Buy-Sell Agreements Are Important to Business Succession Planning

Buy-Sell Agreements are important to business succession planning for many business owners. When might you consider a buy-sell agreement as part of your estate and business succession planning? If you own a portion, but not all, of the business, your Read More

Punitive Damages Awarded in Church Child Abuse Case

Punitive damages awarded in church child abuse case – this verdict is indeed stunning!  According to news reports, in this June 15th decision,  the jury found that the elders in the local congregation followed a denominational policy that prohibited them from sharing information Read More

Property Held In Trust for the Benefit of Episcopal Church

The real property dispute between Episcopal Diocese of Georgia and the oldest church in Georgia ended on May 21, 2012.   The real property of Christ Church Savannah is held in trust for the benefit of Episcopal Church. On May 21st a Rule 46 Read More

Avoid Probate Use a Trust – Call Hindson & Melton

Many clients come to Hindson & Melton LLC seeking to avoid probate and use a trust as part of your estate plan.  Often, a financial advisor has recommended you avoid probate as part of a financial review. There is a lot of confusion about probate Read More

SDVOSB VOSB Set Asides for FSS Contracts

SDVOSB and VOSB have priority for contracts awarded under GSA’s FSS (Federal Supply Schedule) procedures.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must conduct market research to determine if there are two or more eligible SDVOSB or VOSB concerns capable of Read More

Meet Author Joy Melton

Meet Author Joy Melton Safe Sanctuaries: The Church Responds to Abuse and Exploitation of Older Adults, by Joy T. Melton, will be published by Discipleship Resources, in September 2012. This new volume focuses on a broad spectrum of issues related to protecting older adults from Read More

Wrongful Termination Litigation Following Hosanna Tabor

The U.S. Supreme Court announced an opinion on January 11, 2012, in the case of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC, et al.  The question presented was whether the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment Read More

Grandparent Rights – Custody

Grandparent rights after divorce is important to many of our clients – regardless of who has custody.  Georgia law encourages continuing contact with grandparents who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child.   O.C.G.A. § 19-9-3(d).  In Read More

Child Custody: Desires of Child Age 11 -13

In Georgia custody cases, judges are required to consider the desires and educational needs of children ages 11 -13.  (A child who has reached the age of 14 has the right to select which parent with whom he or she desires to Read More

Income Tax Bracket 2012

Do you know your income tax bracket 2012?  Often in an estate planning or financial planning session, you will be asked your current income tax bracket. For 2012, if you are married filing jointly or surviving spouse: Taxable income between $0 Read More

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