• Do’s & Don’ts of Resolving Your Business Dispute

      When it comes to your business, we at Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. know just how much blood, sweat, and tears go into keeping it thriving and successful. Unfortunately, due to the inevitability ...

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    • Commercial Litigation Versus Arbitration

      Commercial litigation handles all kinds of disputes. Whether your case involves a breach of contract, business tort, or partnership/joint venture dispute, there are 2 main options for reaching a ...

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    • What Is the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Law?

      Every time you sign a contract, you are agreeing to more than what appears on paper. In the United States, each contract contains an implied duty of good faith and fear dealing. Essentially, this ...

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    • What Is Considered Creditor Harassment?

      Creditor harassment can take many forms. Repetitive phone calls, foul language, threats, and any other behavior used to annoy, abuse, or harass you can be considered creditor harassment. The Fair Debt ...

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    • Does Debt Expire?

      Yes, some consumer debts effectively expire. After 7 years , most debts stop appearing on your credit report, and creditors can lose their right to collect via the courts. This is because of the ...

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    • What Are the Requirements for Filing for Bankruptcy?

      Almost any person in the United States can file for bankruptcy , but there are some steps you must take to affirm your eligibility. For example, if you are filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy , you must ...

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    • Steps to Legally Dissolve a Business

      Dissolving a business is often a stressful and complex process. However, it is important to legally and correctly dissolve a business in a timely manner. If you fail to properly dissolve your ...

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    • How To Make Your Side Hustle into a Business

      If you find yourself working on a passion project in your spare time, and you’re wondering if you can turn your so-called “side hustle” into a legitimate business, we have good news for you! As long ...

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    • Should I Form a Corporation, LLC, or Other Business Entity?

      Establishing and operating a business enterprise is the basis for the American dream. Determining whether to run your business as an S corporation, C corporation, limited liability companies (LLC), or ...

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    • Do I Need an Attorney to Help Form My Business?

      When people think of starting their own business, they usually imagine going through the process with little to no help. But did you know that hiring an attorney to help start your business can save ...

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    • What Are the Most Common Causes of Contract Disputes?

      Business owners in all industries are prepared for contract disputes because they are all but inevitable. The most common causes of contract disputes include unclear language, errors, breach of ...

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    • Do’s & Don’ts of Resolving Your Business Dispute

      When it comes to your business, we at Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. know just how much blood, sweat, and tears go into keeping it thriving and successful. Unfortunately, due to the inevitability ...

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    • How Can I Protect My Small Business Against Class Action Lawsuits?

      If you are a small business owner, you would be wise to begin thinking about how to avoid consumer lawsuits before they happen. It can become very time-consuming and costly to engage in the protracted ...

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    • Do You Have to Wear a Seatbelt When Pregnant?

      Yes. Doctors recommend wearing a seatbelt when pregnant, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states: “ Buckling up through all stages of your pregnancy is the single most ...

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    • Does Car Insurance Cover Hit and Runs?

      Yes, certain kinds of car insurance cover hit-and-run car accidents , but coverage will depend largely on your policy and the details of your situation. Hit and runs occur when the at-fault driver ...

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    • How to Drive Defensively

      Defensive driving is the key to avoiding crashes and lowering your risk behind the wheel, and it is all about expecting the unexpected. We’ve gathered some of the best safe driving tips from around ...

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    • Do’s & Don’ts of Resolving Your Business Dispute

      When it comes to your business, we at Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. know just how much blood, sweat, and tears go into keeping it thriving and successful. Unfortunately, due to the inevitability ...

      Read More
    • Goodbye to that Doggie in the Window: Atlanta's Retail Pet Ban

      Out of concern for animal welfare, the Atlanta City Council passed a law that prohibits retail pet stores from selling dogs and cats to customers. According to officials, the law is meant to deter ...

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    • Running a Construction Business: Why Written Communication Is Essential

      Construction Litigation Lawyers in Marietta Our construction litigation attorneys at Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. have served business people in Georgia for a combined total of more than 125 ...

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    • What Is a Bond?

      A bond represents a loan made by an investor to a borrower and can be thought of like an IOU (according to Investor.gov ). When you purchase a bond, you are lending money to the entity selling it – ...

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    • What Is a Lien and How Does It Work?

      A lien is a claim against someone else’s property that provides security or collateral when one party loans money to another. If you are paying off your car or your home, chances are you have a lien ...

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    • How To Recover a Debt

      When you do business with someone and they refuse to pay for the services you rendered, you may feel like you don’t have many options. This is simply not true. First of all, you always have the option ...

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    • What Are the Most Common Causes of Contract Disputes?

      Business owners in all industries are prepared for contract disputes because they are all but inevitable. The most common causes of contract disputes include unclear language, errors, breach of ...

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    • What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony in Georgia?

      In Georgia, the main difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the amount of time behind bars. Any crime that carries a sentence of more than 12 months is a felony. Additionally, felonies are ...

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    • How Bad Is Drunk Driving?

      Not only is drunk driving illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, but the behavior kills approximately 10,000 people each year. That’s 28 people every day and one person every 52 ...

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    • Which Traffic Tickets Are Misdemeanor Crimes in Georgia?

      Is a Speeding Ticket a Misdemeanor? In most states, many traffic tickets , such as moving violations, are considered infractions. Only more serious violations, such as driving while under the ...

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    • What Is a Bond?

      A bond represents a loan made by an investor to a borrower and can be thought of like an IOU (according to Investor.gov ). When you purchase a bond, you are lending money to the entity selling it – ...

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    • What Is Considered Creditor Harassment?

      Creditor harassment can take many forms. Repetitive phone calls, foul language, threats, and any other behavior used to annoy, abuse, or harass you can be considered creditor harassment. The Fair Debt ...

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    • Does Debt Expire?

      Yes, some consumer debts effectively expire. After 7 years , most debts stop appearing on your credit report, and creditors can lose their right to collect via the courts. This is because of the ...

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    • Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for My Pet?

      Although you cannot file a personal injury claim for your pet in most states, you may be able to recover compensation for veterinary bills and other pet-related losses in certain situations. For ...

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  • DUI
    • How Bad Is Drunk Driving?

      Not only is drunk driving illegal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, but the behavior kills approximately 10,000 people each year. That’s 28 people every day and one person every 52 ...

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    • When to Update Your Will

      Most people write their first will when they get married or have a baby. You should, however, write your first will when you turn 18. Every adult should have a will , and they should update it when ...

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    • Does Georgia Have Inheritance Tax?

      Georgia has no inheritance tax. As of July 1, 2014, Georgia does not have an estate tax , either. Nevertheless, you may have to pay the estate tax levied by the federal government. Also called a ...

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    • Pets and Probate: What Happens to My Pet When I Die?

      After you die, your loved ones and the court will decide what to do with your pet — unless you make other arrangements. That is why many people include instructions for their pets in their estate ...

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  • FAQ
    • Should I Represent Myself in Criminal Court?

      There are many reasons people who have been charged with a crime choose to represent themselves in a criminal case. Some cannot afford to retain the services of a qualified criminal defense lawyer ...

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    • What Questions Should I Ask My Personal Injury Attorney?

      No one plans to suffer a serious injury , much less at the hands of another’s negligence. When this happens, it is essential you immediately enlist in the counsel of a trusted Marietta personal injury ...

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    • Insurance Bad Faith: Breaching the Duty to Defend

      The Insurance Company’s Duty to Defend Unlike insurance Third-party liability coverage kicks in when someone sues you for money. The maximum dollar amount the insurance company is responsible for ...

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    • What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony in Georgia?

      In Georgia, the main difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the amount of time behind bars. Any crime that carries a sentence of more than 12 months is a felony. Additionally, felonies are ...

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    • Does Car Insurance Cover Hit and Runs?

      Yes, certain kinds of car insurance cover hit-and-run car accidents , but coverage will depend largely on your policy and the details of your situation. Hit and runs occur when the at-fault driver ...

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    • Does Georgia Have Inheritance Tax?

      Georgia has no inheritance tax. As of July 1, 2014, Georgia does not have an estate tax , either. Nevertheless, you may have to pay the estate tax levied by the federal government. Also called a ...

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    • Does Car Insurance Cover Hit and Runs?

      Yes, certain kinds of car insurance cover hit-and-run car accidents , but coverage will depend largely on your policy and the details of your situation. Hit and runs occur when the at-fault driver ...

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    • Does Car Insurance Cover Hit and Runs?

      Yes, certain kinds of car insurance cover hit-and-run car accidents , but coverage will depend largely on your policy and the details of your situation. Hit and runs occur when the at-fault driver ...

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    • When Do I Need an Attorney After a Car Accident?

      If you are asking yourself “do I need a lawyer?” after a car accident , you probably do. You need an attorney after a car accident when you are dealing with serious injuries or expenses. You may also ...

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    • What Is the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Law?

      Every time you sign a contract, you are agreeing to more than what appears on paper. In the United States, each contract contains an implied duty of good faith and fear dealing. Essentially, this ...

      Read More
    • What Is a Bond?

      A bond represents a loan made by an investor to a borrower and can be thought of like an IOU (according to Investor.gov ). When you purchase a bond, you are lending money to the entity selling it – ...

      Read More
    • What Is a Lien and How Does It Work?

      A lien is a claim against someone else’s property that provides security or collateral when one party loans money to another. If you are paying off your car or your home, chances are you have a lien ...

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    • At-Fault Driver Flees After 6-Car Crash Leaves Man Dead

      On Sunday, February 7, 2021, at about 2:25 a.m., a Marietta man allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a concrete barrier on I-285 near Powers Ferry Road in Cobb County, Georgia. After the Toyota ...

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    • What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony in Georgia?

      In Georgia, the main difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the amount of time behind bars. Any crime that carries a sentence of more than 12 months is a felony. Additionally, felonies are ...

      Read More
    • Goodbye to that Doggie in the Window: Atlanta's Retail Pet Ban

      Out of concern for animal welfare, the Atlanta City Council passed a law that prohibits retail pet stores from selling dogs and cats to customers. According to officials, the law is meant to deter ...

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    • Qualifying for Medical Marijuana in Georgia

      Marijuana laws are ever-changing and vary by state and municipality. This can be very confusing for residents seeking to use marijuana for medical purposes. If you have questions regarding the current ...

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    • Trump Administration Signs Executive Order to Increase Apprenticeships

      The Trump Administration propped up an executive order, which Trump signed last month, to increase the number and efficiency of federal apprenticeship programs across numerous industries. The order ...

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    • Officer & Director Liability in Commercial Litigation

      Officers and directors are the decision makers of the corporations they work for. In general, the decisions they make do not render them liable to civil lawsuits or personal liability. This is the ...

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    • How to Drive Safely Around Large Trucks

      The number one tip for driving safely around large trucks and avoiding truck accidents is to give large vehicles plenty of space. Large trucks have huge blind spots on all 4 sides, so if you drive too ...

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    • Does Car Insurance Cover Hit and Runs?

      Yes, certain kinds of car insurance cover hit-and-run car accidents , but coverage will depend largely on your policy and the details of your situation. Hit and runs occur when the at-fault driver ...

      Read More
    • How to Drive Defensively

      Defensive driving is the key to avoiding crashes and lowering your risk behind the wheel, and it is all about expecting the unexpected. We’ve gathered some of the best safe driving tips from around ...

      Read More
    • Pets and Probate: What Happens to My Pet When I Die?

      After you die, your loved ones and the court will decide what to do with your pet — unless you make other arrangements. That is why many people include instructions for their pets in their estate ...

      Read More
    • Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for My Pet?

      Although you cannot file a personal injury claim for your pet in most states, you may be able to recover compensation for veterinary bills and other pet-related losses in certain situations. For ...

      Read More
    • Pets and Probate: What Happens to My Pet When I Die?

      After you die, your loved ones and the court will decide what to do with your pet — unless you make other arrangements. That is why many people include instructions for their pets in their estate ...

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    • Understanding the Probate Process

      The probate process can seem overwhelming, especially after losing a loved one. At Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. , we want you to know that it doesn’t have to be so complicated. We are here to ...

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    • What to Consider When Buying a House

      There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a house – from deciding whether you’re ready to negotiating and signing the contract. When you buy, keep real estate law in mind and know that you may need ...

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    • Can Creditors Take Your House in Georgia?

      In Georgia, creditors cannot take your house, but they can put a judgment lien on your property . To do this, creditors must first have a judgment entered by the court – usually a settlement or ...

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    • Do You Have to Wear a Seatbelt When Pregnant?

      Yes. Doctors recommend wearing a seatbelt when pregnant, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states: “ Buckling up through all stages of your pregnancy is the single most ...

      Read More
    • How to Drive Safely Around Large Trucks

      The number one tip for driving safely around large trucks and avoiding truck accidents is to give large vehicles plenty of space. Large trucks have huge blind spots on all 4 sides, so if you drive too ...

      Read More
    • How to Drive Defensively

      Defensive driving is the key to avoiding crashes and lowering your risk behind the wheel, and it is all about expecting the unexpected. We’ve gathered some of the best safe driving tips from around ...

      Read More
    • Do You Have to Wear a Seatbelt When Pregnant?

      Yes. Doctors recommend wearing a seatbelt when pregnant, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states: “ Buckling up through all stages of your pregnancy is the single most ...

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    • Car Crash Deaths Rose During the Pandemic – But Why?

      In 2020, the number of vehicle miles traveled went down by 13%, but traffic deaths surged to 42,060 – up from 39,107 in 2019, according to estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC). But why did ...

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    • Why You Should Always Wear a Seatbelt

      A seatbelt is your number one defense against negligent drivers, including drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and aggressive drivers. No matter how short your journey is, you should always buckle up. ...

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    • Does Georgia Have Inheritance Tax?

      Georgia has no inheritance tax. As of July 1, 2014, Georgia does not have an estate tax , either. Nevertheless, you may have to pay the estate tax levied by the federal government. Also called a ...

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    • What Is Hearsay Evidence?

      In general, the dictionary defines “hearsay” as “information received from other people that one cannot adequately substantiate; rumor.” However, hearsay has a more specific definition in the practice ...

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    • Objection! Common TV & Movie Courtroom Tropes that Lack Foundation in Reality.

      The practice of law has its exciting moments. But many lawyers will probably tell you that being thorough and methodical is more important for success in our business. Certainly, film and television ...

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    • Voir Dire: How the Jury Selection Process Works

      The right of a criminal defendant to be tried before a jury of their peers is a foundational principal of the United States justice system. This right is enshrined in the 6 th Amendment of the U.S. ...

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    • How to Drive Safely Around Large Trucks

      The number one tip for driving safely around large trucks and avoiding truck accidents is to give large vehicles plenty of space. Large trucks have huge blind spots on all 4 sides, so if you drive too ...

      Read More
    • When Do I Need an Attorney After a Car Accident?

      If you are asking yourself “do I need a lawyer?” after a car accident , you probably do. You need an attorney after a car accident when you are dealing with serious injuries or expenses. You may also ...

      Read More
    • Why You Should Always Wear a Seatbelt

      A seatbelt is your number one defense against negligent drivers, including drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and aggressive drivers. No matter how short your journey is, you should always buckle up. ...

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    • What Are My Rights in a UCC Dispute?

      The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) is a collection of regulations that govern business transactions and contract issues. It has been adopted by all 50 states, and relates to transactions involving ...

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    • When to Update Your Will

      Most people write their first will when they get married or have a baby. You should, however, write your first will when you turn 18. Every adult should have a will , and they should update it when ...

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    • What Happens If I Don’t Have a Will?

      A last will and testament, commonly referred to simply as a will , is the most basic element of any estate plan. This document allows you to outline what you would like to happen with your assets when ...

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    • What is a Living Will?

      When a person dies, their will provides information about how their property will be distributed along with their other final wishes. However, a will may not only apply upon death. There is another ...

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