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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Georgia on
Q: Do I have to pay HELOC that was part of a bankruptcy? Is a HELOC recorded at court as a lean on the house?

There is no mortgage on the house. Gwinnett county records indicate a 43,000$ lean on house. Chase claims I owe $113,000 on the HELOC.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Feb 2, 2023

You should have your bankruptcy lawyer pull those records asap and determine the amount owed and payment status, if any.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: How to contest Legitimation against my children's biological father?

My children's dad all of a sudden wants legal rights, my boys are 3 and 6. He has not been consistent with being there for them, making a bond or providing financially. It baffles me as to why he wants to proceed with this case other than to hurt us emotionally and mentally, and continue to be... Read more »

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Feb 2, 2023

Your kids are of such a young age that you may not be able to stop the court from allowing the father to legitimize. If he petitions the court for legitimation and asks for visitation, I would hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Georgia on
Q: Part of my neighbor's fence has been in my backyard. I now need it moved. He is ignoring me about this, what can I do?

His fence was partially in my yard when I bought the place 8 yrs. ago & he knows that. I did say anything to him at that time.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Feb 1, 2023

Hire a competent GA attorney now that conducts real property litigation. If you do not file suit for the Boundary Line Action, you will acquiesce to the present fence line which is physically ascertainable. Title to both properties should be searched for the common boundary. A surveyor may be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Can a previously closed court ordered cs case (closed by the mother), be reopened?

Previous case was court ordered. Closed by the mother to allow the father to obtain a better job, after verbal agreement was made for father to make payments on his own. After a year in a half of making payments on his own, the father just went back on the agreement and stopped making payments. Can... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Feb 1, 2023

The court order does not go away just because a child support payee closes a case with child support enforcement. The order is still valid and most likely the case can be reopened.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Can a previously closed court ordered cs case (closed by the mother), be reopened?

Previous case was court ordered. Closed by the mother to allow the father to obtain a better job, after verbal agreement was made for father to make payments on his own. After a year in a half of making payments on his own, the father just went back on the agreement and stopped making payments. Can... Read more »

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Feb 1, 2023

The mother can continue to seek child support over and over until the child no longer qualifies for support, according to the law. Closing a child support case does not mean you cannot later open another case or file in superior court for child support. She never loses her right as the custodial... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: individual to do appraisal of valuable photos refuses to return photos. What do I do?

My mom was looking to sell photos that were taken by her mom of famous people, i.e. JFK , Astronauts john Glenn Shepard and their are many. She was to review and appraisal first and then we would go from their as to how much they are worth. She owned a Junk/Antiques and local pawn shop, The... Read more »

Robbie Levin
Robbie Levin
answered on Feb 1, 2023

If someone refuses to return your property to you, then they are committing a theft. You can call the police. You could also hire an attorney to "politely" ask the person to return the property.

For more information, visit my website at www.LevinLawyerGa.com

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for Georgia on
Q: If 30A is trademarked can I use thirty-a?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Jan 31, 2023

No.

You should consult with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Georgia on
Q: How do I go about getting some terms clarified in a separation agreement from my previous employer? I was recently fired

There are terms in the agreement that are vague. For future employment, terms like affiliates and related entities in the future concern me. My previous employer is a company that takes referrals from other doctors. I'm concerned that if I sign it, I won't be able to find another job in... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Jan 31, 2023

If you have questions or concerns about signing the agreement you've been given, then you should contact a Georgia employment attorney to review your contract and discuss the circumstances of your separation. It's important to understand your rights and responsibilities prior to deciding... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Education Law for Georgia on
Q: Can you sue a school for failing to notify a parent of a broken leg at school? Someone else called to inform mom.

My aunt was on site picking up her child when my nephew broke his leg around 2 pm. He was playing basketball at school while waiting on the busses to arrive. The school called the ambulance but never called his mom to notify her. She drove to the school (after my aunt called her) then followed the... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 30, 2023

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. An important issue here would be the damages resulting from failure to notify a parent. It looks like timely response was made to summon an ambulance. The hospital delay does not appear to be the fault of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: my husband child support case close now reopened without his knowledge now he is penalized

the case was supposed to be closed because the order states but the mother went back and had it reopend because the kids are in their last year of school the children are both 18 he was not notified and his employer was not informed

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Simply because a case is closed does not mean it cannot be reopened. In the state of GA child support should be paid until the children turn 18 and have graduated from high school, that is, if it is a GA child support order. If the order was signed in another state, then the non-custodial parent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: How do I get the father rights taken? What are the main reasons a judge will take a fathers rights?

I have full custody. My divorce decree states that he must pay child support and supervised visitations

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

There is not enough information here for me to respond as to whether the father's parental rights can be terminated. You could file for child abandonment, based on what you have written, if he has not paid child support or seen the child. But I'm not sure if what you have written would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: In Georgia can the Attorney for Child Support Recovery deny the CP from going before the judge if the CP requests it?

Refiled with Child Support 6/2022...after 5 years of non payment... NCP went into office 11/2022 after multiple attempts to serve at residence and paid 2k and sign continuance for court 1/25/23. NCP did not make any 12/2022 or 1/2023 payment. At the time of this court date NCP has new job of 3... Read more »

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

The attorney for the state represents the child, not the mother. If you did not get an opportunity to speak in Court, the attorney for the state must have thought your testimony wasn't necessary. If you don't like how child support enforcement is seeking to obtain arrears, hire a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What proof do I need to show I have 2 other children I’m obligated to?

I also receive ebt as well as Medicaid for myself and my son as I am low income. How will this affect my ability to pay child support to another child with a different father other than the two I have now.

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Child support is based on your gross monthly income. If you are unemployed, the court will impute minimum wage and use that as your gross monthly income. Being low income doesn't affect your ability to pay child support, nor does having additional biological children whom you support. Those... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Title 15 - COURTS Chapter 11 - JUVENILE CODE Article 3 - DEPENDENCY PROCEEDINGS Part 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS

How do I start the process of getting to see my son and start the legal proceedings to obtain custody help.

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

It is unclear from your question whether you are the mother or father of the child. If you are the mother, if your child was taken from your custody, you should have a hearing, in order for the state to provide you with the reasons why they feel the child should have been removed from your home.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Sister in law claims we have a dcfs case but we havent seen a case worker or judge. Can we go get out children from her

Sister in law refuses to give us our children back claims dcfs gave her custody but we havent had a court hearing or a case worker

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

If you have not seen any paperwork that provides your sister in law with temporary custody or guardianship, her refusal to produce your children could be considered kidnapping. I would advise you to contact the juvenile court and see if there is a case involving your minor children. I would also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: My 16-year-old daughter wants to be adopted by her stepdad (my husband)

My 16-year-old daughter wants to be adopted by her stepdad (my husband). Her birth father has not paid child support since early 2020, has not seen her since mid-2020 (June or July) and has not contacted her since end of 2020 (December). I have attempted to contact him with no luck in getting... Read more »

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

You can contact the father to see if he will sign paperwork to consent to the adoption. You can also file to terminate his parental rights so the child can be adopted. I would seek an attorney who can assist you, as there are some who dedicate a part of their practice to the field of adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can they terminate my rights to my children if the father has chosen to do drugs?

They have been in foster care for 18 months and talking about termination because their father is on drugs. But I have everything that was required in order for my kids to come home.

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

If you are still living with the father after 18 months of your children being in foster care, the Court has likely determined that the children can't be released back into your home, if the father is not sober. There appear to be some details that have been left out if the Court is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Georgia on
Q: Can I get the mortgage amount and renovations cost from the estate of my deceased parents?

This is property that I inherited with 2 siblings back in 2016 after my parents death. I paid off the mortgage in full and did 30k of exterior renovations. We are currently in the process of selling the property and I would like to get back 2/3 of the mortgage and renovations off the sale of the... Read more »

James Clifton
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James Clifton
answered on Jan 28, 2023

If you and your siblings cannot agree regarding the reimbursement, this will be a question that must be presented to the probate court. You would present your case as a subsequent creditor of the estate for estate debts incurred and seek reimbursement. The documentation you have will be helpful in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Georgia on
Q: In the state of Georgia is there a policy on how accidents are investigated. processed and recorded?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 28, 2023

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. However, accidents nationwide could be investigated by various entities, including insurance companies, departments of transportation, departments of highway safety, and outside agencies. Different entities could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Support and Military Law for Georgia on
Q: What documents do I need to file for garnishment for child support through the N/C VA disability compensation in GA?

Our divorce decree states that I can garnish him if he’s one month behind. But now he’s gotten almost 18k behind through child support enforcement within the last 6 years of divorcing. Before I file these documents with the courts, should I close my child support enforcement case or should I... Read more »

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 27, 2023

I would advise you to hire a private attorney who can file an action for contempt for the total amount of the arrears. In that case your attorney can see the arrears as well as attorney's fees, so that the Court may award you the cost of your attorney in your judgment. Once the case is... Read more »

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