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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? 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

It's not just homeowners or landlords who need to know what to do in the case of foreclosure. Renters do, too. Most discussions on foreclosure center on the plight of homeowners, but what about the renters in homes or apartments that have been foreclosed? more
Published Monday, October 11, 2010

With the down economy and record high unemployment, workers are desperate for any job - so much so that they tend to overlook the fine print of their employment agreements, including the "non-compete" clause. more
Published Monday, September 20, 2010

In mid-July, Congress passed legislation imposing the strongest restrictions on banks and Wall Street since the Great Depression. The legislation was pushed by President Obama in response to the 2008 meltdown of the national economy. The new law expands federal oversight into a vast number of financial areas in an attempt to prevent a similar economic crisis. more
Published Monday, August 23, 2010

We hear a lot in the news about the impact of the recession on local governments and our school systems. Budget cuts at the state and local levels have led to furloughs, layoffs and reduction of government services throughout our communities. But less attention has been given to our judicial system, despite undergoing the same belt-tightening measures. more
Published Monday, August 9, 2010

On July 1, the state of Georgia passed a new law making it illegal to text on your cellphone while driving. This new ban has been in effect only for a few weeks, but it has already caused some confusion among drivers as to what they can and can't do with their cellphones. Mark Alexander, a personal injury attorney with the Stewart Melvin & Frost law firm in Gainesville, Ga., will try and clear up some of these questions. more
Published Monday, July 19, 2010

Interest rates are at a nearly unprecedented all-time low. What does this mean for homeowners either thinking about buying a new home or refinancing the one they're living in today? more
Published Monday, June 14, 2010

Warmer weather is here, and that goes hand-in-hand with firing up the grill, stringing up the tomato vines, and - for some people - opening up the backyard swimming pool for the summer season. more
Published Monday, April 19, 2010

A troubling trend among teenagers and their cell phones has emerged here in Gainesville-Hall County as well as other areas across the country. And we're not talking about teens staying up too late at night talking on their phones or running up excessive charges on their parents' cell phone bills. more
Published Monday, April 12, 2010

The threat of losing your home is one of the biggest fears that anyone has. The anxiety of facing foreclosure on your home plays out daily across the country, as well as in our community. more
Published Monday, March 15, 2010

With a staggering number of home foreclosures that have occurred over the past few years, another side of this story has come to the forefront - the "opportunity side" of foreclosures. more
Published Monday, March 8, 2010

Divorce is a painful and difficult decision for any couple, even more so during the holiday season. But the legal process can escalate an already tense situation into a full-scale court battle that benefits neither party. Mediation offers couples an alternative to going through court - and the opportunity to resolve differences on their own terms, rather than by a third-party. more
Published Monday, December 14, 2009

Parents can be liable for the negligence of their son or daughter out on the road but teenage drivers also need to understand their own risks, namely losing their driver's license. And that goes not only for a traffic offense on the road but for poor behavior off the road as well. more
Published Monday, October 12, 2009