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Two new laws affecting Georgia motorists recently went into effect. One deals with child booster seats and the other involves new guidelines for sharing the road with bicyclists.

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Published Monday, July 18, 2011

Whether it's the holiday season or that summer cookout around the pool, party host need to know their responsibilities when alcoholic beverages are served. You should already know that it's important to practice moderation. But what about the other guy? How far should you go to make sure that a friend or fellow party-goer doesn't' drink too much and gets behind the wheel of a car?

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Published Monday, December 6, 2010

Georgia voters approved a constitutional amendment to what is known as Georgia's Restrictive Covenant Act in 2010. Mark Alexander, a partner and trial attorney with the Stewart Melvin & Frost law firm in Gainesville, Ga., offers advice on what both employers and employees should consider when they set up or review a restrictive covenant in their company.

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Published Monday, November 8, 2010

With the down economy and record high unemployment, workers are desperate for any job - so much so that they tend to overlook the fine print of their employment agreements, including the "non-compete" clause.

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Published Monday, September 20, 2010

We hear a lot in the news about the impact of the recession on local governments and our school systems. Budget cuts at the state and local levels have led to furloughs, layoffs and reduction of government services throughout our communities. But less attention has been given to our judicial system, despite undergoing the same belt-tightening measures.

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Published Monday, August 9, 2010

On July 1, the state of Georgia passed a new law making it illegal to text on your cellphone while driving. This new ban has been in effect only for a few weeks, but it has already caused some confusion among drivers as to what they can and can't do with their cellphones. Mark Alexander, a personal injury attorney with the Stewart Melvin & Frost law firm in Gainesville, Ga., will try and clear up some of these questions.

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Published Monday, July 19, 2010

Warmer weather is here, and that goes hand-in-hand with firing up the grill, stringing up the tomato vines, and - for some people - opening up the backyard swimming pool for the summer season.

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Published Monday, April 19, 2010

A troubling trend among teenagers and their cell phones has emerged here in Gainesville-Hall County as well as other areas across the country. And we're not talking about teens staying up too late at night talking on their phones or running up excessive charges on their parents' cell phone bills.

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Published Monday, April 12, 2010

Parents can be liable for the negligence of their son or daughter out on the road but teenage drivers also need to understand their own risks, namely losing their driver's license. And that goes not only for a traffic offense on the road but for poor behavior off the road as well.

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Published Monday, October 12, 2009

For parents, the day that their son or daughter obtains their driver's license is a big moment in their life. But along with a child's coming of age and new freedoms as a driver, there comes a huge responsibility - not just for the teen, but for the parents as well. Poor decisions could have major legal repercussions for the entire family.

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Published Monday, September 7, 2009

Many people think of lawyers in adversarial roles, arguing one side or the other in a courtroom dispute. But there are times when a lawyer can play a more personal hand-holding role, simply helping someone get through a major crisis in their life.

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Published Monday, July 13, 2009

With the start of a New Year comes the start of a new court calendar for the year in Hall County which doesn't mean much to most people until they get their "dreaded" jury summons in the mail. To many, receiving a notice for jury service is an aggravation that always seems to come at the wrong time. But the truth is that jury duty serves a highly valued and important role in the judiciary branch of our government.

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Published Monday, January 12, 2009