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Tax Hot Tip — 529 Accounts

As a reminder for tax preparation and planning, these popular college related accounts are now more flexible!  Under previous tax treatment, the distributions were allowed only for qualified higher education (i.e., college). Under the new tax treatment, distributions of up to $10,000 per student are also allowed for tuition at public, private, or religious elementary…

Tax Hot Tip — Alimony Tax Treatment

As a reminder, the tax treatment of alimony has changed beginning in 2019.   If you or your clients pay or receive alimony under the old tax laws (i.e., the divorce agreement was entered into before midnight of 12/31/2018)*: The payer will continue to deduct alimony amounts paid. The receiver will continue to pay tax…

Factors That Affect Equitable Distribution of Business Interests

Halpern Case Revisited By: Maty Varon One of the landmark cases in Georgia Family Law is Halpern v. Halpern, 352 SE 2nd, 753.  The case analyzes if the increase in value in an entity was caused by market forces (passive) or marital efforts (active participation).  The answer to this question dictates the extent to which…

Cobb County Elder Abuse Case Still Making Headlines

Even though two years have passed since Jeff and Joseph Carr were convicted of stealing millions of dollars from elderly Cobb County woman, Frances Perkins, their case is still being mentioned in the local newspaper. On February 25th, the AJC published an article describing this case and explaining why so many lawmakers are advocating for new ways to help protect…

Erica Sandberg Discusses Compulsive Spending By A Spouse

Erica Sandberg, a personal finance author, answers a question about compulsive spousal spending and how to deal with it. In her article she details different steps one might want to take if you find yourself in that situation and even gets input from Atlanta divorce attorney, and friend, Randy Kessler. Click here to see what she…

Making the Most of Mediation

Use mediation to move your case forward, even if there is no hope for settlement.  IAG Associate, Steve Scott, shows you how in this article which appeared in the October edition of the Cobb Family Law Quarterly.

Lost Profits – Part 3: Identification of Saved/Avoided Costs

    This is the final post in a three-part series discussing the calculation of lost profits in a hypothetical scenario seeking economic damages for the alleged violation of a non-competition covenant.  As noted in the prior posts, the three part series will utilize the following fact pattern.   The Best Animal Hospital, Inc. is…

How Georgia Citizens Are Affected By Same-Sex Ruling

The attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, in Marietta, weigh in on the affects of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.  Click here to see how Georgia citizens will be impacted by this ruling.

MarketWatch.com talks Divorce and Stock

[fusion_text]Andy Flink, Atlanta mediator, recently sent us an article from MarketWatch.com about the ins and outs of what happens to your employer stock options once your divorce is final. Click here to check out this great article.

The Verdict Is In: State v. Jeff and Joseph Carr

A Cobb County jury has convicted Jeffrey Carr and his father Joseph Carr, both from Gainesville, GA, of taking millions of dollars from an elderly Cobb County widow in violation of Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act. In a unique engagement between IAG Forensics and the Cobb County District Attorney’s office, Laurie Dyke…

Buckhead man returning to prison after admitting guilt in $1 million state tax fraud scheme

Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Buckhead man has pleaded guilty in a major tax fraud scheme. Shannon Jay Bradley, 35, pleaded guilty today to 45 charges, including racketeering, money laundering, identity fraud, and burglary. Investigators found that in December 2012, five tax-preparation offices in Cobb County were burglarized, with Mr. Bradley quickly…

Hardman v. Hardman

The Georgia Supreme Court has held recently that the Fulton County Superior Court erred in applying the doctrine of res judicata “mechanically” in a divorce case, particularly involving child support issues, and ruled in favor of a father who elected to send the couple’s children to private school at his ex-wife’s expense. When William and…

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