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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.

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Published Monday, June 29, 2015

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.

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Published Monday, June 15, 2015

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.

 

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Published Monday, June 1, 2015

Employers want to protect their customer and company information. To do this many employers require their employees to sign restrictive covenant or non-compete agreements when they join the company.

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Published Monday, May 18, 2015

Facebook and other social media sites have always had to deal with respecting the privacy of the deceased and the concerns of grieving friends and family. Previously, Facebook automatically froze the accounts of members if it learned a member had died, angering some heirs who wanted to edit the deceased’s online presence. Now Facebook is giving you a say in what happens to your Facebook account when you die.

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Published Monday, April 20, 2015

Having the right to represent yourself in court dates back to the founding of the country. Pro se litigation, which is the term for self-representation in court, is on the rise. Pro se representation presents unique challenges for litigants and the legal system.

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Published Monday, April 6, 2015

Parties to do-it-yourself divorce agreements are often divorcing on good terms and have uncomplicated finances. But they can run in to problems down the road if they have problems resolving post-divorce issues because they were not addressed properly in the Marital Settlement Agreement (the divorce agreement). Sometimes post-divorce issues are unavoidable. 

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Published Monday, March 23, 2015

Under Georgia law, a landlord can file a court action to evict a tenant for not paying rent or violating a part of the lease agreement. It can be an incredibly fast process. There are protections built into the law for tenants. So, whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it is good to understand the processes.

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Published Monday, March 9, 2015

If you have three or more employees, chances are that you are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. Almost every business in the United States that has employees must deal with the question of workers' compensation. Most states, including Georgia, require employers to purchase insurance to handle their statutory obligations to workers who suffer a work-related illness or injury.

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Published Monday, February 23, 2015

The State of Georgia’s ban on texting and driving has been in effect nearly five years. Surveys have shown nearly 40 percent of drivers in Georgia admitted they text while driving. With the New Year, we wanted to have a refresher on the law.

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Published Monday, January 12, 2015

So you got a drone or an expensive radio controlled airplane or helicopter for Christmas. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as they are known officially, have grown in size and in capabilities on the years. They are fun but can be hard to control. Consequences and responsibility come with flying these air craft. People around the country are finding that out.

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Published Monday, December 29, 2014

On a previous Legal Briefs segment, we discussed what steps you need to take to qualify for a refinancing your mortgage. Today we want to continue the discussion on refinancing by talking about the advantages refinancing and things to consider when making that decision.

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Published Monday, December 15, 2014

Refinancing is the process of obtaining a new mortgage in an effort to reduce monthly payments, lower your interest rates, take cash out of your home for large purchases, or change mortgage companies. Most people refinance when they have equity on their home, which is the difference between the amount owed to the mortgage company and the worth of the home. Lenders have tightened the guidelines they use to evaluate loan applications. That means borrowers who want to refinance their mortgage to take advantage of low interest rates may wonder whether they will qualify for a new loan.

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Published Monday, December 1, 2014

Under the workers' compensation system, employers are required to purchase insurance that provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. The system strikes a compromise between employers and employees: Employees get benefits regardless of fault. In return, employers get protection from lawsuits by injured employees who want to be awarded money damages for pain and suffering or mental anguish.

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Published Monday, November 3, 2014

Almost all of us have gotten that envelope in the mail with the words Jury Summons across the front. It’s the way American citizens participate in the judiciary branch of the government.

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Published Monday, October 20, 2014