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How Facebook Posts Can Hurt Your Case

Facebook is still the most popular game in town.  Although it began with teens, it has now become the most popular online app across the world with young and old, alike.  People use it for a variety of reasons, personal and business.  Think about the ways we use...

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Hands Free Georgia Act – What To Expect

July 1st is a big day for drivers throughout Georgia.  That's the day that the long awaited, much anticipated  Hands Free Georgia Act goes into effect.  This article is to explain the law; what it is, what it means for you and what to do if you break the law or if you...

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5 Tips About Your Driving License

Clients often ask about ways to prevent losing their license after being ticketed for speeding.  Here are some tips regarding your driving license. If you receive a speeding ticket driving over 85 miles per hour on any road or highway or 75 miles per hour on any two...

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It’s Your Right To Ask A Lawyer

Asking for an attorney, If you are being questioned by the police is YOUR right.  It does not matter if you have committed a crime or not.  You have the right to counsel.  It's one of the most basic and fundamental of rights of our justice system - the right to...

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Georgia Long Term Care Background Check Program

The State of Georgia is getting tough on elder abuse cases, which have continued to rise significantly across the state.  On March 15th, 2018, the House passed what will be known as the Georgia Long Term Care Background Check Program Bill.  This, also known as Senate...

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Things You Should Know About Tickets in Georgia

Each state has its own set of laws regarding rules of the highways.  The State of Georgia is no different in that respect.  Some of the laws in Georgia are stricter, while some are not.  All states have mandatory seat belt laws, speed restrictions and requirements on...

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Traffic Stop in Georgia

Seeing blue lights behind you often brings on feelings of panic even when you have done nothing wrong.  This shouldn't be the case but we have conditioned ourselves to the thought that if the police are pulling us over, we must have done something wrong.  A traffic...

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Georgia’s Super Speeder Law

Imagine you are driving your regular business route from Alabama to South Carolina.  It's a beautiful day as you travel along I-75 through Atlanta, Georgia. As you sing along to songs from the radio, traffic is light and you are making excellent time for a mid-Monday...

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Hands Free Driving Law

We all know how frustrating it can be driving behind someone who is distracted by talking on their cell phone.  Studies show that it’s not only distracting, but it’s unsafe as well.  Because of the increased injuries and fatalities related to unsafe cell phone usage...

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Tips for Attending Court

If you have never been to court before, you may no idea on how you should conduct yourself or how to dress.  Here are some helpful tips for attending court . Location Matters Every court room is different.  Judges have personalities too, and they have their own way of...

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Hiring An Attorney Can Save You Money

If you are facing criminal charges, you may think hiring an attorney is a waste of money.  You may be concerned that it will just cost too much.  In fact, even if you plan to plead "guilty" for your charges, having your own attorney is critical. For one thing,...

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Georgia Bail Bond Process

Georgia Bail Bond Process The bonding process in Georgia can be confusing.  The purpose of a "bond" is to provide a financial guarantee that you will return to court for all of your appearances until your case is completed or dismissed.  You, or a family member, pays...

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Why You Should Check For Nursing Home Abuse

You may hear stories of nursing home abuse every day in the news. You may have followed some of the recent celebrity stories or even seen local stories of nursing home abuse on the Atlanta news.  It's hard to believe these things can happen here, so close to home.  In...

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Georgia’s Traffic Citation

Imagine this scenario: Katie is driving to work early one morning.  She's tired from having too little sleep.  She's running late, knowing that one more time she will be fired.  Losing her job will mean she loses her apartment.  She's nearly to the parking lot with 5...

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Without a Single Drop to Drink, You Can Still Get a DUI

Imagine the following: You are driving home late one evening.  Maybe you worked late.  Maybe you are a college student and you met a study group to prepare for upcoming finals.  When you are about half the way home, you see blue lights in your rear view mirror.  You...

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Elderly Abuse Continues to Happen

News channels and investigators all over the Metro Atlanta area continue to report stories with headlines such as: Hidden camera video discovers case of elder abuse Nursing home worker charged with abuse of elderly Those are just two of a long list of cases that made...

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Elder Abuse: Are You Safe At Home?

Are you safe at home? It’s a simple question that family members, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists need to ask their older patients every time they visit.  Why? Because that simple question could open the door toward identifying...

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Bedsores and Other Signs of Elder Abuse

If you have entrusted an elderly loved one's care to professionals at a nursing home, you likely did so based on the assumption that a facility would be able to provide better care than you could. Imagine the horror if you were to find out that your loved one had been...

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Who Pays for Never Events?

Have you ever missed a doctor's appointment only to find that you have been billed for not cancelling within a period of time prior to the appointment?  This is a charge that your insurance company will not pay but you are expected to pay.  The theory behind this is...

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Bedsore Pressure Sore Fact Sheet

What is a Bed Sore or Pressure Sore? Bedsores (also known as Pressure Sores) are areas of damage to the skin and underlying tissue which develops due to prolonged pressure or friction on vulnerable areas of the body.  Typical areas include, the tail bone, sacrum,...

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Can You Sue for Bedsores or Pressure Sores?

Bedsores and pressure sores should never happen while in a hospital, nursing home or other facility.  The bedsore develops due to prolonged pressure or friction on vulnerable areas of the body.  Typical areas include, the tail bone, sacrum, hips, heels and elbows. ...

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Understanding and Recognizing Elder Abuse

In general, elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent acts or omissions by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Federal and State surveys in the mid-‘80s determined that the...

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Frequently Asked Questions During a Civil Deposition

Under the GA Civil Practice Act, opposing counsel has the right to take your deposition upon proper notice. As a party to civil litigation you may be required to appear at a specific time and place to give your oral testimony under oath and taken down by a court...

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Key Deposition Pointers

Key Deposition Pointers A discovery deposition is the oral testimony of a witness taken down under oath and typed in a booklet format. Depositions are often taken in personal injury cases seeking money damages. Your attitude, truthfulness and appearance at the...

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You Have Rights in Criminal and Civil Cases

You have Constitutional and Statutory Rights in Criminal and Civil Cases (Georgia)   The U.S. Constitution, Constitution of the State of GA, and GA Statutes provide a basis for your rights to a Trial by Jury and access to the courts. This is a non-exhaustive list....

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