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Business litigation and internal company problems

Have you found yourself in a dispute with your business partner or employees? Are you worried about how it is all going to play out and how it will affect your company's bottom line in the long run? When it comes to internal company problems, you and other Georgia business owners may find business litigation or other dispute resolution methods necessary to resolve the situation.

Going to court is the last thing most company owners want to do. It is understandable. Business litigation can get expensive. Believe it or not, there are a lot of internal business problems that can be resolved through alternative dispute resolution methods -- such as arbitration or mediation. Either are worth considering before taking the leap and going to court.

Preparing for divorce but don't want to go to court?

If you and your spouse are considering ending your marriage, you have a lot of decisions to make. There is more than one way to go about getting a divorce in Georgia. For instance, if you are wanting to keep the matter out of court, you could always try mediation first.

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution method where couples meet with a mediator and hash out the details of their divorce settlement. Depending on how complex your specific issues are, or if you and your spouse are struggling to agree on certain issues, mediation can either be completed fairly quickly or it can take time. In most cases, mediation results in a faster, less expensive divorce process.

Georgia business litigation: Warranty change leads to lawsuit

The well-known retailer, L.L. Bean, is facing backlash over its decision to end its lifetime warranty offering. One angry consumer has even filed a lawsuit against the company and is seeking class action status. Business litigation of this level could really hurt a company's bottom line. Business owners in Georgia may be curious to see how this particular matter gets resolved if they too are thinking about changing company policies.

L.L. Bean has been wildly popular because of its lifetime warranty on certain products. Unfortunately, the company has decided that far too many consumers have been abusing the warranty, costing the company millions. In the past five years alone, warranty-related returns cost the business $250 million. Clearly, this is a good reason to consider a change in policy.

Georgia child support: Pay now or pay later

Having children means having the responsibility to financially provide for them. The ending of a relationship does not change that. Parents in Georgia who are ordered to pay child support can either pay now according to the terms of their support orders, or they can really pay later -- in more ways than one.

Georgia and other states have enforcement options available to get parents who are behind on their child support obligations to pay up. Last year, a man in another state found out that the failure to pay could actually land him behind bars. He was arrested in May 2017 after not fully meeting his support obligation for roughly 12 years. He did pay a little bit for a while, but in 2011, payments stopped altogether.

Georgia man accused of animal cruelty -- a felony level offense

Police in Georgia were recently called about a man allegedly dragging a dog behind his truck. Investigators located the individual deemed responsible and promptly took him into custody. He is now facing an animal cruelty charge, which is a felony level offense.

According to reports, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office was contacted the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 5, by a few concerned citizens who say they saw a truck traveling on Settingdown Road, dragging a dog behind it. Witnesses gave the license plate number of the truck to authorities who, a short time later, found the vehicle and its owner near Martin Road. Deputies claim to have found blood in the truck bed. The condition of the animal was not reported.

How will my need to relocate affect my child custody agreement?

When going through the divorce process, it is impossible to predict how your life will change in the future. You do your best to come up a child custody agreement you believe will work long-term, but in the end you may find that it is necessary to change it. Staying in one place for one's whole life seems almost impossible anymore. The need to relocate -- either within the state of Georgia or outside its borders -- occurs more often than not and when it does it will affect you, your children and your ex.

Relocation can be difficult when divorce and a child custody plan is involved. If you have a shared custody arrangement or if your ex has scheduled visitation time, you cannot up and leave without court approval and an official change to your custody plan. Getting this approval can be a challenge.

Is a self-done will good enough?

In some cases, a will that you prepare yourself and do not submit to an attorney for review may be good enough to hold muster in probate. However, even the state of Georgia itself admits that its laws are complex and that, "you may want to talk to an attorney early in the process of estate planning." In general, you must have signed the will, and there should be two witnesses age 14 or older of sound mind who also sign it. The document does not necessarily have to be notarized, but doing so helps probate go more quickly and smoothly. You could type the will or write it by hand.

Nothing about that seems especially complicated, so what is the issue?

A few land use and zoning terms everyone should know

Legal jargon can be downright confusing. When it comes to land use and zoning, there are a number of terms that Georgia residents may not be familiar with or fully understand. Knowing what these terms mean could prove helpful when dealing with a property issue.

A few legal terms often heard when dealing with land use and zoning issues include easement, eminent domain, trespassing and adverse possession. An easement allows more than one party access to a particular piece of property. This property may be owned by one party, but the easement allows the other party to use a particular part of the property if necessary to access his or her own property.

Georgia woman accused of DUI and other traffic offenses

A Georgia woman is facing a number of criminal charges following a recent accident on Highway 316. Police do believe that impairment was a contributing factor. When charged with a DUI, the consequences can be quite severe if one is convicted. Thankfully, this individual does have the right to defend herself with the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, police officers received several phone calls about a reckless driver and single-vehicle accident. When police responded to the area, they found an SUV overturned in a ditch near Sugarloaf Parkway. The driver -- a 24-year-old female -- was trapped inside. Thankfully, police were able to free her and send her to the hospital for the treatment of her injuries.

Georgia family facing drug charges

A Georgia family was recently arrested following a drug investigation. A father, mother and son were all taken into custody for a number of criminal offenses and are facing drug charges as a result. All three individuals deserve a chance to fight their cases in court. Each can turn to an experienced criminal defense attorney in order to do just that.

According to a recent news report, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, police conducted a raid on a home in Suwanee. Two males -- ages 18 and 52 -- and one female -- 50 years old -- were in the home at the time and were taken into police custody. Upon searching the home, investigators claim to have found various drugs, drug paraphernalia and thousands in cash.

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