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.
Justin O’Dell was awarded Kiwanian of the Year at his last meeting as President of Kiwanis Club of Marietta (GA). He gave a heart felt speech and touched on all that the Kiwanis Club has accomplished this past year.
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.
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.
We are proud to announce that Leslie O’Neal is one of the two
Cobb Next Generation Award winners for 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.
Congratulations to our attorney Alyssa Blanchard for being announced in the 2017-18 class of Leadership Cobb. This recognition is focused on personal and professional growth through awareness, community resources and the social, political and economic needs of the community
As club president of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta (GA), our attorney Justin O’Dell honored Alice Summerour with a Ruby K90 Award for her dedication to the growth of the membership roster.
Every year we invite the public to join us in watching the 4th of July Parade. Our office is located in the heart of downtown Marietta, an ideal spot to watch the parade. We also had complementary biscuits, snow cones, parking and beverages for everyone to enjoy. This year attorney Justin O’Dell handed out biscuits to trolley riders and drivers as they came by during the parade. We had a great crowd for 2017 and can’t wait to host again next year!