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TLS February Meeting Presented a View from the Bench


aholt-headshot-webby Doug Aholt
Chambers & Aholt

On February 23, Judge Jay Roth of the State Court of Fulton County traveled to DeKalb County to share stories, laughs and practical advice with the DBA Trial Lawyers Section as part of our “View From The Bench” series. Many of the TLS members have had the occasion to appear before Judge Roth in the courtroom, or knew him due to community events. As such, Judge Roth felt quite at home and enjoyed his informal evening with the TLS.

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Are ALTA Practices the Best Practices for Your Firm?

Toni Schwahn, WHTCPAby Toni Schwahn, CPA, CFET

Many private industries in the U.S. have a history of self-regulation. One particular example is the film industry and the ratings of their films for the viewing audience. The real estate settlement and title industry have finally joined the many other self-regulated industries and issued the Title Insurance and Settlement Best Practices for use by closing attorneys and title companies.

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Probate Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh Addresses DeKalb Bar Family Section


Georgia Lordby Georgia Lord
Georgia Lord Law

DeKalb Probate Court Judge Jeryl Rosh and her staff attorney/chief clerk Julia Freeman, spoke at the January 7 breakfast meeting of the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section. Board chair Kyla Lines led the program. Judge Rosh, staff attorney Freeman, and a staff that includes more than 20 clerks handle not only estates and guardianships but also an amazing variety of other matters, including gun carry permits, marriage licenses, conservatorships regarding settlements for minors, the authorization of fireworks displays, and even the regulation of cattle branding. Additionally, Georgia Regional’s DeKalb location requires Judge Rosh to adjudicate involuntary commitment proceedings for thirty-four counties.

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Certifying Your Georgia Film Tax Credit

by Greg Hammonds and Kristy Clabaugh
Whaley Hammonds Tomasello, PC
Certified Public Accountants + Business Advisors

Georgia has rapidly become the preferred destination for the entertainment industry. We could claim it’s because of our great weather, variable landscapes, ease of transportation or friendly working conditions, but we would be kidding ourselves. The entertainment industry is drawn to Georgia because of its tax incentives. Now that you have wrapped your movie, shot your television series or finished your commercial, what do you do next?

The entertainment industry is drawn to Georgia because of its tax incentives.”

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