Questions for a Sandy Springs DUI lawyer

Posted by William H. Sherman | May 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Traditionally, many people feel that a shower “sobers” someone up. In movies and in books it is common for a character to take a shower to help regain sobriety. However, taking a shower does not actually “sober” someone up in the technical sense of lowering their blood-alcohol concentration. A hot shower or a cold shower does not have an effect on alcohol that has been ingested into your body.

I need a Roswell, Georgia, Divorce lawyer now!

Posted by William H. Sherman | May 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

As Roswell divorce attorneys we deal with “money issues” and “child issues” every day. Pensions and 401 (k)’s are divided using what’s known as a QDRO (a Qualified Domestic Relations Order). We draft many QDRO’s. Child support and child custody are common issues in divorce. The Georgia child support guidelines are used to determine child support payments and the standard for child custody is the best interests of the child.

Child custody: my husband is crazy

Posted by William H. Sherman | Apr 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Child custody is determined by a judge or jury based upon “the best interests of the child.” This allows a court to fashion a situation that keeps the kids safe and gives them the best chance of thriving.

I got another DUI, this time in Alpharetta.

Posted by William H. Sherman | Mar 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Under Georgia law, each subsequent DUI is punished more severely. So it comes as no surprise that a second DUI carries more severe ramifications than a first DUI, and a sentence for a third DUI is yet sterner. Interestingly, because Georgia is composed of many counties and cities, each entity has a wide range of latitude to craft its own sentences. Each county and municipal court can vary slightly (or sometimes not so slightly) in how it sentences for DUI. Sentence conditions like jail time, community service, fines, and probationary period can vary between jurisdictions even for the exact same charge.

I want custody of my daughter

Posted by William H. Sherman | Mar 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The primary consideration for a Georgia court in a custody matter is “the best interest of the child.” The court wants there be the least impact as possible on the child. The judge wants the child’s routine to remain normal and stable since children do best when they feel comfortable, safe, and protected. A court will consider a number of factors when making a custody decision, including: the age and health of the child, the jobs and careers of the couple, which parent is handling primary parenting responsibilities, the child’s preference of parent, the emotional ties between the parents and the child, the time each parent spent with the children in the past, history of family violence, alcoholism or drug abuse, and parental skills.

Last Will and Testament: What Makes a Will Valid in Georgia?

Posted by William H. Sherman | Mar 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since a will can be considered invalid by a court, it’s crucial that the will be drafted in accordance with Georgia law. To be valid under the law, the last will and testament must have three features: a will must be in writing; a will must be signed; and a will must have two witnesses. If any of these three criteria are not met, the will fails under Georgia law and is invalid.

I think I need a prenuptial agreement

Posted by William H. Sherman | Mar 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many people will not get married without a written prenup in place. A prenup protects men and women from having to give up or lose assets to which they are entitled, assets the other spouse did not help them acquire. Because it offers needed protections, security and peace of mind, many clients tell us it actually helps make their marriage stronger, better, and more loving. It helps alleviate any suspicions. You need to declare all of your assets for the prenuptial agreement to be valid. If assets are not identified, the prenup can be ruled invalid.

DUI: I'm worried about paying my fines

Posted by William H. Sherman | Mar 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Dunwoody, like most other courts, you can pay any court-imposed fines and fees over a span of time, usually over a number of months. It would be rare for a court to expect the full payment of fines at one time in a lump sum. Interestingly, under Georgia DUI law, courts can impose a range of fines. One Georgia court might actually impose a fine that is twice as much as another court. And both fines are perfectly legal.

Got a DUI in Sandy Springs, Georgia

Posted by William H. Sherman | Mar 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

The city of Sandy Springs has its own municipal court that handles a variety of charges under Georgia state law, including traffic and DUI charges, as well as local ordinance violations. The prosecutors are led by Bill Riley, whose law firm acts as solicitors for the city. Mr. Riley is also the prosecutor in other jurisdictions. Since Sandy Springs is in Fulton County, if the case can’t be resolved in the municipal court, then it can be sent to the State Court of Fulton County. Jury trials not available in municipal courts in Georgia, so if a jury trial is requested, it must be sent to the state court in Atlanta. The address of the municipal court is: 7840 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30350.

A Last Will and Testament can be legally void and invalid

Posted by William H. Sherman | Mar 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Last Will and Testament can be legally void or invalid. A will can be found by a court to be invalid if any of the following are found to have played a part in its origin: threats, fraud, violence, and coercion. A will must be freely and voluntarily made. If it was unduly influenced by anyone or any group, then there may be grounds for it to be held invalid or void.

Divorce: I think I got married in Las Vegas by mistake

Posted by William H. Sherman | Feb 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

We have actually handled several cases in which Georgia residents were “mistakenly” married in Las Vegas. To determine if you were legally married, we’d first ask if you purchased and signed a valid Nevada marriage license. If you didn’t get a marriage license, then you were not legally married. Typically, a couple in Las Vegas will purchase a marriage license, have a wedding ceremony, and then have the person who performed the ceremony file a wedding certificate with the appropriate county office. The wedding certificate proves you are married. If you got legally married then to end the marriage you would need to get divorced, which you can do here in Georgia.

I got arrested for DUI in the morning and I only drank the night before

Posted by William H. Sherman | Feb 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Getting stopped for DUI in the morning on the way to work is actually not that uncommon. Many people drink alcohol at night and in the morning, since the body has not fully processed or metabolized all of the alcohol, they can still be inebriated. Sometimes they can still be very drunk the night before. On average, the liver can process 1 ounce of alcohol every hour, and it can be detected in the blood for hours (depending on the amount consumed), and in the urine for several days if a sensitive test is employed.

Divorce: I want some of my husband's 401 (k) and child support

Posted by William H. Sherman | Jan 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Child support in Georgia is based upon the child support guidelines. The guidelines take into account multiple factors, including number of children involved and the incomes of the parties. A 401 (k) is divided in a divorce using a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO). How a QDRO is split between the parties is often negotiated. Once negotiated, the final agreement would be incorporated in the final divorce documents.

Who determines if I need a QDRO?

Posted by William H. Sherman | Dec 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), the retirement plan administrator is initially responsible for determining whether a domestic relations order is a QDRO (some are not). The Retirement Plan Administrator is that individual or group in a company that is responsible for the management of the retirement plan. That retirement plan can be either a pension plan, a 401 (k), or something else. So it is up to the specific company involved to determine whether there needs to be a QDRO or not to divide a retirement account.

What will happen to my Bitcoins when I get divorced?

Posted by William H. Sherman | Dec 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Under Georgia law, all assets must be disclosed by both parties when getting a divorce. Since Bitcoins are assets because they have financial value (like stocks, bonds, cash, collectibles, real estate, etc.), they must be disclosed when getting divorced. A judge has discretion to divide the Bitcoins during a divorce. Most likely, a judge will usually divide the Bitcoins roughly evenly between the two parties. However, the division of the cryptocurrency can be negotiated by the parties. We have handled a number of divorces with Bitcoins involved (as well as other cryptocurrencies like Litecoin, Ethereum, Zcash, Monero, and Dash) and the cryptocurrency has been used when negotiating issues like child support and alimony, and to buy-out the other party’s equity in the marital home.

Divorce: What about our house?

Posted by William H. Sherman | Dec 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

For many people their home is their largest financial asset. And for people with children, it becomes important to help ensure that the kids are comfortable and do not have to relocate from their home during a stressful period. Generally speaking, the issue is handled in three possible ways. The marital home is sold and the profits/equity is divided between the parties. Or, one side buys-out the other side. Of course we have handled the issue in other ways as well, but those three resolutions are often the most frequently used.

Atlanta DUI: I got a DUI going to work in the morning

Posted by William H. Sherman | Dec 04, 2017 | 0 Comments

It is actually common for people to wake-up drunk after a night of heavy drinking. Being drunk in the morning simply means that your body has not processed all of the alcohol that was consumed the night before. Interestingly, alcohol is metabolized (broken down) by the body at a rate of 0.016% per hour. And if you are stopped by a police officer or state trooper, you can certainly be charged with DUI no matter what time it is.

I live in Sandy Springs and I need a divorce lawyer

Posted by William H. Sherman | Nov 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you were to file for divorce, since you live in Fulton County, Georgia, you would file in the Superior Court of Fulton County. Divorce actions are brought in a superior court. And the court would be the superior court of the county where the defendant lives. As part of the divorce, we would handle all the related issues like child support, alimony and the division of property. Child support in Georgia is based upon the child support guidelines and can be tricky, but we do a lot of child support work. Alimony is based on a number of factors, including duration of the marriage and the parties’ economic positions. Retirement accounts, including pensions and 401 (k)’s, are oftentimes divided using a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (a QDRO), which can be complicated legal documents. We have written many QDRO’s for clients.

Where can I file for divorce in Georgia?

Posted by William H. Sherman | Oct 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

You need to file a divorce in Georgia in the county where the defendant lives. As local divorce lawyers, this is a very common question because many times when a marriage isn’t working out, a party will move out of the marital home, and sometimes this means moving to another Georgia county. Sometimes, though, a spouse does not know where the other party lives. Perhaps the other party has moved to a different county, another state or even to a foreign country. In this case we can sometimes do a divorce by publication. A publication divorce gives the husband or wife the ability to get a divorce from a spouse who has simply left and not provided any good information of their whereabouts.

QDRO: I want to get some of his 401 (k) and IRA when we divorce

Posted by William H. Sherman | Oct 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you get a divorce, your divorce lawyer will have to negotiate to get a share of your husband’s 401 (k) and his IRA. Although both are retirement accounts, they are divided in different ways in a divorce. A 401 (k) is divided, or split, using a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (a QDRO). An IRA (or Individual Retirement Account), on the other hand, can be apportioned without a QDRO.

DUI: Snorting chocolate

Posted by William H. Sherman | Oct 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

Under Georgia law, you can be charged for and convicted of a DUI if you ingest any substance that makes you a less safe driver. This includes prescription medications, illegal drugs and, of course, alcohol. And if snorting chocolate causes someone to be a less safe driver, they can be charged with a DUI. Snorting chocolate is becoming increasingly popular. And it’s snorted, like cocaine, using fingernails, straws, or paper currency, among other methods. It’s being marketed as a dietary supplement and a major brand name is “Coco Loko.” As it gains popularity, there have been calls from politicians, including Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), for greater regulation.

QDRO: My ex-wife doesn't deserve my 401 (k)

Posted by William H. Sherman | Sep 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

If the divorce requires you to provide your wife with half of the amount of money in your 401 (k) plan, then you need to do so. If you do not, you can be held in contempt of court and face serious sanctions, including jail time. It really doesn’t matter that you think your former wife is undeserving of the funds in the account. We prepare QDROs for clients. A QDRO would be used to split a 401 (k) account. The retirement account can be divided in any manner that is required by the divorce. A QDRO is used to split not only 401 (k)’s, but also other types of retirement accounts like pensions.

DUI: My wife was diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Posted by William H. Sherman | Sep 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bipolar disorder affects around 3.5 percent of the population. A characteristic of bipolar disorder is extreme mood swings. Moods can swing from euphoric to severely depressed. Studies have demonstrated that drinking alcohol can often amplify these mood swings. Indeed, people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder are more likely to struggle with the symptoms of alcohol misuse. About 45 percent of people with bipolar disorder also have an alcohol use disorder. And if you drink in excess, your risk of relapsing into a manic or depressive episode increases. In cases where bipolar or other mental issues are involved, it can often help a legal outcome if the prosecutor and judge are told that the disorder exists and that it’s being treated.

What factors are important for parental visitation?

Posted by William H. Sherman | Sep 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Parenting plans vary between situations. Just as no situation is exactly like another, there is no “one size fits all” visitation schedule. Many factors are considered for visitation. Some of these factors are the child’s age; parental mental health; history of child abuse; domestic abuse; alcohol and drug abuse; whether or not the child has siblings who will accompany her or him on visits; prior parental involvement with the child; and co-parenting relationship between the two parents.

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