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OH Baby! Birth Mother Expenses and Adoption in Georgia

Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Blog

Though adoptions may seem simpler than a personal injury case or a bankruptcy, there are still little nuances in the law that are useful to know beforehand and during the process. A private, independent, or direct placement adoption is an adoption arranged between a birth family and an adoptive family without using a public agency.  Private adoption agencies and attorneys are able to assist adoptive parents in this type of adoption. “Birth mother expenses” are a common point of discussion in adoptions, and it varies in adoptions...

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BREAKING: Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage

Posted by on June 26, 2015 in Blog

The Supreme Court has ruled in a plurality 5-4 opinion that same sex marriage is a fundamental Constitutional right, and that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex.  This means all other marriage related rights such as divorce, child support, custody, and alimony now apply to unions between people of the same sex.  This also means joint bankruptcies are now possible as well! Justice Kennedy delivered the plurality opinion, in which Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan...

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BLOCK EVERYONE: Facebook is not your friend in litigation

Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Blog

The twenty-first century is all about social media.  We tweet, like, post, snap, every waking moment of our daily lives.  While social media is a useful tool to keep up with old friends (or stalk new ones ;)), a high volume of social media activity is typically anything BUT positive when it comes to your law suit.   Listen to me, and listen to me WELL, people.  ANYTHING – and this is in caps because I really do mean ANYTHING – you post on a social media website is discoverable.  The opposing party in any case can use it to...

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Should you tell your lawyer you were arrested for murder?

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Blog

Yes.  Yes you should tell your lawyer if you were arrested and/or investigated for murder. One of our associate attorneys was sitting in for a deposition for a client who was seriously injured in a car accident. Depositions are fairly standard and the attorney for the insurance company asks a series of fairly basic questions.  As the attorney is asking our client the standard background of questions, the associate, newly admitted to the bar, is diligently making notes. Suddenly, then note writing halts and she looks up. Question: Have you...

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SPOUSE V GIRLFRIEND

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Blog

When attending mediation in a divorce case, we highly advise AGAINST bringing your girlfriend or boyfriend. Today, we were mediating with Andy Flink, a very well renowned mediator in North Metro Atlanta.  My client arrived early for the mediation and was updating us on her personal status.  My soon to be divorced client (wife) continued updating my paralegal. I excused myself to get my briefcase out of the car. As I entered the parking lot, I looked to my right and noticed a man who looked like the Defendant/Husband. I thought to myself,...

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Ambulance Chasers: I SMELL BLOOD

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Blog

It is actually illegal in Georgia to be an ambulance chaser (a/k/a a “runner”). These are people paid by the big firms to harass you in the hospital or at the scene of your car wreck, car crash, motorcycle crash or collision with a tractor trailer. These people are like mosquitoes. They smell blood and they flock. If you are contacted directly by an attorney or someone working for the attorney within thirty days of your injury, wreck, crash or collision, call the Georgia Bar and report the person. Regular ordinary people like you...

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MONTH OF JUNE: Court Appearances

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Blog

We really do mean litigation here at North Metro Litigators. What does litigation mean?  It means we push your personal injury case and divorce case ( child custody, child support, contempt, modification, alimony and the like) hard and fast. We don’t let your case sit. We push it through quickly to get to the judge or the jury.  In June, we will be appearing in the following counties before the following judges: Gwinnett County Juvenile Court Judge Waller State Court of Gwinnett County Judge Brantley Superior Court of Cherokee County...

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HOUSE UNDER WATER: Bankruptcy Lien Stripping

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Blog

Is your house under water STILL from the crash of 2007? Are you stuck in an interest only first mortgage with a high interest rate second mortgage or equity line? Do you feel like you pay and pay and pay and there is no end? Have you tried to work it out with the bank to no avail?  Here at North Metro Litigators, we have experienced attorneys who can help you navigate the bankruptcy code. Many people have no idea that they can completely eliminate their second mortgage on a house that is “underwater.” If you owe more on your first...

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How to Make Your Judge Hate You.

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Blog

This started as a post about court room manners and etiquette.  Then it turned into a lecture.  Then I realized that it is Friday and no one likes to be lectured about manners generally, and especially not on a Friday, so I deleted everything and figured I would try some reverse psychology. So, here is a step by step guide on how to really (and I mean REALLY) infuriate your Judge, tank your case, and waste everyone’s time (and money)!  No attorney representation required. 1. Show up late.  Judges HATE this.  You have court at 9:00 a.m.?...

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How to dress for court or a deposition:

Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Blog

This might sound like a no-brainer, but so many people come to court or a deposition in completely inappropriate clothing. First, let me state: this is not a fashion contest.  If you are too poor to buy some decent clothes at Goodwill, that will be understood. However, I am addressing this to the women who think they should wear a bright pink thong with white sweatpants, the men with the tight white tank tops, and to the person who clearly did not wash his shirt. There is a level of respect in the courtroom and at a deposition.  You are...

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