Ten Tips for Charitable Giving

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Making a charitable donation is not only a chance to make a difference: it’s also an excellent way to reduce your tax burden for the year. The tax benefit is considered a compelling reason for making charitable deductions. A tax deduction for charitable giving isn’t guaranteed just because you’re feeling generous, you should consider the… Read more »

Defaulting on a Lawsuit can be prevented

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A client recently contacted me after remembering he had been served with a lawsuit sometime earlier and stuck the lawsuit in his desk, forgetting about it. He called in a panic – afraid he was in default. I have encountered this situation many times because a client hopes “the matter will go away” or that… Read more »

When a Judgment may not be the end of the road….

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A couple months ago, we had a business owner come to us with a five-figure judgment entered against the business. The owner wanted to know the answer to one question: “What should I do?” The one question we didn’t have to ask him was, “How did this happen?” We see this all the time –… Read more »

Revocable Living Trusts

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The Revocable Living Trust has provisions providing for a back-up trustee if you become incapacitated, allowing your business affairs to continue operating even when you are unable to handle them. By having a Revocable Living Trust, your family can avoid having to get a guardianship to manage your assets if you are incapacitated because the… Read more »

If you wish for the State of Georgia to decide who gets your assets after your death, then do not have a Will

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When a person dies without a Will, then that person has died “intestate” and the laws of intestacy apply.  In Georgia, this means your spouse inherits all of your assets if you have no children, and if you do have children, then your spouse gets 1/3 of your assets and the remaining 2/3 is divided… Read more »

Putting the “Client” back into the “Attorney/Client Relationship”

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Every relationship has a set of rules or behaviors put in place by the people involved and honed over time.  Whether parent/child, husband/wife, employer/employee or friends, these rules define the relationship and determine if it is healthy and positive for the participants or if it is destructive.  Often these rules are openly discussed.  However, some… Read more »

Is that a personal guarantee, or are you just happy to see me?

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Personal guarantees are used in many different transactions – from buying and selling a business to applying for a line of credit. The purpose of such guarantees is to protect the seller (or issuer) in the event the purchaser fails to pay according to the parties’ agreement. In most of these transactions, the guarantee is… Read more »