Our attorneys are experienced in assisting families and individuals in independent adoptions. We can assist families with stepparent adoptions, relative adoptions and third-party adoptions. We also work with adoption agencies. Our attorneys have experience in complying with the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children with out of state adoptions. We have also assisted mothers and families with the placement of children for adoption.
Our attorneys represent and advise clients concerning the selection of business entities, including partnerships, corporations, and limited liability corporations, as appropriate to the needs and circumstances of the client. We also prepare contracts and advise business owners when buying or selling businesses.
Our attorneys represent and counsel numerous charitable organizations on a variety of legal matters. We also form nonprofit corporations and foundations, including applications for tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service and, if applicable, from the various states. In addition, our attorneys assist clients in making gifts to their favorite charitable organizations in the most tax advantageous ways.
Creditor’s Rights, Bankruptcy
Our attorneys provide astute and competent representation of creditors in cases filed under Chapters 7, 11 and 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, as well as in any related adversarial proceedings, such as preferences, fraudulent conveyances, and dischargeability. We represent secured and unsecured creditors, banks, business owners, and individuals, not only in bankruptcy cases but also in troubled loan or workout situations. Our attorneys are admitted to practice in all three Federal Districts in Georgia and are experienced in working with and through attorneys in other states in bankruptcy matters when necessary.
Elder Law, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Advanced Health Care Directives, Powers of Attorney
Our attorneys assist families and individuals in planning for their needs as they age. In addition to Estate Planning, discussed below, we counsel clients in ways that may help avoid the necessity for the appointment of guardians and conservators. We generally recommend to all of our clients that they have prepared and execute Advanced Directives for Health Care to help assure that the wishes of our clients are followed whenever healthcare and end-of-life decisions must be made. We often recommend that our clients have prepared and execute financial powers of attorney to assure that their property, finances, investments and income are properly managed by a trusted agent. Whenever seeking the appointment of a guardian or conservator for a family member or other individual becomes necessary, our attorneys are experienced in the formal court procedures for such appointments.
Our attorneys assist families and individuals in developing estate plans to meet our clients’ goals of preserving and transferring wealth. Our attorneys counsel clients regarding tax implications and develop strategies to reduce estate and income tax consequences, including the creation and use of family limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships or corporations, etc. We prepare documents, including Wills and Trusts, that address the preservation and transfer of property. At death, we also provide representation to executors and administrators to administer estates.
Insurance Defense, Workers’ Compensation Defense
Our attorneys have experience representing insurance carriers and self insurers. We have experience in all types of civil actions and have participated in both jury and non-jury trials. We can provide complete representation in insurance defense matters, i.e. personal injury, uninsured/underinsured motorists' claims, products liability, premises liability, insurance agent/agency negligence, and workers’ compensation. Representation of insurance defense matters in all courts at all levels is possible through our attorneys.
Our attorneys have experience in handling personal injury claims. We provide excellent representation to our clients who have suffered injuries as a result of the negligence of others. These include automobile accidents, premises accidents, injuries from slips and falls, injuries from defective products, etc. While our firm does not handle medical and other professional malpractice claims, we assist our clients who have suffered injuries from the negligence of professionals and professional service providers/facilities in finding and employing other attorneys and law firms with the appropriate expertise and who have excellent reputations in the legal community.
Real Estate Law
Our attorneys have experience in both commercial and investment real estate. We examine the titles to the property to be acquired, assuring our clients of the validity of the title. We prepare all documents needed to meet the requirements of the lender, if a lender is involved, and we conduct the closing of the purchase and sale.