• Untimely Trash

     Georgia Strange LawsIt seems that a Georgia law case made national news recently.  In the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, a garbage collector began his route at 5:00 a.m. – – two hours before a Sandy Springs ordinance specified that trash collection could begin.
    According to FindLaw.com, the worker was a recent employee of the waste management company.  The Sandy Springs residents had complained about early morning trash pick-ups that woke them up, and an ordinance limited the hours of pick up from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    The waste management employee was surprised to discover that he’d earned a 30-day jail sentence and also a period of probation – – punishment for arriving early for his job.


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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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  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Debt Relief

    For folks who cannot pay their debts, Chapter 7 bankruptcy is one method of resolving the issue.
    Under Chapter 7, a trustee may arrange to liquidate (sell) assets that the debtor may have, in order to satisfy the amount of the debt.  However, in most cases a person will have sufficient exemptions to protect their assets.  With Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your unsecured debts such as credit cards or medical bills are discharged, and then you begin again with no credit obligations.  You have the option of keeping secured property such as a house or car, or to give back to the creditor.
    Chapter 7 bankruptcy has consequences however, and some of those consequences last for years.  So it’s important to use a qualified bankruptcy attorney to make sure you’re aware of all of your options.
    After the paperwork is filed, you can expect 4-6 months for the process to be complete.   A typical filing fee is approximately $335 and that includes $25 for required credit counseling.  However, an automatic “stay” goes into effect upon filing which prevents continued collection activities.
    There is an income qualification for Chapter 7, but similar to taxes, there are exemptions and deductions that may be used to qualify you.
    We will help you determine if Chapter 7 is the right choice for you.  Sometimes there are still other types of debts that may not be discharged, even after filing Chapter 7 protection.   Some examples are debts such as: some but not all taxes, alimony, or child support etc.   We will examine your overall financial condition (foreclosure? wage garnishment?) to help you make the right informed choices.
    Give us a call and let’s get started.  Our firm is a Georgia Debt Relief Agency and we help you file under Title 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.    We can help.

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  • Georgia Legal Resources and Updates

    Similar to real estate, many legal issues apply to a specific ‘location’.  It’s one of the reasons we concentrate our business in Georgia jurisdictions and northeast Georgia counties where we are well informed about their own policies and procedures.  This enhances our abilities both the courtroom and the settlement table, and you benefit from our local experience.

    ***  For those of you who want to know the latest legal happenings in the state of Georgia, we offer you this link to the 2014 Georgia Legal Almanac.  Here you’ll find the most recent GA verdicts, statistics, appeals decisions and settlements … plus an overview of information that Georgia attorneys use as well.
    ***  Read how a person was punished for arriving early for work.
    ***  A Jury Has Awarded $3.8 million dollars to a truck driver who was badly injured in a wreck in Newton County GA.


    ***We intend to share many legal resources and updates with you. This is a page we are now developing, so we appreciate your patience as we add information.


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