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NOVEMBER EDITION • 2017


President’s Letter: Mentoring Starts with 1Ls – if the 1Ls Are Smart

 

By Darren Summerville
President, DeKalb Bar Association
summervillefirm.com

Last month I attended a late afternoon gathering at Emory Law School – the inaugural Bar Association Networking Fair. As might be deduced by the keen reader, the fair was designed to expose students to the wide spectrum of bar associations out there, and to emphasize early participation in networking opportunities.

Some two dozen organizations sent representatives; those lawyers spent a good couple of hours introducing themselves and their organizations to a crowd of Emory law students. The majority of the attendees were 1Ls – first year students who had started classes that very week. Read more


Have You Heard of Bitcoin? Well, Here Comes BlockChain!

 

By Dan Branch, CPA/ABV, ASA – Partner
IAG Forensics & Valuation
dan@iagforensics.com

Are you like most people, thinking of Bitcoin, the virtual currency first released to the public in 2009, as a currency only for criminals, drug rings, and money launders? Though adoption of the currency has been slow, it is increasing in popularity and use, and by more and more “normal” folks. As proof, the total value of the currency is close to $9 billion, and increasing. Venture capital firms have raised significant money to invest in Bitcoin related enterprises. And there are more virtual currencies taking advantage of the investment interest (e.g., Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero to name a few). Read more


RSVP for the Dec. 7 Holiday Party by Dec. 1

 

You Are Cordially Invited To
The DeKalb Bar Association
Holiday Party
Thursday, Dec. 7, 6 to 9 pm
The Solarium At Historic Scottish Rite
321 W. Hill St. Decatur 30030
RSVP By Dec. 1, 2017

Admission per person
$30 Members in advance | $50 Non-members | $50 at the door

Buffet Menu

Marinated beef tenderloin with horseradish and rolls
Shrimp cocktail with spicy cocktail sauce
Toasted parmesan chicken with lemon dijon sauce
Spinach and artichoke dip with lavosh
Spinach and prosciutto stuffed mushrooms
Antipasto display
Seasonal fruit display with chocolate sauce
Assorted sweets
Beer and wine

Holiday Party Charity
Our charity for this holiday season is the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club
Our goal is to give 75 gift cards. Please consider donating a $15.00 gift card
$15 Target Gift Cards
$15 Walmart Gift Cards

RSVP by Dec. 1, 2017 here.
Pay online, or mail check payment to
DeKalb Bar Association
P.O. Box 3136
Decatur Ga 30031


TPO Process in DeKalb County Is Topic for Dec. 7 FLS Breakfast

 

Guest speakers for the breakfast on December 7 will be the Hon. Berryl A. Anderson, Chief Judge, Magistrate Court of DeKalb County; and Ayonna Johnson, Director of Legal Services, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Incidents of domestic violence increase significantly each year during the holiday season. Judge Anderson and Ms. Johnson will discuss the TPO process in DeKalb County and what we all can (and should) be doing to end domestic violence!

Be sure to join us for the next FLS Breakfast. DeKalb Bar members can register on the website closer to the upcoming event date here.

The Family Law Section Breakfast is held on the first Thursday of each month, September through June, 7:30-9 am at the historic Old Courthouse on the Square in downtown Decatur, 101 E. Court Square. Join us for for a delicious buffet breakfast and a changing lineup of guest speakers who provide insights and new information about family law.

For more information . . .
If you practice family law in DeKalb County we encourage you to visit the Family Law Section page on the DeKalb Bar website where you will find valuable information regarding each DeKalb County judge’s preferences for a variety of calendar and procedural issues.


October Family Law Section Breakfast Recap

 

The Family Law Section of the DeKalb Bar held its monthly meeting on October 5. The guest speaker was Lynn Pasqualetti, managing partner of HLM Financial Group based in Decatur, Georgia. Ms. Pasqualetti presented on techniques for obtaining Third Party Wage Income Data through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS uses third-party information in reporting income and assigns the income to the tax payer’s social security number. Ms. Pasqualetti spoke about the benefit of obtaining IRS Account Transcripts to review all of a tax payers income that may not necessarily be disclosed when the taxpayer only reports their W-2 income. The Third Party Income can be reported due to many sources such as credit and certain electronic transactions, securities and investment income. Ms. Pasqualetti informed the section on the use of IRS Form 2848 which serves as a Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative for the release of tax information. Form 2848 can be instrumental in true income verification of taxpayers.

Ms. Pasqualetti is a fount of financial knowledge and is happy to assist in fielding financial and tax related questions. Ms. Pasqualetti’s email is lynn@hlmtax.com.

Be sure to join us for the next FLS Breakfast on Dec. 7. DeKalb Bar members can register on the website closer to the upcoming event date here.


Family Law Section’s CLE Program Praised

 

In October, the DeKalb Bar Association’s Family Law Section presented its Third Annual CLE on Advanced Custody Litigation. Attendance was sold out! Held at the State Bar headquarters, the day-long program offered an impressive 7.5 CLE credit hours.

Alice W. Limehouse and Georgia Lord co-chaired the program. Attendees enjoyed the breadth and depth of the topics presented, which included:

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October Member Luncheon

 

The DeKalb Bar members luncheon in October welcomed Judge Ellington as the guest speaker.