself when necessary.
  • Incorporate stress reduction practices and seek counseling for depression.
  • Find support groups for caregivers of the elderly.

How friends or family members can help in preventing elder abuse:

  • Watch for warning signs which indicate elder abuse. If you suspect it, report it.
  • Examine the elder’s medications. Are they taking the proper amount prescribed?
  • Take a look at their financial situation. It is important to take a look at the elder’s bank accounts and credit card statements for unauthorized transactions.
  • Stay in constant contact with the elder. Call and visit as often as you can so you can become a trusted confidante.
  • Offer the caregiver a break as often as you can and stay with the elder.

How you, as an elder, can protect yourself against elder abuse:

  • Are your financial and legal affairs in order? If they aren’t, enlist professional help to get them in order with the assistance of a trusted friend or relative.
  • Keep in touch with your friends and family so you do not isolate yourself.
  • If unhappy with the care you are receiving, speak up! Let someone know whom you trust and ask them to report any abuse, neglect or substandard care.

Information is from helpguide.org.

If you have a loved one that you believe may be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be able to pursue justice through a nursing home lawsuit.

Call The Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel for a free consultation to discuss your individual situation. You can trust our decades of experience in of the law to assist you. Morton J. Grabel, Esq. is a highly respected attorney with extensive experience in elder abuse. Attorney Grabel also possesses an MBA in Health Care Administration and a current Nursing Home Administrator’s license. He was formerly an administrator and knows where to look and what to do! He is an advocate for the elderly. Our staff will fight passionately and aggressively for your loved ones.

The information you have been provided is general in nature and not to be construed or considered legal advice for your specific legal issues or needs. Please do call the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel, for a free in person consultation at (951) 658-7000 in Murrieta or Hemet.