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Meredith Graff’s Legal Cases

5 total

  • Ceesay & Ceesay

    Practice Area:
    Family
    Date:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Outcome:
    Client attained all her goals in the case.
    Description:
    Client was given sole custody of child with only supervised contact for the father due to abuse that occurred shortly before the trial. The spouse was ordered to pay the client half the net equity in the house sale for which he forged her signature and had kept the money for himself.
  • In re the Parentage of A.S.

    Practice Area:
    Family
    Outcome:
    Success so far and more to come!
    Description:
    I met the client through the Volunteer Lawyers Program and was his "coaching" (I helped him represent himself) attorney for three years. I then decided to represent him because it appeared he was getting unfair treatment by a particular commissioner of the court. All he was seeking was the "Local Rule Parenting Plan" (as described in the Clark County Superior Court Rules). We had a trial in December and the court ordered weekly parenting time. At least 50% of the visits, the mother either does not show up or calls five minutes before the parents are to meet at their local police station to exchange the child and leaves a message with an excuse why she won't be there. We have another review in March, 2011. Since the trial, Child Protective Services has been investigating the mother for neglect, based on a mandatory reporter (perhaps the child's day care?). I believe it is possible that eventually my client will be named the primary residential parent (custody) of the child.
  • In re the Custody of G.K.D.

    Practice Area:
    Family
    Outcome:
    The non-parental custodian retained custody without visitation for the mother.
    Description:
    Client, the child's aunt, had obtained non-parental custody of her niece because the child's parents were both involved heavily in drugs. This occurred prior to meeting the client. The child's mother filed for contempt and modification of the residential schedule because the custodian had cut off visitation due to the child's extreme anxiety when she visited the mother. The child was age 5 when we started the case. Initially, the court ordered supervised visitation for the mother, but cut off all contact when the child started pulling out her hair and vomiting in her sleep before and after visits with the mother, based on recommendations of the child's counselor. As the child got older, she was able to tell her counselor why she was so bothered by her mother and this was reported to Child Protective Services due to the report being child sexual abuse. At trial, neither parent was given residential time. The father was permitted supervised residential time upon showing to the court that he had completed his drug probation requirements.
  • Estate Planning for J.W.J.

    Practice Area:
    Estate Planning
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2009
    Outcome:
    Completed estate planning for client before he died of terminal cancer
    Description:
    I was hired by a middle-aged gentleman who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He needed a will, durable power of attorney, and medical directive done as quickly as possible. He was very worried he would die before this was completed. I pushed everything else aside and completed his documents and sent them to him to review. He approved them, and I arranged to meet him at his house with witnesses for him to execute his estate planning documents. At that time, he had lost a great deal of weight and was weak but still able to walk. We got it all done and I delivered his original and copies to him a couple of days later. I offered to meet with his daughter after he died, without charge, to help her figure out what she needed to do. He died about six weeks later and I did meet with his daughter for about two hours at my office.
  • In re the Marriage of J.K. & J.K.

    Practice Area:
    Divorce & Separation
    Date:
    Jan 31, 2011
    Outcome:
    Successful--Client Got His Day in Court!
    Description:
    Highly contested dissolution for a long-term marriage with a great disparity between the wife's and husband's earning abilities. A trial was held in the absence of my very ill client, the result of which was the other party being awarded most of the community property, along with her greater income. I was successful in my motion for a new trial, with the second trial dividing the property in a more equitable manner. However, due to the intransigence of the other party, who was particularly unhappy with the turn of events with the new trial, had I not stopped billing the client at a certain point, my fees would have exceeded his share of the property settlement--an outcome I could not live with.