In civil litigation, the law provides pre-trial legal procedures that allow both sides to gather information from the opposing party, called “discovery.” The information gathered during discovery can be helpful in allowing a party to evaluate his/her own case, or in settlement negotiations or if the case goes to trial. One of the discovery tools […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Preparing for Trial: A Brief Look at Depositions
If you have never been involved in litigation before, you may not know what to expect. In today’s post we will give you some general guidance as to what is involved procedurally in a typical lawsuit. Lawsuit Basics. All civil lawsuits start with the filing of a complaint (or, in some instances, a petition). Essentially, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Anatomy of a Civil Lawsuit: What to Expect if You Sue or Get Sued
If you sign a lease with your landlord, you generally cannot legally break it without facing legal or financial consequences. Unless… You run into certain situations. Here are 2 of them. The Rental Unit Violates Health and Safety Codes or is Unsafe. Under Georgia law, landlords are required to provide housing that is fit and […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on 2 Legal Grounds for Breaking Your Lease in Georgia
So, you think you want to become a Board Member of your Homeowner’s Association? Then you will want to make sure you clearly understand your duties—including your fiduciary duties. The Laws Governing Duties of Homeowners’ Association Board Members. In Georgia, where we practice, the law governing the creation and operation of homeowners’ associations (“HOA”) and […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Fiduciary Duties of HOA Board Members
Not many people like paying their attorney, but nobody like paying taxes. Yet here in Georgia, our local government runs on property taxes. That is the main reason why Georgia law imposes severe penalties for failing to pay them. In fact, not paying your property taxes could lead you to lose your home in foreclosure. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on And…Sold! For Unpaid Taxes. Can You Get Your House Back?
What do you call it when you do not own a specific parcel of private property, and you don’t occupy it, nor do you have the right to possess it, but nevertheless you can use and enjoy it? Give up? It’s an easement. What Is an Easement? Property ownership and the conflicting rights of others […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Easing Into it: The Basics of Easements