We practice several areas of the law, and we have divided our practice areas into several dedicated categories to help serve your legal needs.
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Criminal defense law deals with the issues surrounding an arrest, a criminal investigation, criminal charges, sentencing, appeals and post-trial issues. An arrest simply means a police officer or judge believes reasonable suspicion exists that a person committed a crime. An arrest does not necessarily mean that a criminal charge has been claimed by the District Attorney or County Solicitor. Criminal defense lawyers also deal with the substantive issues of the crimes with which his or her clients are charged. Criminal defense lawyers may also help clients before charges have been filed by a prosecuting attorney. This is done when someone believes he or she is being investigated or is arrested.
We help address the following issues concerning criminal defense:
Family & Divorce
If you have recently been served with papers for divorce, child support, or alimony modifications, you should immediately speak with an experienced Georgia attorney. You need a skilled lawyer to represent you during this time and ensure that any issues are settled in a manner that is fair to both you and your children.
Selecting an attorney can be an overwhelming process. However, please know that if you select Taylor & Strickland as your attorney, you can expect to be treated in a concerned and courteous manner. We will handle the matter and you can expect an honest assessment of both the strengths and the weaknesses of your case.
Legal issues are unique to each situation. It is always preferable to handle a case in a considerate and cooperative manner. This will usually work out best for each party, especially when dealing with children. However, should your case require a more forceful approach, you can be assured your case will be handled appropriately.
With Taylor & Strickland, you will also receive personalized service as well as a flexible schedule to meet at your convenience. Your calls and emails will be answered quickly and we can make ourselves available to meet with you in the evening hours, if needed.
During each step of the legal process, your options and potential outcomes will be explained and advice will be provided to you on how to deal with these options. Just know it is your case and it will always be your decision on how to proceed. Whatever path you choose, we will vigorously represent you through the entire process.
We represent divorce clients throughout the state but mainly deal with contested cases in Coweta, Meriwether, Heard, Troup, and Carroll Counties.
Personal Injury is a term often heard in the legal profession. It typically describes an injury obtained through no fault of the victim in the case. Personal injury can occur at the work place, at a department store, in the home of a friend or relative, or as a result of an auto accident. One of the biggest mistakes people who have been injured in accidents make is failing to contact an attorney at the time of their injury.
In some situations, victims of personal injury cases do not even bother filing police reports or accident reports. If you or someone you know has been injured in some sort of accident, it is important to seek legal representation immediately. Even if the injury may not seem very severe at the time, there is always the possibility of recurring or lasting consequences from what could seem like a very slight injury.
We take personal injury cases very seriously and will do everything in my power to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. There will more than likely be medical bills, loss of wages, and a number of other financial hardships as a result of your injury. There is no reason you should have to face these things alone.
With an experienced Georgia trial attorney on your side, you will have peace of mind in knowing that someone is out there working for you. If any type of negligence or carelessness can be proven, then you could be entitled to monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. The amount of compensation will vary depending on the severity of the injury.
If you are like most people, then this is not something you have had to deal with before. There is no reason for you to take on the weight of the situation without someone to represent you and file your claim.
The most commonly used method of estate planning is a Will. Wills allow you to control the ownership and disposition of your assets, effectively serving to protect these assets and provide for your family in the event of your death. A Will enables you to specify who will inherit your assets upon your death. One of the most important items to consider when drafting a Will is who will be named as the executor. The executor is the individual who makes sure all the outstanding bills are paid and your property is distributed as set forth in your wishes. Most of the time with married couples it is the other spouse who is named as the executor. However, a secondary or alternate executor should be named in the event the primary executor will not or cannot serve.
A Will should be drafted by an attorney who will help determine your specific needs and draft a Will tailored to those needs. Oftentimes, a simple Will is what is needed. However, in cases of more complex estates or if someone is a member of a blended family (prior marriages or having children from marriages), a more detailed Will may be necessary. An experienced lawyer knows what questions to ask to find out what level of complexity your specific situation requires. Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, a Will can be joined with a Trust as a powerful estate planning plan.
A Trust is a legal vehicle in which the control of, and legal title to, assets is held by a Trustee. Trusts are generally established with specific purposes in mind, and making specific provisions for certain individuals and or entities are usually among the primary purposes. Trusts are also good tools for managing your property during your lifetime, especially if you become incapacitated. If it is a Trust you need, I can counsel you on the type of trust needed that will best fit your circumstances.
Juvenile Delinquency & DFCS Cases
If your child is involved in a delinquency matter, your next step should be to make a call to an attorney. With your child's future in mind, we work with the prosecutor, the court, and the Department of Juvenile Justice to ensure your child's charges are accurate and can be reduced or dismissed, if possible.
Has your child been taken by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS)? The attorneys at Taylor & Strickland are experienced in assisting parents with getting their children back. We can also assist with any legitimation needs you may have in association with a dependency case.
Call us today to schedule a free consultation for your delinquency or dependency case.