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PROFESSIONAL & EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS
And also practice in the areas of law below.
Prenuptial Agreement: Protect yourself, enjoy marriage: A Prenuptial Agreement outlines marital property – which must be split in divorce, from separate property – which you keep.
Divorce: is difficult on everyone. We try to help our clients through this emotional time, guiding them through the process, making sure that they understand their rights, and advocating effectively for their future needs.
Custody: Custody disputes are equally painful on parents and children. Our clients receive strong advocacy for their parental rights and the best interests of each child involved.
Legitimation: In Georgia, if a couple is not married when their child is born, the father has no enforceable parental rights, even if he was listed as the father on the birth certificate. We help fathers in this situation with this court process and help them get fair and reasonable visitation so their children can benefit from a father’s love and presence in their lives. Children need their fathers as much as they need their mothers.
Reasons to Form a Business: “CEO’s are the Beyonce’s of the corporate world.” Incorporations are separate legal entities that live on beyond their owners, while providing other separation-from-the-owner benefits.
LLCs: When starting a company, you first need to incorporate. LLCs are the most popular and newest business structure, especially for small businesses. They offer the “best of both worlds” because LLCs are not a taxable entity, and have no personal liability for its owners – called Members. To create, a public filing of the Articles of Incorporation is made with the Georgia Secretary of State. Next, the LLC files for an EIN with the IRS.
Owners do not have personal liability for the debts of the business. LLCs aren’t taxable, but the Owners are taxed with pass-through taxation. Therefore, avoiding double-taxation.
501(c)3 Organization: is the IRS code for a tax-exempt charitable corporation. It must be operated in the benefit of public interest.
To avoid a dispute in the first place, ask for your contractor’s: 1. Business license; 2. Workers’ Comp. Insurance; and 3. Liability Insurance.
When an issue arises, call a lawyer to handle it while things are still civil. The earlier we get involved, usually, the better the outcome. Things become a bit more difficult when parties are no longer communicating.
Lastly, get a Quote in writing, signed and dated by both you and the Contractor. Keep a file, with invoices, payments, and photos.
General Contractors: Subs should sign Lien-Waivers upon work completion.
As a Landlord, having the "right" Lease in place with YOUR custom terms will make all the difference in avoiding a dispute, or being able to quickly resolve the matter.
As a Tenant, sending an Official Notice from a lawfirm is often helpful in resolving repairs and maintenance issues quickly.
The best way to avoid a Landlord-Tenant dispute, is for both parties to: 1. understand the terms of the lease, 2. communicate in writing with each other, and 3. get a lawyer involved before things become irreconcilable.
Medical Billing Disputes
Your Credit Score: Keep your credit score intact! Before things reach the point of collection, call a lawyer. Credit is easy to damage, and hard to bring back up. Usually a lawyer can “buy-time” on billing disputes, keeping the Collection Agency “at bay” while the dispute is worked out.
Outside Billing: Hospitals and medical offices often outsource their staff and send you a bill as an “Outside Bill.” These Outside Billers often fail to file insurance claims, and are quick to send unpaid bills to a Debt Collector. Currently, laws are being passed to eliminate outside-billing for good.
Owner-Finance & Release Forms
Finance Agreement: Yes! You need a form for that, even if helping a friend. Financing a car for a friend, relative, or employee can be beneficial to both you, and them...but do it a thorough with a Finance Agreement. Choose your own terms for the Agreement. We have tailored Finance Agreements to fit your situation; everything is documented and fair.
Release: Get in a fender-bender and settle it with a payment? Make sure to get a release signed in return, acknowledging the payment. This covers you by having a paper-trail if the other party later claims payment was not made.
WE BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN HIGH-PRICED MEDIATION AND VOLUNTEERS
Most courts require litigants to attempt Mediation before trial. About half of Mediated cases are successfully settled, clearing case-traffic in the crowded court system.
Mediation is a formal process where both parties sit-down with a Mediator, aka Neutral, discussing their positions, working toward resolution. The process allows the parties to CREATE THEIR OWN resolution, rather than it being dictated by a Judge or Jury.
Getting your case Settled is our top priority
SCHEDULE YOUR MEDIATION TODAY.
TJ Hilliard | Attorney
DEDICATED AND SMART
Direct Dial: (912)225-6599
Georgia Southern University, 2008
- State of Georgia Real Estate Commission: Salesperson License, 2008
Georgia Southern University, M.B.A., 2011
Savannah Law School, 2016, Valedictorian
- John E. Ryan Scholarship Recipient
- CALI Award Recipient for Highest Grade in Constitutional Law I, 2016
- CALI Award Recipient for Highest Grade in Employment Discrimination, 2016
- Maritime Law Society-Treasurer, Federalist Society
Registered Neutral (Mediator) w/ Georgia Courts Registrar, Gen. Civil Mediation, 2019
TJ has been in private general-practice for 2 years now, focusing on contract disputes, business formation and agreements, and landlord-tenant matters.
Before entering law school, Hilliard earned a BBA with a Major in Marketing, and an MBA, both from Georgia Southern University. After, he joined his family business, Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant, and became the graphic designer for all print and web media. He designed the company’s website, receiving over 50,000 views per month, and developed its successful online ordering platform.
General Counsel Fee Schedule
- $300 Non-Refundable Admin Fee
- 1 Hour Minimum
- $250 per hour
Paralegal Fee Schedule
- $100 per hour
Mediation Fee Schedule
- $75 Administrative Charge per party
- 2 Hour Minimum
- 2 Party $150 per party; per hour
- 3 Party $100 per party; per hour
- 4 Party $75 per party; per hour
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