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Real Estate

Mike Dover

Our firm provides sound advice and effective representation to lenders, builders, developers, investors, home purchasers, and homeowners’ associations throughout South Georgia.  We regularly assist in all phases of the acquisition, development and sale of office, retail, industrial and residential properties.  This representation often includes drafting purchase and sale agreements, leases, restrictive covenants, and homeowners’ associations’ organizational documents.   While we routinely handle all aspects of development, we specialize in facilitating residential and commercial real estate closings where we provide clear advice to get the parties to the closing table.

The attorneys at Dover Miller Karras & Langdale, P.C. regularly represent clients in the following real estate matters:

Business Law

The attorneys at Dover Miller Karras & Langdale advise clients of all sizes on the formation, operation, merger, purchase and sale of businesses.  We routinely assist in the selection and setting up of all types of business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.  Our representation of business operations, purchases and sales includes the drafting of shareholder agreements, resolutions, and documents such as real estate and equipment purchase and lease agreements and restrictive covenants often necessary with business transactions.  Our clients view us not only as their legal representatives, but also as trusted advisers and advocates.

Family Law

Patti KarrasA divorce directly impacts your family, and in the middle of the emotional crisis, you want an attorney on your side who understands the process and the importance of protecting your future.  Navigating your way through this difficult process is much easier when you have an experienced, caring legal professional to assist you in handling whatever challenges come your way.  Custody, visitation, child support, property division, and alimony are all issues that may potentially arise.  After the divorce, the courts may still be involved with contempt issues and modification actions.

We empathize with the emotions that invariably surface, but are committed to providing you with the advice and guidance through the process, from start to finish, in an attempt to provide you with the best possible outcome.

We also offer unparalleled experience with related family law issues such as paternity and legitimation, restraining and protective orders, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and dispute resolution through the mediation process.

Adoption

We assist families with the adoption of children and provide comprehensive adoption services with a personal touch. We understand that, although adoption may be one of life’s most rewarding experiences, the process itself may seem overwhelming at times. We are sensitive to the concerns of both the adoptive families and birth mothers in private placement adoptions and are dedicated to guiding our families through the process with care and concern, yet with the utmost professionalism. Fully grasping the unique and delicate issues surrounding adoption, we provide individual attention to our clients and are able to assist as they make the adoption plans that are right for them and their families. We also handle step-parent adoptions, adult adoptions, relative adoptions, foster parent adoptions and finalize agency adoptions, including international adoptions. If you would like to speak with us, please call (229) 242-0314.

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Estate Planning and Probate Law

The DMSK TeamThe attorneys at Dover Miller Karras & Langdale regularly provide estate planning and probate representation to individuals, trusts, private foundations, and charitable organizations. Our estate planning services include drafting wills and trust agreements for all size estates, and ancillary documents such as healthcare directives and durable powers of attorney. We pay personal attention to the individual needs of each client and provide clear advice to minimize estate taxes and preserve wealth for intended beneficiaries.

We regularly assist estate executors and administrators and guardians/conservators of minors and incapacitated adults in preparing and filing all necessary documents to commence and administer estates.  Along with the routine probate of wills and appointment of fiduciaries, we also represent clients in all facets of estate administration, including will contests, the removal of executors and trustees, and petitions calling for an accounting of estate or trust activities.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers who suffer an injury by accident which arises out of and in the course of the worker’s employment are entitled to income benefits for lost wages plus medical benefits to be furnished to the injured worker by the employer or the employer’s insurance company.  “Injury” is interpreted by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation more broadly than the ordinary definition of injury, such as when an employee injures his or her back while lifting an object, or an injury to a knee due to a fall, and can also include heart attack, stroke and disabilities caused over the course of time due to repetitive motions, such as lifting, bending, reaching, etc.

Injured workers who are receiving medical benefits and benefits for lost wages should still consult with an attorney to be sure they are receiving all of the benefits to which they are entitled.  Our firm provides case evaluations which are both free and confidential.

In the practice of Workers’ Compensation law, our firm provides services not only to injured workers but also represents the interests of self-insured employers and uninsured employers.

We have successfully represented hundreds of injured workers in obtaining their benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act of Georgia.  Call today for a free consultation.

Healthcare Law

Willis MillerAt Dover Miller Karras & Langdale, P.C., we work to serve the comprehensive needs of institutional and individual healthcare providers.  The firm, and its predecessors, have represented health care providers in South Georgia for many years.  This includes not only South Georgia Medical Center, but also its facility at Smith Northview here in Valdosta, and campuses located in Nashville and Lakeland, Georgia.  In addition, our clients include Bethany Hospice, The Fellowship Home in Brooks County, and The Langdale Place in Valdosta.  Along with representing these corporate clients, our firm gladly represents individuals in decisions including advance directives, living wills, etc. and provides complete estate and special needs planning.

Personal Injury

Our firm is focused on obtaining results for our clients in the most effective manner possible. If you have been injured as a result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to be compensated. For personal injury cases, we offer free initial consultations and contingency fee contracts. We will gladly evaluate your case and recommend the best course of action.

Banking, Bankruptcy, and Creditors’ Rights

Dover Miller Karras & Langdale, P.C. represents national, regional and community banks in commercial lending, transactions, and mortgage and personal property secured lending.  Our representation of lending institutions and individual creditors also includes collection matters such as handling real property foreclosures and confirmations, recovery of collateral or leased equipment, suits on notes, collecting foreign judgments, garnishments, workouts, and creditor representation in bankruptcy.

We are dedicated to assisting our clients with opportunities, solving problems, and reaching successful resolutions in a timely manner.

Real Estate Law

Whether a client is closing on their first home purchase, selling a house, or considering purchase of a commercial property, our real estate attorneys are seasoned and thorough. Our clients come to us for a wide range of commercial and residential real estate needs, including title actions, closings, contractual concerns, easements, purchase and sales agreements, and lender-related issues.

Dover Miller Karras & Langdale, P.C. offers one of the area’s most active real estate practices, routinely closing transactions for first-time homebuyers, the servicemen and servicewomen stationed at Moody Air Force Base, incoming students at Valdosta State University, and more.  And other real estate litigation matters such as Quiet Title Actions, Boundary Line Disputes, Title Disputes, Partition Actions and Adverse Possession Claims.