Custodial Duties

Custodial Duties

The toughest part of any divorce proceedings with families with children is the almost inevitable battle over who has primary custody. Nothing elicits more hatred and contempt and chaos into an otherwise amicable family than a custody battle that goes wrong for one of the parents.

In our justice system, it doesn’t always come out the right way. Sometimes, if one partner is able to secure a better lawyer or the judge has some sort of implicit bias, the less responsible and more vindictive parent can walk away with primary or full custody of one or more of the children.

Well, we hate to see the future of a bright child be taken away from them by the faults of our system of laws, and so today we’re going to be spotlighting one of the best custody lawyers you can find in Orange county, and perhaps all of southern California: Shuff Law Firm.

Operating since 1974, Shuff Law has seen nearly every case on the book and has the distinction of one of the best records for custody suits for any law firm in the area. This is testified to by their incredible 5-star ratings on Yelp, with many of the reviews specifically mentioning their incredible work on the most difficult custodial cases in the country.

Take, for example, Kristine K.’s review from Yelp regarding her difficult case facing her litigious attorney ex:

Highly recommend this firm. They came in late on a case I thought was resolved, but with a litigious ex who is also an attorney, I needed strong representation. Joe Shuff and Tamara Mortensen were persistent, effective, and helped resolve my child custody issues. I would definitely recommend them to any friends and family dealing with divorce or child custody issues.

Or Jeff H.’s lengthy review of their incredible professionalism here:

If you want results?  This is the firm and people that will get your Family/Divorce situation/case solved effectively, efficiently, and the best.  I used 2 other lawyers prior to coming to Tamara and her father and they completed what I needed to be done in a short period of time and without the BS associated with family courts.  Could I have been lucky with my situation? Maybe – BUT what I have learned in business is over communication, being straight forward (hearing the GOOD and the BAD), and relentless (like TAMARA was and is) is the best medicine to quell the sickness of this not so fun process of divorce.  I would AND have recommended this firm to EVERYONE on the planet.  Seriously the best people in the business and I would be more than happy to give you a personalized reference about how ecstatic I am that I was referred and used Shuff Law Firm to CLOSE my case swiftly.  Thank you Tamara for everything you did for me and my family – words cannot express to you how impressed and overly satisfied i am with all you did.  I know you will do the EXACT same for all of your clients in the future! JEFF

If you are facing a difficult custody battle and live in the southern California area, do yourself a favor and get the combined 50+ years of experience available at Shuff Law Firm. Your children’s welfare may be at stake, and we all know what we are willing to do for our kids:

Shuff Law Firm

(714) 834-0175

2107 N Broadway STE 301, Santa Ana, CA 92706

With 2020 now half over and seemingly every possible disaster deciding to occur in a single year, we shouldn’t need to tell you that insurance is more important than ever. That means insurance for your personal assets and your business, because, well, this year has made it pretty obvious that disaster can strike at any point and from any direction!

Since we focus on small businesses here in southern California, we would be remiss if we didn’t provide recommendations for those insurance providers who give your business the most comprehensive coverage possible. From our experience and research, State Farm provides exactly that and, if you want to work with the best supplier in town, Byron Galindo has gained a reputation for being one of the best insurance agents in the Santa Monica area.

A quick glance through his team’s social media reviews reveals his strength of character and the impression he makes on his clients.

Nice M. gives this testimonial after using Byron’s services for a number of items:

Very great service! I have two loans,a credit card, and insurance with Byron and I always refer people when I can. He very knowledgeable and helps a lot anytime I have a question or need to change my car or need a quote for another car(which is about every two months) he’s on it.  His staff is very well trained and always ready to help if you have a question. The Loan part was great too low rate and it gave me crazy buying power when negotiating price as well.

Alison P. gave this review on Yelp:

Such a personal, helpful person. Beyond insurance Byron helps with any other questions you may have in regards to work benefits and coverage & other spendings. He was very helpful with my husband’s disability and our auto insurance.

He also loves dogs & allowed us to bring our pup during our meeting! 5 stars for that alone 😉

Lucciana K. expands on Byron’s style here:

Byron Galindo and his team are simply amazing!! No matter the question, or issue, Byron will offer his undivided attention and do his best to meet your insurance needs. He has never failed me or my family! Byron has been my agent for over 3 years and has provided invaluable guidance. Seriously, he’s family at this point!! In addition, I, unfortunately have been in multiple minor car accidents and State Farm has always offered EXCELLENT and swift service!!! Thank you, Byron!!

Finally, Ravi Bhatia provides these kind words on Byron’s Google page:

In a boring industry, Byron has facilitated NOT boring, borderline genius solutions to solving my business insurance needs here in Santa Monica. He’s always willing to talk through hypothetical scenarios and run tests on different, creative ways to minimize insurance costs, and educate me on the bureaucratic nuances he has to deal with on the day to day. I’ve dealt with many insurance agents in my line of work, and I have not come across a more visionary person in insurance — a field that tends to attract risk-averse, don’t-ruffle-any-feathers types. Above all, though, he’s been an advocate and a friend. I’m grateful to have him in my corner.

So, if you’re looking to ensure that you’re protected from an increasingly turbulent year with no end in sight, give Byron a call. He’ll get the job done and leave you with a smile on your otherwise tired face.

Byron Galindo Insurance

(310) 823-5073

214 Pier Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Veterinarian With Heart

The west, in particular the United States, is becoming an increasingly pet-centric society. 67% of American households own a pet, compared to 56% of households in 1988. We go all-out in taking care of our furry friends, providing them with a level of care and tenderness other cultures typically reserve for small children or members of the family.

A part of this care involves making sure that their most important organ, their heart, is well maintained and healthy over their lifetimes. Unfortunately, heart problems are relatively common in a number of dogs, either due to their lifestyles, genetics, or even their breed.

Heart conditions usually surface in one of two ways: chronic valvular disease, which involves a leaky valve that reduces the quantity of blood that can be pumped around their bodies, or myocardial disease, in which a weakening or thickening of the heart muscle reduces the efficacy of the organ. These two conditions are attributed to a number of factors, including weight, age, and the breed of the dog. Smaller dogs typically suffer from chronic valvular disease, while larger dogs suffer from myocardial disease.

In heart disease, the best treatment is prevention, and prevention for dogs involves a lot of exercise and a healthy diet. Exercise is a given, and it’s abundantly clear that we as people also often don’t get anywhere near enough of it ourselves considering the rate at which we are diagnosed with heart disease. Taking your dog on runs, short bike rides, and walks at least once a day is absolutely essential in keeping their hearts pumping normally.

Diet is also a key factor many people tend to forget, considering how happy our dogs are to munch away on pretty much anything that escapes the kitchen table and rolls onto the floor. While they are a continually gluttonous bunch, making sure your dogs are getting food that is not too high in sodium and adding in some home made meals like ground meat and organs will make a positive difference in your pet’s health.

One of the best preventative measures is finding a good veterinarian who can screen your pet for early signs of cardiac issues. Cardiac and cardiothoracic specialized veterinary consultants can find symptoms such as palpitations and fluid build-ups early and give you the appropriate routines and diet advice to make sure you keep your furry pal for as long as possible.

Since we are a small business publication, we’d be remiss in not recommending a fantastic local cardiac specialist vet for our southern California readers who are looking for the best in show. That’s why we’re spotlighting Cardiac Vet, a veterinarian office based in Marina Del Rey who has been winning awards for their top-of-the-line pet heart care for over a decade.

From chihuahuas to great danes, Cardiac Vet will give you not only the appropriate medications and treatments, but also a full lifestyle regimen to ensure your pet’s heart is as healthy and long-lasting as possible. If you think your pet might be suffering from one of the aforementioned conditions, or if you just want a brief consultation, contact them today. Your pet may hate going to the vet, but you’ll be secure in the knowledge that their heart is in good hands.

Cardiac Vet

(323) 393-0616

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

The Contractors Breaking Down Barriers In Orange County

We here at CannGrow are absolutely, 100% sick to death of contractors. We watch HGTV with a sort of embittered mirth as the smiling families laugh together with their responsible and competent contractor who managed to get the remodeling done on time and under budget. This, friends, we consider to be the greatest sort of fiction imaginable – every contractor we’ve ever dealt with has been late on deadlines, over budget, been totally incompetent, and every combination of those three factors imaginable.

So, it goes without saying that when we are recommended a contractor, we treat it with some pretty healthy levels of suspicion. Whether we needed a contractor for our bathroom remodeling or just a quick countertop replacement, we’ve been burned so many times before! What makes these guys so different from the rest?

Well, readers, this time, it IS different. The company recommended to us – Inspired Remodels, Inc. – have truly proven themselves to be the exception to the rule. Not only are they incredible at what they do (seriously, take a look at those pictures!), they manage to be fairly priced and get the job done in a reasonable time frame!

We know it’s hard to believe, but you can take a quick look at their 5-star(!!) Yelp page and take a quick gander at what their customers and the people they work with are saying:

Johnny B., a sub contractor for the company, has this to say about them:

You want to know how to pick a great General Contractor / Designer?  Ask the sub contractors who work for them!  Marinate on that….
I own an electrical contracting company and we do remodeling projects for many quality GC’s in Orange County.  So, we have a unique and deep perspective on the quality, character, beauty, and fairness of them all.  Inspired Remodels is as good as it gets.  Joe, Jason, Colin and the team are simply a cut above with their process and attention to detail.  They push us and I love it because we want to be the best.  Additionally, I’m a veteran and appreciate process, detail, and high expectations – and a commitment to the mission.  These guys are tops.  You will be impressed and proud to share your experience with your friends.  Don’t do a remodel without getting them on your wish list.

Lisa G., a customer, gave this glowing praise:

After spending time looking for a contractor to renovate our master bathroom, laundry and power bath, we settled on Inspired Remodels and I’m so glad we did! From start to finish every single person that worked in our home was professional, considerate and communicated with us throughout the process. I am rather “particular” about things being just right and they went above and beyond to ensure our satisfaction. Joe and Collin were very patient with me during the selection process and Jason was responsive and made me feel at ease with any questions I had along the way. The tradesmen were all outstanding but I need to give a special shoutout to Haime and Rudy, Mark and Ulysses, for their attention to detail and the long hours they put into making our home beautiful.  Thank you, thank you! I highly recommend using IR if you have high expectations – they will be met!

So, if you’re looking for a contracting crew who WON’T leave you bitter, angry, and muttering dark words of retribution, give Inspired a call. You’ll thank us later!

Inspired Remodels, Inc.
(949) 716-1938

21098 Bake Pkwy Ste 100 Lake Forest, CA 92630

To Turf Or Not To Turf

Southern California may have some of the best weather on the planet, but it is no stranger to environmental disasters. The record ferocity of wildfires in the preceding years, while primarily affecting northern and central California, have not left our part of the state untouched: the Woolsey fire of 2018 was one of the most destructive fires in the State’s history, dwarfed only by the other massive wildfires concurrently burning through the piled-up undergrowth in the state’s forests.

One of the primary causes for these events is the high incidence of draught in the state – California, while incredibly beautiful, is highly subject to the ever-changing weather patterns in the Pacific ocean and the consistent high pressure systems moving in from the high desert to its east. This relationship between low pressure ocean systems and high pressure desert atmospheric conditions leads to a propensity for random, yet devastating, extended periods of draught, which leaves great swathes of our forests dead and the perfect kindling for massive fires to break out.

As citizens of this great state, we’ve been rather lax in our response to these dangers, choosing to utilize far greater amounts of water than the state can reasonably produce on its own, leading to greater and greater shortages in years of draught. One of the primary culprits of this water usage is the suburban home dwellers’ favorite aspect of home ownership – our lawns!

Lawns in the state can suck up more than 100 gallons of water in a year, and with millions of homes and businesses that are looking to have that luscious green carpet in front of their doors, the compounding effect leads to an ever greater demand for water on our parched state. With many unwilling to give up the aesthetically pleasing and calming effects of their greenery, what can we, as responsible residents in the great state of California, do?

One alternative that is gaining considerable momentum in areas of southern California like Orange County and San Diego is replacing your natural grass with artificial grass. A far cry from the astroturf of football stadiums in the 1970’s, modern turf is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, with plenty of different options for texture, color, and tactile sensation.

The growth in usage is no joke – according to a Guardian article from August 2nd, 2019, “…the market is growing. Dozens of specialist firms now market fake grass as a replacement for garden lawns. UK sales surged during last year’s record summer temperatures, according to the industry journal Hortweek, while a report by Up Market Research valued the global market at $2.5bn (£2bn) in 2016 and forecasts a “staggering” rise to $5.8bn by 2023.”

As temperatures continue to rise due to global climate change and average rain fall begin to decline in parts of the world, those who desire a greener lawn may need to begin looking for alternatives. For those of us in the beautiful southern California region who are looking to take the plunge into the world of artificial turf, we highly recommend the local company NoMow Turf, who have been servicing our communities for 15 years.

A quick perusal through their Yelp and Google Review pages reveals that the company and its owner, Pat Bray, have solid reputation for honest, competent work, and the results of their installations speaks for themselves through the pictures available.

If you’re interested in helping our state conserve water while retaining the gorgeous green of your lawn, please give the spotlighted company a look:

NoMow Turf

(866) 679-4863

26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Exterminators You Can Rely On

As with many service industries, a lot of people’s opinions have become jaded with exterminator companies over the years after being put through the ringer by one bad egg after another. Companies that won’t call back, are frequently late, over budget, and most of all DISHONEST are rife in the industry, and just like with contracting work, finding a good exterminator oftentimes feels like finding a diamond in the rough.

For our Grand Oaks friends looking for termite treatment and other types of pest control, however, we have some excellent news: we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and have found the best termite exterminator in all the inland L.A. county area: Grand Oaks Termite Control. These guys have been eradicating termites in Pasadena for years now and have the best Yelp review score for an extermination company that we’ve ever seen.

A quick cursory glance through their Google reviews tells you all you need to know about them:

Extraordinary Customer Service! We have been dealing with flying insects and thought it was termites. This company was recommend and the owner Justin totally amazed us with his genuine service – assessment and recommendation. It turns out that we were dealing with flying ants instead and he recommended a company that services that. However, to rule out any termite issues, we asked him to do an inspection. Joe and I are so grateful for the experience we had with him getting informed about insect issues (Caroline Ruth Fernandez)

All I can say is if you have Termites, call Justin! He is definately the best. Friendly, HONEST, and very knowledgable. Hands down made this stressful, worrysome event for my mom and I into something that we could deal with easily. VERY reasonable prices and awesome work. Gary did an outstanding job. Was very neat and respected our place put everything back where it went. Justin took his time to explain and make sure I understood everything. Give them a shot and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll thank yourself for giving them a call. I did.(Arleene Aguirre)

If you have any type of termites or wood boring insect infestations, GRAND OAKS TERMITE CONTROL is the professional GO-TO exterminator company to resolve your issues. The owner, Justin Mater is a fully state licensed termite control specialist and is very knowledgeable about termite infestation and approaches towards exterminating its colonies. what I especially liked was his work ethics….they came as early as 6am in the morning (ON TIME!) to work on & treat my property….very much a NO BS straight-forward extermination company which does not mess around! If they said they will be there….they will be there to take care of your infestation problems! highly recommended!(Don Tamba)

If you live in the Pasadena/San Dimas/Grand Oaks area and you suspect that you may have an infestation of termites or any other pest, give the guys at Grand Oaks a call. They’ll provide incredible service and even fix up some of the wood damaged by the offending insects within a week of the extermination. Honesty, reliability, and great service – everything the other guys are missing.

Grand Oaks Termite Control

(626) 538-4156

110 S Worthy Dr, Glendora, CA 91741

Pain Relief With Mediation

Divorce is an incredibly messy business that often leaves lives in utter shambles once the process has run its course. Not only has your relationship been destroyed, but oftentimes your family has been splintered with deep seated resentment and hatred, all at the cost of thousands upon thousands of dollars in lawyer retainer fees.

So, what are you to do if you realize that your marriage is just not going to work out, but you also don’t want everything you’ve built together to be torn down by greedy family law lawyers looking to score more hours by seeding the ground for more petty fights? The easier, less costly, and emotionally less taxing course is to go with mediation.

Mediation provides a second path for couples whose lives are moving in different directions a way to save their families and their souls a little bit of hurting by using a third party to negotiate and divvy up the estate in a way that no one feels slighted or cheated. For our readers in Orange County, we specifically recommend the Irvine-based divorce mediation firm, McNamee mediations.

McNamee has made a name for itself providing its clients with separations and divorces in the least painful way possible, making it as easy as it could be for them to pick up what’s left and move on with their lives. Their sterling reviews provide proof of their efficacy, including this one from Janet on Yelp:

“Mediation is the way to go. I can’t stress enough that mediation verses going to court is the way to get through your divorce.

Life changing experiences are hard enough, let alone more trauma and heartache that the process of divorce can cause you.

The other obvious burden is the cost, mediation saved us thousands of dollars.

Why people would want to go to court is beyond me. Time alone is your enemy, to drag out a divorce

With a long process is not healthy for anyone.

About McNamee Mediation-

Thank goodness for Colleen McNamee. She walked me through every step. She was respectful, personable, and patient. She is a real person with real answers. She was never cold or uncaring, (which I think most people would expect of a mediation/divorce attorney professional).

As you can see I’m a fan. No BS, I was married for 30 years and this was a heartbreak for me to go through. I am grateful to Colleen McNamee and would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who is considering mediation.

Enough said.”

If you are in Orange County and are looking for a way to exit your marriage with as little cost, pain, and time as possible in an amicable way with your spouse, we highly recommend that you give McNamee a call. You can only gain from the interaction, and you’d be surprised how beneficial the process can be to your life moving forward.

You can reach the spotlighted company by searching for:

McNamee Mediations

(949) 223-3836

4590 MacArthur Blvd, Ste 500, Irvine, CA 92612

An Easy Choice For Your Landscaping Needs

One thing I’ve heard from every homeowner I’ve ever met was that finding a contractor or landscaper that was actually good at their job is almost impossible. The field is absolutely rife with one horror story after another of workers slouching on the job, projects takin months longer than they should, and ever-expanding budgets with mediocre results.

One of the worst I’ve heard recently is a contractor that was charged with completely redesigning a kitchen from the ground up (literally, they took the flooring out and everything). The guy put the poor woman on a waiting list four months after the contract was signed, and then his team proceeded to utterly mangle every single part of the job she had spent so long stressing over and planning with the owner of the company as he partied away south of the border.

Her kitchen was out of commission for months, and during much of that time her entire house smelled of various chemicals used during the construction process and was frequently choked with concrete dust as the clumsy oafs ripped up her floors to install an extra support beam. At the end of everything, she got some mismatched countertops, but otherwise things looked fine.

Fast forward a few months, and her son happened to point out to her that the new arch installed that replaced the wall that was previously there seemed to be bowing slightly. They took a couple nails and string and, sure enough, the whole ceiling was starting to collapse inward. After strenuously denying any wrong doing, after getting the second opinion of multiple other handymen, it turned out that the support structure the contractors had put into place was nowhere near strong enough for the load it now carried. Another 2 weeks were needed to make the necessary repairs.

The point is, a good construction company is way harder to find than it should be. With the kind of razor-thin margins these guys are working with and the fact that their entire business is run almost exclusively on word of mouth, you’d think they’d want to provide the best job they could.

Well, if you’re in the market for a landscaping redesign for your back or front yard and are in the San Diego area, I have some great news for you: we may have found one of the few good ones in the industry. Torrey Pines Landscaping Company is THE premier landscape design firm for Point Loma, San Diego, Encinitas, and general San Diego County area. Just take a look at some of their most recent work, a French Garden in Mission Hills and a full back yard redesign for their client in Point Loma.

Whether you’re just looking to touch up your yard or completely transform it into a modern outdoor entertainment center, Torrey Pines takes an incredible amount of pride in the work that they do and works with you to make sure you’re getting the kind of backyard urban landscaping that you’ve always dreamed of.

If you’re lucky enough to be looking for some landscaping work in Mission Hills or beyond in the San Diego area, make sure to give Torrey Pines a call. You won’t regret it.

Torrey Pines Landscaping Company

(858) 454-1433 5560 Eastgate Mall, San Diego, CA 92121