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Adverse Possession is used in rural locations, even today, to clear up the boundaries of vast stretches of farmland or mountainous country that often do not have legal plats or surveys. The concept - sometimes referred to as "squatters' rights" - is still around and continues to serve these functions in the law. In fact, all 50 states, including Georgia, still have laws that provide for adverse possession. more
Published Monday, November 7, 2011

Back in the good old days, it used to be said - for certain trustworthy individuals - that "their word was their bond." But in our modern-day, more complex and litigious society, does a person's word still count for anything today? more
Published Monday, October 24, 2011

A decade after the terrorism attacks of September 11 on American soil, many aspects of our lives are much different today. But with the perspective of 10 years later, how has 911 really affected our civil liberties? more
Published Sunday, September 11, 2011

These days, the “economy” seems to have replaced “the weather” as the No. 1 topic of small talk. The recession and its impact on virtually everyone and nearly every facet of the economy has certainly dominated discussion around kitchen tables throughout America. more
Published Thursday, September 8, 2011

The real estate crisis and recession have impacted nearly everyone – and in many different ways. The unemployment rate is close to 10 percent in Georgia. Numerous homeowners have lost their homes to foreclosure. Many small business owners have closed their doors. more
Published Monday, August 15, 2011

The summer of 2011 marked a sharp increase in drownings in Lake Lanier. Mark Alexander, a personal injury attorney with the Gainesville, Ga. law firm Stewart Melvin & Frost has dealt with numerous unfortunate cases involving serious accidents, injuries, and death. more
Published Monday, August 8, 2011

Two new laws affecting Georgia motorists recently went into effect. One deals with child booster seats and the other involves new guidelines for sharing the road with bicyclists. more
Published Monday, July 18, 2011

Scotty Ball, a real estate attorney specializing in residential and commercial real estate law with the Gainesville, Ga. law firm Stewart Melvin & Frost, discusses trends in mortgage lending from a regional perspective. As a specialist in real estate law, Ball certainly has a unique insight on what has taken place on the front lines of the real estate market crisis. more
Published Monday, June 20, 2011

That might seem like a strange question to ask but future changes to the mortgage lending laws may make that happen. Scotty Ball, a real estate attorney specializing in residential and commercial real estate law with the Gainesville, Ga. law firm Stewart Melvin & Frost, offer his perspective on what has taken place on the front lines of the real estate market crisis as well as at the national level in Congress. more
Published Monday, June 13, 2011

Most people have heard the term "living trust" but it is sometimes a commonly misunderstood legal arrangement. You may have heard that Living Trusts are an alternative to a traditional will - because it allows families to avoid going through the probate process upon the death of a loved one. Bucky Highsmith, a partner with Stewart Melvin & Frost, answers questions concerning a living trust. And why is there so much confusion surrounding this legal strategy, especially here in the state of Georgia? more
Published Monday, May 9, 2011

Deciding whether to have a will is a choice we all have to make. Bucky Highsmith, an estate attorney and partner with the Gainesville, Ga. law firm Stewart Melvin & Frost, specializes in legal areas that affect older citizens, including estate planning, wills, trusts, guardianships, retirement planning, and other similar legal matters. Bucky offers guidance on an issue everyone must consider. more
Published Monday, May 2, 2011

As we know, record numbers of homeowners are defaulting on their mortgages and losing their most precious asset to foreclosure. Unfortunately, this ongoing crisis has opened up opportunities for scam artists to prey on the desperation of distressed homeowners who fear losing their home. more
Published Monday, March 14, 2011

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 6, 2010

In the past, divorce rates among the elderly in America have been much lower than for younger couples. But those statistics seem to be changing in recent years with a marked increase in divorce cases among couples 60 years and older. more
Published Monday, November 15, 2010

Georgia voters approved a constitutional amendment to what is known as Georgia's Restrictive Covenant Act in 2010. Mark Alexander, a partner and trial attorney with the Stewart Melvin & Frost law firm in Gainesville, Ga., offers advice on what both employers and employees should consider when they set up or review a restrictive covenant in their company. more
Published Monday, November 8, 2010