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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

With the housing market picking back up in Georgia, many consumers are going through the mortgage closing process on their first or new home. With such a significant investment and financial decision, it’s important to understand what the many different costs actually represent.

 

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Published Monday, December 2, 2013

In previous Legal Briefs, we have discussed the importance of estate planning, why you need a will, and what happens if a person dies without a will. Now we will take a look at the probate process – which is the legal process that happens after someone dies.

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Published Monday, November 18, 2013

Most people know that they should have a will, but put off creating one. It’s natural to put off things you don’t want to deal with. A recent study shows that what we think about having a will does not connect with actually having one. While 60 percent of those surveyed said they believe all adults should have a will, only 44 percent said they have one. What people don’t realize is how difficult we make for our family if we pass away without a will.

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Published Monday, November 4, 2013

A study released by the CDC claims that nearly one in four births is the child of an unmarried couple. That number has nearly doubled since 2002, and tripled since 1985. In many cases, the unmarried couple does not remain together, and a young man can be left wondering what his rights to his child are. Unfortunately for the male, the answer is all too often “none.” 

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Published Monday, October 21, 2013

Most people associate estate planning with the wealthy – the seamless passing of assets from one generation to another. But estate planning is not just for the affluent. Everyone – regardless of age or wealth – can benefit from an estate plan because estate planning is not just about money.

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Published Monday, October 7, 2013
by Alyson Graham

During the past several years of the economic recession, many desperate homeowners turned to what is known as a “reverse mortgage” to draw emergency cash out of their homes. Now, in an effort to reshape the reverse mortgage program back to its original purpose, the federal government has announced new restrictions.

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Published Monday, September 23, 2013

Stewart Melvin & Frost attorney Steve Cornelison recently discussed the impact of the new Healthcare Reform law on employers – both small and large. In part II of the Q&A, we will shift our focus to individuals and address some of the most common questions on this.

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Published Monday, September 9, 2013

After all the debate and political jockeying, the health care reform law – also known as the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare – will roll out in just a few months beginning on 

January 1st, 2014. 

 

Some aspects of the health reform law have already occurred. Open enrollment for the special health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, provided by the government will begin this October, while individuals who do not have health insurance coverage will be required to obtain coverage by the end of this year.

 

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Published Monday, August 26, 2013