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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? 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Published Monday, May 16, 2016

A recent study by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University showed an increasing number of people over 50 getting divorces. Often called “silver or gray divorce,” it’s a growing trend across the country.

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Published Monday, May 2, 2016

Most neighbors get along well but sometimes disputes arise over boundary lines when plants are planted or a fence is built along a boundary line. You want to be a good neighbor but you also want to project your rights so it’s important to understand laws concerning property boundaries.

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Published Monday, April 18, 2016

When divorce happens and young children are involved, there is nothing more important that making a plan for how the children will be cared for. Many factors are considered when deciding custody and a parenting plan. Joining us today is Nancy Richardson, an attorney at Stewart Melvin & Frost. Nancy will help have a better understanding of child custody laws in Georgia.

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Published Monday, April 4, 2016


Technology has changed the courts in a lot of ways. One area that is being addressed now is the rules governing civil trials.

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Published Monday, March 7, 2016

The new “Know Before You Owe” or TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began in Oct. 2015. The new rule has created new mortgage disclosure forms and has change the way real estate transaction are processed and closed.

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Published Monday, February 22, 2016