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After The Storm

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 09-15-2017 • Under: General

Over the past days and weeks, much of the Southeast has experienced record-breaking hurricanes and tropical storms. Many people are faced with clean-up and recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

At Spooner & Associates, we often see clients after a different type of storm. There may have been a terrible argument, a spouse leaving the home, a discovery of infidelity, lost time with your children, or any other of a host of personal disasters that face a family or relationship in distress. At the peak of the situation, it might seem that you have nobody to help. You are simply trying to weather the storm.

Afterwards, however, when things begin to calm, you need to assess the issues. Are you going to remain in your situation, waiting for the next incident? Is it possible to rebuild the relationship? Or, is it time to form a plan to try to ensure that you are not in the eye of the storm again? Do you reach out for help in solving your problems?

If you want to rebuild the relationship, we encourage you to seek help, especially for yourself. If, however, you realize that you need to move forward, we are here to help. Our attorneys can help you assess your situation, assist you through the difficult times ahead, and help you move towards a normal, and hopefully calmer, life. Contact us at 678-714-1131 to speak to one of our attorneys.

Scott K. Spooner Named to the 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers List

Published by: Leigh Spooner • On: 03-16-2017 • Under: General

We are pleased to announce that attorney Scott K. Spooner, founder of Spooner & Associates, PC, has been selected to the 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers list in the area of family law. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes.

super lawyers 2017The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:

  • Peer nominations
  • Independent research by Super Lawyers
  • Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys

For twenty years, Scott K. Spooner has helped people avoid costly missteps when resolving legal disputes. His team of attorneys and staff provides personal attention, efficient problem resolution, resourceful negotiation, and skilled litigation to clients in metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia. Contact Scott to learn how he and his team can start solving your legal problems today.

Name Change in Georgia: Who, What, Where, When and Why?

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 12-21-2015 • Under: General • Tagged: ,

change of name in georgia with spooner law office A name change is something that many people may contemplate or decide to undertake at least once in their lifetime, for any number of reasons. While it is a legal process, it is actually one of the most simple and painless to go through—especially when you have the help of an experienced lawyer.

There are so many different reasons people seek to change their names. Marriage and divorce are perhaps the most obvious, but they are certainly not the only triggers for a name change. Adoption, of course, would likely result in a change of name. Immigration can also be a reason to change one’s name. While many people who immigrate to the United States wish to keep all ties with their heritage, there are some who would prefer to be known by a more “Americanized” name. Or perhaps you simply do not like the name your parents chose for you and would prefer to go by something else. (I am wondering what Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s little North and Saint West are going to think of their monikers as adults.)

Once you’ve decided a name change is needed, where do you begin? Obtaining a name change in Georgia is fairly straightforward. The process involves filing a petition with the court, publishing a notice in the local newspaper for a period of four consecutive weeks, and finally appearing before a judge to obtain an order changing your name. That order can then be used to order new copies of all of your most important identifying documents, such as your Social Security card, birth certificate and driver’s license.

Your name is an important component of your personal identity and changing it is an empowering move which should not be taken lightly. There are specific procedures that go beyond this starting guide to a name change in Georgia, so it’s important to speak with your attorney to make sure that you are following the law.  If you are looking for an attorney to guide you through a name change or any other parts of the divorce or adoption process, look no further than the family law attorneys of Spooner & Associates. Call us at (678) 714-1131.

New Legislation Makes Hiring “Runners” a Crime in Georgia

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 08-29-2014 • Under: General, Personal Injury • Tagged: , ,

New legislation banning "runners" being enforced.On July 1, 2014, new legislation (OCGA 33-24-53) went into effect in Georgia that prohibits attorneys and physicians from using “runners”to obtain prospective clients. A “runner” is someone that solicits business from accident victims or their families on behalf of unethical accident attorneys. “Runners” would obtain personal contact information from police accident reports or approach victims and families in hospital rooms, waiting areas or cafeterias. Runners may have also been unscrupulous employees of wrecker or ambulance companies.

These accident attorneys and their “runners” have given the legal profession a bad reputation, because they are the “ambulance chasers”. While hiring “runners” has been unethical and a violation of Georgia bar rules for some time, It is now a crime in Georgia for attorneys to use “runners” to solicit clients. In addition, the new law provides additional protections for your personal information in police records of car accidents.

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Things to do in Georgia with Kids

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 07-27-2014 • Under: General • Tagged: , , ,

Things to do in Georgia with KidsDivorce can be hard on a family, especially when kids are involved. Between one parent moving out, custody battles and getting used to a new home situation, children can feel lost and confused when it’s all said and done. Finding ways to connect with your children throughout the divorce proceedings and after is important for their health and happiness. Whether you have the kids full time or just on weekends, having quality time together and making fun memories is a great way to make your kids feel more comfortable in spite of familial changes. There are countless things to do in Georgia that are perfect for spending quality time with the kids. Not sure where to start? We’ve done the legwork for you and have found some of the most exciting things to do in the Suwanee area in our list below.

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Common Restraining Orders in Georgia

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 07-08-2014 • Under: General • Tagged: , , ,

Restraining orders in Georgia. In Georgia, there are several types of restraining orders.  The two most common are Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and Mutual Restraining Orders (MRO). While both are called restraining orders, they are used in very different situations.

At Spooner & Associates, we encounter MROs frequently. This type of restraining order is often put in place automatically in the event of a divorce, custody modification or other domestic action. Mutual restraining orders are used to keep the status quo between the parties. For example, most MROs provide that neither party can cancel health or auto insurance policies, sell marital assets, or remove the children from the county, state, or country.

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Post-Divorce Checklist: Documents to Adjust After a Divorce

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 06-13-2014 • Under: Divorce, Family Law, General • Tagged: ,

Post-divorce checklistA post-divorce checklists offer a way to organize all the to-dos that come after a divorce is finalized. A divorce decree is unfortunately not the last step in your divorce process. There are a number of different agencies that must be contacted with your name changes, insurance policies will likely need to be adjusted, loans, and all other joint efforts must be addressed quickly to save you trouble in the future.

  • Social Security Card: If your name was changed in the process of the divorce you’ll need to contact the Social Security Administration to update your card and file with them.

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Divorce with Children: How to Cope in 2014

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 01-21-2014 • Under: General • Tagged: ,

Divorce with children.Divorce with children is a challenge to any family. From the emotional distress of the parents to the problems that will face the children, no matter what their age. Managing these experiences and maintaining your family bonds can be difficult, especially when a divorce ends with hostility. So, how can you manage all of these emotions and obligations without taking further toll on your children? Here are a few tips for parents going through a divorce with children, to keep in mind all year long.

Take time to think and breath – Jumping to angry conclusions immediately only causes more problems. Take a moment to breathe and think of the motivations behind a comment or decision. Likely, they were not meant to intentionally hurt or frustrate you. Evaluate the motivations and calmly react to the situation.

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Georgia Victims of Stalking or Family Violence Should Seek Protection With A Temporary Protective Order

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 10-23-2013 • Under: General

Georgia residents have options when seeking protection from a person who has threatened danger. Just as Rihanna’s recent restraining order against a stalker requires a predator to keep his distance, a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) offers a small oasis of calm in the middle of emotional upheaval for singles, couples, and families.

It is not necessary to have lived together or to be related in order to petition the court for a TPO, nor does the petitioner need to have known his or her harasser. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) 16-5-90 defines a stalker as one who “follows, places under surveillance, or contacts another person at or about a place or places without the consent of the other person for the purpose of harassing, and intimidating the other person.” While Rihanna’s stalker never actually broke into her home (according to TMZ), many victims aren’t as lucky. The price they pay may include a hospital visit, or, even worse, the morgue.

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What to Do If You Are in an Accident

Published by: Scott Spooner • On: 07-23-2012 • Under: General, Personal Injury • Tagged: , ,

Many clients come to our firm after being seriously injured as a result of another driver’s carelessness.  Usually these clients are hurt, have lost use of their vehicle, lost time at work and now the at-fault driver’s insurance company is stubbornly refusing to fairly compensate them.  Our firm will attempt negotiating with the insurance company on our client’s behalf.  If negotiation fails, we will file a suit against the other driver.  Settlement and trials are generally successful if the accident is well documented.  Learn what to do if you are ever in an accident in order to save time and expenses later.

Assess injuries – Make sure everyone is okay.  If someone is injured, call 9-1-1 to request medical treatment.  If there is any question as to whether the person in hurt, it is important to have a professional medical assessment.

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