Legislation That May Affect Your Estate Plan

Last year, Georgia adopted a new Uniform Power of Attorney Act (“UPOAA”) that will apply to most general financial Powers of Attorney (“POAs”). With this significant legislative change and the beginning of a new year, now is a great time to review your estate plan as this law could affect

Congratulations to Thomas L. Fitzgerald

Congratulations to Thomas L. Fitzgerald for being the recipient of the Charles N. Pursley Award.  He received the award on Friday, February 8, 2018 during the annual seminar of the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  The annual award  recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of eminent


I wanted to give to you a “heads-up” about proposed SB2 (2017) and which will impose a fair amount of administrative work on the local government entities. The bill, if made law, would require that each City or County, “establish a schedule of” fees for business licenses or permits or

The Courts Enter Craft Beer Battles

While craft breweries are known for their creative and sometimes very punny names, there are an increasing number of trademark disputes in the industry.  In the case of In re: Bay State Brewing Co., 117 U.S.P.Q.2d 1958 (TTAB 2016), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) refused to register the mark

Hulsey, Oliver & Mahar, LLP celebrates 100 years of service

Hulsey, Oliver & Mahar is excited to celebrate one hundred years of serving the North Georgia community.  Colonel Edgar D. Kenyon, affectionately known as “Colonel Ed” to his friends, was issued his license to practice law on June 1, 1914.  He went on to have an illustrious legal career, dedicated

Guardianship? Conservatorship?

Unfortunately, as loved ones age they may reach the point where they are unable to manage their own affairs.  A good strategy to prepare for this situation is for your loved one to have executed a financial power of attorney and an advanced healthcare directive.  These documents allow someone to

Employers should establish data policies

A recent case serves as a reminder to employers to establish data policies and review the policies periodically.  In Dana, Ltd. v. Axle & Mfg. Holdings, 2013 WL 4498993, W.D.Mich. (2013), an employer sued a competitor and two employees after the employer’s employees quit their jobs and were hired by the

Supreme Court Expands First Sale Doctrine

In a case that has implications for multinational product suppliers, the Superme Court upheld the first sale doctrine on products imported by the purchaser.  In Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, 133 S.Ct. 1351 (2013), Kirtsaeng was a student who had family living in Thailand.  He had his family buy