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Family Law Cases

Meet Our Attorney Eric Abel

Eric Abel is a 1967 graduate of Schulte High School. He graduated from Indiana State University and the University of Tulsa College of Law. He has attended hundreds of hours in continuing legal education. He has been a lecturer in family law.

Eric Abel served Vigo County as the elected prosecuting attorney from 1979 to 1987. This added another layer of depth to his experience and made him adept at trial litigation. After eight years as prosecutor and thirty years of family law litigation, Eric Abel knows his way around the courtroom.

Eric Abel has represented thousands of clients and has oriented his practice to be as thorough as possible in every facet of a client’s unique case. He has been exclusively practicing family law for 30 years.

Eric is an active member of Faith Wesleyan Church in Terre Haute. He enjoys spending his spare time with his 5 grandchildren.

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Meet Our Staff at Abel Law

Laura Palmer -  Legal Assistant and Bookkeeper
Laura Palmer - Legal Assistant and Bookkeeper

Laura moved to the Terre Haute, Indiana area in 1986, and she has lived in the surrounding area ever since.

She has been working in the legal profession since 1988. She has 24 years of experience as a legal assistant, bookkeeper, and case manager.

Before coming to work at Abel Law, she primarily worked in the fields of personal injury and workmen’s compensation.

As a legal assistant and bookkeeper with Abel Law, Laura performs numerous tasks such as the opening of new files; preparing initial and subsequent pleadings for filing with the Court; correspondence with clients, attorneys and courts; transcription; scheduling of court hearings, mediations and depositions as well as billing clients and all aspects of bookkeeping.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys birding, gardening, photography, and just anything related to nature.
Beth Dowden - Paralegal
Beth Dowden - Paralegal

After graduating college in 1988, Beth began her legal profession in a small law firm in Wichita, Kansas and has been serving the legal community since that time. Eventually, Beth moved from Kansas to Indianapolis to be closer to family and worked for the law firm of Foley & Poole in downtown Indianapolis. She met her husband in Terre Haute, moved from Indianapolis and continued her legal assistant career with the law firm of Brames, Abel & Oldham in 1993.

When Eric Abel became a sole practitioner in 1996, Beth continued her position as a legal assistant for Mr. Abel whose practice was exclusively in family law. Although Beth moved on to pursue a career in the "corporate world" for a time, she eventually returned to the Abel Law firm. With her 22 years of legal assistance experience, she has now moved into the position of a paralegal for Eric Abel.
As a paralegal with Abel Law, Beth is responsible for always "staying a step ahead of Mr. Abel" in his family law practice by performing the tasks of legal research, discovery preparation and response, meeting with the clients, preparation of asset or debt schedules and preparation of QDROs and COAPs. She has to do whatever needs to be completed before and after Mr. Abel and his client go to the court.

Beth applies her legal experience and her empathy for clients' situations to ultimately ensure that a successful outcome is reached for every client with as little stress as possible.
Beth is an active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Paris, Illinois and enjoys singing, taking walks out in the country where she lives, traveling, being a "soccer and 4-H mom" for her daughter and overall just spending time at home with her family.

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