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In a recent Legal Briefs’ question and answer, Mark Alexander is an experienced litigator specializing in personal injury law talked about what punitive damages are in civil lawsuits and how we often get a distorted, negative view of punitive damages. One of the most famous cases involving punitive damages was the McDonald’s coffee case. Many people have only heard the side of the case that painted the plaintiff in a negative light but there is a side that helps show why punitive damages are important in civil cases.

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Published Monday, July 14, 2014

In 2007, the number of reverse mortgages peaked at approximately 115,000. By 2012, the number fell to 51,000. At the same time, the rate of default on reverse mortgages rose to approximately 9.4 percent of loans in 2012, up from 2 percent a decade earlier, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. There is no data on how many heirs are facing foreclosure because of reverse mortgages but that is a growing problem for children of parents who took out a reverse mortgage.

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Published Monday, June 30, 2014

For the second year in a row, Stewart Melvin & Frost was the overall winner in the local Georgia Legal Food Frenzy competition which raises money and collects food for the state’s regional food banks.

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Published Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Everyone likes to ‘Do It Yourself.’ But that does not always work out for the best whether it’s fixing a leaky faucet or a legal matter. Online legal forms can appear to be a bargain but they can also create more problems and expense. Estate planning is one area that we can create problems for ourselves by relying on Do-It-Yourself legal forms.

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Published Monday, June 16, 2014

In reading or hearing stories about court juries delivering big dollar verdicts in civil lawsuits, we often get a distorted, negative view of punitive damages. Are there any restrictions to what a jury can award? And where do you draw the line between simply reimbursing an accident victim for their medical expenses and punishing the defendant who caused the accident? 

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Published Monday, May 19, 2014

n a previous Legal Brief, we discussed the importance of a business having a buy-sell agreement. Buy-sell agreements are an important part of business succession plans. Companies without one can find themselves in a tough position if something happens to one of the owners. Stewart Melvin & Frost attorney Jim Coyle, who specializes in estate planning, wills and trusts,

  will continue our discussion on buy-sell agreements.

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Published Monday, May 5, 2014

What would happen to your business if something happened to you or your partner such as one of you dying, becomes disabled and not able to work, or retires. This could lead to your business failing and you employees losing their jobs. There are ways to protect against that happening. 

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Published Monday, April 21, 2014

There are benefits of doing your own legwork prior to seeing a lawyer.  

There are things the client can do on their own before the initial meeting that will help their attorney, save them money and speed up the process. 

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Published Monday, April 7, 2014

In real estate business and law, a title search or property title search is the process of retrieving documents evidencing events in the history of a piece of real property, to determine relevant interests in and regulations concerning that property. Property title records are kept in a county government’s deed room and it is open to the public not just realtors or real estate attorneys. 

 

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Published Monday, March 24, 2014

n recent years there have been a number of changes to the Federal estate and gift tax laws.  One of those changes, made permanent by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, is referred to as "portability" and affects many estates which would not otherwise be concerned about estate and gift taxes.

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Published Monday, March 10, 2014

Stewart Melvin & Frost attorneys Rustin Smith and Ronny Hulsey will be discussing the role of attorneys as small business advisors as part of a series of seminars conducted by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

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Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Whenever divorce becomes inevitable, there are many factors to consider in the dissolution of a marriage. If children are involved, nothing is more important than how they will continue to be cared for. The decision on custody can be difficult. There are many factors involved. Joining us today is Julia Greene, an attorney in the Family Law section at Stewart Melvin & Frost. Julia will help have a better understanding of child custody laws in Georgia.

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Published Monday, February 24, 2014

A common issue between unmarried, divorcing or separated parents is the cost of child support.  No matter what the calculation method, many parents find themselves in a situation where they must pay more than they think they can afford for child support to the other parent. 

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Published Monday, February 10, 2014

ith the New Year comes new protection for consumers seeking mortgages. On Jan. 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began requiring lenders to make sure borrowers can afford to repay loans based on their income, debt and credit history.

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Published Monday, January 13, 2014

Collecting debt is uncomfortable reality for small businesses and individuals. Small business owners can have customers who are several months past due on a bill. Sometimes individuals loan money to others and have trouble securing repayment. Either way, it’s your money and you want to be repaid. There are steps to take before enlisting an attorney’s help. 

 

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Published Monday, December 30, 2013