Throughout our 120 year history we have counseled and represented Georgia businesses and individuals in a wide range of practice areas. Our attorneys have represented clients in virtually every area of civil litigation, business law, probate, real estate and tax law.
BUSINESS & COMMERCIAL LAW
Our attorneys are committed to providing our business clients with practical solutions, diligent representation, and superior service. We will take the time to learn about your business objectives and partner with you to achieve practical solutions. The business and commercial law matters we assist with include:
- Selecting the right type of business entity
- Business formation, including corporations, partnerships, LLCs, LLPs, C-corp, S-corp, nonprofit and tax-exempt companies
- Employment law matters
- Drafting and review of all types of business contracts
- Environmental due diligence
- Business litigation
- Negotiating taxable and non-taxable acquisitions and dispositions
- Advice and counsel regarding officer, director and shareholder duties and responsibilities
- Collection of judgments
We can help entrepreneurs select the appropriate form of business entity: corporation, partnership, or limited liability company. Our attorneys will take the time to understand your business needs and objectives and help you form the proper business entity.
Sometimes litigation is unavoidable when resolving business disputes; our attorneys can counsel and represent in all areas of business litigation. We frequently represent clients in business litigation involving contract disputes, business torts, non-compete agreements, and the dissolution of partnerships and corporations.
COLLECTION OF JUDGMENTS
Occasionally a litigant obtains a successful judgment but is unable to collect it because the judgment debtor becomes insolvent. It may be that the judgment debtor has transferred assets, or paid other creditors in a manner that still leaves those assets subject to the judgment.
Our attorneys are skilled in handling cases involving judgments against companies or individuals without assets, but who are affiliated with companies that do have assets. The legal issues in such cases include fraudulent transfers, fraudulent conveyances, preferences, piercing the corporate veil, alter ego, bulk sales, and successor liability. Our attorneys have domesticated judgments under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act and have successfully pursued collection of those judgments. Oftentimes the aggressive pursuit of a judgment debtor leads to a resolution that is favorable for our clients.
Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has a long history of assisting employers with the resolution of a wide variety of employment law issues. We assist clients with the defense of employment discrimination lawsuits under Title VII, ADEA, and ADA. We also assist clients with responding to investigations by the EEOC, as well as state and local agencies. Our attorneys have significant experience dealing with disputes involving employment contracts, covenants not to compete and other state law claims.
We assist employers in complying with all state and federal statutes and regulations. Our attorneys have knowledge and experience with various federal employment statutes, including Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, COBRA, and ADA. We can provide our clients with guidance regarding compliance with these acts and assist clients with litigation matters that arise under the various statutes.
Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has represented individuals and businesses in virtually every type of civil litigation. Our litigation attorneys represent clients in all state and federal courts throughout the state of Georgia at both the trial court and appellate court levels. When litigation becomes necessary, our attorneys have the experience and expertise necessary to help our clients achieve the best possible results in a cost-effective manner. Areas of concentration within our litigation practice include the following:
- Business litigation
- Employment litigation
- Insurance coverage law
- Insurance defense
- Medicare compliance
- Personal Injury
INSURANCE COVERAGE LAW
Our firm represents insurance carriers and self-insured businesses in all kinds of insurance coverage issues. When bad faith claims and other insurance coverage disputes arise, our attorneys are prepared to advocate aggressively for our clients and achieve successful results. Our attorneys provide sound legal guidance and cost-effective representation in claim denial and other types of insurance coverage litigation. We also offer a comprehensive range of policy review services.
We provide insurance defense representation to insurance companies, self-insured corporations, and third-party administrators. Our attorneys have experience defending lawsuits from personal lines insurance claims to catastrophic and wrongful death personal injury claims. Our firm represents claims related to automobile accidents, regulated motor carrier accidents, premises liability accidents, the Federal Employers Liability Act, professional negligence, and other personal injury and property damage claims. We also have experience representing clients in insurance defense in all trial level courts and appellate courts at the state and federal level throughout the state of Georgia.
At the law firm of Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer we have been helping injured people obtain the compensation they deserve for well over 100 years. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in connection with a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death claims. We offer a free initial consultation to all prospective personal injury clients. We have extensive experience in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those involving:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Georgia boating accidents and personal watercraft accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Wrongful death
PROBATE & ESTATE LAW
Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has over 120 years of legal experience in dealing with probate administration and probate litigation. We can provide legal counsel to our clients in settling estates and contested probate issues. The firm can assist executors of an estate in carrying out probate and estate administration duties, such as necessary notifications, payments of debts and estate taxes, inventory, and distribution of assets. We work to administer the estate diligently so that the estate can be closed and the family can move forward.
Whenever feasible, we attempt to direct probate disputes into mediation, where a quick and fair resolution can usually be achieved with the least amount of hostility. However, when courtroom litigation is required, our attorneys are highly experienced in representing the interests of our clients.
We have successfully represented clients in will contests, trust contests, competency issues, undue influence, and breach of fiduciary duty matters. We can also challenge or defend expenses claimed by an executor or trust administrator.
If you object to the trust accounting by a family member, wish to contest a will in probate court, or require representation in probate litigation, our firm offers highly skilled representation in these areas. Our firm also has considerable experience pursuing and defending cases involving the financial abuse of the elderly. While many probate attorneys refer their clients to another firm if a probate matter needs to proceed to litigation in court, our firm has numerous attorneys experienced in probate litigation who can represent you throughout the whole process.
Our firm has a long and successful record of obtaining resolutions to probate disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer, LLP, has been assisting individuals and businesses in connection with real estate transactions throughout the southeastern United States for more than 100 years. Our attorneys have expertise regarding both real estate law and the relevant markets for residential and commercial real estate. Our experienced real estate attorneys can assist with a wide variety of legal needs from title work, to document preparation, to closings.
Our firm has advised clients and closed commercial real estate transactions over $200 million. We can help with every aspect of your transaction, from initial discussion and analysis to the final closing and disbursement of funds. Additionally, Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer serves as a title agent for the most reputable title insurance companies in the United States.
Among the real estate matters with which we can provide skilled guidance and representation include:
- Representing developers of all types of commercial real estate projects, including single-family homes and subdivisions, apartment complexes, condominium developments, senior living facilities, industrial warehousing, shopping centers, and others
- Negotiation of purchase and sale contracts or leases
- Selection of the proper form of organization for the particular transaction involved
- Preparation and negotiation of loan documentation (including, loan commitments, loan agreements, security deeds, assignments, affidavits, and other encumbering instruments)
- Review and approval of surveys, title insurance matters, and other governmental or quasi-governmental regulatory requirements
- Preparation and review of title insurance commitments and owners or mortgagee insurance policies
- Closing of the transaction on behalf of the lenders and/or borrowers
- Review and approval of construction and service contracts throughout the acquisition and development process;
- Lease preparation, review, and negotiation
- Land use and zoning
- Eminent domain
- 1031 land exchanges
- Landlord-tenant disputes
- Residential purchase agreements, title work, title searches, real estate closings
- Title Disputes
Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer provides tax planning services for individuals and all types of entities such as corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, professional corporations, S corporations, and tax-exempt organizations. From tax planning to IRS audits and appeals, the experienced tax attorneys at Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer are prepared to provide superior legal representation for your tax law needs, including:
- Estate tax planning matters, including the formation of trusts, private foundations, charitable organizations, and other tax shelters
- Counseling and planning for business clients on business formation tax implications
- Taxable and nontaxable acquisition and disposition of businesses, mergers, and recapitalizations
- IRS audits and appeals
Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has extensive experience representing railroads, trucking companies, and various other members of the transportation industry. Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer provides skilled representation for transportation law in the following areas:
- Claims under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act
- Claims under the Federal Railroad Safety Act
- Crossing accidents
- Catastrophic loss from multiple vehicle collisions
- Serious personal injury cases
- Property damage claims
- Wrongful death
Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer has proudly represented railroad companies, including Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSRC) and its predecessors, for more than 100 years. In addition to representing large rail companies, our firm also represents Amtrak and shortline railroads in connection with a wide variety of legal matters. Our experienced attorneys understand the railroad industry and the laws that govern it and can represent in areas such as:
- Railroad crossing accident cases
- Serious personal injury and wrongful death litigation
- FELA cases of all types
- Federal Railroad Safety Act
- Freight claims
- Property damage cases
- Labor cases
- Real estate matters
Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer is experienced in defending truckers, trucking companies, and their insurers. Our attorneys have expertise in investigating accidents and representing our clients in connection with subsequent litigation. Our attorneys have litigation experience in all state and federal courts throughout the state of Georgia at the trial and appellate levels. Our attorneys represent clients in the following trucking litigation areas:
- Wrongful death
- Personal injury claims
- Property damage claims
A Receiver is a court appointed trustee who manages assets during litigation. In Georgia, when an asset is not being managed properly or property needs to be preserved during litigation, Georgia law calls for the appointment of a receiver. Receivers are appointed to operate business when certain types of mismanagement are occurring, owners/operators are accused of using the business as part of a criminal enterprise. Receivers can also be appointed over property that has been stolen.
Many commercial loan documents provide for the appointment of a receiver as a remedy in the event of a default. Receivers are a highly effective remedy in these situations because they provide for the effective management, preservation and disposition of collateral without the creditor owning the assets directly.
Whether you are a plaintiff seeking to have a receiver appointed, are looking for a qualified attorney to act as receiver, a defendant whose assets or business is in receivership or a Receiver in search of legal counsel to assist you either with your duties or in litigation Hall, Bloch’s attorneys have the experience necessary to help you achieve your goals.
Hall, Bloch’s attorneys have served as receiver and/or represented receivers working with assets such as: car dealerships, rental property (commercial and residential), hotels/motels, industrial facilities and manufacturers, convenience stores, retail outlets, restaurants, coin operated amusement machine (“COAM”) license holders and a variety of personal and business assets in divorce matters.
Hall, Bloch’s attorneys have been appointed throughout Georgia by Superior Courts in Bibb, Houston, Peach, Crawford, Henry, DeKalb and Clayton Counties.