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How successful is mediation in California?

The "success" of mediation depends upon how you define "success."  That being said, in October 2016, Joan B. Kelly updated …

Answered by Mark Baer, 1 week ago

How do I find the right mediator in California?

Finding the "right" mediator depends upon what you are hoping to accomplish through mediation.   If you are interested in resolving or …

Answered by Mark Baer, 1 week ago

Why Do I Need A Lawyer For Workers' Compensation In California?

EXPERIENCED LOS ANGELES WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAWYEREXPERIENCED LOS ANGELES IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYContact Attorney Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson …

Answered by Nikki Jacobson, 2 weeks ago

How much do you get for pain and suffering in a car accident in California?

Unfortunately, there is no rule or law when it comes to evaluating pain and suffering. In fact, in some cases, such as a car accident, two people …

Answered by Daniel R. Tamez, 2 weeks ago

How Much Does Mediation Cost in California?

How much a mediation will cost depends upon a great many factors. One factor is the mediator’s skill set. The following is an excerpt from …

Answered by Mark Baer, 3 weeks ago

How does mediation work in California?

Mediation means different things to different people, which is a source of conflict within the mediation community itself. Along those same …

Answered by Mark Baer, 3 weeks ago

Do I Need A Lawyer For A Trust In California?

A revocable living trust is a popular estate planning option for many California residents. A trust can offer greater flexibility and privacy with …

Answered by David Ostrove, 5 months ago

Why is it important to hire a certified family law specialist in California?

California is one of the few states that sponsors certification in a specialty field of law practice administered by The State Bar of …

Answered by Karen S. Brown, 5 months ago

What Constitutes Undue Influence in California?

How do older adults in California make decisions about important financial issues and healthcare matters? And when should we worry that they may have …

Answered by Jeffrey Forer, 7 months ago

Do I Need A Lawyer For Probate In California?

If you have recently lost a loved one, and have been named as an executor or executrix of the estate in California, you likely have many questions …

Answered by Jeffrey Forer, 7 months ago

Has Someone You Know in California Been a Victim of Elder Abuse?

When you have an elderly loved one who cannot live on his or her own any longer, it can be frustrating to question whether they’re receiving …

Answered by Jeffrey Forer, 7 months ago

How to hire a personal injury attorney and what to consider when making that decision in California?

There are several factors that I feel are important when considered who to hire for a personal injury claim. That is different from the question …

Answered by Daniel R. Tamez, 8 months ago

Can I make an injury claim and sue if I’m injured in a car accident in California?

Yes. If you sustain injuries in a motor vehicle collision in California, then you can make a claim against the at-fault driver’s …

Answered by Daniel R. Tamez, 8 months ago

Can I sue a drunk driver who crashed into me in California?

Anyone injured in a California motor vehicle accident can sue the at-fault driver for being injured. However, when the at-fault driver is …

Answered by Daniel R. Tamez, 8 months ago

What is 'ERISA,' and what does it have to do with my long-term disability (LTD) benefits in California?

What is 'ERISA,' and what does it have to do with my long-term disability (LTD) benefits? ERISA is an acronym for the Employee Retirement …

Answered by Glenn R. Kantor, 11 months ago

Do I Need A Lawyer For A Bench Warrant In California?

A bench warrant is a warrant issued by a judge for the defendant's failure to appear. A person who has an outstanding bench warrant …

Answered by Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, 12 months ago

Can I Sue A Company For Wrongful Termination In California?

"At-will" employment is not an excuse for wrongful termination. Employment "at will" simply means that an employee does not …

Answered by Howard Rutten, 1 year ago

What rights do I have as a pregnant employee in California?

Many women are concerned about what their rights are when they become pregnant. This is intended to be a practical guide about what rights pregnant …

Answered by Christopher R. LeClerc, 1 year ago

Can I sue a school, church, youth league, day care, or some other entity that employed the teacher, coach, priest, or employee that molested my child in California?

California allows victims of sex abuse, sex harassment, rape, or sex assault to file suit not only against the perpetrator of the crime, but also the …

Answered by David M. Ring, 2 years ago

What is the time limit for bringing a lawsuit for sex abuse or sex assault in California?

California has a complicated set of rules for the filing deadline for a child sex abuse or molestation case.  The best advice possible is for …

Answered by David M. Ring, 2 years ago

Do I need to hire a lawyer if my child was the victim of sex abuse committed by a school teacher or coach in California?

There are few things worse for a parent than learning that their child was victimized by a teacher or coach at school.  Child sex abuse is a …

Answered by David M. Ring, 2 years ago

Can a parent sue for wrongful death in California?

The death of a child is probably the worst tragedy any parent can experience. The loss is devastating whether the deceased child is a minor or an …

Answered by George Chakmakis, 2 years ago

How can I avoid litigation in my California business, and what do I do when I’ve been sued?

You’ve heard it from news stories, from colleagues, and from business partners. Litigation can be messy, expensive, time-consuming and at …

Answered by Steve Coopersmith, 2 years ago

What Can I Do If I Have a Dispute About The Purchase Or Sale Of A California Business?

The purchase or sale of a business entity can be both very exciting and stressful at the same time. For business sellers, it may be hard to let go of …

Answered by Steve Coopersmith, 2 years ago

What Kind Of Lawyer Do I Need For A Car Accident In California?

When you're involved in a car accident in California and sustain bodily injury and have damage to your vehicle, you might have a valid claim to …

Answered by James W. Vititoe, 2 years ago

How Do I Know If I Need A Lawyer For A Car Accident In California?

If you've been injured in an automobile accident in the state of California, you should know you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim …

Answered by James W. Vititoe, 2 years ago

Do I Need A Lawyer For A Personal Injury Case In California?

The answer to the question is "it depends." There are several factors to consider. First and foremost is the extent of your injuries. If …

Answered by James W. Vititoe, 2 years ago

What are my rights in California regarding breast-feeding and/or pumping when I return to work?

Generally, an employer must accommodate an employee's right to pump upon her return to work. This essentially requires a private place to …

Answered by Natasha Chesler, 2 years ago

What Is the Law on Prevailing Wages in California?

What is the Prevailing Wage? The prevailing wage is a base reimburse rate, time-honored by the State and Federal law to make sure that all …

Answered by Scott Miller, 2 years ago

What can I do if my insurance company denies my claim in California?

You may be able to sue your insurance company. If an insurance company breaches its promise and fails to honor its contract, you have the right to …

Answered by Lee S. Harris, 3 years ago

What penalties am I facing for drug possession in California?

It’s important to know your state’s laws regarding illegal drug possession because each state has its own guidelines and penalties. In …

Answered by Nancy Kardon, 3 years ago

What should I do if I’ve been wrongly charged with domestic violence in California?

Being charged with a criminal offense is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. First, you should know that domestic violence occurs when …

Answered by Nancy Kardon, 3 years ago

Should I go through an adoption attorney, adoption agency or a foster family agency to adopt a child in California?

Nothing compares to the joy a parent feels when a new family member comes home. Adopting a child can be a happy, yet overwhelming event, requiring …

Answered by Megan Cohen, 3 years ago

What can a lawyer do for me if I am in a car accident in California?

Putting your life back together after a car accident can be an arduous task, especially if you were injured and experienced significant damage to …

Answered by Lawrence A. Strick, 3 years ago

Can I sue after suffering a fall in a California nursing home?

If you or a loved one falls and sustains injury while in the care of a California nursing home, you may have the right to sue and recover for your …

Answered by Christopher C. Walton, 3 years ago

I have been sexually harassed at work. What can a California sexual harassment lawyer do?

Whether you are a man or a woman – or you are "gay," "straight" or transgender – no one deserves to be sexually …

Answered by Kenneth Ruttenberg, 3 years ago

Do I Need A Lawyer For A Non-Contested Divorce In California?

No. A party is not required to have a lawyer represent him/her in a contested or a non-contested divorce in California. When the case is …

Answered by Noelle M. Halaby, 3 years ago

How much child support and/or spousal support will I receive in California?

It depends on the unique facts of your case. California has a strong public policy in favor of adequate child support. The courts use an algebraic …

Answered by Gina N. Policastri, 3 years ago

How do I avoid probate in California?

Probate is a court process that is known for being time-consuming and expensive. It is also a public process that makes personal information …

Answered by David A. Patton, 3 years ago

Can I sue for will or trust fraud in California?

Yes. In California, there are several types of will and trust fraud. One common type of trust fraud involves a situation where the trustee engages in …

Answered by Joel R. Bryant, 3 years ago

How do I file a Complaint against a nursing home in California?

There are several types of complaint you should consider filing, and I will discuss each in turn. In California, most nursing homes are regulated by …

Answered by Joel R. Bryant, 3 years ago

If I have a California bike accident, do I need a bike accident lawyer?

If you have a bike accident in California and suffer personal injuries – or if you have lost a family member in a wrongful death because of a …

Answered by James L. Pocrass, 3 years ago

Do I need a lawyer to get divorced in California?

A person is not required to have an attorney in a California divorce. However, it is highly recommended that you retain an attorney in order to …

Answered by David A. Patton, 3 years ago

Do I need a will or trust in California? (Estate Planning 101)

Technically, no. There is no requirement that you have a will or trust in California as long as you are fine with your property being …

Answered by David A. Patton, 3 years ago

I live in California and may have been exposed to carbon monoxide. What is the first thing I should do? What are the long term effects of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Because carbon monoxide is impossible to see, taste or smell, you may only suspect you have been poisoned when you experience any one or more of the …

Answered by Patrick E. Bailey, 3 years ago

What is a fair settlement for a car accident in California?

Obtaining a fair settlement for a car accident in California is a complex task. Many of the California automobile insurance carriers have computer …

Answered by James P. Larsen, 3 years ago

How do I file a wrongful death lawsuit in California?

Once you determine that you have a legal right to seek damages against a defendant arising from the wrongful death of a relative, then filing a …

Answered by James P. Larsen, 3 years ago

How do I sue for a car accident injury in California?

Typically, the first step in preparing to file a lawsuit for personal injuries suffered in a car accident is to obtain a copy of the police report. …

Answered by James P. Larsen, 3 years ago

How much is my case worth for a car accident in California?

The value of a car accident case depends on a number of factors. Very often one of the key factors is the amount of the damage to the vehicle. If the …

Answered by James P. Larsen, 3 years ago

What is my case worth for personal injury in California?

A personal injury case in California can be worth anywhere from thousands of dollars to multiple millions of dollars, depending upon the severity of …

Answered by James P. Larsen, 3 years ago

Can I sue my employer in California for making me answer company emails after hours or on weekends?

The answer is yes (at least in most instances). As an employee, your employer effectively has the power to make you work whenever it feels like …

Answered by Louis Benowitz, 3 years ago

Can my employer in California take money from my paycheck if a customer does a "dine and dash"?

If are an hourly restaurant worker in California, and a patron does a "dine and dash," your employer still cannot take money from your …

Answered by Louis Benowitz, 3 years ago

How do I modify a child support order in California?

If you already have a child support order and there is a change of circumstances, you can file a Request for Order to modify child support. A …

Answered by Link K. Schwartz, 3 years ago

Who gets the children in a California divorce?

Child custody often becomes one of the most emotional and highly contested issues in a divorce case. It is important to consider having an attorney …

Answered by Gina N. Policastri, 3 years ago

How much is my injury worth in California?

The valuation of an injury in California is typically done by looking at the sum of the parts of your damages and then adding in an amount …

Answered by Daniel R. Del Rio, 4 years ago

How do I choose a mediator in a California personal injury case?

The mediation process is an option with the best potential for a win-win. Mediation is a method of dispute resolution that is voluntary and …

Answered by Thomas Nielsen, 4 years ago

Can I Sue After A Car Accident In California?

         Following a Car Accident, you can sue the responsible party for all damages as result of the accident. To pursue a …

Answered by Scott J. Corwin, 4 years ago

Should I get a lawyer after a car accident in California?

While you may not need to retain a car accident attorney for a small property damage only claim, many car accidents result in personal injuries to …

Answered by Scott J. Corwin, 4 years ago

How Long After A Car Accident Can I Sue In California?

Personal Injury claims following a car accident have a two-year statute of limitations after which your claim will be forever barred from being …

Answered by Scott J. Corwin, 4 years ago

Can a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction affect my professional license in California?

Can a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction affect my professional license? Driving Under the Influence (DUI) has consequences that many of us …

Answered by Scott J. Harris, 4 years ago

How does a Conviction affect my professional lIcense in the State of California?

In the State of California, a conviction can have severe implications for your professional career. Whether you are seeking a license from a …

Answered by Scott J. Harris, 4 years ago

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