Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC

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    Jonathan C. Beard
    Attorney & Partner
    Jonathan joined the firm in 2014 and is a graduate of Reinhardt University, Kennesaw State University, and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University. As a partner at Miles Hansford and Tallant, LLC, Jonathan's practice primary focuses on ...
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    Lauren C. Giles
    Attorney & Partner
    Lauren Clipp Giles joined Miles & Tallant, LLC in 2009. Her primary practice areas include landlord/tenant law (both negotiating transactions and landlord/tenant litigation), real property disputes, zoning litigation, contract and business litigation, and ...
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    Brian A. Hansford
    Attorney & Founding Partner
    Brian Hansford is one of the founding partners of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC. With over 15 years of experience, he is the leading criminal defense attorney at the firm and has successfully represented clients facing DUIs, drug violations and felonies, ...
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    Jonah B. Howell
    Attorney & Partner
    Howell joined Miles Hanford & Tallant, LLC in June of 2016. As a Partner with the firm, his primary practice areas are civil and probate litigation, corporate and business representation, estate planning and local government law. Jonah is a native of ...
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    Kevin J. McDonough
    Attorney & Partner
    Kevin McDonough, a Partner at Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, focuses his practice on three areas of law: Family Law, Business Law, and Wills and Estates. He works closely with his clients to help identify the goals that are most important to them and then ...
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    Deborah Anice Pittman
    Attorney & Partner
    Deborah Anice Pittman joined Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC in 2016 and is now a Partner in the firm. Her primary practice areas are family law and criminal defense; however, she also handles general civil litigation matters and is a certified civil and ...
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    Joshua A. Scoggins
    Attorney & Partner
    Josh Scoggins has extensive experience representing clients in real estate related matters including purchase and sale transactions, real estate development, construction law, commercial leasing, easement acquisition, utility issues, title disputes, ...
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    Kevin J. Tallant
    Attorney & Founding Partner
    Kevin Tallant is a Cumming, Georgia native, and is one of the founding partners of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC. His primary practice areas include local government law, contract and business litigation, probate litigation, and real property law. Kevin ...
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    J. Ethan Underwood
    Attorney & Partner
    Ethan Underwood practices in the fields of land use, real estate, and property tax law, representing developers, as well as individual property owners. He has negotiated numerous zoning and development actions and advises clients regarding environmental ...

Why Choose Mediation?

Divorcing couples often prefer mediation for several different reasons, including:

1. The parties are in control of resolving a case. A judge or jury is not telling parties what to do. Instead, the parties work toward a solution that they voluntarily agree to. Having the parties participate in creating their own solutions often leads to results that are better tailored to the parties’ goals compared to what a third party could possibly order.

2. Mediation is a less expensive alternative to litigation. The litigation process can be costly in terms of time, expenses, and stress placed on the participants. Mediation offers an opportunity for parties to resolve their matters prior to incurring these often significant costs.

3. In nearly all cases, the mediation process is confidential. The mediator cannot be called as a witness to testify about the offers discussed during mediation. In addition, any offers proposed during mediation cannot be introduced in a trial to indicate wrongdoing on the part of any of the participants. This confidential nature of mediation allows the parties to be more candid in exploring resolution.

The Role of a Mediator

So what exactly does a mediator do? 

For many people, to understand what a mediator does, it is best to understand three things that a mediator does not do:

  • A mediator does not make decisions for the parties or issue any orders that bind the parties. It is the parties’ responsibility to come to an agreement.
  • A mediator does not take sides during mediation. This means that the mediator does not have an interest in having one party achieve a better result than the other party involved in mediation.
  • A mediator does not give legal advice.

What a mediator does do is to work with parties to clarify the issues and then help them reach mutually agreed-upon solutions. Typically, a mediator achieves this through conversations with the parties regarding their goals, concerns, circumstances, and motivations. By assisting in clarifying these issues, a mediator is able to identify common ground between parties and move them toward a resolution.

Discuss Whether Mediation Is Right For You

Call us at (770) 574-6688 or contact us online to speak with our experienced Cumming divorce mediators and learn about our mediation services.

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