If you’ve watched any sporting events on TV this fall or listened to them on the radio, you’ve heard the commercials for daily sports fantasy games. Fantasy sports leagues have been around a long time with nearly 60 million people taking part in them....read more
Child custody can be challenging under normal circumstances, even with both parents living in the same town. But when the custodial parent – the parent who has physical custody of a child – wants to relocate with the child, it can be a tough situation for all, especially the child who could be forced to have a long distance relationship with one of the parents....read more
Stewart Melvin & Frost finished first in monetary donations in the local Georgia Legal Food Frenzy competition for the fourth straight year....read more
Home buying is a complex process and even more so when it’s your first home. No doubt, buying a home will be the largest and most significant purchase you will make in your life. It also involves the law of real property, which is unique and raises special issues of practice, and problems not present in other transactions. A real estate lawyer is trained to deal with these problems and has the most experience to deal with them....read more
Having a Will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Not only can a Will legally protect your spouse, children, and assets, it can also spell out exactly how you would like things handled after you have passed on. Procrastination and the unwillingness to accept death as part of life are common reasons for not having a will.
Chief Juvenile Court Judge Juvenile Court Lindsay Burton handles cases where children are charged with crimes, but also handles cases where children are removed from parents’ or caregiver's custody based on neglect or abuse . Judge Burton will discuss the state of foster care in our area....read more
Sexting is a troubling trend among teenagers here in Hall County and around the country. Sexting involves young people sending out inappropriate photos of themselves and others over their cell phone. It is an issue that parents definitely need to be aware of in this community, in local school systems, and especially at home with their own children....read more
We’ve heard a lot about the Family and Medical Leave in the news recently. Virgin owner Richard Branson recently announced his company will allow moms and dads to split up to 50 weeks of leave time for paternity leave.
Not all companies will provide that generous of a plan but with the Family Medical Leave Act qualified employees are guaranteed leave time....read more
We’ve all heard of the famous fraud cases like Enron and Worldcom where the companies used questionable accounting measures to cover large debt to increase the value of the company. Or fraud cases such as the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme that bilked millions of dollars from investors.
A more common type of fraud that affects businesses is employee embezzlement. Rustin Smith, an attorney with Stewart Melvin & Frost, is our guest today to give business owners some advice of what to do if you suspect an employee is embezzling.
So you’ve found the house you have been looking for. It fits your needs and budget and now it’s time to apply for a loan. Getting a loan is a little easier than a few years ago but it can still be a challenge for some.
Employers want to protect their customer and company information. To do this many employers require their employees to sign restrictive covenant or non-compete agreements when they join the company....read more
Facebook and other social media sites have always had to deal with respecting the privacy of the deceased and the concerns of grieving friends and family. Previously, Facebook automatically froze the accounts of members if it learned a member had died, angering some heirs who wanted to edit the deceased’s online presence. Now Facebook is giving you a say in what happens to your Facebook account when you die....read more
Having the right to represent yourself in court dates back to the founding of the country. Pro se litigation, which is the term for self-representation in court, is on the rise. Pro se representation presents unique challenges for litigants and the legal system....read more
Parties to do-it-yourself divorce agreements are often divorcing on good terms and have uncomplicated finances. But they can run in to problems down the road if they have problems resolving post-divorce issues because they were not addressed properly in the Marital Settlement Agreement (the divorce agreement). Sometimes post-divorce issues are unavoidable....read more
Under Georgia law, a landlord can file a court action to evict a tenant for not paying rent or violating a part of the lease agreement. It can be an incredibly fast process. There are protections built into the law for tenants. So, whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it is good to understand the processes....read more