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Many people think of lawyers in adversarial roles, arguing one side or the other in a courtroom dispute. But there are times when a lawyer can play a more personal hand-holding role, simply helping someone get through a major crisis in their life. more
Published Monday, April 23, 2012

I'm often involved in disputes over the contents of safe deposit boxes - usually when the boxes are jointly leased. A recent case in Forsyth County provides a helpful reminder of the rules involved. more
Published Friday, March 23, 2012

The federal government and state attorneys general across the country recently secured a historic settlement with the country's five largest home loan servicers in an attempt to address the home foreclosure crisis. But what does that mean to distressed homeowners in Northeast Georgia and the rest of our state? more
Published Monday, March 12, 2012


Georgia lawyers have always been able to confidently tell their clients that children do not "inherit" the debts owed by parents. As shown by a recent case in Gwinnett County, however, a child may be liable for certain debts accruing with respect to his parent's property following his parent's death. more
Published Monday, February 20, 2012
W. Woodrow "Woody" Stewart, a brilliant attorney and cornerstone of the regional law firm of Stewart Melvin & Frost, passed away on January 9, 2012. He left a far-reaching legacy with his firm and clients, while inspiring a culture of philanthropy that will be felt for generations throughout the North Georgia region. In 1966, Mr. Stewart joined more
Published Monday, January 9, 2012

Mediation is very popular tool available in our court system and something the courts here value. In other jurisdictions that don't require mediation, they appreciate the value of it. more
Published Monday, December 5, 2011

Economic hardship plays a key factor for couples contemplating divorce. more
Published Monday, November 14, 2011

Adverse Possession is used in rural locations, even today, to clear up the boundaries of vast stretches of farmland or mountainous country that often do not have legal plats or surveys. The concept - sometimes referred to as "squatters' rights" - is still around and continues to serve these functions in the law. In fact, all 50 states, including Georgia, still have laws that provide for adverse possession. more
Published Monday, November 7, 2011

Back in the good old days, it used to be said - for certain trustworthy individuals - that "their word was their bond." But in our modern-day, more complex and litigious society, does a person's word still count for anything today? more
Published Monday, October 24, 2011

A decade after the terrorism attacks of September 11 on American soil, many aspects of our lives are much different today. But with the perspective of 10 years later, how has 911 really affected our civil liberties? more
Published Sunday, September 11, 2011

These days, the “economy” seems to have replaced “the weather” as the No. 1 topic of small talk. The recession and its impact on virtually everyone and nearly every facet of the economy has certainly dominated discussion around kitchen tables throughout America. more
Published Thursday, September 8, 2011

The real estate crisis and recession have impacted nearly everyone – and in many different ways. The unemployment rate is close to 10 percent in Georgia. Numerous homeowners have lost their homes to foreclosure. Many small business owners have closed their doors. more
Published Monday, August 15, 2011

The summer of 2011 marked a sharp increase in drownings in Lake Lanier. Mark Alexander, a personal injury attorney with the Gainesville, Ga. law firm Stewart Melvin & Frost has dealt with numerous unfortunate cases involving serious accidents, injuries, and death. more
Published Monday, August 8, 2011

Two new laws affecting Georgia motorists recently went into effect. One deals with child booster seats and the other involves new guidelines for sharing the road with bicyclists. more
Published Monday, July 18, 2011

Scotty Ball, a real estate attorney specializing in residential and commercial real estate law with the Gainesville, Ga. law firm Stewart Melvin & Frost, discusses trends in mortgage lending from a regional perspective. As a specialist in real estate law, Ball certainly has a unique insight on what has taken place on the front lines of the real estate market crisis. more
Published Monday, June 20, 2011