GA Attorney | Family Law | Criminal Defense | Statesboro | Effingham http://hlg-pc.com The Hall Law Group specializes in Family Law, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Wills & Probate, Criminal Defense & more. Statesboro, GA & Effingham, GA. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:16:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 TOP 4 REASONS NOT TO FILE BANKRUPTCY http://hlg-pc.com/bankruptcy/ http://hlg-pc.com/bankruptcy/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:35:34 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1894 The post TOP 4 REASONS NOT TO FILE BANKRUPTCY appeared first on GA Attorney | Family Law | Criminal Defense | Statesboro | Effingham.

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When you are struggling under the weight of debt, filing for bankruptcy can seem like the answer to all of your problems. There are plenty of good reasons to file for bankruptcy, but here are the top 4 reasons bankruptcy might not be right for you.

1. It’s the wrong kind of debt

There are some kinds of debt that the court looks at differently. Certain debts cannot be considered part of a bankruptcy filing, except in the most extreme cases. If the majority of your debt falls into one of these areas, bankruptcy may not be helpful for you at all. Debts that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy under normal circumstances include:

  • Income Tax Debt
  • Child Support
  • Student Loans
  • Court Ordered Debt

2. Collectors are harassing you

One of the biggest downsides to overwhelming debt is the constant harassment from debt collectors. However, if the sole reason you’re considering filing for bankruptcy comes down to eliminating debt collection calls, there is a better way. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) requires debt collectors to stop calling you if you ask them to. It also prevents them from calling people you know in an effort to “track you down.” Simply telling collectors over the phone isn’t enough, though. Send collectors a certified letter requesting that they cease calling. If any employee of that company calls you after receiving your letter, except to notify you that they are suing you or stopping collection, you can turn the tables on them. Some people have found they can make a bit of money back by suing collection agencies for breaking the FDCPA. Recording phone calls and keeping collection letters from companies who break the rules can give you a leg up when you file a suit against them.

This rule doesn’t apply to the original lender, however. The original lender is in a “business relationship” with you and is permitted to contact you regarding your account. However, these companies are usually not nearly as aggressive (or aggravating) as collection agencies.

3. Blood from a turnip

Creditors can’t take money you don’t have! Some types of income cannot be touched by creditors. Aside from Social Security, unemployment, or welfare, you are safe from most collections. With the exception of unpaid taxes, back child support, and government-guaranteed student loans, creditors cannot garnish your income, seize your assets, or put a lien on property you don’t have. In this case, there may be no point in filing for bankruptcy.

4. A lot of little debt

If your debt is primarily unsecured, you may be sweating the small stuff. Unsecured debt is, essentially, money that was lent with no collateral, such as medical bills and credit card debt. There are ways of dealing with these types of debt that do not include bankruptcy if the amount is small enough.

  • TALK THEM DOWN – Even lenders know that something is better than nothing. Many lenders or collection agencies are willing/authorized to take a “lump sum” payment for a portion of the debt’s value. You may be able to get rid of the debt with a simple conversation and a one-time payment.
  • RENEGOTIATE – Often, lenders are willing to renegotiate the terms of the debt to reduce your interest rate or payment terms. If you can come to an agreement that you can live with, you and your lender will be happier.
  • JUST DON’T – While not the best option, there are instances in which you can simply stop paying and communicating with a lender altogether. Some lenders, believing the debt to be uncollectable, will simply write it off. This generally only works, however, if the debt is small.
  • USE THE “B” WORD – Bankruptcy, that is. If a lender believes that you may file bankruptcy, they will often be more likely to negotiate with you because they believe they will get better terms that they would receive in a bankruptcy settlement. The downside to this is that they are probably correct. Without a bankruptcy attorney working on your behalf, you may not be aware of what your rights are. This could mean you end up paying more than you would have to pay if you did work with a bankruptcy lawyer.

When all is said and done, filing bankruptcy is not for everyone. However, only an attorney who is experienced in handling bankruptcy cases can give you all of the information you need to help you determine whether filing bankruptcy is the right choice for you. At Hall Law Group, P.C. our team can help you decide. Our staff has decades of experience with bankruptcy cases. We have seen the best and worst reasons for filing bankruptcy, and we can help you decide if it is the best choice for you.

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Connect Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards http://hlg-pc.com/readers-choice-awards/ http://hlg-pc.com/readers-choice-awards/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:03:56 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1882 The post Connect Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards appeared first on GA Attorney | Family Law | Criminal Defense | Statesboro | Effingham.

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Thank you, Statesboro, for voting Hall Law Group, P.C. the best in 3 categories in the Connect Magazine’s 2017 Readers Choice Awards. We were thankful for the nomination and are overjoyed with winning the awards. We won awards for:

Best Bankruptcy Law Firm

Best Business Law Firm

Best Full Service Law Firm

 

The Connect Magazine gives Bulloch county readers the chance to vote for their favorite local businesses across many categories. These businesses are judged against competitors, based on similar services. We thoroughly appreciate the vote of confidence given to us by our local community.

 

We strive to provide the best legal service possible, with or without any awards. We know that was must continue to improve and work hard if we want to win these awards again next year. Serving this community has always been and continues to be a privilege of ours, and we look forward to many more years of continued service to Bulloch County.

 

Check us out on pg. 45:

https://issuu.com/twebb/docs/june_2017_magazine

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Bankruptcy and Foreclosure: Finding Room to Breathe http://hlg-pc.com/bankruptcy-foreclosure/ http://hlg-pc.com/bankruptcy-foreclosure/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:31:06 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1780 The post Bankruptcy and Foreclosure: Finding Room to Breathe appeared first on GA Attorney | Family Law | Criminal Defense | Statesboro | Effingham.

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Your home is where you live and play, and it’s the setting for all of the stories of you and your family. Losing it is the last thing you want. However, overwhelming debt can lead to foreclosure. Filing bankruptcy may be the best way to save your home from foreclosure, and find breathing room until you get back on your feet.

Bankruptcy can either delay or end foreclosure.

Filing for bankruptcy is an opportunity, not a guarantee. It is important for you to understand the differences in the options and outcomes whether you file Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, especially if you are facing foreclosure. Whether you are filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, the most the courts can offer is a chance to get your footing and save your home.  As soon as your attorney files your bankruptcy case, the court will grant an automatic stay. This puts an abrupt halt to the foreclosure process. As long as the bankruptcy case is filed before the date of foreclosure, the automatic stay will immediately halt or reverse any actions taken by the lender after the date of filing.

CHAPTER 7 and FORECLOSURE

Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy cannot end a foreclosure, but it can delay it for a time. Once the case is filed, the automatic stay takes effect, you will have a temporary reprieve from making payments on your debt. This will allow you time to save money that can either be used to find new housing. Chapter 7 bankruptcy can also relieve any associated debt like mortgages, home equity loans, and even some tax liability associated with those loans. What filing for Chapter 7 cannot do is guarantee that you will keep your home. What it can do is wipe the slate clean so that you can rebuild your life out from under the weight of immense debt.

Considerations: While filing Chapter 7 is often the easiest and more popular choice for finding debt relief, if you are facing foreclosure, there are some considerations you want to keep in mind.

  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy cannot end a foreclosure.  Once your bankruptcy case is closed, the lender will still be able to pursue foreclosure on your property.
  • You may lose property you don’t want to lose. Because the lender is allowed to pursue foreclosure following your filing, you will likely lose your home, and under Chapter 7, you could also lose other property, as well.
  • Chapter 7 usually only lasts 4 months. For some this is a plus because after 4 months, you have a clean slate to begin anew, but for others looking for a longer reprieve from foreclosure, this is one for the minus column.
  • An Automatic Stay isn’t guaranteed. Under certain circumstances (i.e. someone’s third bankruptcy filing within a year, or if someone has a history of using legal means to delay or stop a foreclosure) the court may lift the automatic stay and allow the lender to continue the foreclosure process before the case is closed. This can mean less time to save money to find an alternative housing option.

If losing your home is inevitable, and gaining a fresh start is your ultimate goal, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is likely the best option for you. Working with your bankruptcy attorney to determine what the best choice is will help you avoid giving up more than you need to as you make the choice to confront and eliminate overwhelming debt.

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CHAPTER 13 and FORECLOSURE

If there is a chance that you can hold on to your home, filing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy may be the right choice for you. In the case of Chapter 13 bankruptcies, you may be able to keep your home if you and your attorney can present a plan to the courts that pays off your mortgage arrears over time while continuing to pay the current mortgage payment. Through Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you and your attorney can work with your other creditors to lower or remove interest altogether, reduce payments and sometimes negotiate down debt so that you can have the breathing room you need to be able to make your mortgage payments and keep your home.

Considerations: While filing Chapter 13 may seem like the ideal solution, there are, as always, a few things to consider.

  • Chapter 13 bankruptcy does not remove ALL debt. While you and your attorney will work with creditors to lower your bills, you will not be left with the “clean slate” that filing Chapter 7 can offer.
  • You still may not be able to keep your home. Chapter 13 gives you a chance to work with creditors, but if you are unable to present an acceptable plan to pay back your arrears and maintain your mortgage payments, your creditor may be able to continue with the foreclosure once the case is closed.

The right bankruptcy attorney can help you choose.

When you and your family are facing the burden of debt and foreclosure, having the right attorney working with you can make all the difference. At Hall Law Group, PC our team of bankruptcy attorneys and staff have decades of experience helping others just like you make the right decision. We can help you decide which course of action will be best for you to move forward with the brightest possible future. Don’t let overwhelming debt result in foreclosure. Call today to schedule a consultation and let us help you take the right steps to find room to breathe again. (800) 652-1791

 

 

 

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Bankruptcy: The First 5 Steps http://hlg-pc.com/bankruptcy-first-5-steps/ http://hlg-pc.com/bankruptcy-first-5-steps/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:34:47 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1782 The post Bankruptcy: The First 5 Steps appeared first on GA Attorney | Family Law | Criminal Defense | Statesboro | Effingham.

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Filing bankruptcy can provide relief and ease the burden of debt so you can get back on your feet. Filing bankruptcy can stop foreclosure, repossessions, and wage garnishments and bring an end to relentless calls from creditors and debt collection agencies.  Each of these benefits of bankruptcy  has a tremendous impact on your financial and personal wellbeing. Once you have determined that bankruptcy is the right choice for you, there are steps you should take to prepare for your filing. 

Understand what your options are before filing bankruptcy.

There is plenty you can do to prepare for filing bankruptcy. By reading this, you’re already one step closer.  Doing your homework so that you have a good understanding of the language and your options regarding filing, and finding a bankruptcy attorney who can best represent you are important first steps in helping your bankruptcy succeed. Understanding what your options are and the process ahead helps to ensure that you have a smooth path along this journey. While it’s best to have a bankruptcy attorney working for you to help you understand and make the best choices, doing research before you meet with your lawyer can give you a solid leg up in your case.

Review your financial situation.

Take some time to do a detailed review of your income and expenses. Make a list of all of your assets including property you own and your regular income. Compare this to your expenses including any tax debt, loans, medical bills, etc. This simple step can do two very important things. First, it can help you gain a more realistic sense of the magnitude of your debt. Creditors can be overbearing, and by getting your finances in order, you may discover that the amount of debt you face may not be as overwhelming as it feels.  The second benefit of this step is that it can help you and your attorney determine whether filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy will be the right choice for you.

Gather documents.

When you are preparing to file for bankruptcy, you will need to gather the necessary documents that will help you, your bankruptcy attorney, and the courts determine the best course of action. This includes your credit reports, tax information, pay stubs, loan documents, and titles to any property you own. Each of these, when considered together, will help your attorney plan the best course of action and will be required by the courts in order to assist in determining your case. Your bankruptcy lawyer will provide you with list of any other documents that you need before filing your bankruptcy case.  Walking into the attorney’s office for your bankruptcy consultation with these items will save time and will give your attorney the best possible idea of how to help you.

Get credit counseling.

In the State of Georgia, attending two credit counseling sessions is required in order to file for bankruptcy. One of these courses must be completed before filing, or your case cannot be filed. These courses must be taken through state approved agencies and can be completed online or over the telephone. Many online courses will allow you to print your certificate of completion immediately. This will help you get the ball rolling on your bankruptcy much faster and will save you a step or two once you meet with your bankruptcy attorney. The second session is to be completed after you file, but before your case is discharged. Both courses are meant to help you move forward from your bankruptcy with a better understanding of how to avoid overwhelming debt in the future.

Find a good bankruptcy lawyer.

Once you’ve done your research, have a solid idea of your financial standing, and a basic knowledge of what filing bankruptcy will mean for you, it’s time to find a bankruptcy attorney. A good bankruptcy attorney will walk you through the process. Finding a bankruptcy law firm such as Hall Law Group, PC is crucial to getting the best outcome for your case.  Hall Law Group, PC has decades of experience helping people with bankruptcy and is dedicated to helping each individual client. It’s also important to have a lawyer on your side who will help you understand what’s happening along the way, so that you can make the most informed decisions about your future.

At Hall Law Group, P.C., it is our goal to help ease the burden of debt and get you the best possible outcome for your case. Our bankruptcy team will walk you through your bankruptcy with as little stress as possible. If you still are not sure about whether filing for bankruptcy is the right choice for you, submit a  free Bankruptcy Case Evaluation or take our 60 Second Financial Check-Up Quiz . Then, call us and let us put our experience to work for you. (800) 652-1791

 

 

 

 

 

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HLG Named 2017 GLSP Pro Bono Catalyst Award Winner http://hlg-pc.com/hlg-named-2017-glsp-pro-bono-catalyst-award-winner/ http://hlg-pc.com/hlg-named-2017-glsp-pro-bono-catalyst-award-winner/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:57:08 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1680 The Hall Law Group was honored to receive recognition as the 2017 GLSP Pro Bono Catalyst Award. This award serves to recognize their work to recruit attorneys in outlying counties to the Pro Bono cause. The firm has worked diligently to find help for underprivileged clients who could not afford representation in matters where abuse has […]

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The Hall Law Group was honored to receive recognition as the 2017 GLSP Pro Bono Catalyst Award. This award serves to recognize their work to recruit attorneys in outlying counties to the Pro Bono cause. The firm has worked diligently to find help for underprivileged clients who could not afford representation in matters where abuse has occurred.

The Pro Bono Project is a joint project of the Georgia State Bar and the Georgia Legal Services Project, which helps Georgians find the services and resources they need to handle their civil cases by placing them with private attorneys who handle the cases on a Pro Bono or reduced fee basis. Through the Georgia Legal Service Project, a non-profit legal firm with locations across the state, Georgians, who might otherwise be unable to receive the justice they deserve due to lack of funds, are being avidly represented by experienced attorneys.

 

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3 Things to Consider when Looking for a DUI Defense Lawyer http://hlg-pc.com/3-things-consider-looking-dui-defense-lawyer/ http://hlg-pc.com/3-things-consider-looking-dui-defense-lawyer/#respond Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:27:24 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1656 The post 3 Things to Consider when Looking for a DUI Defense Lawyer appeared first on GA Attorney | Family Law | Criminal Defense | Statesboro | Effingham.

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Over 1 million drivers are arrested each year for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Drugs, or a combination of the two. Driving Under the Influence is a serious charge with potentially severe consequences. If you are arrested for Driving Under the Influence, your criminal record and driving privileges are at stake; thus, it is imperative that you act quickly in securing competent, aggressive legal representation. A skilled DUI trial attorney can help you navigate the complex legal system and answer questions regarding your pending charges and driving privileges, all the while relieving some of the stress you may be experiencing. There are many DUI attorneys across Statesboro and surrounding areas, but not all can achieve the best outcome for your case. It is critical that the defense attorney you choose have substantial trial experience, proven success in the specific field of DUI law, and an approachable demeanor in discussing the facts surrounding your individual case.

An arrest for Driving Under the Influence can have an immediate impact on your everyday life and can negatively affect your driving privileges, your employment, and your family as a whole. A conviction may lead to potential jail time, probation, hefty fines, alcohol and/or drug treatment, and a twelve-month suspension of your driver’s license. Effective legal representation can help you better understand the charges against you and recommend the best way to approach your case.

To maximize your options and get the possible outcome for your case, it is important to consider these three things when choosing a DUI trial attorney:

  1. Look for someone with extensive criminal law and courtroom experience.

A great DUI attorney works on cases like yours every day and is prepared to handle any twist or turn that may unfold. He or she will know the best strategies to achieve desirable results within the confines of the law. This is the legal expert you want in your corner.

  1. Hire locally. 

A local attorney is likely to be more familiar with the courts, judges, and prosecutors where your case will be handled. By enlisting the expertise of an attorney with firsthand experience, you will have a better idea of what to expect and how long your case may take, from start to finish, in a given jurisdiction.

  1. Behind every great attorney is a great staff.

It is important to meet the other professional staff in your perspective attorney’s office, such as the paralegal who will be assisting in your case or other attorneys within the firm who may collaborate as your case progresses. You will feel even more confident with the status of your case, knowing that you not only have one talented attorney at your side, but an entire team of individuals who pride themselves in making your case a priority.

You deserve a hardworking, genuine legal advocate who is looking out for your very best interest. The Hall Law Group, P.C. has successfully represented countless satisfied clients on various criminal charges, including a substantial number of DUIs. We continue to be aggressive advocates for each and every client. Our attorneys, collectively, have nearly 60 yrs. of experience, and your DUI case will be handled effectively by a skilled trial attorney who appears in court nearly every day. Since 1990, our local offices have been open to serve the citizens of this community. Our experienced, qualified, and passionate DUI defense team is ready and eager to assist you today.

If you or someone you know is seeking a DUI defense attorney, contact the Hall Law Group, P.C. to schedule your free consultation. We have two South Georgia locations to serve you:
Statesboro Office: 5 Oak St. (just around the corner from the courthouse)
(912) 764-6757

Springfield Office: 2036 Hwy 21 South
(912) 754-7078

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How Divorce Lawyers Help Their Clients http://hlg-pc.com/divorce-lawyers-help-clients/ http://hlg-pc.com/divorce-lawyers-help-clients/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:33:30 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1585 Divorce is strikingly common in the United States. Statistics indicate that some 40 to 50% of all first marriages will eventually end in divorce, as will 60% of all second marriages. While the transition from marriage to separation to divorce is a difficult one for many couples, it’s important to make the process as smooth […]

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divorce lawyersDivorce is strikingly common in the United States. Statistics indicate that some 40 to 50% of all first marriages will eventually end in divorce, as will 60% of all second marriages. While the transition from marriage to separation to divorce is a difficult one for many couples, it’s important to make the process as smooth and simple as possible to help the both of you move on with the rest of your lives as best as you possibly can. Hiring an attorney for divorce legal services can help you in more ways than one.

Here’s how.

  • Sort Through the Jargon:
    Divorce lawyers understand all of the legal terminology that can be difficult for the average person to grasp. Because divorce procedures can vary widely by state, it’s important to have someone explain to you your rights, options, and possible courses of action in plain english that’s easy to understand.
  • Serve As a Mediator:
    Some divorces can be particularly messy, and that’s an understatement. It may be difficult for both partners to come to a mutual understanding, and in some cases, even be in the same room without breaking down into a vicious argument. Even when you spouses are still on speaking terms, it’s helpful to have third parties to ensure healthy, productive conversations are happening.

    When you’ve known someone for a very long time — and divorces occur on average after nine years of marriage — keeping your emotions off the table when it comes time to negotiate settlement terms and agreements may be virtually impossible. Divorce lawyers can serve as mediators in these situations, speaking on your behalf and working with your best interests in mind.
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  • Represent You in Court:
    In the event that a case needs to be settled in court, especially where child custody is concerned, divorce lawyers are there to represent you. There are some 14.4 million custodial parents living in the United States, but only about half (48.6%) of them have some sort of legal or informal child support agreement in place. Settling these matters in court from the start can save you a lot of frustration down the road.

When you’re going through a divorce, never be afraid to ask for help. Find a law firm that will have your back and help you through this emotional time. The most important reason to work with a lawyer may simply be the reassurance that you’re not alone.

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How to Find the Right Divorce Lawyer for You http://hlg-pc.com/find-right-divorce-lawyer/ http://hlg-pc.com/find-right-divorce-lawyer/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:27:21 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1573 Divorce is an unfortunate, messy business, but for many couples, hiring a divorce lawyer is a necessary evil. There are about 876,000 divorces every year in the U.S. alone, which translates to 16,800 every week, 2,400 every day, or one every 36 seconds. If you are considering or are currently going through a divorce, know […]

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divorce lawyerDivorce is an unfortunate, messy business, but for many couples, hiring a divorce lawyer is a necessary evil. There are about 876,000 divorces every year in the U.S. alone, which translates to 16,800 every week, 2,400 every day, or one every 36 seconds.

If you are considering or are currently going through a divorce, know how to find the right lawyer for the job. While there are endless divorce lawyers, there may only be a select few who are truly capable of handling your case, since every situation is unique.

Before you sign on with an attorney, consider these three important factors that will influence your decision-making and ensure you get the proper guidance throughout the entirety of the legal process.

  • Affordability
    One of the foremost things on many people’s minds when they are both going through a separation and in need of legal assistance to do so is cost. Whether you have a complicated financial entanglement with your spouse or you’re simply concerned about the costs of divorce proceedings, be sure to research a lawyer’s fees.

    While a more experienced attorney will be able to handle difficult situations with ease, you may be able to save on expenses by taking a gamble on a younger or less experienced lawyer who may be just as equally capable.
  • Family Ties
    When there are children involved in the termination of a marriage, it’s vital to contract a divorce lawyer who understands family law, especially as it pertains to state regulations. In Georgia, for example, a child is free to determine where he or she would like to live after age 14. Between ages 11 and 14, a court will take into consideration the child’s wishes in deciding custody arrangements.
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  • Compatibility
    Perhaps the most important and often overlooked factor when choosing a divorce lawyer is your ability to speak and work with them comfortably. After all, you will often be required to disclose sensitive personal information in regards to your marriage so that you can build the best case possible to see the results you desire.

    At any rate, you’ll want someone you can talk to and trust during this difficult time; according to some research, a man’s chances of depression or heart attack double after a divorce, and their risk of suicide may also increase. Find a lawyer who’s not just a hired hand, but a helping one.

Just because you’re going through a divorce doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Take the time to find a lawyer to suit your needs — financially, legally, and emotionally.

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Superior Court Jurisdiction http://hlg-pc.com/superior-court-jurisdiction/ http://hlg-pc.com/superior-court-jurisdiction/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:49:54 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1564 The Superior Court is Georgia’s general jurisdiction trial court that handles both civil and criminal law actions. Superior Court Judges preside over cases involving felonies, divorces, child custody, child support, juvenile delinquency, DFACS and equity issues. In addition, the court handles various other civil disputes. The Superior Court also has concurrent jurisdiction with local limited […]

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The Superior Court is Georgia’s general jurisdiction trial court that handles both civil and criminal law actions. Superior Court Judges preside over cases involving felonies, divorces, child custody, child support, juvenile delinquency, DFACS and equity issues. In addition, the court handles various other civil disputes. The Superior Court also has concurrent jurisdiction with local limited jurisdiction trial courts such as the Magistrate Court (civil disputes less than $15,001), the Probate Court, and the State Court (misdemeanors and lawsuits not involving equity disputes).

Superior Courts are organized into 10 Judicial Districts, comprising 49 judicial circuits and 205 judges. Each county has its own Superior Court, although a judge may serve in more than one county. Each circuit has a Chief Superior Court judge and a number of other judges as sanctioned by the General Assembly. The chief judge handles the administrative tasks for each circuit.

The Ogeechee Circuit is comprised of Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins and Screven counties. It has three judges, William E. Woodrum, Jr., John R. Turner and F. Gates Peed. Judge Turner is retiring at the end of his term ending December, 2016. The election for Judge Turner’s successor is May 24, 2016.

Superior Court judges are constitutional officers elected to four-year terms in circuit-wide nonpartisan elections. To qualify as a Superior Court judge, a candidate must be at least 30 years old, a citizen of Georgia for at least three years, and have practiced law for at least seven years. Citizens from all four counties in the Ogeechee Circuit vote on May 24, 2016 to elect their Superior Court Judges.

For more information go to http://www.ogeecheecircuit.org

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Cooperative Parenting Institute Divorce Rules http://hlg-pc.com/cooperative-parenting-institute-divorce-rules/ http://hlg-pc.com/cooperative-parenting-institute-divorce-rules/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:37:50 +0000 http://hlg-pc.com/?p=1367 Dear Mom and Dad, I’m just a kid, so please…. Do not talk badly about my other parent. (This makes me feel torn apart! It also makes me feel bad about myself.) Do not talk about my other parent’s friends or relatives. (Let me care for someone even if you don’t.) Do not talk about […]

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Dear Mom and Dad,
I’m just a kid, so please….

  1. Do not talk badly about my other parent. (This makes me feel torn apart! It also makes me feel bad about myself.)
  2. Do not talk about my other parent’s friends or relatives. (Let me care for someone even if you don’t.)
  3. Do not talk about the divorce or other grown-up stuff. (This makes me feel sick. Please leave me out of it.)
  4. Do not talk about child support. (This makes me feel guilty or like I’m a possession instead of your kid.)
  5. Do not make me feel bad when I enjoy time with my other parent. (This makes me afraid to tell you things.)
  6. Do not block my visits or prevent me from speaking to my other parent on the phone. (This makes me very upset.)
  7. Do not interrupt my time with my other parent by calling too much or by planning my activities during our time together.
  8. Do not argue in front of me or on the phone when I can hear you. (This turns my stomach inside out!)
  9. Do not ask me to spy for you when I’m at my other parent’s home. (This makes me feel disloyal and dishonest.)
  10. Do not ask me to keep secrets from my other parent. (Secrets make me feel anxious.)
  11. Do not ask me questions about my other parent’s life. (This makes me uncomfortable. Just let me tell you.)
  12. Do not give me verbal messages to deliver to my other parent. (I end up feeling anxious about their reaction. Please call them, leave them a message at work or put a note in the mail.)
  13. Do not send written messages with me or place them in my bag. (This also makes me uncomfortable.)
  14. Do not blame my other parent for the divorce or for things that go wrong in your life. (This really feels terrible! I end up wanting to defend them from your attack. Sometimes it makes me feel sorry for you and want to protect you. I just want to be a kid, so please, please…stop putting me in the middle!)
  15. Do not treat me like an adult. (It causes way too much stress for me.) Please find a friend or therapist to talk with.
  16. Do not ignore my other parent or sit on opposite sides of the room during my school or sports activities. (This makes me feel sad and embarrassed. Please act like parents and be friendly, even if it is just for me.)
  17. Do let me take items to my other home as long as I can carry them back and forth. (Otherwise it feels like you are treating me like a possession.)
  18. Do not use guilt to pressure me to love you more and do not ask me where I want to live.
  19. Do realize that I have two homes, not just one. (It doesn’t matter how much time I spent there.) I’d also really appreciate it if you would let my other parent come into our house every now and then, because it’s my home too!
  20. Do let me love both of you and see each of you as much as possible!

 

Thanks!
Your Loving Child
XXXX OOOO

 

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