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Areas of Practice

Family Law

Divorce:  In the midst of the difficult and complex emotions which overwhelm those going through divorce, issues of property and debt division, child custody and visitation, alimony, taxation must also be addressed.  Ms. Sullivan's goal in every divorce case is to bring the client through the roller coaster of emotions to reach a result which will allow the client to go forward from divorce with confidence and security.       

Child Custody:  Perhaps the most stressful kind of legal dispute involves child custody.  Whether you are one seeking a change in custody for the best interest of your child(ren) or defending an action of this kind which has been filed against you, Ms. Sullivan is well equipped to be your--and the child(ren)'s--advocate, giving you the stellar representation which is so very crucial when the stakes are at their highest.    

Grandparents' Rights:  When a grandchild is at risk and grandparent intervention is necessary, you need a lawyer who understands the intricacies of this area of the law.  When faced with an issue of this kind, call us first.

Legitimation/Paternity:  Many people incorrectly believe that acknowledging paternity on hospital forms is enough to give a father legal rights to his child.  If you are a father who has never filed a legal action for legitimation, you have no rights to visit with your child, and your child is not legally permitted to inherit from your estate should you die.   We represent parents in paternity and legitimation actions.

Child Support:  In 2007, a new Child Support Calculator was established by Georgia lawmakers as the required form for calculating child support in Georgia.  This overhauled Georgia child support law contains many provisions which, if skillfully used, can greatly benefit children and their custodial parents.  The converse is also true; there are nuances in the new law which can provide justified relief to those hardworking noncustodial parents who pay child support.  If you are interested in exploring a child support modification on the basis of changed financial or other circumstances since the entry of a previous child support Order, look no further than The Sullivan Firm.   Moreover, if you are a noncustodial parent who has seen your driver's license suspended, passport revoked, tax refunds intercepted, wages garnished, or bank account drained by the Office of Child Support Enforcement, call us for a consultation to discuss your rights. 

Domestic Violence Protective Orders:  When your physical safety is at stake, you need an attorney who will act quickly to get you the protection you need.  The law provides avenues for restraining abusers from having any contact with family violence victims and their minor children.  If you or someone you know is enduring physical abuse, we can help.   

Prenuptial Agreements:  If you are contemplating marriage and wish to establish each spouse's property rights and other expectations should the marriage ever end, we prepare prenuptial agreements tailored to your precise needs. 

Name Change:  Legal name change is often appropriate and sometimes necessary.   We can walk you through the process.   

Adoption: The adoption of a child, whether through infant adoption, stepparent adoption, or grandparent adoption ranks among the most momentous events of an adopting parent's life.  You can trust our attorneys to assist you in the adoption process.

Guardian ad Litem:  Especially in cases involving matters of child custody, guardians ad litem are often appointed to represent the children and serve an investigative role for the Court.  Ms. Sullivan has served as guardian ad litem in the Southern Judicial Circuit and is available to serve, upon request and with the Court's appointment, as guardian ad litem in family law matters. 

Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy:  Both individuals and businesses are allowed to file actions seeking the protections found in Title 11, Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.  If you are unable to meet your obligations to creditors, you may be a candidate for the protection bankruptcy provides.  Call for a free consultation today to find out whether you are eligible; if so, we will work to help lighten your debt load to put you on the path toward greater financial stability.

Real Estate Law

Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia whose primary area of expertise is the closing of complex real estate transactions.  From simple Lease Agreements and Quitclaim Deeds to the handling of civil litigation involving property (e.g. land line disputes, adverse possession claims, disputes over water access, and the like), Mr. Sullivan is equipped to meet your law-related real estate needs with both courtesy and professionalism.   

Civil Litigation

If you should find yourself embroiled in a legal dispute which requires court intervention, you need a representative who understands the process.  We handle all kinds of civil lawsuits, for both Plaintiffs and Defendants, in courts throughout South Georgia.  Whether your dispute is personal or related to business, we stand ready to assist you.      

Collections

In the current economic climate, collecting debts others owe you can often be challenging.  Using creative collection strategies, we have been able to recover not only money but also automobiles, gun collections, and other personal property from various debtors who owed our clients money.  If you are a business with open credit accounts you're having trouble collecting, call us to explore your options.  You may be surprised by what can be done.

Conversely, if you are a debtor in need of representation with regard to a collections dispute, we can negotiate on your behalf with an eye toward reducing your obligation. 

Estate Planning and Elder Law

Wills & Trusts:  The importance of getting your affairs in order for the sake of your loved ones should not be overlooked.  Call us to schedule an estate planning consultation today.  We offer estate planning packages on a convenient, flat fee schedule.  

Powers of Attorney:  A Power of Attorney is a wonderful legal tool designed to protect your financial security in the event of your incapacity.  We can walk you through the reasons you may need a Power of Attorney and will advise you of the considerations attendant to your decision.

Health Care Directives:  To prevent stress on your loved ones in the tragic event that you are incapacitated due to injury or illness and unable to communicate your desires as they pertain to your health care decisions, including those most difficult end-of-life decisions, many have wisely chosen to communicate their health care decisions in writing when planning their estates.  We can explain to you the various considerations to keep in mind when selecting your health care agent(s) and help you communicate your wishes to your health care providers.

Guardianship:  If your loved one is incapable of seeing to his/her own financial affairs and/or personal care due to physical or mental handicap, a guardianship may be necessary to protect that person from third parties who would take advantage.  We have assisted multiple families in obtaining guardianships under circumstances such as these.  

Probate of Decedents' Estates

When a loved one has passed away, you need legal representation when handling the deceased person's final affairs.   Whether the person died with or without a Will, you must meet certain legal requirements related to dividing the person's estate.  Mr. Sullivan is an experienced and trustworthy probate attorney who can manage the process for you, enabling you to concentrate on dealing with the emotions related to your loss.    

Business Formation & Advice to Employers

When forming a new business entity, it is important to document with formality the particulars of the transaction.  Allow us to get your business off to a solid start with formation strategies right for you.  After the business is up and running, we can advise you every step of the way.

Tax Appeals and IRS Negotiation

If you need a representative to negotiate with a Georgia or federal taxing authority on your behalf, we can help.  Call today for a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Health Care Law

Ms. Sullivan assists multiple physicians and health care practices in the South Georgia area with a wide range of legal needs.   From contract negotiation to disputes with employees or other practitioners, our attorneys stand ready to assist.

 

The Sullivan Firm is a law firm of aggressive lawyers and attorneys which handle cases involving the following family law issues: divorce, child custody, child support, legitimation, adoption, paternity and DNA testing and analysis, establishing parental rights, child neglect and child abuse, family violence, restraining orders, domestic violence, drug abuse, and any legal issue related to parenting. We can also prepare your Will, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive, and create a Trust to protect your estate and assets. We handle real estate closings, so if you are buying or selling a house or any other property or land, call us! We can represent you in land line disputes and other lawsuits over property rights. We file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy cases for debtors and are a Debt Relief Agency. We can also pursue collections efforts to help you collect money someone owes you or your business. We represent multiple doctors and medical practices in managing their business and corporate affairs. Thomasville Divorce, Thomasville Bankruptcy - Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, Thomasville Child Custody, Thomasville Child Support, Thomasville Real Estate Closings, Thomasville Health Care Law.
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