Technology has changed the courts in a lot of ways. One area that is being addressed now is the rules governing civil trials.
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....read more
If you live in Hall County you see new homes being constructed or maybe you have new neighbors moving into existing homes. All are positive signs for the real estate market but what are the professionals witnessing....read more
In mid-December the U.S. House and Senate passed a passed a tax bill that did several things to affect your taxes included making several temporary tax breaks permanent
For some, legal protection may be necessary even after they have entered adulthood. It could be an injury, medical reasons or mental illness that prevents them from caring for themselves or managing their finances or property....read more
While satellite mapping using GPS has improved surveying practices since the late 1990s, problems with old plats may still persist. Generally, the older the plat, and the more rural the location, the more likely the plat contains one or more errors. This can lead to litigation over property boundaries. Also, issues can arise from notes and comments on plats concerning neighbors’ rights....read more
If you’ve watched any sporting events on TV this fall or listened to them on the radio, you’ve heard the commercials for daily sports fantasy games. Fantasy sports leagues have been around a long time with nearly 60 million people taking part in them....read more
Child custody can be challenging under normal circumstances, even with both parents living in the same town. But when the custodial parent – the parent who has physical custody of a child – wants to relocate with the child, it can be a tough situation for all, especially the child who could be forced to have a long distance relationship with one of the parents....read more
Home buying is a complex process and even more so when it’s your first home. No doubt, buying a home will be the largest and most significant purchase you will make in your life. It also involves the law of real property, which is unique and raises special issues of practice, and problems not present in other transactions. A real estate lawyer is trained to deal with these problems and has the most experience to deal with them....read more
Having a Will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Not only can a Will legally protect your spouse, children, and assets, it can also spell out exactly how you would like things handled after you have passed on. Procrastination and the unwillingness to accept death as part of life are common reasons for not having a will.
Chief Juvenile Court Judge Juvenile Court Lindsay Burton handles cases where children are charged with crimes, but also handles cases where children are removed from parents’ or caregiver's custody based on neglect or abuse . Judge Burton will discuss the state of foster care in our area....read more
Sexting is a troubling trend among teenagers here in Hall County and around the country. Sexting involves young people sending out inappropriate photos of themselves and others over their cell phone. It is an issue that parents definitely need to be aware of in this community, in local school systems, and especially at home with their own children....read more
We’ve heard a lot about the Family and Medical Leave in the news recently. Virgin owner Richard Branson recently announced his company will allow moms and dads to split up to 50 weeks of leave time for paternity leave.
Not all companies will provide that generous of a plan but with the Family Medical Leave Act qualified employees are guaranteed leave time....read more
We’ve all heard of the famous fraud cases like Enron and Worldcom where the companies used questionable accounting measures to cover large debt to increase the value of the company. Or fraud cases such as the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme that bilked millions of dollars from investors.
A more common type of fraud that affects businesses is employee embezzlement. Rustin Smith, an attorney with Stewart Melvin & Frost, is our guest today to give business owners some advice of what to do if you suspect an employee is embezzling.
So you’ve found the house you have been looking for. It fits your needs and budget and now it’s time to apply for a loan. Getting a loan is a little easier than a few years ago but it can still be a challenge for some.