Douglas Stewart, attorney and partner at Stewart Melvin & Frost of Gainesville, was honored this month by the Georgia Bar Foundation with its highest recognition – the James M. Collier Award.
For tax planners, estate taxes have created a lot of confusion and mystery over the past decade because the rates have been in a state of flux, caught up in the shuffle of politics in Washington. But now the issue appears to have finally settled down with recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act.
The age of e-mails and smartphones has changed the way divorced couples communicate after the break-up and it’s often for the better, particularly when children are involved.
A new Georgia law that went into effect in July 2012 has changed the way jury pools are created. The pool of citizens eligible for jury duty, which once was tied to registered voter lists, has been greatly expanded to include the state’s entire driver's license database.
Mark Alexander, a partner with the regional law firm of Stewart Melvin & Frost and a recognized leader in the State Bar of Georgia, has been selected as one of Georgia Trend's “Legal Elite.”
Every driver should have car insurance, and wants to be protected. But from what? One of the most important sections of any auto policy is something called Uninsured Motorist Insurance.
Stewart Melvin & Frost partner Mark Alexander and his family recently took part in a Medical Mission Trip to Bolivia.
One clear sign of the down economy in recent years has been the sharp rise in debt collection cases in which creditors, typically employing a lawyer or a collection agency, seek all or a portion of what they are owed by a debtor.
Losing a loved one is never easy. Emotional needs must be met. Immediate family matters must be attended to. Funeral or memorial service arrangements must be made. But at some point fairly soon after death certain practical steps need to be taken.
Today’s “modern family” has many looks – including more gray hair as grandparents increasingly take over the role of parenting (this time around for their grandchildren) due to such factors as the challenging economy and higher divorce rates. Consequently, we’re increasingly seeing another side of divorce: Grandparents going to court to secure visitation or custody rights for their estranged grandchildren.
Collaborative law, a more uncommon alternative to the “nasty divorce,” is relatively new to our community. But this highly specialized area of the law has spread rapidly through the United States since the 1980s and has been particularly positive for those seeking a healthier and more efficient divorce or separation.
In the aftermath of the high-profile Jerry Sandusky trial involving Penn State University, the nation has collectively experienced a heightened awareness of child abuse, physical and sexual, and the moral responsibility to report suspected abuse cases.
The tax that Georgians pay annually on their cars and trucks – often referred to as the “birthday tax” – is going away next year.
Underwater mortgages – or negative home equity – occur when a homeowner owes more on his house than it is worth. The Great Recession and collapse of the housing market nationwide certainly have impacted the number of underwater mortgages. A recent study shows that 31.4 percent of U.S. homeowners are under water with their mortgages.
With popularity of Facebook, Twitter and other social media, a disturbing trend known as cyberbullying, which particularly affects young people and sometimes involves damaging criminal acts, has come to the forefront.
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