The area of criminal law in Pennsylvania is constantly evolving.
An example of the changes in Pennsylvania Law is the change in the
driving under the influence laws enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature
and made effective on February 1, 2004. The change dramatically
changed the previous law in implementing a three tiered level of
blood alcohol (BAC) levels with specific penalty provisions for
people caught driving while impaired. DUI penalties
Mr. Gottlieb keeps up with all of the current
changes in Pennsylvania and Federal criminal statutes and case law.
With many years of experience in criminal trials, his efforts to
provide the best criminal defense for his clients are thoroughly
backed. He strives to maintain a high degree of professionalism,
through knowledge of the intricacies of state and federal criminal
laws, and his years of experience in the field to best serve his
Do you want to own a firearm? Do you want a concealed carry license?
The appeal process from these denials is complex and confusing to
many people, even to some lawyers. Mr. Gottlieb has successfully
litigated these cases against the State Police resulting in restoration
of firearms rights to his clients.
NFA Trusts, LLCs and Corporations
If your Chief Law Enforcement Officers will
not sign your NFA paperwork we can help. Why not form a trust, LLC
Mental Health Expungements and Appeals
If you have ever been involuntarily committed
your firearms rights have been affected. Along with our experts
we can help restore your rights. The process is complex and time
consuming. We have experience all across the Commonwealth in persuading
the Courts to expunge commitments and restore firearms rights.
Return of Property
Michael has successfully filed petitions
to force the government to return seized property. He can file a
petition on your behalf to force the government to return your property
, money and guns.
Mr. Gottlieb has vast experience in handling personal injury cases
including auto accident cases, motorcycle accident cases, slip and
fall cases, and products liability cases. He has the knowledge and
experience you can count on to properly evaluate your case, prepare
your case for trial, and professionally and competently present
your case at trial. He will aggressively advocate for you and see
to it that you are adequately compensated when you are injured by
the negligence of others.
He will not attempt to settle your case for
less than it is worth and you can be confident that he will advocate
zealously with your interest in mind. Mr. Gottlieb routinely confers
with experts so that you can rest assured that he will secure the
best possible result in your case.
When Mr. Gottlieb consults with you about
your personal injury case, the initial consultation is free of charge.
If you decide to retain him as your lawyer in your personal injury
case, you will not be required to pay unless he is successful in
obtaining a recovery for you. He encourages you to contact him at
your convenience to discuss your case. Your confidence means a great
deal to Mr. Gottlieb and he will fight for your rights to secure
that assurance in our handling of your case.
Mr. Gottlieb has successfully litigated many child support, child
custody, equitable distribution, and divorce cases. His office is
conveniently located directly across the street from the Montgomery
County Court House and next door to the Family Court of Montgomery
County. Because the hourly rates he charges are very competitive
with other family law practitioners, and because of the unique location
next door to Family Court and across the street from the Court House,
his family law clients often pay less in counsel fees than the other
party in the litigation.
Mr. Gottlieb realizes that someone who is
going through a separation and divorce is quite possibly dealing
with the most difficult time in one's life and that emotions run
high. He promises to advocate zealously on your behalf, but he will
not recommend extensive and often expensive litigation in a case
in which it is not required. Mr. Gottlieb's goal in representing
you is to provide the best proper legal representation at a time
when you may be emotionally vulnerable, while at all times attempting
to minimize your expense, embarrassment, and the devastating effects
the a separation and divorce may have. Mr. Gottlieb is an experienced
trial attorney and has the ability to litigate vigorously on your
behalf, if the circumstances call for it.
Support - Issues
of child support, spousal support, and alimony arise in virtually
all domestic cases. These issues are governed by the Pennsylvania
Support Guidelines. You should have an experienced advocate, such
as Mr. Gottlieb, who understands how to decipher the Pennsylvania
Support Guidelines on your side to protect your rights as you go
through the support proceedings.
Custody - Issues
of child custody can be the most emotional and acrimonious problems
that the parties to a divorce will encounter. The standard for child
custody disputes is the "best interest of the child."
Mr. Gottlieb is experienced in resolving child custody cases where
possible and in effectively litigating a custody case where it is
Divorce - In
Pennsylvania, grounds for a no-fault divorce are either two years
of separation, or mutual consent of the parties. Difficult conflicts
often arise in determining how the marital assets are divided. The
process is called equitable distribution. There are many factors
that are considered in determining an appropriate division of property
in a divorce, and Mr. Gottlieb is skilled in recognizing the issues
and crafting arguments to serve your interests.
If you have been injured at work, you may have thought that your
employer would have taken care of you because of your years of devoted
work for them. Don't be surprised when, after a work injury, your
employer is now treating you like you are a stranger. Mr. Gottlieb
knows what you are facing because he has helped people just like
you, who have been in the same position, facing the same problems
that you are now facing. Don't let your employer or your employer's
worker's compensation insurer take advantage of you. They do not
have your best interest in mind.
If you are injured at work in Pennsylvania,
you have rights under the Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation Act.
Under the Pennsylvania Worker's Compensation Act you have the right
to have your medical bills for treatment of your work injury paid
and you have the right to wage loss benefits if you are unable to
work because of your work injury. In certain circumstances you may
be entitled to specific loss benefits and payments if you are disfigured.
If you are already receiving workers compensation
benefits because of a work injury and your employer, or its worker's
compensation insurance carrier, sends you to see one of their doctors,
they may be trying to terminate your benefits, which will leave
you without any income. The term IME stands for independent medical
examination. If the IME is scheduled at the request of your employer's
worker's compensation insurance carrier, it may not be independent.
In some cases these physicians are selected by the insurance company
to give them the opinion they need to terminate your worker's compensation
benefits. You should contact Mr. Gottlieb's office to find out what
your rights are when this happens. Usually, an IME requested by
the employer's insurance company will result in the filing of a
Petition to Terminate Worker's Compensation Benefits, which must
be litigated before a Worker's Compensation Judge.
It is important that you speak with an experienced
attorney, such as Mr. Gottlieb, early in the process so that your
rights are not compromised.
Mr. Gottlieb represents a number of local small businesses. If you
want to start a small business, Mr. Gottlieb can assist you in this
regard. He can explain to you the advantages and disadvantages of
incorporating, forming a limited liability company, establishing
a partnership, or sole proprietorship. He can also assist you in
dissolving your business whether by agreement or forced dissolution.
Mr. Gottlieb's experience in these areas can help you through all
phases of forming, maintaining, or dissolving a small business.
For a period of over fifteen years, Mr. Gottlieb was involved with
municipal work under the tutelage of Paul C. Vangrossi, the long-time
Solicitor of the Borough of Norristown. In this capacity, he was
involved extensively in reviewing and approving land development
plans, zoning problems, building code enforcement, municipal legislation
and other real estate concerns.
Wills & Trusts/Orphans
Mr. Gottlieb has a great deal of experience in preparing wills and
trusts. Most people want to have a will so that when they die their
property will be divided among their family members as they wish.
A trust is where your property is being held by a third party when
you die for the benefit of one of your heirs. This can be desirable
when the person receiving the gift is very young.
Orphan's Court litigation arises when there
is a dispute over the terms of a will or the circumstances of how
the will was prepared and signed. There may have been "undue
influence" over the decedent at the time the will was prepared
and signed. Mr. Gottlieb can explain what these terms mean and what
the consequences are when this happens.
If the executor of the will is not complying
with the terms of the will or is "self dealing," there
are things you can do to stop this. Contact Mr. Gottlieb to see
what remedies are available when this is happening to you.