• Athens-Clarke County Georgia

    University of Georgia BulldawgFor many Georgians,  Clarke County Georgia is almost synonymous with its city of Athens, home to the University of Georgia.   UGA’s main campus in Athens comprises 389 buildings on its 759 acres, and altogether its staff and employees number nearly 10,000.   When you combine that with a student body numbering over 33,000 on its Athens campus , you can begin to assess the impact that the school has on the town.  The energy of the students is felt everywhere around town and the student body provides a lot of diversity for the town.
    Family and Children Services, Adoption and Fostering, Child Support, and Fraud are handled through the Department of Human Services (DHS).
    If you want information about Athens-Clarke County ordinances, some traffic violations including DUI, shoplifting, or some alcohol violations, Municipal Court  is Athens-Clarke’s busiest court with over 35,000 cases each year.   Here is information about the Athens-Clarke jail.  And here are links to the addresses of the County Municipal Court, Probate Court, and Juvenile Court.
    If you are visiting Clarke County, HERE’S A SITE with plenty of links for things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.   And the next link can connect you to some of the more rural aspects of Clarke County, including places to ride and board horses.
    And finally, you’re going to appreciate this when you visit.  It’s a link to a city map of Athens GA.

    Attorney Athens-Clarke County

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  • DFCS – Department of Family and Children Services

    Department of Family and Child Services DFCSEach county in Georgia operates its own Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS).   They offer services for issues ranging from Adoption and Child Abuse, to Food Stamps and Medicaid.   As an attorney I represent clients all the time for DFCS issues in counties such as Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Jackson, and Oconee in Georgia.

    You may be wondering why a person would need an attorney to represent them when dealing with DFCS?  The answer is both simple and complex.

    On the one hand, there’s a wide range of services offered by DFCS, so often more than one service is being utilized.  For example, foster care may take place coinciding with a case of child abuse, or food stamps may be needed while a divorce is being finalized.

    But on the other hand, it’s important to know that when you work with DFCS, you are working with their own legal representation.  By law DFCS forms and attorneys must represent the best interests of DFCS.  Where does that leave you?

    Hiring your own local attorney is your best investment in assuring that you will receive all of the benefits provided by law from DFCS.  Don’t let DFCS steamroll you.  They have vast resources and you need DFCS representation to stand up to them.  And it’s important to hire someone who is familiar with all of DFCS forms and rules in your county…. someone who is a lawyer in Barrow, Clarke, Gwinnett, Jackson or Oconee counties for instance.  We know how to protect your rights.

    Give us a call.  We work in additional counties as well and we look forward to helping you when you need it.  Our fees are flexible and reasonable.

    If you want to explore your options in advance of calling us, below are some contact numbers for you.

    To report child abuse, call Child Protective Services at 1-855-422-4453

    For questions about Food Stamps, Medicaid, or Childcare, contact us or the Georgia One Customer Contact Center at 1-877-423-4746

    Here is a link to the location of all Georgia DFCS offices 

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  • 2-1-1 Emergency Help in Northeast Georgia

    2-1-1 Help InformationAs a family lawyer in northeast Georgia, I handle a wide range of issues on your behalf.   Sometimes a prospective client’s needs overlap with community services provided by law, and in those cases there is an emergency help phone number of 2-1-1.    Like its counterpart number 9-1-1, the emergency 2-1-1 number is answered 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.   Here is your LINK TO 211 EMERGENCY HELP IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA.

    The site in the link above provides you access to 2-1-1 help referral service for the following counties in Georgia: Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Stephens.

    2-1-1 was established in 2000 by the Federal Communications Commission as a way that citizens can receive assistance for some of the most basic problems.   Service referral areas include: Food and Clothing Banks, Shelters, Community Meal Assistance, Transportation, Child Care, Tutoring, Home Health Care, Rent and Utilities Assistance, Emergency Suicide Help, and Mental Health concerns.

    2-1-1 is also a good resource for the elderly, for non-English speaking people, for those with reading challenges, as well as for newcomers to the area.  They can also connect you to drug and alcohol intervention.

    Even after you and I complete our legal services together, 2-1-1 is a good source for further assistance in job training and education programs.

    My main law office is in Winder in Barrow County… but I also work in the jurisdictions of Athens/Clarke, Jackson, Oconee, Gwinnett, Madison, and Hall counties in Georgia.

    I will always make myself available to discuss your problems with you.  I can guide you to make sure your rights are protected, and I can connect you to other services in our area that may not require the advice or actions of a Georgia attorney … social services that are provided to you by law.

    CLICK HERE TO search for 2-1-1 help by your category of interest
    If for any reason you have trouble dialing 2-1-1, their direct number for our area is 706-353-1313
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  • Public Notices in Georgia Counties

    Georgia Legal NoticeDo you know what is the purpose of a Georgia Public Notice? If not, you have plenty of company.
    In fact, in America it has been the law since 1789 that information about government-related activities that could impact citizens (bills, orders, resolutions, votes etc) must be made available to the public by publishing in 3 different newspapers.
    Georgia gives you a little extra too.  In Georgia, legal notices are also available by county… and online too.  Below is a link where you can view Public Notices for the Georgia counties we most frequently serve….just enter the county name when you get to the site.


    CLICK HERE, then enter your county to SEARCH



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