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By now everyone should know that they need a Will, but just having a Will is not enough for a complete estate plan. Estate plans are about making sure your wishes are honored, during life and after your death.  A Will sets forth your wishes for what occurs after your death, but doesn't address your wishes during your life.  A Power of Attorney and an Advance Directive for Health Care both work to ensure your wishes during life are honored. more
Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently finalized updates to its “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule which formalized the rule and helped with implementation of the rule by the mortgage industry. more
Published Monday, November 20, 2017

Good estate planning is about much more than just who inherits your money, coin collection or stocks. I would argue that the distribution of your property at death is one of the least important aspects of your planning. It should be very thorough. more
Published Monday, October 23, 2017

Simply put if you don't have an estate plan, you and your family will lose control over how your affairs are handled if you become incapacitated during life or when you pass away. more
Published Monday, October 2, 2017

Most people associate estate planning with the wealthy – the seamless passing of assets from one generation to another. But estate planning is not just for the affluent. Everyone – regardless of age or wealth – can benefit from an estate plan because estate planning is not just about money. more
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hall County’s namesake Lyman Hall was one of the three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence at the Continental Congress. more
Published Tuesday, August 22, 2017

We all know Gainesville as the Poultry Capital of the World. With this title comes strict rules about eating chicken. In 1961, the City of Gainesville adopted an ordinance that chicken is a delicacy that can only be eaten with your hands. more
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Over my many years of assisting executors and family members deal with settling the estates of loved ones, I've noticed an odd phenomenon: Often there are no squabbles regarding assets having high financial value, but in family after family there are ugly fights over who receives certain personal effects having little or no financial value but great sentimental value. more
Published Tuesday, June 6, 2017

On May 17, 1954, the US Supreme Court held in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racially segregated public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. more
Published Monday, June 5, 2017

In a previous Legal Brief, we discussed the importance of a business having a buy-sell agreement. Buy-sell agreements are an important part of business succession plans. Companies without one can find themselves in a tough position if something happens to one of the owners. more
Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What would happen to your business if something happened to you or your partner such as one of you dying, becomes disabled and not able to work, or retires. This could lead to your business failing and you employees losing their jobs. There are ways to protect against that happening. more
Published Thursday, May 4, 2017

On March 3, 1879, Belva Lockwood became the first woman admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. more
Published Monday, April 17, 2017

In our previous Legal Briefs blog, we began a discussion on how an attorney can help when you start a business. more
Published Monday, March 13, 2017

The Sidney Oslin Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Gainesville is named for one of Stewart Melvin & Frost’s former partners – Sidney O. Smith Jr. more
Published Thursday, March 2, 2017

The number of business start-ups in the United States was a little less than 500,000 last year. It’s the dream of many Americans to start their own business. It’s important that you establish your business correctly to ensure the best chance for long-term success and survival. Investing in a good business attorney on the front end is a wise move to build a firm foundation and a good start. more
Published Monday, February 20, 2017