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Donald F. Hawbaker

Griffin Elder Law Attorney.

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  1. Are heirs liable for debts for a house that is in probate?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Donald F. Hawbaker
    2. Celia R Reed
    3. Charles Adam Shultz
    4. Robert W. Hughes Jr.
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    Sorry for your loss. No, your mother is not liable for the mortgage solely by virtue of being an heir. She may stand to lose the equity she might have inherited or been bequeathed if she doesn't step up and prevent the house from being foreclosed upon by keeping the mortgage current, but the bank isn't going to go after her simply because she's an heir.

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  2. Wrongful death in atlanta

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Donald F. Hawbaker
    2. Thomas Andrew Miller
    3. Fareesh S. Sarangi
    4. Matthew Chase Swanson
    5. Jonathan P. Sexton
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    I'm sorry for your loss and this tragedy. I'm assuming you have an attorney and that you, personally, didn't take the driver's deposition, right? If so, you should be asking your attorney these questions and relying upon his/her advice. Don't go around your attorney and solicit case-specific advice on a general-information forum like this. No one on this forum can possibly know your case better than your attorney. And if you don't have an attorney for a serious case like this, get one...

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  3. Need Lawyer Advice/Car -Tractor Trailer Accident

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Donald F. Hawbaker
    2. Fareesh S. Sarangi
    3. Troy Windel Marsh Jr.
    4. Robert Rogers Giannini
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    You can file your suit in DeKalb; however, if the defendant responds with a motion to transfer venue to Cobb since that's where the accident happened, it will likely be granted. If that motion is not filed upfront and he simply contests the suit on grounds of liability or damages, or both, the case will stay in DeKalb. Good luck.

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  4. If a defendant declares themself not guilty at arraignment is it mandatory that the case go to trial?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Charles Christopher Flinn
    2. Benjamin David Goldberg
    3. Donald F. Hawbaker
    4. Bernadette Camille Crucilla
    5. Anthony Michael Solis
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    You can make whatever deal that makes sense to both you and the prosecution prior to trial.

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  5. Hit by ACCC insured 2 weeks ago. Received letter today admitting no liability.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Donald F. Hawbaker
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    3. Sidney Weinstein
    4. Robert G. Rothstein
    5. Jason Todd Studinski
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    "Reviews about ACCC insurance are all horrible. Do I need a lawyer, or do I just wait and see what they do." I believe you just answered your own question, and know what to do.

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  6. How do I handle this situation of my grandmother (also my legal guardian) passing?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Donald F. Hawbaker
    2. Adrian Kaspar Pritchett
    3. Celia R Reed
    4. Timothy Edward Kalamaros
    5. James P. Frederick
    5 lawyer answers

    You really need to speak to an attorney about your specific situation; it's really not possible to give you competent guidance on a general forum like this. Use the Find A Lawyer tab on Avvo to look up a Probate attorney in Decatur/DeKalb County. Most will provide a free, initial consultation. Good luck.

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  7. CAN A NOTARY B A WITNESS ON THEIR OWN SIGNATURE

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Donald F. Hawbaker
    2. Barry Dean Broome
    3. Glen Edward Ashman
    4. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
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    No, a notary cannot validly notarize or authenticate his/her own signature. However, the signatures of witnesses to a will need not be notarized for the will to be valid. There is a part of most wills called a "self-proving affidavit" which allows the will to be admitted to probate if the requirements of the statute on self-proving affidavits, including properly notarized signatures, are complied with. So, the will still is valid; it must, however, be proved up when offered into probate by...

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  8. Is it common for a person who was found not guilty of a crime, to still be deported if the have ICE HOLD?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Anthony Michael Solis
    2. Alexander Joseph Segal
    3. Donald F. Hawbaker
    4. James Donald Garrett
    5. George F. Mccranie IV
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    You need to visit in person with an immigration attorney. No one on this forum can possibly answer that question.

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  9. Im on probation for credit card fraud and just got in trouble for shoplifting do u think i need an attorney

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Noah Howard Pines
    2. Donald F. Hawbaker
    3. Benjamin David Goldberg
    4. Brian M. Fishman
    5. Todd Michael Boudreaux
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    Yes, most definitely.

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  10. Hi. Can you raise a fed tort claim without going to eeo?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Donald F. Hawbaker
    2. Jesse Cole Kent
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    4. Robert G. Rothstein
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    It's impossible to answer your questions in this forum. No offense intended, but you're way out of your league proceeding (it appears) without counsel in fields of law (employment and federal tort claims) that are very tricky even when you have the benefit of experienced counsel.

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