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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

The Probate Process in Georgia

Probate is a legal process for settling your estate when you pass on. It comes into play whether you leave a will dictating the distribution of your assets or you die intestate, which is legalese for dying without a will or other inheritance documents in place, such as a living trust.

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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

Probate Terms You Should Know

With more than 45,000 estate cases filed each year, Georgia’s probate courts are busy. Thoughtful estate planning offers adults a way to minimize the intervention of Georgia’s courts in their estates or avoid probate altogether. Every estate is unique and deserves a well-crafted plan, no matter how small or large.

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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

Protection from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, known in the Georgia courts as family violence, creates terrible circumstances for families. In 2019, there were 46,618 reported incidents of family violence in Georgia, and almost 22% of those incidents involved children. Domestic violence impacts too many families, but help can be found in restraining orders, also known as protection orders.

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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

Who Has to Leave the Family Home in a Divorce?

According to data from the National Statistics Office of Georgia, there were 7,643 divorces statewide in 2020. Going through a divorce can be difficult and emotional for all parties involved. During the divorce proceedings, issues of asset division often arise, and the subject of vacating the marital home needs to be addressed.

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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

Can You Appeal a Family Law Case?

Challenging decisions of lower courts remains a vital part of the legal process. According to statistics from the Court of Appeals of Georgia, there were 2,977 total appellate filings in 2020. If you’re not satisfied with the outcome of your family law case, you have the right to appeal the decision.

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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

Understanding Collaborative Divorce

In the state of Georgia, a collaborative divorce is an option available to couples who wish to privately negotiate the divorce terms without going to court. Both spouses will work together with their respective attorneys in a conference room to mutually agree upon the terms of their divorce settlement.

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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

Understanding the Grounds for Divorce in Georgia

Contrary to popular opinion, not every couple that wants to file for divorce has to go to trial. There are several options to consider, and only an experienced divorce lawyer can help you fully explore your options. In this article, we discuss all of the possible scenarios in which individuals in Georgia can seek divorce from their spouses.

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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

Father's Rights in a Custody Action

According to a 2018 study by Custody X Change, fathers in Georgia are likely to receive about 23.5% of child custody time. Determining the parent who gets custody rights in a divorce can be a contentious battle.

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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

Grandparents' Rights in Georgia

According to statistics from GrandFacts, about 218,708 children under 18 years of age in Georgia live with their grandparents. Just like parents, grandparents play an important role in raising their grandchildren in many families across Georgia.

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E. Noreen Banks-Ware

Military Divorce: What You Should Know Going In

Military divorces are just like civilian divorces, right? Not really... Each spouse can hail from a different state, they can both be stationed in a state or country far removed from where they grew up or where they got married, and they may even own property in a third state far away from their current location.

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