Joel was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. We were in and out of court in half a day. I am very pleased with results. Joel has been my lawyer for three years now.J.G. - Shrewsbury, MA
Joel was instrumental in helping me navigate the legal quagmire that is the divorce process. He anticipated roadblocks and made a very difficult situation as smooth as he possibly could.K.B. - Marlborough, MA
I would very much recommend Mr. Abu for his services as he was great for getting my divorce put through!Jean N. - Fitchburg, MA
We were lucky enough to find and hire Joel Abu to help us with our legal case. He was a delight to work with. Detailed orientated and timely. Always updating us on each step of the process. I would highly recommend Joel for any of your legal needs.Tracy - Boston Resident
Joel, Thank you so much for all your support over the last 8 months. I know that this was not the most straightforward case as there were some complications along the way, but you continued to believe that the adoption would go through. I know I was very emotional over this case, which also probably wasn’t the easiest, but I am so grateful you were there to help with everything throughout this case. Thank you so much, Joel! I hope to stay in touch.Sincerely, A.L.M.
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Kudos To Panel Attorney Joel A. Abu
A Separation Agreement assigned half of the marital share of an ex-husband’s pension to the ex-wife but the QDRO was never submitted to the Court. A later modification agreement gave joint physical custody of the minor children to the parties and waived all child support. At the time of the modification the ex-husband was unemployed.
Following the modification judgment the ex-husband exercised his shared physical custody of the children for only about two weeks. The ex-wife could not work as the youngest child was severely disabled and required her full-time care.
The ex-wife’s only income was the youngest child’s SSI benefits and food stamps. Then, she learned her ex-husband had received a windfall settlement and had been reinstated to his old job. She stated “I knew that, without legal representation, which I could never have paid for, the chances of my getting reimbursed for supporting our kids on my own was next to impossible.”
At the time she came to VLP the ex-wife was seeking assistance with modifying the custody and child support orders and submission of the QDRO. Panel attorney, Joel A. Abu of Marlborough accepted the case. Attorney Abu secured back child support for the ex-wife of $55,000.00; child support of $254.00 per week for the parties’ disabled child, until age 23, and submission of a QDRO according to the terms of the Separation Agreement.
The ex-wife further stated she was very impressed with Attorney Abu. “It was a lot of work! He went above and beyond the call of duty to help me. He took the time to explain my rights, and gave me the gift of having my voice heard.”
She added that “he helped me to help this case, I felt I was participating in my own oppression and not helping my children as much as I could. Joel helped me access the system and made me feel that I could do more than I thought I could do. He helped me move forward, to the next level, to get the justice that I needed and that my children needed and deserve.”
– Connie Escobar