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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. more
Published Monday, March 11, 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. more
Published Tuesday, January 22, 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. more
Published Monday, December 17, 2012


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. more
Published Monday, December 3, 2012


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.” more
Published Monday, December 3, 2012

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. more
Published Monday, November 19, 2012

Stewart Melvin & Frost partner Mark Alexander and his family recently took part in a Medical Mission Trip to Bolivia. more
Published Monday, November 12, 2012

 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. more
Published Monday, November 12, 2012

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. more
Published Monday, October 22, 2012




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. more
Published Monday, October 8, 2012


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. more
Published Monday, September 10, 2012


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. more
Published Monday, August 13, 2012

 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. more
Published Monday, June 18, 2012

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. more
Published Monday, June 4, 2012

Alyson Graham, an attorney with the North Georgia law firm of Stewart Melvin & Frost, has been selected to the 2012-2013 class of Leadership Hall County. more
Published Friday, May 25, 2012