Julie A. Rice
About Julie A. RiceWelcome to Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates. I, Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, established this firm in 1994 with the primary purpose of serving clients to the highest ability and giving clients the respect, results, and legal representation that they deserve. I have represented hundreds of people inside and outside of the courtroom in areas of law that include, but are not limited to, Georgia and Florida Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Medical Malpractice, and all Injury and Accident Cases, Social Security Disability (Nationwide), Long Term and Short Term Disability as well as in ERISA Claims (All Nationwide), Georgia and Florida Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect, Business Law, Contracts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Landlord Tenant, Wills/Estates/Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Criminal Record Restrictions (f/k/a Expungements) and Restoration of Civil Rights and Pardons, and the like. I have also Affiliated myself with the best Legal Professionals in the Business so that I am able to serve clients in many areas of law not only in Georgia, but also in Florida for Personal Injury (All Injuries and Accidents) in Florida, Social Security Disability Nationwide, and Long Term and Short Term and ERISA Claims Nationwide as well. There is rarely a case where myself and my Affiliates can't provide legal representation at its finest. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our client and our ability to get winning results. When you contact Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, you have made a wise choice and you are in good hands. We have a strong work ethic and work tirelessly for our clients and believe this is one of the most important relationships that can be established. We have many, many repeat clients that show our commitment to the best legal service in the industry. We offer a Free Legal Consultation, and we look forward to hearing from you soon. I am also a Member of the State Bar of Georgia in Good Standing since 1994.
- Personal Injury
- Workers' Compensation
- Medical Malpractice
- Social Security Disability/SSI
- Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
- Construction Law
- Asbestos & Mesothelioma
- Contingent Fees
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
|Georgia Supreme Court|
|Georgia State Mediator and Arbitrator in the areas of General Litigation, Domestic, and Specialized Domestic Violence Mediation (http://www.godr.org)|
|Julie A. Rice & Affiliates|
|Legal Consultant, Bank Consulting Services, LLC|
|CEO, Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates|
|Serving Clients in both Georgia and Florida and Nationwide in many areas of law including, but not limited to, Personal Injury (All Injuries and Accidents), Workers' Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Social Security Disability (Nationwide), and Nationwide Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, and ERISA Claims.|
|Professor of Law and Subject Matter Expert in Conflict Resolution, Keller School of Management; DeVry University|
|Professor of Law and Lead Faculty of Law & Ethics, University of Phoenix|
|Chief Legal Counsel, Century Business Services, Inc. d/b/a CBIZ|
|William Mitchell College of Law||J.D. (1993)||Law|
|Honors: Trial Advocacy "A" Student|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||B.A. (1990)||Psychology, Women's Studies, and Scandinavian Studies|
|Honors: Dean's List|
|Activities: At-Large Representative on the Board of Regents for the University of Minnesota|
|Best Professional Business in Atlanta, GA 2014, Pro Resources|
|Member of Good Standing, State Bar of Georgia|
|Mediator and Arbitrator, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GAODR)|
|Member, Association of Women Trial Attorneys|
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Q. If the baby doesn't have my last name, do I need to pay child support ?
A: If there has been a legitimation of the child and it is determined that you are the biological father, then you could be responsible to pay child support. If you were married to the mother at the time the baby was conceived, then you will presumed the father and if you are separated, then you should pay child support so it is not held that you abandoned the child. The point is that it does not matter whether or not the child has your last name. If you are the found or presumed to be the biological father, then you are obligated to pay child support regardless what the last name of the baby is.
Q. Child custody/visitation
A: The first thing that you need to do is read very carefully what the court order says. If the court order gives you extended visitation and you are only hoping to exercise the visitation rights exactly as they are already set forth in the court order, then you can exercise those rights but not without telling the mother. You can't just take a child and not tell the mother unless you want to be in contempt of court and possibly arrested for kidnapping. One of you needs to file a modification with the court to modify your prior court order to reflect the new circumstances. You can't do this on a verbal and without a new court order, the existing court order is in place and neither or you can violate it accordingly unless and until there is a new court order. This applies to child support as well.
Q. i have a child that doesn't want to go back home to his parent he rather stay with me. how old can he say he dont want
A: Under Georgia law there is an age and that is usually 12, but it is not automatic and there still needs to be a Petition filed with the Court for change of custody and showing that the child would like to live with the other parent. An affidavit needs to be signed and the court will still look at the particular circumstances to make sure that it is in the best interests of the child for the child to live with the other parent. If the court can't decide, then the court will appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (an attorney who will represent the child) to investigate and make a recommendation to the court. The cost for the guardian is usually split by both parents. So, it is not an open and shut case just b/c the child is a certain age. There is no presumption that just b/c a child is a certain age that the child can now determine what is in the best interests of the child in terms of which parent shall have custody of the child. The child may desire a change in custody but if the court determines it is not in the best interest of the child given all the circumstances, then the court will not change custody of the child.
Q. If a contract is not upheld, can the daughter of a person who signed the contract enforce the contract on her behalf?
A: Unless the daughter has power of attorney from her father to handle this matter, then the contract is between the father and the dealership and those are the two (2) parties that have the rights and obligations under the contract.
Q. How can I legitimize my child if I dont know where the mother stay
A: This is tricky. If you think that the mother is in Georgia, then you can file a Petition for legitimation in the Georgia Superior Court in the County in which she resides and try to serve her in person at the last place that she stayed, and then provide the sheriff with any information that you can so that they can try to locate her (where she has worked, friends where she may hang out, parents with whom she may stay, etc). If this doesn't work, then you can serve her by publication and the court will ask that you provide an affidavit that you have tried and exhausted all remedies as provided by law to find her. You can also consider hiring a private investigator or some other company that can do a skip trace on her to see if she can be located. The issue gets more complicated if she has moved out of state. There are laws such as the long arm statute that could bring her back to GA and GA could retain jurisdiction over her but in order to navigate those waters you are going to need an attorney. If you can't afford an attorney to assist you, and she has moved out of town, then your safest bet is to file an action where she currently resides. Again, it is in your best interests to retain an attorney to assist you so that you don't waste valuable time, energy, and money since your case will be dismissed if you don't do this properly under the law.
Q. My ex fiance agreed to pay for half of the deposits for our cancelled wedding.
A: This is somewhat complicated depending upon a number of factors such as the amount that is 1/2 of the deposits. First, in GA, if this amount is over $15,000, then you can not bring the action in magistrate/small claims court. Second, a verbal agreement may or may not be valid and a text message may or may not constitute a contract so you would need legal counsel to assist you in answering these questions depending upon your particular circumstances. Third, now that your ex is no longer a resident of GA and you can't find him you have another problem of jurisdiction over his person and then serving him properly so that you have retained jurisdiction over him. If your amount is over $ 15,000 and you have two (2) people who live in different states with a verbal agreement to pay and some text messages to pay (and if those text messages don't state that GA is the jurisdiction in which you both agree has jurisdiction over this matter), then you may end up in Federal Court. Again, Federal Court is very complicated to navigate even for attorneys unless they practice regularly in Federal Court so you would want legal counsel on your side. Since it is unlikely that any attorney will take your case on a contingency basis and only by you paying an hourly fee, you have to do a cost benefit analysis to determine if this is worth pursuing. I am sorry this has happened to you and the take away is to get things in writing and I am sure that you weren't thinking of this when you were going to marry this person, but you are not alone and these things do happen. I hope that you collect your 1/2 that is due and I would encourage you to seek the assistance of legal counsel at least if you can pay for an hour or two of a consultation for someone to review the specifics of your situation and assist you in deciding the proper route to take and whether or not this is worth pursuing.
Q. If I give up custody of my child do I have to continue to pay child support
A: Possibly depending upon what the numbers look like in the Georgia Child Support Worksheet. If there is a current court order in place ordering you to pay child support, then you have to abide by that order until you file a modification of child support with the court stating that there has been a significant change in circumstances (i.e. you no longer have custody) to warrant a change in child support. If you want to give up custody, then in the same action you should ask the court to modify custody as well. Just so you are aware, if you are giving up custody (not gaining custody) you are most likely going to have to pay more in child support than when you had custody so your child support obligation is most likely going to increase, not decrease.
Q. I married b4 2 yrs we have one baby but we separate without divorse neither we have coat marriage can i hav 2 pay 4 them
A: If you have a wife and a child and you are not divorced, then there is most likely no court order that states that you have to pay child support or spousal support. If your wife and your child need financial assistance to survive and you can help them, then you should. If you don't, then it could be held that you abandoned your family and your wife could bring charges against you for abandonment. Furthermore, if later you file for divorce, the fact that you didn't assist your child in times of need will not be reflected upon in your favor by the court if you seek visitation, custody, or the like.
Q. I received a letter stating that I am to pay a certain amount and report for an administrative hearing
A: It is great that you have the money to pay and in a good faith effort, take a couple of additional payments to the probation office if that is your only violation. It is hard to say whether or not you will be arrested at your hearing, but you still have to appear. If you don't appear, then you will be arrested no matter what. If you had an attorney represent you in your criminal action, then you should contact that attorney and see if he/she can be present with you at the hearing to argue that it was merely an accounting error on your part for the non-payment and not any other reason for non-payment and that you are prepared to make the payment (and possibly more payments in advance) as well as do whether is necessary to make sure that you aren't incarcerated for a violation.
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Blog: Georgia Injury Lawyer Blawg
Georgia Nurse Receives Temporary Disability Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Shoulder Strain Suffered at Work A Georgia Premises Liability Case where a Hotel will now Pay $ 1.17 Million for the Shooting of a Guest A Midtown, Georgia, now Closed, once Popular, Night-Club has a Default Judgment of over $ 10 Million Against it in a Dram Shop Liability Wrongful Death Action ~ part two A Midtown, Georgia, now Closed, once Popular, Night-Club has a Default Judgment of over $ 10 Million Against it in a Dram Shop Liability Wrongful Death Action ~ part one One of Georgia’s Top Legal Settlements in 2013 Involving a Total of Nine Motor Vehicles and a Collision with a Tractor-Trailer An Injured Employee is Awarded $ 2.58 Million Dollars in an Unusual Injury Case in Georgia Pre-Existing Conditions in Workers’ Compensation Cases in Georgia ~ part two Pre-Existing Conditions in Workers’ Compensation Cases in Georgia ~ part one Appeals Court Finds Accident Compensable Based on Ingress and Egress Rule in Georgia Workers’ Compensation Case
Ebola Is Not Only a Hot Topic on the National Stage but also a Hot Topic in Atlanta, Georgia at the Public Hea... http://bit.ly/1utlsJT— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) October 20, 2014
Ebola Is Not Only a Hot Topic on the National Stage but also a Hot Topic in Atlanta, Georgia at the Public Hea... http://bit.ly/1sUhux4— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) October 18, 2014
Automobile Accident that Causes a Chain Reaction brings a Georgia Plaintiff a $ 5.475 Million Dollar Recovery,... http://bit.ly/1tOA5qL— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) October 11, 2014
Automobile Accident that Causes a Chain Reaction brings the Plaintiff a $ 5.475 Million Dollar Recovery, but n... http://bit.ly/1sg9bLL— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) October 9, 2014
The Parents of their Slain Cobb County, Georgia Daughter who was Attending Auburn University seek $ 1 Million ... http://bit.ly/1BOMY8D— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) October 7, 2014
Settlement of $ 12 Million Dollars for an Augusta, Georgia Family Man Who was Severely Brain Damaged in a Truc... http://bit.ly/10CKw9U— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) October 5, 2014
Settlement of $ 12 Million Dollars for an Augusta, Georgia Family Man Who was Severely Brain Damaged in a Truc... http://bit.ly/10pWnIn— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) October 3, 2014
With the Help of an iPad Application and its Creator, a Solo Plaintiff Attorney Wins a $3.3M Verdict for his C... http://bit.ly/1upRr2A— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) September 24, 2014
The Standard of Care when a Cesarean Section is Performed in the Delivery of an Infant ~ part 3: This is a con... http://bit.ly/Z5wSvx— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) September 21, 2014
The Standard of Care when a Cesarean Section is Performed in the Delivery of an Infant ~ part 1: In my previou... http://bit.ly/1tfpxEv— Julie A. Rice (@GeorgiaLawTeam) September 17, 2014
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