Grandparent Visitation: Use Your Time

Grandparents often find themselves in an odd dilema–not quite parents, but still a vital part of their grandchildren’s lives.  So how do we fix that dilema?  Grandparent visitation is one possible route.

Georgia law specifically allows grandparents (as well as certain other relatives) to petition the court for mandatory visitation time with their grandchildren.  Although filing a petition is not a guarantee to get visitation, the Georgia legislature has made it clear to the courts that grandparents often play a vital role in their grandchildren’s lives and they should have a voice.

At the Sellers Law Firm our goal is to protect your rights as grandparents.  Whether you are seeking answers about a guardianship, custody, or visitation, we are here to guide you.  Give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

 

A Christmas Celebration with the Sellers Law Firm: FREE Photos with Santa!

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, is proud to be partnering with Lowe’s and Freedom Fighters Productions to bring Christmas spirit to Griffin, Georgia, this Christmas season!

Join the Sellers Law Firm on Saturday, December 9, 2017, for FREE Photos with Santa, FREE legal tips, and FREE snacks!

This year we will be offering these FREE photos with Santa at Lowe’s located at 1520 Highway 16 West, Griffin, GA 30223.

From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm swing by and grab that new family Christmas photo!

We will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots as well, so feel free to drop off a new, unwrapped toy when you swing by.

We look forward to seeing you at Lowe’s in Griffin, Georgia!

 

 

Time for Toys for Tots: Donations Start NOW!

 

Join the Sellers Law Firm this year as we spread the word and collect new, unwrapped toys for those in need this Christmas!

We are collecting toy donations NOW through December 15 (the last for toys to be collected by Toys for Tots representatives). Whether it’s $1 or $100, any new toys are greatly appreciated!

You can find more information regarding Toys for Tots HERE.

If you would like to donate money instead of bringing in toys, you can also make donations at the official Toys for Tots website HERE.

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, is a law firm focusing on family law and criminal defense, while still providing a wide range of general legal services. From adoptions, child support, custody, divorce, and legitimation to DUI, traffic tickets, misdemeanors, and felonies, the Sellers Law Firm is here to help you.

As a proud member of the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, Griffin Downtown Council, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, and several legal organizations, the Sellers Law Firm strives to serve the local community, while expanding its services throughout the state of Georgia.

Whether you find yourself in need of a lawyer now, or whether you just want to ask a few questions, give us a call at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

 

Traffic Violations: Stay Informed & Know Your Rights

Traffic offenses are often over looked as minor inconveniences that will go away by simply paying a fine. The truth is that traffic citations can lead to license suspensions, license points accumulation, probation, and hefty fines.  Whether you receive a ticket for following too close, failure to yield, hit-and-run, or DUI, every ticket has a consequence that should not be ignored.

Depending on your age, occupation, and prior driving history, a traffic citation can have devastating effects on your ability to drive, making it essential that you know what you face before going to court.

Before you decide to “just pay the fine” or show up in court alone, know your options and be prepared.  If you have questions or find yourself facing a traffic offense, give us a call at the Sellers Law Firm: where clients become family.

Helping Adopted Children Through A Divorce

Many adopted children have experienced significant, and emotionally traumatic, losses in the past. Some have already seen relationships broken by discord and difference. Before their adoption, many children lived without the sense of security and consistent guidance that fosters healthy emotional development.

These difficult emotions don’t end upon placement. Like everyone else, adoptees enter every new situation with a history, one that isn’t always overwhelmingly positive. The impending divorce of their adoptive parents can draw these painful feelings back into sharp relief.

Your child will experience your divorce as another loss; that’s unavoidable. Now, your child will lose the steady familial structure on which they have come to depend. More acutely, their sense of belonging, often a difficult issue for adoptees, is being challenged. How does your child fit into this new definition of “family,” which will now extend beyond a single household and may implicate very different parenting styles.

Your child deserves and needs strength and security, now more than ever before. At every step, try to stay “child-first,” asking yourself what you can do in the present to provide your child with stability and love. Taking a child-first approach can be difficult. That’s especially true when you’re getting a divorce, consulting attorneys and planning out your next steps. Make sure your child’s well-being is at the heart of those steps.

Many adopted children benefit greatly from structure. Try your hardest to maintain schedules, rituals and rules, creating consistency through the often unstable divorce process.

Adopted children often experience difficult attachment-related issues, especially when one parent is given primary custody. Losing control over who you can see and when is hard and it will continue to be hard. If possible, attempt to work out your custody arrangement as soon as possible, so you can familiarize your child with how things will be after your divorce is finalized.

Be rational and compassionate. It’s all too easy to slip into an unhealthy headspace, viewing your divorce as a competition with your child’s love as the prize. Looking to position yourself as the “fun” parent is a trap. What your child needs is a stable parent. Viewing the situation this way is a grave mistake, particularly if it comes to affect the way you talk about and act toward your child. Your child will pick up on that and may even able the obligation to “choose sides.” It should be obvious that no child should be made to decide between two people they love. Instead, reiterate with your child that your former partner loves them and will continue to be their parent. Then encourage your child to express their own love for your former partner.

Be open and transparent about the choice you and your former partner have made. Divorce, for most couples who decide on it, is the right thing to do. People get divorced because being apart is simply healthier for all parties involved. Even so, adoptive parents can be hit particularly hard by divorce. Many hold themselves to a high standard, often a higher standard than they would apply to other couples. After developing a winning adoption profile, examining your relationship’s strengths and welcoming a child into your family, deciding on divorce can lead to strong feelings of guilt and shame. Don’t let these feelings overwhelm you. Divorce is the right choice for you, your former spouse and your child, too. You’ve chosen to become a happier, healthier person and, I’d bet, a better parent in the long-run. Sit down with your child and let them know that they are not being rejected. That this is not their fault. That no one is going to abandon them. Then make good on those promises.

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Article by Maxine Chalker, MSW / LSW.  Maxine Chalker is the executive director of Adoptions From The Heart, a non-profit private adoption agency with offices throughout the East Coast.

Bear Creek Festival October 14, 2017

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, is proud to be participating in the annual Bear Creek Festival on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  Taking place at the Historic Hampton City Park in Hampton, Georgia, the Festival offers plenty for the family, including numerous antique dealers, food vendors, arts & craft vendors, and a kid’s area.

Join the celebration of the 20TH annual Fall Festival–now known as the Bear Creek Festival–in Hampton City Park!

Swing by our booth and grab some free SWAG while you’re there.

We look forward to seeing you!

For more information, click HERE to visit the official webpage of the Bear Creek Festival, or our Facebook event page HERE.

The Sellers Law Firm Featured in September Issue of Fayette Woman Magazine

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, was recently promoted in the September 2017 edition of Fayette Woman Magazine.

From Fayette Woman Magazine: “Fayette Woman is a voice for and about women who live in Fayette County, Ga. We believe that everyone’s life is a journey and no matter how grand or modest, every one of us has a story. Our goal is to cultivate a sense of community among our readers while giving our advertising partners a professional, trusted and positive environment for their messages.

We know our audience well — after all, we are literally their friends and neighbors — and we know the standards by which they measure us. It is this understanding that enables Fayette Woman magazine, and FayetteWoman.com, to connect with our readers on a profound level.

Fayette Woman was established in January 2001. The printed monthly magazine is distributed to Kroger, Publix, libraries, medical offices, hair and nail salons, restaurants and more than 400 high-traffic businesses and service providers in Fayette County. The internet allows us to extend the reach of the magazine to thousands more with this website and a digital version of the printed edition.

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, is thrilled to be able to advertise in this incredible magazine.

If you find yourself needing legal advice, give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

D.U.I. Law Changes in Georgia: 10-Day Letter becomes 30-Day Letter

House Bill 205 has added a few more details to the state’s current D.U.I. laws, and with those changes comes the need to update and education ourselves.

In addition to a new Ignition Interlock Permit option for certain individuals charged with a D.U.I., see our article HERE, the traditional ten (10) day period in which a driver has to appeal a license suspension under a DS-1205 Form has increased to thirty (30) days.

Prior to July 1, 2017, anyone charged with a D.U.I. and issued a DS-1205 Form suspending their license (known as an administrative license suspension, ALS), would receive a temporary driving permit for thirty (30) days.  If you failed to appeal this suspension within ten (10) days, your license would automatically be suspended.

With the passage of House Bill 205, however, that time period has now been extended to thirty (30) days.  Often called a 10-Day letter, with this new law we now have to become accustom to 30-Day letters.

If you find yourself facing a D.U.I., or you just have a few questions, contact us here or give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

 

Buyer Beware: New D.U.I. Interlock Permit Law

On July 1, 2017, House Bill 205 became effective, offering individuals charged with a D.U.I. the ability to apply for a special kind of driving permit: The Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit.  As the Department of Driver Serices states on their press release,

                  Persons who have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia and whose Georgia driver’s license is subject to an administrative license suspension (ALS) may have the option beginning July 1st to obtain a new type of limited driving permit from the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). 

                   The new permit, technically referred to as an “Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit”, will be conditioned upon the person whose driver’s license is subject to an ALS voluntarily waiving his or her right to an administrative hearing and having an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they intend to drive.  The current ALS process, including the right to an administrative hearing, will remain in place as an option for persons whose driver’s license is subject to an ALS and either do not qualify for or do not wish to obtain the new permit.  Click HERE for the full press release.

Unfortunately,  this statute has been misinterpreted and some companies have been instructing individuals that this is required for them to retain their driving privileges.

As always, stay informed and know your rights.  This is an OPTIONAL alternative for individuals wishing to waive their A.L.S. hearing.

Before you find yourself paying needlessly for the installation and monitoring of an interlock device, consult with an attorney regarding your specific situation.

If you or someone you know is facing a DUI, or you just have questions, send us an email or give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

Growing In the Community Through Fayette Woman Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, was recently promoted in the July 2017 edition of Fayette Woman Magazine.

From Fayette Woman Magazine: “Fayette Woman is a voice for and about women who live in Fayette County, Ga. We believe that everyone’s life is a journey and no matter how grand or modest, every one of us has a story. Our goal is to cultivate a sense of community among our readers while giving our advertising partners a professional, trusted and positive environment for their messages.

We know our audience well — after all, we are literally their friends and neighbors — and we know the standards by which they measure us. It is this understanding that enables Fayette Woman magazine, and FayetteWoman.com, to connect with our readers on a profound level.

Fayette Woman was established in January 2001. The printed monthly magazine is distributed to Kroger, Publix, libraries, medical offices, hair and nail salons, restaurants and more than 400 high-traffic businesses and service providers in Fayette County. The internet allows us to extend the reach of the magazine to thousands more with this website and a digital version of the printed edition.

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, is thrilled to be able to advertise in this incredible magazine.

If you find yourself needing legal advice, give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

Grandparents Becoming Second Parents: Know Your Rights

The parenting landscape has been steadily changing over the years as more and more grandparents are becoming parents to their grandchildren.  Whether the same is due to more and more children being born out-of-wedlock, or because divorce is on the rise and family units are broken up, grandparents have been gaining more prominent roles in what our current generation sees as a nuclear family.

With grandparents taking on the role of parents, the time has come for grandparents to know their rights and seek legal courses to protect their rights as de facto custodians.

At the Sellers Law Firm our goal is to protect your rights as grandparents.  Whether you are seeking answers about a guardianship, custody, or visitation, we are here to guide you.  Give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

 

New Laws Take Effect July 1

With July 1 of the new year having come and gone, it is that time of year when Georgia’s new laws start taking effect.

Along with updates to banned contraband in Georgia jails/prisons (which now includes the prohibition of all tobacco products) [see Senate Bill 149] as well as new regulations for municipal probation officers [see Senate Bill 149], Georgia’s new laws run the gambit.

Be sure to stay informed with these and other updates.  You can check out the new laws verbatim by checking out the Georgia legislative list HERE.

If you find yourself needing legal advice, contact us online HERE or give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family!

 

 

Proud to Sponsor Our Local School Athletics Programs

Congratulations to Kacie Hallmark for winning two (2) tickets to the Atlanta United F.C. soccer game for July 4, 2017!

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, is proud to be a sponsor and partner with the Spalding County High Soccer Program.

How to Beat a Radar Enforced DUI/Traffic Stop

Jody Louis Sellers of Griffin, Georgia recently received advanced level training, from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, on How to Beat a Radar Enforced DUI/Traffic Stop. Jody received training on how to try the radar machine.  The training included Pre-trial Motions, Jury Selection, Opening Statement, the Testimony of the Peace Officer, Cross-Examination, where to incorporate 3 drawings, and the Closing Argument. This training was developed by George Long, an Executive Member of the Association, whose office is located in Odessa, Texas.

The American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys has compiled information from Judges, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (the Top DUI Prosecutors in each State), DUI Prosecutors, current Law Enforcement Officers, former Law Enforcement Officers, and DUI Defense Attorneys to determine exactly what skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial.

When people need a DUI Attorney, the biggest challenge is knowing whether or not an attorney truly has the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases. Countless attorneys handle DUI cases. But, only a very small percentage have the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases.

-From PR Buzz, click HERE for the full article 

Another View from Keystrokes by Kimberly

 

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, is continuing to spread the word about our firm, doing what we can to reach those who are in need of our services.  Any time someone takes the time to address our firm or promote us in some way, we want to say thank you by recognizing them.

Keystrokes by Kimberly is an amazing blog site that address issues from law and government to business tech and entertainment.  The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, was recently featured in an article, and you can view it HERE.

If you find yourself needing legal advice or you just have a few questions, give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family 🙂

 

June Jam 2017: Back and Better Than Ever!

This year’s June Jam Music Fest will be held on June 3, 2017, at The Park at 6th in downtown Griffin, Georgia.  June Jam will start around 6:00 p.m., but the Griffin-Exchange Clubs’s annual corn-hole tournament will start around 3:00 p.m., and there will be live music throughout the day.

Local bands from Griffin and the surrounding areas will play an eclectic genre of tunes for you to enjoy.

The festival offers something for everyone of all ages. Music, an artist market, food, kids activities and the beautiful people of our city make this a “don’t miss” event. Come early, stay late and enjoy downtown Griffin!

Vendors can sign up for a booth at the link HERE.

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, is proud to be sponsoring this event, and we look forward to seeing everyone out there.  We will have a booth set up all day to give out FREE swag, and we will be on hand with our DUI Breathalyzer to help inform the community about safe driving and understanding aspects of DUI law.

See you on Saturday, June 3, 2017!

Spreading the Word

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, strives to excel in and out of the courtroom for each and every one of clients.  When that hard work is noticed by others, it makes us want to work that much harder.  Be sure to check out the latest article involving the Sellers Law Firm HERE from the site Autism, A Diva, & Dance.

If you need help or you just have a few questions, give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

The Family Newsletter: Sign Up Today!

The Sellers Law Firm is  invested in our family, and to ensure our family is always up-to-date, we have officially unveiled our official newsletter: The Family Newsletter!  With a couple of issues already out, we are excited to see what the future holds.

You can signup now at our official campaign link by clicking HERE.

Our newsletter issues are released every few weeks, and we hope this will be a great resource for past, present, and future family members to stay informed.

If we can ever be of service, give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

 

License Suspensions: Why You Should Not “Just Pay the Ticket”

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A license suspension can be triggered by a number of different traffic and criminal convictions: DUI, Reckless Driving (for Commercial Drivers and Under-21 Drivers), No Proof of Insurance, Hit & Run, and Driving on a Suspended License, to name a few.  Often people find themselves trudging down to the court house to just pay the fine and walk away, only to find out later that their license has been suspended.

When facing a traffic ticket or criminal charge that could suspend your license, you do not need to take a risk and walk into court alone.  Whether the ticket your facing may add points to your license or suspend your license all together, you need to be informed and represented before you step foot into court.

As laid out on the website for the Georgia Department of Driver Services, there are three ways that you can lose your right to drive:

  1. Cancellation: “The Department of Driver Services is authorized to cancel your driver’s license if you fail to give the required or correct information needed in your application or if you are otherwise ineligible.”
  2. Revocation: “When your driver’s license is revoked, your driving privileges are terminated and withdrawn until the end of the period of time prescribed by the formal action of the DDS. At the expiration of the revocation period, you may apply for a new driver’s license once you satisfy the requirements. You will be required to re-take the driving tests.”
  3. Suspension: “When your driver’s license is suspended, your driving privilege is temporarily withdrawn for a specific period of time. At the expiration of the suspension period, you may apply for a driver’s license once you satisfy the requirements.”

For anyone looking for a few quick FAQs on license suspensions in Georgia, you can check out the Georgia Department of Driver Services here.

No matter the case—DUI, Hit & Run, or Super Speeder—you need someone in your corner with experience and compassion.  At the Sellers Law Firm, we have years of experience representing clients who we now consider family.  We have helped them, now let us help you.

You can submit a case evaluation request here, or give us a call at 770-415-9848 to discuss your case today at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.

Proud Sponsor of Local School

 

The Sellers Law Firm, LLC, is proud to announce that we have committed to being a sponsor and supporter of our local students.  This year you will see our name out and about on local Griffin High School t-shirts, and we encourage you all to buy these shirts to help raise money for our local schools.

Sales of these t-shirts will help promote our local students, and it is a great way to show your Griffin High pride!

Join us in celebrating our local schools, and be sure to buy one of these shirts at the next school event.

In the meantime, if we can ever be of service, give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.