Importance of Estate Planning

One of the benefits of being an Atlanta estate planner is the network of financial and legal professionals working in the estate planning field.  Thanks to financial planner Peter Miralles for sending me his Atlanta Wealth Consultants LLC September 2013 newsletter.  There is Read More

GRANDPARENT VISITATION RIGHTS UPDATE

Grandparent visitation rights were the subject of another Georgia Court of Appeals decision in July 2013.  In the case of Van Leuvan v. Carlisle, the mother of the minor child appealed the trial court’s decision to award grandparent visitation rights to the Read More

STEPPARENT ADOPTION IN GEORGIA

Karen S. Hindson of Hindson & Melton LLC A stepparent adoption in Georgia was the subject of another Georgia appellate court decision on July 15, 2013.  In Ray v. Hann, a stepfather’s petition to adopt his stepchild was granted by the Superior Court, terminating the biological father’s parental rights at the same time.  The Read More

SOUTH CAROLINA UNMARRIED FATHERS RIGHTS

What rights does a South Carolina father have if not married to the mother of the child?  The answer is that South Carolina unmarried fathers rights are very limited, unless you take steps to protect yourself and your relationship with Read More

Paternity and Legitimation

Karen S. Hindson of Hindson & Melton LLC “How do I know that the baby is really mine?  What are my responsibilities if I am not married to the mother?” When legitimation is needed Georgia law considers a child as born “out of wedlock” when the parents are not married to each Read More

Georgia Separation Versus Divorce

Lauri B. Bracey What is separate maintenance and how is it different than divorce? Separate Maintenance There is a statute in Georgia which allows for a person to file a legal action which protects their legal rights to custody, visitation, support, use and Read More

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2013 This is Memorial Day 2013. I’m grateful for the service and sacrifice made by the veterans of the armed forces of the United States.  I’ve no doubt that our lives are better as a result of their work.  So, I am Read More

Churches Need Worker’s Compensation Insurance

Churches Need Worker’s Compensation Insurance Churches need worker’s compensation insurance! The worker’s compensation insurance laws of Georgia REQUIRE that businesses – including churches and non-profits – with three or more regular employees provide worker’s compensation insurance.  I can’t explain it but the fact is that Read More

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s Day!  For my family, the dates between May 10th and May 16th every year mark some of our happiest dates.  They include my daughter’s birthday, my mother’s birthday, my grandmother’s birthday, and of course, Mother’s Day.  We have Read More

Property Division Georgia Divorce

Property division in Georgia divorce follows the rule of “Equitable Distribution.”  Equitable Distribution of marital property does not require an equal division, but a fair division of assets and debts. What exactly is marital property? Marital Property is property the Read More

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