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 for first-time homebuyers, the servicemen and servicewomen stationed at Moody Airforce Base, incoming Students at Valdosta State University and more where we provide clear advice to get the parties to the closing table.
The attorneys at Dover Miller Karras Langdale & Brantley regularly represent clients in the following real estate matters:
- Timber transactions (including representation associated with the purchase and financing of timber tracts and the drafting of timber purchase agreements and associated documents)
- Zoning and land use cases (including handling all aspects of rezoning real property, subdivision planning and variance approvals)
- Eminent Domain (including the handling of Department of Transportation cases)
- Real Estate tax appeals
- Landlord-Tenant disputes
- Completing title searches and issuing title opinions
- Preparation and/or filing of construction agreements, contractor’s affidavits, notices of commencement, and mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens
- And other real estate litigation matters such as quiet title actions, partition actions, boundary line disputes, and adverse possession claims.
The attorneys at Dover Miller Karras Langdale & Brantley 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.
A 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.
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 attorneys at Dover Miller Karras Langdale & Brantley 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.
At Dover Miller Karras Langdale & Brantley, 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.
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 & Brantley 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.
Mediation is a process in which a neutral facilitates settlement discussions between parties. The neutral has no authority to make a decision or impose a settlement upon the parties. The neutral attempts to focus the attention of the parties upon theirneeds and interests rather than upon rights and positions. Although in court programs the parties may be ordered to attend a mediation session, any settlement is entirely voluntary. In the absence of settlement the parties lose none of their rights to a jurytrial.
General Trial Practice
The attorneys at Dover Miller Karras Langdale & Brantley have the expertise to handle litigation in all areas. Our experience allows us to understandthe needs of our clients to better advocate for their rights. We will aggressively pursue final resolution in your dispute, whether it is through litigation, settlement, or alternative dispute resolution. Your best interest is our goal.