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As in a court case, the process of mediation provides a method of conflict resolution. However, it is much more informal and does …
As in a court case, the process of mediation provides a method of conflict resolution. However, it is much more informal and does …
A personal injury lawyer can help defendants in a variety of situations, from car accidents to defamation. Learn what personal inj…
Divorce lawyers help couples agree to the terms of their separation, but can also be very expensive. Learn how to choose the right…
My experience as a first time homebuyer was a rollercoaster of emotions. Throughout it all Tiffany was there for my family. No matter the time of day/night, Tiffany responded to emails/text messages we sent her on properties we had found on line. She was the one that found the house that we eventually closed on. Early on we were out bid on the property and when it came back on the market, Tiffany called us the same day so that we could put in another offer. Every request or concern we had she asked the seller for us. Any information she thought the lender might need, she let us know before they even asked.Tiffany is the perfect balance of professionalism, keep it real and fight for her clients. In my time knowing her, her focus has been on her client’s wants, needs and well being. She knows the market and she knows what’s a good and fair offer. She was able to point out the repairs needed during the initial showing and tell us what the seller would be willing to do. She also told me that she thought the property was worth more than the list price and she could see us getting a great return on the house in the future so I know that she has our long-term investment in mind as well.Tiffany is so easy to talk to and is a powerhouse of motivational energy. She told me multiple times that she just wanted us to find a place that we would be happy with and we have!Fate could not have brought us a better agent in my opinion! There are no guarantees that the home buying process will be smooth sailing. If you are looking for someone to be honest with you, someone that will keep your file in the front of her thoughts until you close, someone that is so motivational and has nothing but your best interest at heart before their own financial gain, you can get that from Tiffany Richardson at Nicole James Real Estate Group!Call Tiffany and tell her Courtney sent you! Yes, that was a plug lol.
I've been a resident of 730 Frederica for 14 months now, in my second lease and have to say that this is my first apartment owned by a management company and I actually signed the lease before even seeing the apartment. There have been zero issues, little crime (you have to be smart), and nothing but friendly reminders via email for any issues concerning the building. Jessica and Thomas have been outstanding in helping me with anything I need. I read a lot of reviews about rent increases, scamming on leases, etc. My initial lease did have some typos and mistakes, but let's be honest people, that is why they send you the lease for review. If you can afford $1200+ a month for an apartment, then you should be able to have a lawyer review a lease for you as it's your money and your home. I was sent a renewal request via email, 60 days before my lease was up, and yes there is an increase in rent should you decide to go month to month, or opt out of the 12 month lease, but for another year it was the same amount, with no hidden agenda. There is a deadline to submit, so you have to print, sign, and deliver to office. Shortly thereafter, I was sent a thank you email for my renewal by Jessica personally stating that BF was glad I was staying. I think that people fail to realize that they are a office of not that many people from what I see. So it's not like there are a 100 people there fielding calls and emails 24/7. If I have a issue, my emails are always promptly returned, but we all have the address of the office, most of us live across the street, so just go there and speak to someone. I'm in the restaurant business and I hate reading aggressive/ill-spirited reviews about my business, and especially about a business that has been nothing but welcoming and helpful to me. And for all the haters bashing apartments, get another job and buy a home.
So let me start off by saying that I have read every review on the sites my review is posted. Every single one has given this firm the maximum rating possible. That fact alone should reason enough for anyone with a traumatic life event occur that was not their fault to have Kalka and Baer work for them. I was severely injured in a car accident due to absolutely no fault of my own. After reading amazing praise from reviewers on a few legal sites I decided to call them. Upon first meeting with Anthony Kalka at my home, as I was bed-ridden, he instantly made me feel relaxed. Mr Kalka and the other members of the firm throughout my dealings with them were always well informed, courteous, helpful beyond expectations. I also never felt pressured by them to do anything I didn't think was right and felt in control of my case. Nor was there any time that I could not reach Tony personally If had any questions. Due to the unbelievable work that Kalka and Baer did preparing for mediation with the insurance company, the proceedings went better than I could have ever dreamed. Mr. Kalka provided video testimony, detailed medical drawings, expert opinions, and a demand letter that was perfect. Thanks to these things and my legal team's diligence, I reached a settlement that was light years away from what I would have received from the insurance company without Kalka and Baer's help. I can't overstate how awesome these people are. If my review and every other perfectly scored review on this site don't convince you to have Kalka and Baer work for you, then I wish you good luck. Because you will not find a law firm that will do the things the wonderful people here will do for you and your case.
Wow, Where do I begin? How about... that I am truly “thrilled” with the outcome of my debt collection lawsuit!Thanks to the diligence and professionalism of Dan DeWoskin and his tireless and insightful paralegal, Jill Sheridan, I can finally rest with funds still in the bank. I honestly tried fighting my lawsuit on my own, Pro Se, but soon realized that I had wasted much needed energy and time and would most likely suffer wage garnishment, without the help of a lawyer. Luckily, while attending a free Consumer Education Clinic on Debt Collection in Decatur, GA, I met Dan DeWoskin and Jill Sheridan volunteering at the event. There, they took an interest in my case, and helped me to understand and navigate the web of the litigation process. By the time I left the Clinic, I realized that they are truly for the consumer, and had scheduled a consultation with Dan that very next day! The consultation was informative, thorough, and reassuring. My case was broken down step by step, with all the possible outcomes clearly explained. Dan and Jill also kept me informed with phone calls and emails throughout the process, all the way down to the Dismissal with Prejudice. There is NO DOUBT that without the help and expertise of Dan DeWoskin and Jill Sheridan the outcome of my case would have been drastically different. Thanks again Dan and Jill, I will be recommending you to my family friends and co-workers throughout the state of Georgia!!Gena - Debt Defense Client - Conyers, GA
My experience working with Tony Kalka and Alfred Evans at Kalka & Baer LLC, has truly been a blessing. The process was seamless. When I initially had the accident I didn’t think I would need an attorney. As the pain continued to progress to the point where I needed numerous procedures, I went to AVVO.com to make sure I selected the right firm. Skeptical about dealing with attorneys from past experiences, I met with several attorneys before actually selecting one. Since the day I signed the retainer with Tony and Alfred I had not one concern with the advice or service. They make a remarkable team. They were always available, very knowledgeable, and professional. They made sure they were very thorough and explained every little detail. They were very personable and empathetic, which was exhibited throughout the case. When it came down to structuring my settlement, they put me in the perfect position and they were very transparent and diligent, in not just getting the best settlement offer, but also reducing my liability such as medical bills, etc. This firm is very well respected in the industry and because of that they were able to settle my case within the first 30 days of the demand letter. Before you select any attorney, meet with Tony and Alfred at Kalka & Baer LLC and I am sure you will go with this firm, and understand why they are among the most respected and prestigious lawyers and law firm in the Greater Atlanta Area. ~ Ron H. Atlanta, GA
From the beginning, 7 days after my accident, Tony Kalka was the most professional and concerned attorney I had spoke with. Due to my injuries, Mr. Kalka met with me at my home. He was very candid and open with me, and no question I had went unanswered. Immediately I felt comfortable with him.My case went on for the better part of a year, all the while, he and his associates worked on building my case. Tony was also very instrumental in assisting me with managing my finances and getting the best medical care at the time. The due diligence exemplified by Tony Kalka and his staff is top notch, and, I feel, unsurpassed by not a single law firm in the Atlanta, or surrounding area! I owe total success in the case to his patience and understanding of all the intricacies involved with my accident. His knowledgeable staff is friendly and on top of everything. The efforts put forth by Tony and his colleagues allowed me to concentrate on my physical and mental recovery. I placed it all in his hands, and I was not let down!I have grown to look at Tony as a friend, and will use Kalka and Baer law firm in an instant in the future. Tony will not let you down; if you go in open minded, listen to what he says and follow his direction. I have and will continue to recommend Kalka and Baer as the premier injury trial attorneys in this region!
I am pleased to offer this recommendation for the Dewoskin Law Firm. I recently had the misfortune of being subject to a claim/dispute brought in Dekalb County, Georgia. As a non-Georgia resident, this served to further exacerbate an already multi-faceted and complex litigation. Considerations of jurisdiction and venue further compounded our defense strategies, making an efficient use of time and resource management paramount. Undaunted by the size or reputation of opposing counsel’s firm, Attorney Dewoskin and his team, worked tirelessly as dedicated advocates. Throughout the entire litigation process, Dan Dewoskin and Jill Sheridan were most responsive – oftentimes responding to my emails and phone calls from different time-zones, after business hours and/or during weekends. In the face of a very aggressive and ardent opposition, The Dewoskin Firm, possessed the skill set, dedication and experience to protect my interests in this transaction. The marriage of skill coupled with the efficient use of all available resources, led to a victorious resolution. The Dewoskin team was very compassionate and supportive, providing me with an unparalleled and assertive representation. I am very happy to have entrusted them with this matter.
Sandy Decker filled in for Sharon Silver as our Portfolio Manager while Sharon had her back operation and recovered. I, and the entire board of Dunwoody Chace, want you to know how much we appreciated having Sandy step in and do a very good job for us. Sandy is very capable and a quick learner, taking over her new duties so we did not miss a beat, pitching right in so we had only to familiarize her with all our quirks and expectations. She demonstrated strong follow-up, interest in and caring for our community, and contributed to our board meetings with sound advice and ideas. She was pleasant and easy to work with – she establishes and maintains relationships quickly -- always with a smile on her face and in her voice, keeping an even keel at all times. She even walked the community in August with board members, recording follow-ups and taking care of them. So, thanks for assigning Sandy to help us as well as Sharon. I know she and Sharon talked frequently to assure we were taken care of properly and in a timely manner. Having Sharon as our Manager and then experiencing Sandy filling in confirm the wisdom of our decision to contract with Heritage for your services.
It is with extreme honor that I am writing this. I will try to frame my words so I can capture the essence of Ms. Pat's worth ethic.She comes from the generation of great trusted advisors who believe in creating value for their landlords and tenants, both. In working on a property transaction with her, I noticed that the tenants and landlord, were truly happy. She personifies the American Dream and is a living legend.Her transparency, patience and persistence in the process reflects that of a respectable advisor in the ancient court of the king, Caesaer. She is thoroughly knowledgeable and understands her clients privacy, need for information. Being an engineer myself, I noticed her to immensely believe in data. She maintains all records, meticulously. We worked on a transaction in the Gwinnett, which was made seamless and transparent with her personal touch and professionalism. I highly recommend Ms. Pat for any of your property ownership or renting needs. Please feel free to contact me for any questions. SincerelyNick678-871-9089
I recently found myself in the need for legal representation due to a meritless debt collection lawsuit. I met with three lawyers prior to contacting DeWoskin Law Firm and all three meetings left me more desperate and confused. I called Dan’s office from the parking lot of another firm and we spoke for twenty minutes. I instantly knew DeWoskin Law Firm was going to be my choice. Dan was confident and it was evident he knew his stuff. We scheduled a meeting later that day to discuss my case in more detail. Upon arriving, I met Jill Sheridan, his paralegal. Jill was such a breath of fresh air. While waiting for Dan to return from court, she explained the process and put my nerves at ease. I provided all the documentation I had and left everything else up to them. Dan and Jill are definitely there for the consumer. They always kept me up-to-date and I was thrilled to receive a call from Dan letting me know we won. If I ever need legal representation again they will definitely have my business.Natalie B. – Hiram, GA
The legal profession is vast, with each attorney having his or her specialties. Here are some of the most common attorneys individuals seek out when they require legal aid:
A criminal defense lawyer is probably the attorney the average person imagines. Criminal attorneys are the men and women who defend individuals accused of a crime. The lawyer may work pro bono - for the public good - so the accused is certain to have representation, even if he or she cannot afford an attorney.
Criminal lawyers are experts in the criminal justice system. They help their clients decide how to plead when first charged by the police and guide them through trial procedures. Defense lawyers must use every bit of their knowledge and resources to get their clients the fairest results from criminal proceedings.
If you are a small business owner or the head of a larger corporation, you may come into contact with a business lawyer. Many big companies keep a legal staff on payroll to deal with the daily operations of running and maintaining a large enterprise. Business lawyers may have more specific specialties like copyright law, product liability and mergers and acquisitions.
Business attorneys may focus their practices on certain industries. There are entertainment lawyers to guide artists through royalties and media contracts, while hospitals employ malpractice attorneys to protect doctors from aggressive litigation.
When you work for a company, you may find yourself in need of an employment lawyer - especially if the relationship between you and your employer sours. An employment attorney prevents people from losing their jobs due to unfair reasons. Workers' compensation lawyers help maintain safe employment conditions and ensure workers receive fair compensation after workplace injury or discrimination.
A personal finance attorney can protect and manage your investments and securities. You may use a finance lawyer to help you prepare your taxes, but you might be better off working with an accountant. A tax attorney is more commonly contacted after a business or individual runs into trouble with the IRS or state regulators.
Real Estate Lawyer
Your family may keep a lawyer on retainer to guide you through the major expenses that come up in life. When buying a home, you could work with a real estate lawyer to make sure you get the best deal and won't get taken advantage of by tricky mortgage agreements or unfair landlords. An estate attorney can help you plan for the worst by creating a will and preparing your finances for after your death.
A bankruptcy lawyer is essential to help you resolve your financial difficulties when they start to spin out of control. Certain attorneys help create strategies to bring you out of debt and speak to your creditors. A lawyer can advise you on which type of bankruptcy you should file for.
If you are suing someone or being sued, you need a civil lawyer. Civil attorneys - and criminal lawyers - are the legal representatives who argue on your behalf in a courtroom setting. Civil lawyers may represent you on matters of business, finance or a wide variety of other specialized needs.
One of the most common types of civil attorneys is a personal injury lawyer. When you're hurt by an outside party and you would like to hold them legally responsible, a personal injury attorney conducts litigation and negotiates settlements to compensate for your pain and suffering. Sometimes many wronged people will join together with a single civil lawyer or law office to form a class action lawsuit.
Most people will turn to a lawyer during a divorce to navigate the emotionally charged legal proceedings. A divorce attorney can assist in determining grounds for separation, division of property and custody of children.
Family attorneys deal with much more personal matters. If you're getting married, a family lawyer can help you prepare a prenuptial agreement or other family planning paperwork such as adoption or inheritance documents.
To ensure you find a competent attorney who won't abuse your trust or drain your finances, you have to make the proper inquiries. There are several questions you should ask, but the majority will fall under three general topics:
Training and Experience Questions
One of the best ways to determine quality is to examine an attorney's history. When you first step into a lawyer's office, you should check for the appropriate certifications and diplomas. You have to ask how long he or she has practiced law and request information that demonstrates the practice's success. Look for precise details such as percentage of cases settled out of court.
Once you inquire about the broad details of their legal career, you should ask questions about their experience that pertains to your specific issue. You should ask how many similar cases they have handled and if they have special skills or training that applies specifically to your needs. Lawyers can't mention clients by name, but you should ask for basic details about identical past cases.
You need to ask about every possible fee that will come up when working with an attorney. You should request a list of all costs in advance so you won't be surprised by additional expenses like overhead. Also determine exactly when you will start being billed. You want to inspect paperwork carefully. If the attorney charges you for his or her experience, you need to make sure he or she will perform tasks personally and not hand it off to an assistant.
Find out if the attorney has a flat fee or charges by the hour. Many civil lawyers work on contingency. Whatever the payment plan, make inquiries about how the lawyer plans to provide service for your money and what you can do if you start to feel unsatisfied with his or her performance.
Lawyer/Client Relationship Questions
When you hire a lawyer, you're agreeing to work with someone over a certain period of time. You need to ask questions about how the attorney will communicate with you and what responsibilities you hold in the relationship. The attorney should let you know the best channel for quick communication and you need to inform him or her when you want updates.
You should also ask questions to get to know the attorney as an individual in order to ensure this is a person you can trust. Ask about their legal philosophy and how he or she views the lawyer/client relationship. Great questions to start off with are ones that will make your life easier, such as how to keep fees down or what daily disruptions you should expect from a long legal battle. The more forthcoming the lawyer appears to be with individual needs, the better.
You may keep a lawyer on retainer or you could turn to an attorney during specific situations. Here are some common reasons people begin seeking legal representation or advice:
You Know Your Limitations
If you sign documents and you come across a word you don't recognize, you need assistance. You may need a third party to help you navigate important employment or real estate paperwork. It's essential you fully understand the terms of any legally binding documentation or activity you become a part of. If you are not an expert in a given field, you'll want to hire an attorney who is.
A lawyer may find legal implications or opportunities you might miss. If you find yourself in a civil or criminal matter, a proper attorney ensures you don't receive a harsh punishment for a small mistake.
You're Facing an Important Event/Decision
When making decisions critical to your financial stability or personal life, you may want a lawyer with expertise in your situation to make sure you do everything you can to arrive at the proper resolution. This is especially true when you become involved in a criminal case and your freedom is on the line.
It's not just a matter of legal knowledge; lawyer's have access to numerous resources you do not. They have staff ready to work around the clock and experts in a variety of fields to give your important issues the attention they deserve.
You Can't Be Impartial
During times when personal matters intersect with legal proceedings, you may need to have an advocate to prevent your emotions from getting in the way of level-headed thinking. For example, divorce lawyers can mediate a heated argument and help both partners get on with their lives.
Emotional investment could be subtle. You may want to have a lawyer look over an investment opportunity that looks too good to be true or investigate the merits of a possible civil suit when you feel wronged.
You're Out of Options
Many people turn to lawyers when they are in trouble. If you've been accused of a crime or are in a terrible financial situation, you can find an attorney who will work with what you have available to assist you as you deal with your problems.
Personal injury lawyers find solutions for people who can no longer work under their own power and bankruptcy attorneys prevent people from giving in to debt. If you find yourself in a situation where you can't find a solution, a lawyer may be able to offer the counsel you need.
When it comes time to choose a lawyer, you should start by searching close to home. While you probably don't want the conflict of interest that comes from being represented by a family member, friends and loved ones can recommend lawyers who served them well in the past. If you do have attorneys you are familiar with, ask who they believe would be best for you.
After going through personal references - especially from individuals who had similar needs - you should broaden your search through public information resources. You can call your area's attorney referral service or check legal organizations like Martindale-Hubbell. There are other resources available online. You should check websites for client reviews and other third-party forms of approval.
When you build a list of possible candidates, perform a background check on each one. See if you can find information on their history and success record. Once you find a possible lawyer, you should call to arrange a consultation so you can ask your important questions in person.
By performing the necessary research and taking every available precaution, you can narrow your search to the attorney most suited to your needs.