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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

There is a part of the Federal estate and gift tax laws that most are not aware of and don’t take advantage of.  Portability and affects many estates which would not otherwise be concerned about estate and gift taxes. more
Published Monday, January 23, 2017

If you got a drone for Christmas and haven’t registered it yet with the Federal Aviation Administration, you need to. more
Published Monday, January 9, 2017

Whether it's the holiday season or that summer cookout around the pool, party host need to know their responsibilities when alcoholic beverages are served. You should already know that it's important to practice moderation. But what about the other guy? How far should you go to make sure that a friend or fellow party-goer doesn't' drink too much and gets behind the wheel of a car? more
Published Monday, December 5, 2016

When a loved one passes away, family members are dealing with grief, making funeral arrangements and the uncertainty of what to do next. Soon after death there are practical steps to deal with in addition to probate work and settling the deceased’s estate. more
Published Monday, November 14, 2016

Determining the payment of child support is an important facet of a divorce case. It is also important if the parents are not married but financial support to the custodial parent is needed. more
Published Monday, October 17, 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We want to take a moment to discuss how technology can play a role in domestic violence and divorce cases as one spouse tries to control another. more
Published Monday, October 3, 2016
by Stewart Melvin & Frost Family Law Division

The Pokemon Go craze is still going strong. One of the most popular smartphone games of all time is based off the card game and hand-held Nintendo games of the 90s and encourages people to walk around to collect 151 Pokemon. It’s gotten people outside but it also is creating legal issues. more
Published Monday, September 19, 2016

Adults with developmental disabilities should live in the least restrictive, most inclusive environment possible but sometimes they need assistance whether it’s financial or medical. A guardianship and conservatorship are ways to provide that assistance and there are other ways to supply needed support. more
Published Monday, July 25, 2016

A deposition is a device commonly used in the "discovery" phase of a lawsuit, before trial. All parties in a lawsuit, through their attorneys, have a period of time after a suit is filed in which to discover facts about a case in order to prepare for trial. Depositions and interrogatories (questions to be answered in writing under oath) are two of the most commonly used. more
Published Monday, July 11, 2016

If you are a small business owner looking for a loan to expand your business, the Small Business Administration offers numerous loan programs depending on your business profile, financing needs, growth plans and so on. When closing a SBA loan, you need an attorney certified in SBA loan closings. more
Published Monday, June 27, 2016

The law relating to workers' compensation in Georgia changes in some respect almost every year. This year is no different. This year the Georgia Legislature with assistance from the State Board of Workers' Compensation's Advisory Council, amended several statutes relevant to the day-to-day handling of workers' compensation claims. This year's changes go into effect on July 1, 2016. more
Published Monday, June 13, 2016

Probate is the legal process that takes place after someone dies so that an orderly and legal distribution of one’s assets can occur according to their wishes. more
Published Monday, May 16, 2016