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RSVP by April 17 for Luncheon on Thursday, April 20

Be sure to RSVP by Monday, April 17, for our monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 20, at the historic Old Courthouse on the square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur. To RSVP now click here.

Our speaker is Brian D. “Buck” Rogers.

More About Buck Rogers

Buck is a partner at Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC. A native of Atlanta, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in 1990 and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1994. Buck is a P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer’s Safety Training) Certified Guest Lecturer, Commercial Motor Vehicle Collisions and Law.

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Family Law Section Discusses Attorney Fees: How to Get What You Want and Keep Them on Appeal

Attorney Tina Shadix Roddenbery of the firm Holland Roddenbery LLC, spoke at the breakfast meeting of the DeKalb Bar Association Family Law Section on March 2. She talked about how attorney fees are awarded only by statute and described how each statute requires different elements to secure an award. For instance, OCGA § 19-6-2 gives courts the discretion to award attorney fees in cases of divorce, alimony, and contempt arising out of divorce or alimony, but only after consideration of the parties’ financial circumstances. Compare OCGA § 19-9-3(g), which gives courts the authority to award attorney fees in custody modification actions without any consideration of the parties’ financial circumstances.

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Legal Pioneer Austin Thomas and Atlanta

by Arman Deganian
President, DeKalb Bar Association

As we all reflect on Black History Month this February, it is hard not to consider the contributions of African Americans from Georgia, and more specifically, the metro Atlanta region. We all know about the more prominent leaders of the civil rights movement, but many, including myself, know very little about African American attorneys who paved the way for others to thrive in the practice of law in Georgia. One such person that I recently discovered is a gentleman by the name of Austin Thomas (A.T.) Thomas. 

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Estate Litigation – Tearing a Family Apart

karen-fortune-iag-forensicsBy Karen B. Fortune, CPA/CFF, CGMA, MAcc
IAG Forensics & Valuation

Many times, mom and dad, in an attempt to transfer as much wealth as possible by saving trustee and executor fees, name one of their children as the executor(rix) of their wills. This sounds like an ideal situation since the siblings love one another and will do the right thing by each other. In some situations; however, this decision can lead to disaster and tear an otherwise close-knit family apart. 

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