Eliminate Project Fund Goals Fulfilled during Justin O’Dell’s Term as President of Kiwanis Club of Marietta

Our attorney Justin O’Dell is pictured in the Marietta Daily Journal celebrating as the Kiwanis Club of Marietta (GA) fulfilled its $100,000 commitment to Kiwanis International for The Eliminate Project, with all funds being raised during their terms as presidents. The Eliminate Project is raising money to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in 16 different countries. To learn more, visit

http://www2.kiwanis.org/childrensfund/impact-and-programs/the-eliminate-project#.WilZsXlOnIV

Why Do I Have to Complete a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit? By Alyssa Blanchard

Alyssa 2016 jpg (33 of 38)Pursuant to Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.2, in all cases involving temporary or permanent child support, alimony, equitable division of property, modification of child support or alimony or attorney’s fees, all parties are required to submit a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (“DRFA”).  Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, if you file your case with an agreement or consent order resolving all issues (except divorce) you are not required to file a DRFA.  Your DRFA is a summary of your average monthly income and average monthly expenses including payments to any creditors.  It will also include a summary of your assets (value of your home, vehicle etc.)  You are required to file the DRFA 5 days before any temporary hearing or mediation.  If you later amend your DRFA for any reason you must file the DRFA 5 days before the final trial.

 

Your DRFA is important because it assists the Court in reviewing your financial circumstances and in making decisions.  For example, if you are requesting alimony which is based on need and ability to pay, the Court will look at your available resources and what your expenses are in determining whether and how much to award you in alimony.  When preparing your DRFA keep in mind that your expenses may not be the same exact amount each month so you will need to average your expenses.  The DRFA is important so be accurate as possible when completing.  Be sure to discuss your DRFA with your attorney and gather any documents supporting your numbers.

“What Do I Do With The Deceased Will?” By Leslee Hungerford

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When a loved one dies you may be left with several questions, including what do I do with their Last Will & Testament? Under Georgia law, a person in possession of a Last Will & Testament has an affirmative duty to file it with reasonable promptness with the probate court of the county having jurisdiction. See, O.C.G.A. §53-5-5. However, filing the Will with Probate Court is not the same as formally offering the Will for Probate. To formally initiate the probate process, you must file the requisite petition with the court in addition to filing the Will. Generally, the named Executor of the Will is responsible for offering the Will for Probate. If for any reason the executor fails to offer the will for probate with reasonable promptness, or if no executor is named, any interested person may offer the will for probate.

If you find yourself in possession of the deceased’s Will, the first step will be to check the Will to see if an Executor is named. If so, you should contact the Executor and discuss moving forward with initiating the probate procedure, including filing the Will with the court. If there is no named Executor in the Will, you may be permitted to file the Will and initiate the probate process yourself. Schedule a consultation to discuss the probate process and what responsibilities you may have as a holder of a Will.

Leslie O’Neal 2017 Next Generation Award Winner

Marietta Daily Journal.Next Award. 08.10.2017.

The 2017 recipients were selected from a group of nominees who are active within the community, essential to their profession and offer a unique perspective. Both winners demonstrate the potential to be prominent leaders within the Cobb community.

Leslie O’Neal has been named one of Georgia’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Atlanta Magazine in 2014 and 2015 and was named as a Top 20 under 40 Rising Star by Cobb Life Magazine in 2014. She is an active member of the Georgia Bar Association, Cobb County Bar Association, Cobb County Bar Association Family Law Division, Cobb County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Division. She serves as a New Member

Ambassador for the Cobb County Bar Association, is a member of the Steering Committee for Cobb Executive Women, served as former chairwoman for CYP in 2015, graduated from the Leadership Cobb Class of 2014 and was a member of the 2016 Honorary Commanders Class.