February 2018 Archives

Georgia probate and the personal representative

When a loved one dies, one person is generally assigned to handle the closing out of his or her estate. This personal representative may be named in the estate planning documents of the deceased, or a Georgia probate court judge may name someone to this position. No matter how a personal representative gets the job, he or she has a lot of responsibilities when it comes to ensuring that an estate is properly handled.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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