Annual Gift Tax Exclusion 2018

What is the maximum annual gift for 2018 under federal tax law?  For 2018, the annual gift tax exclusion is $15,000.  A husband and wife can give up to twice the annual $15,000 gift tax exclusion amount, or $30,000, to Read More


GIFTS OF THE SEASON | December One of the best gifts of the season is the opportunity to reflect. Rituals of wrapping, baking, decorating, football, and singing out loud are comforting and familiar to me. Are there old habits or traditions I should discard? New habits Read More


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

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

Custody Battle Between Grandmother and Aunt

The recent case of Ertter v. Dunbar, 734 S.E.2d 403 (Nov. 19, 2012) involves a Georgia custody battle between grandmother and aunt in juvenile court and superior court of Cobb County Georgia.  The grandmother prevailed in the juvenile court, the maternal aunt and Read More

Grandparent Visitation Rights

Grandparent visitation rights of biological grandparents evaporate when the parental rights of the grandparent’s child are terminated and the grandchild is adopted by a stepparent. Grandparent visitation rights 2012 Georgia case. A 2012 decision by the Georgia Supreme Court in the case of 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

Grandparent Visitation – South Carolina

South Carolina Family Court has jurisdiction to order visitation for grandparents under certain circumstances.  If either or both parents of the minor child are deceased, or are divorced, or living separately, the court has authority to order visitation with the Read More

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