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Civil Litigation

The attorneys at the law firm of Daniel, Lawson, Tuggle & Jerles, L.L.P. have the negotiation and courtroom skills and experience to handle any Georgia civil litigation matter, including personal injury and negligence cases, as well as divorce and other family law matters.

Personal Injury

People owe a legal duty toward one another to act with reasonable care, whether they are driving a car, manufacturing a product, or operating a grocery store or restaurant. When a person or business violates that duty by driving carelessly or recklessly, making a defective product, or failing to clean up or warn of slippery floors or other dangerous conditions, that person or business may be liable when their negligence causes injury to another.

Even though the other person was negligent, the injured person has the burden of proving all the facts of the case, including the extent of the damages and injuries and the fault of the defendant. Even if you are not in court but are working with the insurance company, having a thorough knowledge of the law and experience successfully litigating personal injury cases is essential to negotiating a settlement that fairly compensates you for your injuries.

Our attorneys are experienced courtroom litigators and negotiators and can provide capable, effective representation in a number of personal injury matters, including:

  • General Negligence
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Slip and Fall
  • Trip and Fall
  • Premises Liability
  • Dog Bites
  • Wrongful Death

Family Law

Georgia law allows for no-fault divorce, meaning that it is not necessary to prove that one party was at fault or to blame in order to obtain a divorce. A divorce need not be adversarial in nature. However, if the divorce is contested or if there is disagreement about any of the issues to be resolved, it is important to be represented by family law attorneys with experience in divorce litigation.

Child Custody – The judge will determine both legal custody (the authority to make decisions regarding the child’s education, health care, and religious upbringing) and physical custody (which parent the child lives with). In either case, the court may grant sole or joint custody. The court will make its decision in the best interests of the child, based on the evidence and arguments presented by the parties and their attorneys.

Child Support – A statutory formula is used based on the parents’ gross income to arrive at a monthly support amount that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the parent with sole or primary custody. Legal issues might include the proper determination of income of a parent who is self-employed or owns a share in a business, or arguing when circumstances justify a deviation from the statutory guideline amount.

Alimony – Whether alimony (spousal support) is awarded in a lump sum or monthly installments, for a definite time period or indefinitely until the receiving spouse either dies or remarries, are matters for the court to decide. In fact, alimony may not be awarded at all if the court does not find that it is necessary or appropriate in the particular case. Alimony is a factual and legal issue to be decided in every case.

Property Division – Under Georgia’s laws of equitable distribution, the division of marital property is not always equal, but will be done in a manner that the court finds is fair to the parties. Your attorney must be diligent in making sure all property is properly characterized as marital or separate property and that it is properly valued, to ensure that the court will indeed make a property settlement that is fair and equitable.

Experienced Litigators for Resolving Disputes

Many cases settle without the need for litigation, and our attorneys always seek a negotiated or mediated settlement whenever it is in our client’s best interests. In any event, our experience has shown us that litigation experience and success are essential to negotiating the best settlement possible. We provide the knowledge and depth of experience to achieve positive outcomes and successful results. For assistance in any civil litigation matter in Central Georgia, contact Daniel, Lawson, Tuggle & Jerles, L.L.P.