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That might seem like a strange question to ask but future changes to the mortgage lending laws may make that happen. Scotty Ball, a real estate attorney specializing in residential and commercial real estate law with the Gainesville, Ga. law firm Stewart Melvin & Frost, offer his perspective on what has taken place on the front lines of the real estate market crisis as well as at the national level in Congress.

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Published Monday, June 13, 2011

Most people have heard the term "living trust" but it is sometimes a commonly misunderstood legal arrangement. You may have heard that Living Trusts are an alternative to a traditional will - because it allows families to avoid going through the probate process upon the death of a loved one. Bucky Highsmith, a partner with Stewart Melvin & Frost, answers questions concerning a living trust. And why is there so much confusion surrounding this legal strategy, especially here in the state of Georgia?

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Published Monday, May 9, 2011

Deciding whether to have a will is a choice we all have to make. Bucky Highsmith, an estate attorney and partner with the Gainesville, Ga. law firm Stewart Melvin & Frost, specializes in legal areas that affect older citizens, including estate planning, wills, trusts, guardianships, retirement planning, and other similar legal matters. Bucky offers guidance on an issue everyone must consider.

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Published Monday, May 2, 2011

As we know, record numbers of homeowners are defaulting on their mortgages and losing their most precious asset to foreclosure. Unfortunately, this ongoing crisis has opened up opportunities for scam artists to prey on the desperation of distressed homeowners who fear losing their home.

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Published Monday, March 14, 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

In the past, divorce rates among the elderly in America have been much lower than for younger couples. But those statistics seem to be changing in recent years with a marked increase in divorce cases among couples 60 years and older.

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Published Monday, November 15, 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

It's not just homeowners or landlords who need to know what to do in the case of foreclosure. Renters do, too. Most discussions on foreclosure center on the plight of homeowners, but what about the renters in homes or apartments that have been foreclosed?

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Published Monday, October 11, 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

In mid-July, Congress passed legislation imposing the strongest restrictions on banks and Wall Street since the Great Depression. The legislation was pushed by President Obama in response to the 2008 meltdown of the national economy. The new law expands federal oversight into a vast number of financial areas in an attempt to prevent a similar economic crisis.

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Published Monday, August 23, 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

Interest rates are at a nearly unprecedented all-time low. What does this mean for homeowners either thinking about buying a new home or refinancing the one they're living in today?

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Published Monday, June 14, 2010

Georgia's negotiations in the long-running tri-state water wars were back in the news on June 1, when Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law the Water Stewardship Act. This legislation is intended to send a signal to neighboring states Florida and Alabama that our state is serious about its water conservation program. The governor also is hoping that the legislation will give Georgia some leverage in its negotiations over the use of water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin.

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Published Monday, June 7, 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