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  • 4-Feb-2016

    Protect Your Inheritance If Your Heirs Get Divorced!

    While we hate to think of our children dealing with the pain of divorce, unfortunately it does happen. Of course, everyone knows one of the hardest parts of a divorce is dividing assets. It’s messy, painful, and can feel like salt in an open ...
  • 2-Feb-2016

    A Tale of Two Mediations

    Here in Savannah, I recently attended back-to-back mediations on two different cases. Two different sets of parents. Two different opposing counsels. Two very different mediations. Mediation #1 went like many other mediations. The two opening ...
  • 31-Jan-2016

    My Work in Scotland

    I'm back after a very fulfilling and, I hope, successful week assisting at a custody trial in Scotland. The trial was in Airdrie, a suburb of Glasgow. I flew into and stayed in Edinburgh, where our local counsel's office is. We met the day I ...
  • 24-Jan-2016

    Who's your Daddy?

    Justice is supposed to be blind, right? And by that we mean that Justice is impartial, favors no side. While that's true most of the time in varying degrees, some of the time Justice seems more blind to the facts than blind to favoritism. In ...
  • 22-Jan-2016

    Making a Murderer: The Family Law Spin Part 2

    So, we found the proper venue for our divorce complaint, helping a woman divorce her husband who is in prison. This probably resembles the process that Steve Avery’s first wife went through after Avery’s wrongful conviction for rape in ...
  • 21-Jan-2016

    Making a Murderer: The Family Law Spin Part 1

    So, by now, unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a cave on a remote island, you’ve heard of the NetFlix documentary “Making a Murderer”. The docu-series follows the tribulations and trial of Steve Avery, who was ...
  • 19-Jan-2016

    Social Security and Other Same-Sex Spousal Rights

    The landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country, raises issues that should be discussed with a good marriage and estate planning lawyer in Georgia. Due to same sex ...
  • 17-Jan-2016

    Dr. King Impacts the World!

    I just finished reading a very interesting article on the impact of Dr.Martin Luther King on International Law and the effect the Civil Rights Movement had on the adoption of several major international human rights treaties. What started in Atlanta ...
  • 14-Jan-2016

    A Tax-Time Audit For Your Estate Plan

    As you gather important documents and prepare to square up financially this year with Uncle Sam, why not give a quick ‘tax-time’ time audit to your estate plan, too? With your financial information handy, it’s easy to gauge just how ...
  • 12-Jan-2016

    Parenting, A Continuing Relationship

    You and your spouse have been together for a five years. You have two beautiful children. Unfortunately, your happily ever after did not have a happy ending. You had to file for divorce. You made the decision to end your romantic relationship and go ...
  • 10-Jan-2016

    The World Hangs In The Balance

    Shelia and I spent the latter part of the week at the Georgia State Bar’s mid-year convention. The State Bar had asked Shelia and our Savannah attorney, David Purvis, to present to the assembled on The Justice Café, our very low cost, ...
  • 9-Jan-2016

    Magic Words to Avoid the Double Whammy in Probate

    If you co-own your home, it is vitally important to know exactly HOW that ownership is held. Why? Most people think that if they own property together and one of them dies, the deceased person’s ownership interest automatically goes to the ...
  • 8-Jan-2016

    Bigamy and Doctor Who

    Did you watch the fantastic Ninth season Christmas Special for Doctor Who last week? The yearly event marked the return of River Song, a fan favorite and the wife of the illustrious Doctor as of the Sixth Season. River Song is an inter-galactic ...
  • 5-Jan-2016

    Your Family Law New Year's Resolution: Freedom?

    Traditionally, every New Year a large percent of the population creates a list of New Year resolutions – a list of things to achieve in the coming year. Additionally, every January the number of people filing for divorce usually triples. No ...
  • 3-Jan-2016

    The Dark Side of the Force

    These are exciting times. Our country is at such a juncture that either path we take will propel us in radically different directions. Interestingly, we are at the same juncture in family law, as well. Over the holidays, I spent many pleasurable ...
  • 28-Dec-2015

    Resolutions

    A whole new year is just a few days away. When you reflect back on this past year, you can’t help but think about what you don’t want to duplicate in the coming one. Like everything under the sun, different people handle similar issues in ...
  • 25-Dec-2015

    A Christmas Gift ... For Your Ex

    Merry Christmas! The suggestion I am making may not sound at all appealing to you if you’re in the midst of a divorce, but hear me out. For Christmas, take your child to buy a gift for your ex, at least until your child is old enough to take ...
  • 24-Dec-2015

    Mele Kalikimaka and Other Holiday Traditions

    As we anticipate potential record highs on Christmas Day (80+ degrees in Savannah!??!), you may be singing the Hawaiian Christmas Carol “Mele Kalikimaka” around your unlit fireplace instead of “I’m Dreaming of A White ...
  • 23-Dec-2015

    When Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer: Georgia Estate Planning Lawyer Style

    The novelty Christmas song, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” was written by Randy Brooks and originally recorded by the husband-and-wife duo of Elmo and Patsy in 1979. According to the song, the family matriarch gets intoxicated from ...
  • 21-Dec-2015

    Divorce: Miracle on Pryor Street

    Perhaps Christmas snowflakes were falling on Pryor Street because a very interesting and unusual thing happened in Fulton County Superior Court when I came to a status conference with a client to finalize a divorce. The parties were married for ...
  • 20-Dec-2015

    Tis The Season for Custody and Visitation

    It’s the holiday season and my inbox is especially full. I certainly don’t mind work and I wouldn’t complain about a full inbox. I like staying busy and I enjoy helping my clients, but my heart sometimes breaks for the families I ...
  • 14-Dec-2015

    Divorce: Reality, subject to debate?

    Is reality subject to debate? Really? Like most nuances of divorce, this issue isn't confined to divorce but pervades our culture. It's like whether we've been to the moon, whether the Earth is flat or whether our planet is rapidly, ...
  • 8-Dec-2015

    Divorce: Pets are People Too

    Divorces are really hard. That decision is the proverbial stone in a pond: the ripple effects are felt by many others, not just you. Your kids, in-laws, friends, maybe even your co-workers will feel the sting, and it can be a long and emotionally ...
  • 6-Dec-2015

    Family Law: Blessed Are The Grief Makers?

    Over and over again at the national and state family law conferences to which we are invited to attend and present, there is an ongoing conversation about changes to the practice of law, and in particular, the changes to the practice of family law. ...
  • 3-Dec-2015

    5 Estate Planning Moves to Make Before Year End

    Wrap up 2015 with five smart estate planning moves that will help you protect your assets, your family and start 2016 off on a solid foundation. Have you experienced a notable life or financial change in 2015 such as the purchase or sale of real ...

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