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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Published Monday, June 14, 2010

Georgia's negotiations in the long-running tri-state water wars were back in the news on June 1, when Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law the Water Stewardship Act. This legislation is intended to send a signal to neighboring states Florida and Alabama that our state is serious about its water conservation program. The governor also is hoping that the legislation will give Georgia some leverage in its negotiations over the use of water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin.

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Published Monday, June 7, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Published Monday, October 12, 2009

For parents, the day that their son or daughter obtains their driver's license is a big moment in their life. But along with a child's coming of age and new freedoms as a driver, there comes a huge responsibility - not just for the teen, but for the parents as well. Poor decisions could have major legal repercussions for the entire family.

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Published Monday, September 7, 2009

Many people think of lawyers in adversarial roles, arguing one side or the other in a courtroom dispute. But there are times when a lawyer can play a more personal hand-holding role, simply helping someone get through a major crisis in their life.

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Published Monday, July 13, 2009

With the start of a New Year comes the start of a new court calendar for the year in Hall County which doesn't mean much to most people until they get their "dreaded" jury summons in the mail. To many, receiving a notice for jury service is an aggravation that always seems to come at the wrong time. But the truth is that jury duty serves a highly valued and important role in the judiciary branch of our government.

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Published Monday, January 12, 2009