OH Baby! Birth Mother Expenses and Adoption in Georgia

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....

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BREAKING: Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage

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...

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BLOCK EVERYONE: Facebook is not your friend in litigation

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 –...

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Should you tell your lawyer you were arrested for murder?

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...

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SPOUSE V GIRLFRIEND

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...

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Ambulance Chasers: I SMELL BLOOD

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,...

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