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The long-running collapse of the U.S. housing market – which dates back to2006 – represents the largest drop in home values since the Great Depression. However, there now appears to be signs of hope that housing across the United States is finally beginning to emerge from the recessionary doldrums. This is good news for the economy. In fact, many economists believe that while the housing crisis contributed heavily to the Great Recession, a re-emerging housing market also will help lead us out. 

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Published Monday, June 17, 2013

Mark Alexander, a partner and trial attorney with Stewart Melvin & Frost, has developed expertise in Crisis Navigation. It’s a special role that he plays in helping families navigate through difficult times resulting from a serious injury or death.  Using his two decades of experience, Mark has developed a crisis tool kit, called a Crisis Navigation Guide that provides important personal and legal steps to take in the aftermath of a crisis.       

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Published Monday, June 3, 2013

Stewart Melvin & Frost took part in the statewide Georgia Legal Food Frenzy which collected food and monetary donations for food banks. 

 

 

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Published Thursday, May 30, 2013

Faced with a personal or family tragedy, what would you do? Where would you turn for help?

 

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Published Monday, May 20, 2013

The old saying goes that when two parents are divorcing, they are splitting from each other, not their children. Lydia Sartain, a legal expert in divorce and family law, can attest to the importance of this very basic tenet. 

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Published Monday, May 6, 2013

Doug Stewart, attorney and partner at Stewart Melvin & Frost of Gainesville, has been named a “Georgia Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics and Atlanta magazines for the 10th straight year.

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Published Monday, April 22, 2013

Legal representation in divorce cases can be a very difficult job, particularly when children are involved and emotions run high. But sometimes, the tax and finance issues in a divorce case can be too daunting and overwhelming for even the best divorce attorneys to handle on their own. In those instances, it may be necessary to draw upon the resources of a diverse team of legal specialists. 

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Published Monday, April 22, 2013

Charles Elton (Chuck) DuBose Jr., a legal specialist in workers compensation defense litigation, has been named a partner at Stewart Melvin & Frost, one of northeast Georgia’s oldest and largest regional law firms.

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Published Monday, April 15, 2013

Are we seeing a decline in the traditional reverse mortgage? This once-popular retirement “lifeline” has been falling out of favor in recent years, particularly in the wake of the recession and plummeting housing prices. What does the future hold for this often-controversial loan program?  

 

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Published Monday, March 25, 2013

 

The banking industry has seen enormous changes in the wake of the housing crisis. In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act to end the improper lending practices that caused so many Americans to lose their homes to foreclosure. Now, additional mortgage rules were recently announced that will further strengthen and define the Dodd-Frank regulations.

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Published Monday, March 11, 2013

Stewart Melvin & Frost tax and estate planning specialist Jim Coyle discusses how the new federal tax code changes under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 will impact businesses – both from an owner and employee perspective.

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Published Monday, February 11, 2013

On January 1, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, with the President signing it into law on the next day. In the flurry of the so-called fiscal-cliff negotiations in Washington, many of the details of the revised federal tax code are just now coming to light.  

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Published Monday, February 4, 2013

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.

 

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Published Tuesday, January 22, 2013

 

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.

 

 

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Published Monday, January 14, 2013

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.

 

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Published Monday, December 17, 2012