If you’ve been charged with a serious crime, you’re no doubt overwhelmed and frightened by the prospect. In fact, many defendants are terrified in the face of a legal situation of this magnitude. Better understanding the legal process in a Georgia felony case can help reduce your stress and allow you to make better-informed decisions [...]
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Buying a new home or other property is always exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. It’s a complicated process that involves plenty of paperwork, which must be carefully completed in adherence to exacting rules. In the end, you’ll be rewarded with ownership of your new home or property; the journey, however, can be fraught [...]
If your Georgia divorce is headed toward a hearing, it’s natural to be nervous about what’s to come. There are steps that you can take, however, that will better prepare you for court. Like so many things, a divorce hearing takes preparation, but it’s also important to remember that your testimony reflects the life you’ve [...]
In Georgia’s criminal justice system, a defendant who is 17 years old is considered an adult. This age distinction can be especially significant when it comes to the sentencing your 17-year-old child will face if convicted of a crime in Georgia. In fact, the sentencing outcomes affected by the age differential between a 16-year-old and [...]
If you’re going through a Georgia divorce and you have children, child support is naturally an important concern. Many states have similar child support laws, but there are distinctions from state to state. It can be difficult to find legitimate information related to child support (as it applies to your divorce) online, but it [...]
If you’re facing a DUI charge, you know how serious that is, but if you’re a licensed professional, you may be facing even more dire consequences. In fact, a DUI can have overarching repercussions for many professionals, including the revocation of licensure or accreditation. Every DUI conviction is disruptive and costly, but as a licensed [...]
This month, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court’s decision regarding a death sentence involving a biased juror. The case builds on other Supreme Court decisions that allow criminal defendants to challenge their guilty verdicts by arguing that one or more jurors harbored a racial bias against the defendant. Given the charged nature [...]
Selling your home might be filled with mixed emotions: excitement to be moving to someplace new but sadness at leaving your old homestead. But one thing you want to avoid: angering the new buyers by failing to disclose known defects in your home. Georgia law imposes a duty on home sellers to make certain disclosures [...]
In many ways, juvenile delinquency hearings are less harsh than the criminal proceedings adults face. For example, juveniles will often receive community service or counseling instead of prison time. A juvenile’s record is also sealed, so their criminal activity shouldn’t impact their attempts to get a job or an apartment when they are older. Nevertheless, [...]
The Georgia Supreme Court has stated that it is unethical for non-lawyers to handle a real estate closing. Of course, the Georgia State Bar only has power over lawyers, so a non-lawyer like a notary public can’t be prevented from closing loans. However, there are important reasons why a notary doesn’t provide enough protection as [...]